Bell Rock

Permian Supai Formation portal into the earth...


  1. There are places in the mountains here where every time I encounter them I think some variation of: if you don't think this is absolutely awesome, you can't be my friend. Luckily I'm usually alone at these times, so no friendships have been busted up so far, but you get my point.

    Anyway, I suspect you have similar feelings about a lot of the places you visit and/or photograph or make art from, this being a prime example of why I think that must be the case. I mean, I've never been within a thousand miles of this rock and even I can tell it's absolutely awesome...but even if I lived there and saw this every day for 100 years, there is no possible way that it would ever be anything but...wonderful, maybe? I'm not sure there's a word to describe it, so I'll go with wonderful.

    What a truly great country we live in. Seriously, past the foolishness and the politics (as if they are exclusive LOL) and everything else, it's great to live in a country where wonderful things like this exist. Even if we never see them, just knowing they're there (and that there are still people around who DO see-and appreciate-them) is a comfort.

    It makes me pity the lives of atheists; things like this must be pretty tough to explain. :)

    Great thought- and feeling-evoking work, sir. Thank you for sharing it.

    1. Your pointing out Mike what a truly great country this is due to its natural wonders is what I try to remind myself of when I'm frustrated with the foolishness of politics (no, they're not mutually exclusive LOL). Sometimes I do wonder what the Adirondacks are like for example, are they like the Great Smoky Mountains I've seen? Are east coast mountain ranges different than west coast ones? Does the range Back East from north to south vary as much as the Rocky Mountains do?

      To paraphrase the song "sometimes I think to myself what a wonderful world" especially in relationship to things like Bell Rock. It is a world famous butte, photographed by every tourist, professional photographer and otherwise and a "must see" to all who visit Arizona's Red Rock country in Sedona and go to Oak Creek Canyon...yet I wonder how many people really see it even though it's right in front of them. Or how many people who live here in Arizona take it for granted. I'm sure the same could be said by an Aspiring 46er :~} about the mountains of New York.

      I never understood how atheists could explain any of the many things that are inexplicably natural and beautiful and have no concrete scientific explanation.