Zion is a place that can touch your heart and stir the imagination. Over the two months, and through 20 blog posts, 70 photos and 6 slideshows, it has been a joy to share with you the beauty and and nature of this national park. Although words and photos like these can help to understand a place, we rely on many other senses besides sight when visiting somewhere in-person. The sound of rushing water, smell of wild flowers or feeling of the ground beneath our feet all play a part in our experience, emotions and memories.
“And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive with the ground at our feet, and learn to be at home.”
~ Wendell Berry, The Unforeseen Wilderness, 1971
For this final blog post on Zion I wanted to share more images about the park but to do so in a way that requires more than simply a sense of sight. Nothing, of course, can equal the actual experience of visiting a national park in person. My hope, however, is that this will demonstrate how two senses, in this case sound and sight, offers a completely different and often captivating experience than one based on sight alone.
During my time at Zion National Park, I captured over 100 black and white landscape photos using two film cameras, one made in 1907. From those I selected 12 along with the music of Blear Moon, a highly talented Czech Republic musician, to create a two-minute music video. To watch and listen now, simply click on the image below.
Zion National Park, Utah
(Click Below to Play the Video)
Thank you for following along on this adventure. The artist-in-residence program offered by organizations like the National Park Service serves an important role in helping share the beauty of our national lands with others. It’s my sincere hope you will discover some of that beauty in the photographs this assignment made possible for me to share with you. I also hope it will spark a new or renewed interest in visiting a national park for yourself to experience the beauty of these national treasures.
As always, I welcome your questions, stories, thoughts and suggestions about this series or anything posted in the blog. Click on the link below to post a comment or click here to send a message now. ~ Rick Braveheart