Friday, 07 September 2018 12:56

I Wave, You Wave Back

There is no place more meaningful to me on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon than Cape Final; and while there are many amazing views into the grand chasm from this location, the profoundness of this old juniper snag along the path to the overlook caught my attention and refused to release me until I had interacted with its essential being. It seemed to be engaged in some final conversation with its relatives, and a black & white conversion seemed to express that discussion most sincerely.

A focal length of 31mm, technically a wide-angle focal length, allowed me to see the entire snag as well as the wooded pathway beyond, thus providing the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field; and a shutter speed of 1/6th second at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure with which to create the conversion. The contrast afforded by an essentially cloudless sky actually worked as a benefit in this situation.

Major Clarence Dutton had accompanied the Powell Survey in 1875 during Major Powell's second expedition to map the West. It was in 1880 that Dutton finally reached this beautiful site on the North Rim, giving it the name we know: Finally found; always beautiful.

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4 comments

  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 15 September 2018 14:36 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good afternoon Everyone. Thank you all for joining me for this conversation. Bonnie and I are just home from a great week with Road Scholar folks at Lake Junaluska: eighteen intrepid souls and one wonderful national park make for an amazing creative experience. The immediate business, however, is the North Rim and Cape Final.
    Hey Fred, it's always good to have you join us. I truly appreciate your kind words about my penchant for including history with Images, both human and natural. If the "human" part was a bit more conscientious about caring for the "natural" part, I think I'd feel better; but knowing how we have touched the places of the Earth with our presence is, perhaps, a reminder of our obligations. Walk in Beauty.
    Hi Nancy Y. It's good to hear from you. I'm not sure how I came to that title; it just seemed as if there were some recognition of fellow creatures going on that should be acknowledged. I'm really glad you liked it.
    Hey Nancy T. Only you could introduce the Hokey Pokey into this scene; and it's quite apropos. No doubt in all of that implied motion there is a dance going on; and we should rightfully acknowledge its taking place before our eyes. I hope all is well in West Tennessee.
    Thanks, again, Everyone. Your comments remind me how much fun I have doing what I do, and how much I appreciate being able to share it with you.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 09 September 2018 12:34 posted by Nancy Tripp

    A great find! I can see why you couldn't just walk past it! I like how you positioned it to show the path, and B&W keeps us focused on the happy dance as he tries to wave everyone down the path. Maybe the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about! Thanks for sharing the image and history.

  • Comment Link Nancy Yoder Sunday, 09 September 2018 12:15 posted by Nancy Yoder

    The title makes it extra special.

  • Comment Link Fred Applegate Sunday, 09 September 2018 09:38 posted by Fred Applegate

    Don,
    Your image and accompanying comment made me appreciate again (especially this post) that the history you include is a significant addition to the viewing experience.

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