Morning and Evening, Island in the Sky

God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the second day (Genesis 1:8).

If you’re not religious at all then please overlook my pondering of the theological implications of photographic inspirations in today’s post. I simply find it fascinating that the order of creation is stated as evening followed by morning. Perhaps God was already practicing the conscious use of metaphor in the very beginning. After the darkness, morning comes.

So when I visited the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park and had only the one night I figured I would do what I could to capture evening and then morning. Mesa Arch was place I decided to settle in for the night.

I like reading in Job about the voice from the whirlwind which asks if he knows why the rain falls in the wilderness, far from any human habitation. The reason for the desert may well be beyond our understanding. The earth, after all, was made first.

Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert… (Job 38:25-26)

The next morning the rains came. I’ve lived in the Utah desert all summer and rain is such a rare occurrence that one can’t help but rejoice watching the rains fall. The light never fully broke through, but I decided that I’d do my best to make photos on a rainy day. I hope you like the results.


20 thoughts on “Morning and Evening, Island in the Sky

  1. Fantastic images Russ and I love the biblical references here – there’s a lot of poetry, rhythm and mysticism captured by ‘the writers’ who surely must have had a closer connection to the land, and still perhaps a great sense of wonder, than most of us do now.

    • Appreciate that Chas, and I’m so grateful that some places of wilderness has been preserved so that future generations have some possibility of recognizing that sense of wonder. It’s imperative to the human soul.

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