Saturday, July 25, 2009

THE ROAD TO POINT SUBLIME


August/09
So, how rough is the road to Point Sublime? If you are up to traveling a long, rough and remote back-country road, you’ll be rewarded at the far end of this drive with one of the most breathtaking views in the West. When we picked up our rental, an off road, four-wheel drive, high clearance jeep, I was hoping this vehicle was up to the backcountry expedition we were about to undertake. The road is mainly just a dirt path that travels through the Kaibab Forest, desert areas, canyon cliffs and sublime meadows. In some places it is a double track deep in the earth. In other places it is just a small trail cutting thru the forest. Some of the hills are riddled with deep ruts that must be carefully negotiated. These roads are very narrow in places and most of the time scrub brush and pinion pines were scraping the sides of our jeep. The final section of road passes through a portion of the forest that is layered with tiny lavender flowers.

There is no way to adequately describe how beautiful the canyon looks from this vantage point, where you can see in three directions. Canyon Swallows, Vultures, Ravens, and Golden Eagles are commonly seen soaring or maneuvering over the canyon. Occasionally an endangered California Condor is seen.


We all gathered at the furthest most point to watch the canyon glow warm and red as the sun set below the horizon. We sat feet from the edge staring thousands of feet down to the canyon’s depths, watching as shadows slowly overtook more and more of it. Standing here overlooking the sheer beauty of what has to be one of the most fantastic views on earth, is where I struggle: there are no words to describe the view that greets you at the rim. Everywhere you look are the most majestic views - each one more amazing than the last. It truly makes me feel that my life is just a pinpoint on a very long timeline. The Grand Canyon is truly something that has to be experienced.

The Revolution starts...NOW!



July/09

If 1967 gave us the 'Summer of Love', 1968 brought the confrontations in Chicago and the assassinations of Kennedy and King. By ‘69 things were starting to feel very dangerous. If the Revolution was going to happen it wasn't going to be without a little violence. The status quo was not about to give up without a fight. Volunteers is the rock album for The Revolution That Never Was. In many ways it's as relevant today as it was 40 years ago. That Revolution may not have succeeded, but Grace Slick (pictured here in a photograph I took of her in 1969) and the Jefferson Airplane certainly did. Of all their albums, 'Volunteers' political stance overshadows the rest of their albums and one of those songs "We Can Be Together” contains a lyric that's eerily as relevant today as it was then.
"All your private property is target for your enemy.. And your enemy is greed."
If that isn't a warning for Conservative America, then I don't know what is.
This album is an unrecognized timeless masterpiece that I still get the chills playing, preferably as loud as possible.





Memorial Day

May/09



To help remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000. This resolution asks that all Americans " Voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence to commemorate the members of the United States armed forces who were killed in war”




Resurrection

     



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Since Christ rose from the dead, the power of love has been stronger than that of hatred. This is the certainty of the Church and is the reason for its joy which, during the night of the Easter vigil, is manifested in the singing off the Exultet. This is the third symbol of the "vigil of all vigils," together with the fire and water, and all of them are "manifested" in the resurrection. This photograph, taken at sunrise on New Years Day, symbolizes the lighting of the new fire and the living water.