Sunday, 15 July 2018 00:33

For RZ - Listening?

Shash Jaa' is listening. This week I watched as the light of afternoon played across the face of the saced uplifts and dark clouds filled with rain loomed overhead. I did not intend to insinuate commentary on this matter, but as I felt the presence of the great ears watching me, I knew that I had to offer something to the conversation. Bears Ears awaits our answer; will we preserve it, or will we allow it to be compromised for the sake of material greed? The choice is ours.

A focal length of 135mm from a distance of several miles allowed me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field; and a shutter speed of 1/40th of a second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure.

The Navajo, the Hopi, the Zuni, and two tribes of Utes are waiting for meaningful participation in the decision process. If I were to say how I really feel, my words would erupt in anger, and Bears Ears is listening to us all.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 21 July 2018 11:25 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. Bonnie and I find ourselves in Fillmore, Utah this lovely summer morning - the lower middle of the Bee Hive State, making our way eastward. It has been an excellent journey and a wonderful visit with family in the far west. My driving across country has taken me to places I have never seen and has broadened my belief that we live in a land more beautiful than imagining, and I am more than ever convinced of our obligation to preserve and steward its treasures.
    Hi Donald. It's great to hear from you! I am uplifted by your kind words and wonderful story. What happened in Uluru can be an inspiration for all of us. We look forward to seeing you very soon.
    Hey Nancy Y. I so appreciate your kind words and encouraging comments. Sometimes you just have to make as big a splash as possible to accomplish something worthwhile. May we all do everything we can, everywhere we can, every time we can. And in the end, our country will be stronger and secure for those generations that come after.
    Hi Nancy T. It's always great to have you with us, and I hope that you, likewise, have heard the Bears Ears speaking. You always inspire me with your wonderful stories of the beauty of our world. Thank you!
    As we continue our travels homeward, I take with me the words each of you have spoken and I know they will serve me well for the duration. Walk in Beauty.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Tuesday, 17 July 2018 10:45 posted by Nancy Tripp

    Thanks for sharing one of our treasured national monuments with us in the beautiful light. The rain is certainly a nice touch! Yes the ears are listening. They are also speaking... and you heard them. It's too bad everyone can't hear them. I am glad you are enjoying your westward adventure and sharing it with us.

  • Comment Link Nancy Yoder Sunday, 15 July 2018 12:05 posted by Nancy Yoder

    I encourage you not to just dip a toe in the water but to jump in with both feet. The combination of your words and images is powerful.

  • Comment Link Donald Newsom Sunday, 15 July 2018 07:57 posted by Donald Newsom

    Don't give up the struggle. It took 8 decades after the first tourists arrived at Uluru, but the Australian government finally issued a complete ban on climbing there. If the Aussies can respect their native peoples and preserve their natural heritage against further commercial exploitation, so can we.

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