Wild Weekly Photo Challenge-People in Nature / Weekly Photo Challenge-Beyond

“See beyond what the eyes can see, believe beyond the inspiration.”

Felix Y. Siauw

FOCUSED

FOCUSED BEYOND THE PEAKS

This week, the Weekly Photo Challenge is “Beyond”, and the Wild Weekly Photo Challenge is” People-in-Nature” .  My visit last week to Sedona, Arizona presented me with opportunities to address both. For two lovely days, my husband was the perfect sherpa as I shot to my heart’s content all over this amazing area.

SUNRISE BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN

SUNRISE BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

Gerard Way

I overcame my sincere dislike of waking early to catch the sunrise over the red rocks.  It was quite cold but consequently most of the tourists decided to stay in their warm beds and we had our chosen post to ourselves, except for one other photographer (top) and a lovely sunrise seeker (above).  Perhaps because we were in one of the Sedona “Vortex” areas, we all communed nicely with one another and with glorious nature.

VORTEX

VORTEX AT CATHEDRAL ROCK

“Vision.  It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.”

Robert Collier

Apparently, the five vortex locations of Sedona are well-known, and are sought by many, such as the two women above, for their spiritual energy (yep, those little black spots are two people at the end of the plateau!).  The vortexes are purported to facilitate prayer, meditation and healing.  For me, simply observing the incredible beauty of the environment was more than enough to energize me.

BEYOND THE CACTI

BEYOND THE CACTI

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.”

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

THE GREAT BEYOND

THE GREAT BEYOND

After sunrise, the day warmed up beautifully and we journeyed to another vortex spot, The Chapel of the Holy Cross, to shoot the beautiful light just before sunset.

CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS

CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS

“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”

Voltaire

Finally, a shot which for me rather defines the mysteries of Sedona.  If you are open to it, whether because of its beauty or because of its mysterious vortexes, for at least a few moments you can bridge the divide between everyday life and the power of spirituality.

BRIDGING THE CHASM

BRIDGING THE CHASM

 

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: People in Nature!

For more BEYOND Weekly Challenge Posts, go to here. 

And last but not least, this post is also linked to Ailsa’s Travel Theme of the week “UP”.  Check it out here.

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52 thoughts on “Wild Weekly Photo Challenge-People in Nature / Weekly Photo Challenge-Beyond

  1. Thanks for the link. It certainly did my memory a lot of good to see these wonderful photographs. You are well worth following. :) That’s what I think.

  2. Amazing church indeed! While doing research for my post I found this masterpiece but it was from thr 50’s so didn’t include it. I will love to read a post about it with more pictures! Thanks for sharing this :)

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  4. A lot of times, life’s responsibilities and demand make us forget to enjoy and savor life itself. Today, you reminded us to truly see, breathe and cherish nature and everything around us. ““See beyond what the eyes can see, believe beyond the inspiration.”” Thanks.

  5. Love your photos. They bring back memories of my trip to Sedona.

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  7. Lovely colourful post a very alternative arty place from what we gathered ! The rocks just sing out with colour there .
    Tina you obviously captured the shots we would have got if we had possibly had more time when we travelled through there .. Big ;-)

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  9. That initial quote from Felix Y. Shaw (of “See beyond what the eyes can see, believe beyond the inspiration.”) sure resonated with me! Here is why: I posted the following in Twitter on Jan. 19th: Thomas Peace ‏@tom8pie
    Listen with what is deeper than what can hear.

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  13. Beautiful post, Tina! I love how you said about bridge the between everyday life and the power of spirituality. Thank you for your insights!

  14. Thanks to your commanding shots and commentary, Sedona is now on my bucket list. Bailey as a sherpa~that’s a hoot!

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