Saturday, 07 July 2018 22:10

Long Ago and Far Away, Too

As the sparse, but consistent, waters of Unkar Creek wind their way from the high slopes of the Grand Canyon's North Rim, they expose layer upon layer of geologic time as they meander to the silt-laden Colorado miles below and away. In Unkar's delta, for hundreds of years, Ancestral Puebloans seasonally spun out their lives, retreating to the rim as the pressing heat of summer filled the great chasm below. Unkar is the Paiute word for "red," and the creek's delta is one of the largest archaeological sites along the entire canyon's awesone run.

A focal length of 28mm - solidly in wide-angleland - gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/15 second at ISO 200 gave me an overall medium exposure.

I imagine the ancient Natives trudging slowly northward and upward, feeling the cooling airs with each elevation gained; and I sense the endurance they displayed as the great walls rose higher and steeper, the joy they felt as they topped out along the summit into the relief-giving shade of the great conifers of the Kaibab Plateau.

 

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 14 July 2018 23:58 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good evening Everyone. Greetings from Ely, Nevada; far, far to the west of everywhere and right on the edge of Great Basin National Park. Thank you all for joining me for this conversation. My trip across country has been a wonderful adventure with my friend, Kevin Desrosiers. We have seen a bit of all of the beauty this country has to offer between the 35th and 40th parallels. Amazing is all I have to say.
    Hi Nancy K. Thanks for your kind comments. I hope there are many more images to share as well. I appreciate your being part of the journey. Walk in Beauty.
    Hey Linda. Somehow I believe that three-year-old understood very well what she was seeing and that her older self will merely confirm the accuracy of that vision. I appreciate your thoughtful comments and kind words and hope that you will, indeed, make that return visit.
    Hey Nandi. You have indeed been blessed with an experience shared by all too few. I am grateful you had it and can share the feeling of it with me and others. It is an approach to Spirit, and I'm really glad you like the Image.
    Hi Nancy T. I think that "layers" is a wonderfully appropriate term. To stand on the edge of this chasm - north or south - is to view the spectacle of time as it moves away from this moment into a past we can only imagine and only if we try very hard. The layers you describe are a river that carries everything into a oneness that is eternal.
    Hey Ron. Thanks so much for being with us. It was good seeing you on our Maine adventure. I know you will make that journey to the great canyon and to Southern Utah, and it will fill you with delight.
    Hey Donald. It's always good to hear from you. I hope your adventure to the United Kingdom has been splendid. You'll soon enough meet Kevin and his wife Elizabeth and share a wildflowers and waterfalls adventure in the Southern Appalachians. We're looking forward to seeing you and the images you'll bring to share with us.
    Hi Michael. As always, it's great to hear from you and to have your kind and thoughtful words. I wish for nothing more than that you will make the journey to this wonderful place and that it will fill you with the awe with which it has always filled me. I know your own work will likewise do justice to the amazement that is gives to all of us.
    My heart is filled with a wonderful feeling as I consider the comments that all of you have offered. I wish Everyone a wonderful and creative journey as we move through the summer before us. Walk in Beauty.

  • Comment Link Mike Di Stefano Monday, 09 July 2018 16:11 posted by Mike Di Stefano

    Howdy Don, you have to marvel at what Mother Nature has created around this world we inhabit. Your image here at the Grand Canyon certainly does Mother Nature justice in her eork and your work in creating this image. Love it. Hope to get there myself and make Mother Nature proud.

  • Comment Link Donald Newsom Sunday, 08 July 2018 16:11 posted by Donald Newsom

    Beautiful! The left foreground so intensely captures the redness of the Unkar's name. I'm enjoying a choral tour of England at the moment, and gathering some images for the Wildflowers and Waterfalls homework assignment. See you soon.

  • Comment Link Ron Belovitz Sunday, 08 July 2018 09:52 posted by Ron Belovitz

    Stunning image! I hope to be there, and in Southern Utah, in mid September the Good Lord willing.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 08 July 2018 09:38 posted by Nancy Tripp

    I am not sure a philharmonic Orchestra could do it justice! So many layers of beauty and so many stories. I think the large dog at about 3 o'clock says it all... He decided just to plop down on top and gaze at the beauty for the rest of his days. I can't wait to hear about your next adventure.

  • Comment Link Wanda Sunday, 08 July 2018 08:46 posted by Wanda

    Beautiful!!! I don’t know that feeling of climbing Northward out of the Canyon but have been blessed with that experience of climbing South and up. The beauty there is amazing!!! Great picture.

  • Comment Link Linda Taylor Sunday, 08 July 2018 08:43 posted by Linda Taylor

    Lovely to see a different view of the Grand Canyon. And I really appreciate the history. When I was three years old and we were in a group standing in silent awe at a viewing area by the rim, I tugged on my father's pants leg and asked, "Daddy, what's everyone looking at?" I look forward to seeing it with more aware eyes sometime.

  • Comment Link Nancy Kelly Sunday, 08 July 2018 08:32 posted by Nancy Kelly

    I am envious of your journey and look forward to many more splendid images.

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