David Muench's photographs champion the stunning beauty of the wild American landscape from Utah's Canyonlands National Park to Kentucky's Red River Gorge. For this collection he turns his lens toward natural arches, land bridges, windows, sea stacks, caves, and sea arches to reveal the effect of wind and water on stone. In the accompanying essay, Ruth Rudner calls these stone forms architectural, sculptural, spiritual, magical, whimsical, awesome, and geological. She ponders our fascination with arches and their spiritual teachings: "They provide us a comprehensible enactment of the way the earth changes; the circular use and reuse of the earth's materials; the earth's urge toward beauty and grace; the earth's ability to age and decay and renew."