Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 886 W: 0 N: 2051] (8514)
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