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Stone Workers

Waterfall by Eliot Porter
Photo credit: Eliot Porter

“The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools,
but the gentle touches of air and
water working at their leisure
with a liberal allowance of time.”
Henry David Thoreau




Photo credit: Dungeon Canyon by Eliot Porter

“Past these towering monuments, past these mounded billows of orange sandstone, past these oak-set glens, past these fern-decked alcoves, past these mural curves, we glide hour after hour, stopping now and then, as out attention is arrested by some new wonder.”
— John Wesley Powell, 1869

Mounds & Monuments

Rainbow Bridge

Photo credit: Rainbow Bridge, by Eliot Porter

“On the walls, and back many miles into the country, numbers of monument-shaped buttes are observed.  So we have a curious ensemble of wonderful features — carved walls, royal arches, glens, alcove gulches, mounds and monuments.  From which of these features shall we select a name?  We decided to call it Glen Canyon.

John Wesley Powell, 1869