… I decided to use some of my absolute favorite aerial shots for my presentation at our ISO group tonight and found it to be a tough task keeping the numbers down; this is one of my all-time favs which I shot very late afternoon in September 2012 while cruising along about midway up the side of the northwestern slopes of the San Francisco Peaks. It is one of those dreamy otherworldly images looking out across a portion of the Flagstaff Volcanic fields. To the left of center near the horizon is the south easterly end of the Kaibab Monocline one of the important features of the Colorado Plateau and above and beyond that the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. To the right of the monocline is the NW end of the Painted Desert … the Little Colorado River runs from right to left below the canyon walls and goes behind the monocline as it wends its way to the confluence with the Colorado River, the confluence marks the entrance to the Grand Canyon and the end of Marble Canyon.
The end of day feel in this mystical place imparts a sense of aloneness and entry into the vastness of space and forever that which lies beyond the slight envelope of air which clings to the planet and provides a place our lifeforms can live … our home.
Mariah is airworthy at last … life is good … enjoy the day and try to visualize where you live … on a little planet with an atmosphere we can live in that is only a few miles thick and there is no spare atmosphere to use in case we totally screw this one up … be careful what you put into the air because like fish in the ocean we “swim” in our own waste products.
With that cheerful thought, have a terrific day and smile for we have the gift of life … we are breathing.
I go out into the night and stretch forth my arms, as
if to embrace one I love
…the solace of the stars is sweet, and the stillness has a voice I understand