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"Delicate Dusk" -- call concerning
Below are direct links to the Grand Canyon/Landscape narratives:
(Special note: The Grand Canyon narratives came to be during our private float and as a result of my dissatisfaction in the attempt to express myself only with photography; which, although somewhat successful, seemed a bit incomplete. In frustration I began to write down my feelings, often in-flow. The results include these narratives. The narratives should be read in the order presented above. I hope you exact some of the power and glory of this marvelous place from the writings.)
"Rhythm of the River"
The rapids here are large and thunderous. A typical situation might be a quiet scenic float for some time and then perhaps, with a simple turn in the river, the thunder of a distant falls or cataract. After negotiation, these "obstacles" again give way to more serene passages. Frightening, exciting, calm, almost repetitive; the overwhelming theme is really the rhythm of the river.
Rhythm. Rhythm of the river.
Day and night, hot and cold, rapids and eddies; this timeless waterway
flowing downward as it has seemingly forever. The Grand Canyon itself
is said to be very young, but we are floating into very old rock.
The Unconformity. The Great Unconformity. The Greatest Unconformity.
The stacking of the canyons. The eons of sediment deposition. The
approach and retreat of ancient oceans. The advent of floods and
droughts, and the resultant additional sedimentation. The pyroclastic
violence of volcanoes and lava flows. The metamorphosis of granite
and schist. The beginnings of life. All of it, all the history,
all timelessly flowing rhythmically through this land; just as the
river moves through the Canyon here today.
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