“See beyond what the eyes can see, believe beyond the inspiration.”
Felix Y. Siauw
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.
“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
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.
“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.”
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.
“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.”
Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
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.
“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”
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.
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.