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In such canvases as Vox Angelica, and the celebrated L'oeil du silence, the presence of Arizona is palpable. Their images express Page 17 the indwelling spirit of naturemysterious, inexplicable, neither to be questioned nor ever rendering an answer. Glen Canyon, too, is softened by the presence of water. A dam, 500 feet deep and 180 river-miles long, represents another determined attempt by man to improve on nature's imperfections. ," Turner exclaimed when he saw the fountains of Tivoli. The cobalt expanse of Lake Powell is named after the one-armed Civil War veteran who first sailed down the Green and Colorado rivers in 1869 and 1871.
Sunstruck . . a dream. . To drive through such landscapes, to walk or ride a horse through them, is a healing process. You regain contact with nature as we knew it before individuation sundered us and the divorce occurred. This is what it was like in the Garden of Eden, before we knew self-consciousness and ceased to exist in a simple harmony with our surroundings. To live in the West is to be given a glimpse of our aboriginal bliss. "0 how I long to travel back, and tread again that ancient track!
How long will they remain? Perhaps until mankind has moved on or passed away. And when they themselves have ceased to gibber in their indigo depths, then the caves will return to their original silence. No sound will be heard; there will be nothing, no one, to hear it. Through the nothingness will echo the muffled tap of a drop of water as it detaches itself gentlyso gentlyfrom the spongy roof. (Photo by Author) these caves were part of a barrier reef at the mouth of an inland ocean. How many years will wear away, in English or American reckoning, before the waves inch back to claim their own?
A World Elsewhere: Life in the American Southwest (Southwest Landmark, No 8) by Jon Ewbank Manchip White