Saturday, April 17, 2010


The Vine and the Branch by Dave Diegelman


There’s an amazing song from 1974 composed by John Ambercrombie named Timeless. It starts out with a slow, hypnotic cadence that develops like a sunrise from a mountain top as the artist explores a sense of eternity in musical form. It progresses from calm to seemingly chaotic while maintaining the undertones of the sunrise in the background and then returning again to a serene flow. It’s one of those compositions that invoke feelings of the awe and majesty of the Creator and the canvas that He has put before our eyes upon this earth.

Although there are many places that have brought about that same sense of connection to the Creator, Antelope canyon in Arizona testifies of God’s artistry in nature. It is arguably the most photographed slot canyon in the world but each photographer’s interpretation and composition is unique. Like reading through the Bible, each visit is unique as the light is never the same twice. The experience awakens in me a sense of wonder that all too often lies dormant in my soul or is crushed by the business of day to day life.

Albert Einstein once said, “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.” In a sense these canyons are like slow earthen clocks. The flood debris in “The Vine and the Branch” tells a story of the cataclysmic forces that have shaped this canyon contrasted by the stillness and beauty of its surroundings. One doesn’t have to use much imagination to picture the torrents of water towering 30’-50’ during a flash-flood yet the experience on a day bathed in sunshine hides the turbulent forces that lurk behind every sensually sculpted stone. The experience is sensational.

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