Glen Canyon and Lake Powell have a Christmas connection. In 1963 after the completion of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, movie director George Stevens was filming a story of Jesus - "The Greatest Story Ever Told" here, the John the Baptist scene with Max von Sydow as Jesus; while the scenic Canyon was filling with water to become Lake Powell.
Stevens shot many of the flick's scenes in the U.S. Southwest. California's Death Valley was Jesus' 40 day journey into the wilderness. Nevada's Pyramid Lake represented the Sea of Galilee. Utah's Lake Moab was the setting for the Sermon on the Mount.
When questioned about using the Southwest instead of the Middle East, Stevens said: "I know that Colorado is not the Jordan, nor is Southern Utah Palestine. But our intention is to romanticize the area, and it can be done better here."
In this image, are house boats anchored on Lake Powell at sunset, with the picturesque Castle Rock in the background. Shot from Wahweap Campground
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claudeD (28842) 2013-12-24 8:05
Very fine picture showing this amazing lights. Excellent composition and clarity.Like the view very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
All my best wishes for Xmas to you and your family
npecanhuk (59006) 2013-12-24 9:29
Hi Ray! Wonderful location and very beautiful picture! Special regards to the colors, exposure, chosen pov and composition! Merry Christmas! Neyvan
marina7 (8007) 2013-12-24 9:49
very scenic place, definitely worth being chosen as a movie setting. Love the deep colors and the caravan of boats - looks like a movie scene indeed!
Best wishes and merry Christmas!
Corry (4090) 2013-12-24 21:41
Très beau paysage de montagnes avec une lumière basse qui donne une couleur dorée aux rochers. Bonne utilisation des bateaux alignés comme avant plan. Bien fait.
Silvio1953 (111016) 2013-12-25 2:03
Ciao Ray, fantastic landscape with fascinating reflections, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, Merry Christmas to you Silvio
dta (60137) 2013-12-25 2:56
Hello Ray ,
A very interesting note , for this splendid view of the Lake Powel , with a superb light on the fantastic rocky formations .
Noel_Byrne (17131) 2013-12-26 5:56
Brilliant note to accompany this wonderful image, thanks for teaching me something new once again! And a very unique and clever post over the festive season, it has the message of the greatest story, but is another wonderful scene from the US. Strangely, when I looked at this first, it actually reminded me of Egypt, I think mainly because of the boats which made me think of the Nile cruise shops.
So these are house boats? Wow, what a place to wake up in the morning. You captured the cliff face under beautiful light and with vivid colors, I can only imagine some of the scenes these residents must witness here over the passing of time.
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
delpeoples (50641) 2013-12-26 19:10
Now that's a fascinating bit of trivia and I hope I get asked the question in my next pub trivia quiz. What beautiful golden light and reflections, the blue tones contrast superbly and you chose the panoramic format to complement is all beautifully. That's some stunning scenery Mr Ray, and an excellent photo to do it justice.
I hope you've gutzed yourself silly over Christmas and that Santy was good to you.
kato (11066) 2013-12-29 17:30
You're capturing well this place by a good panoramic view and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the calm lake and amazing canyon in behind. It looks like the picturesque nature scene. The whole is harmonized well by a good arrangement and beautiful color combinations. And, a row of house boat floating on the lake draws out an additional good atmosphere in this image.
elenimavrandoni (11793) 2014-03-11 19:36
Ray, your note is very interesting but your image is fascinating especially the color and the reflection!!
great work and great panoramic presentation!!