Monday, July 21, 2008

This Was Worth the Trip

Sedona is a couple hour drive from my house. Wifey and I took a weekend vacation and caught a rare Arizona rainstorm while driving around. Photographers wait for lighting like this for ages. This was taken from the side of the road near dusk with my cheap digital camera. (I didn't upload the 5 MB version of this shot here so its a little less impressive). Sedona is one of the top destinations in the world and has a reputation for being a spiritual "new age vortex". This is why (click the image for a full screen view).







11 comments:

Fr. James Early said...

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies show forth His handiwork."

Nice!

Elizabeth said...

what an awe-inspiring photo, s-p !

Sophocles said...

Beautiful!

Katrina said...

"How Manifold Are Thy Works O Lord! In Wisdom Hast Thou Made Them All!"

Greetings from a neighbor in SE Gilbert. We attend Sts. Peter and Paul in Phoenix.

Despite the fact that at times I feel like I may spontaneously combust here in Arizona, to wake to the Lord's handiwork is well worth it!

I have the San Tan Mountains greeting me at my front door. I had often wondered who this "St. Tan" was until recently I read in the Valley 101 column in the AZ Republic that actually those mountains are named for Santa Anna. Our Lord's grandmother!! What a double blessing indeed!

Perhaps you already knew that, but I am just a wee bit thicked headed at times...I had just been asking St. Tan to pray for us, whoever he was.

At any rate, keep up the AZ Orthodox blogging.

Kirk said...

San Tan? Are you sure they're not named for Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón, a/k/a Santa Anna? ("Remember Goliad, Remember the Alamo!")

Katrina said...

I believe the story in the paper said it had something to do with the missionaries that came through this area. In the local native dialect the last letter of each name was always dropped, hence Santa became Sant and Ana became An...stick them together and it became Santan, sometimes spelled split apart as San Tan.


However, given that we live in Arizona, may be the mountains were named after the Mexican general. I dunno...I am just remembering what the paper said.

For my own personal devotion, I would rather take a look at those beautiful mountains and remember Christ's grandmother instead of the Mexican...the original Santa Anna.

Katrina said...

Let me fix that last sentence...

For my own personal devotion, I would rather take a look at those beautiful mountains and remember Christ's grandmother instead of the Mexican general...the original Santa Anna.

Typing too fast with a 3 year old jumping on my back!

T said...

Beautiful. My parents used to subscribe to Arizona Highways when we all lived out there, which has great photos and info. on places to check out.

November In My Soul said...
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November In My Soul said...

Oops. Excellent photo. I have driven cross country several times (I was born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia) and I think that Arizona and New Mexico are the most beautiful country I have ever seen.

s-p said...

Hi NIMS, Thanks, I used to have your blog bookmarked but lost it in a crash. I like your photography work (and musings), so I appreciate the compliment.