Friday, 15 December 2017 21:51

Reflecting on the Place of the Sermon

Shortly after the Virgin River has gnawed its way through The Narrows, bursting into the great canyon that is Zion, it flows toward the base of an amazing piece of geology, a resistant sandstone remnant called The Pulpit. In the late afternoon autumn light, when the west wall of the main canyon is shaded below, the waning day illuminates the rock and its apron of golden fall cottonwoods, casting its colors back upstream across the shallow, rock-strewn waters. Standing mid-stream, I moved side-to-side until I could maximize the reflectant surface, keeping in mind that I wanted to have the glowing rock remain near the top-left power point. The lines of the stream, the two streambanks and the trees along the right bank, all came into play as leading lines for the eyes toward the rock. This perspective also allowed me to isolate The Pulpit against the far (east) wall, some distance away. A focal length of 22mm, moderately wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 3.0 seconds at ISO 100 gave me a slightly-darker-than-medium exposure. Zion National Park broke its all-time attendance record in the 2017 calendar year. How this will be factored into the planning for this incredible place remains to be seen. How can we love it, but not to death?

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