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Sun breaks through an overcast sky on an afternoon at the Grand Canyon in Arizona, of the U.S. Southwest.
It is aptly named, the Grand Canyon, not only for its incredible size, the depth to which it reaches, its majestic cliffs and their rugged visage, but also for its changing, shifting colors. They are never the same.
Canyon Silhouettes, the artwork, captures a moment of these changing, shifting colors. As the sun heads toward its twilight moment, the textures and layers of the cliffs glow in colors that reach across the palette of the color spectrum: in the foreground are the reds, the burgundies, the deep, rich rusts and russets that we expect to see (but are always awed by) in red rock country.
By a trick of the light, as our eyes move to the background the colors turn cooler into shades of blue, green, and aqua, while far in the distance an almost haziness infuses the atmosphere and we catch only a glimpse of how great this vista is before us.
This is a place of quiet and reflection, a place to simply stand in, look out upon, and reflect upon the sheer size and magnificence of nature. Although most of the time, we do not like to feel small and insignificant (especially in the presence of other human beings), there is something different about the smallness we feel in the face of natural beauty.
Such feelings of smallness remind us that not only we, but the problems we face, the anxieties under which we labor, are not as big and immense and insurmountable as they seem when we are sitting in a room with the walls closing in upon us.
Step into the world of Canyon Silhouettes. Hear the silence. View the majesty And be comforted in knowing that a hand greater and more powerful than any human hand made this, and that same hand is ready to hold our own hands firmly, warmly, and with love.
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March 17th, 2017
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