My wife, Kirsten Johanna Allen, and I are fortunate to live in Salt Lake City on the edge of the Great Basin to the west and Wasatch and Rocky Mountains to the east, and in Torrey, Utah on the Colorado Plateau. At night I like to take advantage of the light pollution free dark skies of the Plateau to capture deep sky objects with a CCD or DSLR camera attached to various lenses and telescopes. During the day the red rock country and lands about the West beckon.
I am the co-founder and a board member of Torrey House Press, a nonprofit book publishing company dedicated to conservation through literature, where co-founder Kirsten is the publisher and executive director. As chairman of Wild Utah Project and Vice President of Western Watersheds Project, I strive to help conserve the native grasses on our mountains, water in our streams, and our dark skies overhead.