The cliffs of Zion National Park evoke a feeling of antiquity that is almost mystical in nature. Painted on its’ sheer sandstone walls is a natural story of time sculpted over the millennia and evidenced by unique colors and textures. At the higher elevation sits the white Entrada layer lit up in brilliant yellow as the rising sun casts its early rays on the stone face of what is now known as the Towers of the Virgin.
For the Ancestral Puebloan people that once inhabited this canyon, I imagine many of their religious beliefs centered around the moon and the stars. Their motion set against an unmoving landscape of towering stone. Watching the moon set on this crisp, quiet winter morning was an opportunity to narrow the window of time and to connect through the majesty of God’s creation.
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