Onophotopoeia

Some times even the most mundane of scenes, the most commonplace of faces or the most trivial of objects prove to be a cradle of beauty...unleashing new meanings when looked at again and again. The true magic of photography lies in the fact that we can capture the fleeting moments to revisit them...to listen to the music that the image resounds... Onophotopoeia...

Friday, August 18, 2006

Sentinels of the south...

Every national park in the southwest has a distinct flavor of its own. Zion is no exception.

Zion National Park is a celebrated destination for southern Utah tourists. A few hours drive from the Grand Canyon North Rim, it can actually be covered in a day unless you are planning to take the hikes along the trails. If you are driving in to Zion from the North Rim, you have to take a route through the park which is hailed as one of the most scenic drives of America. The route also passes through a couple of tunnels bored into the solid rocks. Emerging out of the tunnel, you are encompassed by the overwhelming presence of sky high cliffs all around. The steep cliffs characterize the unique beauty of Zion. The road meanders through the mile high stone sentinels to the visitor center from where the tour begins.

Unlike the Grand Canyon, you cannot drive to the different trailheads and other spots of interest. There are shuttles operated by the National Park authorities that take you around. The scenery is breathtaking and overwhelming. The cliffs move close to each other as you go deeper into the park and finally culminates into a slot canyon. The last part is an optional hike where you have to wade through chest deep water.

Due to time constraints, we could not take the trail that leads to the Emerald Pond. From the abundant photographs of Zion, that appears to be the most breathtaking spot where the cliffs are reflected on clear water. Not being able to go there is a regret I am still carrying and will be the primary reason of my paying heed to the call of Zion in future. Till then...

6 Comments:

Blogger sattva said...

the texture on the mountain-face is wonderfully captured; have put up a few snaps on my blog, like u asked.

Wednesday, 23 August, 2006  
Blogger CrAzY DiAmOnd said...

I truly believe that no camera can actually capture the grandeur and aura that you feel at these places. We can only try our best :)

Saw the pics on your blog...Thanks a ton.

Wednesday, 23 August, 2006  
Blogger sattva said...

my pleasure :)

Thursday, 24 August, 2006  
Blogger Moi said...

wish u travelled more......... :)

Sunday, 03 September, 2006  
Blogger Moi said...

..............more often!!!

Sunday, 03 September, 2006  
Blogger CrAzY DiAmOnd said...

I wish so too Moi....
Its just that my advisor doesn't share our view! :)

Tuesday, 05 September, 2006  

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