it’s there if you need it

Just south of the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Arizona, there is a scenic overlook that permits visitors to have a fantastic view of the river below, as it has carved its way through the red/peach sandstone that used to be an ocean floor in eons past.  One can step past the protective guard rail and approach the literal edge of the earth, cliff-wise, and peer out and into the river’s chasm that is several hundred feet below.

The lines of the handrails and the ridges and scoops of the sandstone caught my eye when I turned to look back…a curious placement of such a thing when viewed out of context, but knowing where and why brings its meaning.  For those who are used to walking on uneven terrain, the walk down and back is not difficult, but for others, the railing is…there if you need it.

Handrail in the sandstone

18 responses

  1. That is a rather strange sight, but if it will help keep people safe… It’s kind of a parallel to the old idea that locks only keep honest people honest though.

    October 29, 2015 at 8:03 am

    • It was rather odd, to be sure.

      November 3, 2015 at 6:38 am

  2. How very thoughtful!

    October 29, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    • Maybe related to tourist dollars somehow….? 😉

      November 3, 2015 at 6:38 am

  3. Perspective and context is everything; the photo is so illustrative.

    October 29, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    • I agree, Charlie….perspective and context…..

      November 3, 2015 at 6:39 am

  4. I’ll bet the view is worth the walk – handrails or not.

    October 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    • It was rather spectacular, Laura…and coming soon in another post. 🙂

      November 3, 2015 at 6:39 am

  5. I’m glad that it’s there for those who need it, and I’m also glad that I didn’t have to install it.

    October 29, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    • Probably wouldn’t have been much fun, Allen.

      November 3, 2015 at 6:40 am

  6. Fascinating landscape!

    October 29, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    • It can almost be mesmerizing, Adrian….

      November 3, 2015 at 6:40 am

  7. Excellent eye to see this as a potential composition, Scott. Well done.

    October 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

    • Thank you, Frank. 🙂

      November 3, 2015 at 6:40 am

  8. An environmental sculpture to be sure……and maybe, more useful than most!

    November 12, 2015 at 1:27 am

    • There is most certainly a utilitarian aspect to this bit of “modern art,” John….. I like your perspective. 🙂

      December 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm

  9. Funny how the railing removes any truly wild feeling, and yet its done about as harmoniously as it could be, as your photo shows.

    November 14, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    • Your words bring to mind the thoughts I’ve had so many times when traveling through this part of the country, and in the SLC area, as well, about how things must have looked before there was any evidence of modern man…how blissfully wild it must have looked. 🙂

      December 9, 2015 at 7:44 pm

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