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Tuesday 26 August 2003

Pix Of The Day: New Zion Never Ending Pleasures
CREDITS: © Ian Scott-Parker/PishTush.com
MAPS: excellent Zion Canyon area maps available from TravelWest.net
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When the LDS (Mormon) Pioneers were colonizing the Great Basin, they often conferred biblical names on the places where they settled, and for naming their offspring. We were in a local store when a voice over the PA system requested members of staff to attend a meeting: the list of names sounded like a biblical roll call for the descendants of Abraham. The bread we are eating today was baked from flour milled in Lehi, a place named after the site of Samson's victory over the unfairly maligned Philistines (Judg. 15:9, 14, 16), where he slew a thousand of them with the jawbone of an ass. 'Zion' is clearly one such place name, although many of the names thereabouts were actually given by a Methodist minister named Frederick Vining Fisher. Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, Thomas Nelson, 1897) contains this entry about Zion:

…one of the eminences on which Jerusalem was built. It was surrounded on all sides, except the north, by deep valleys, that of the Tyropoeon (q.v.) separating it from Moriah (q.v.), which it surpasses in height by 105 feet. It was the south-eastern hill of Jerusalem. When David took it from the Jebusites (Josh. 15:63; 2 Sam. 5:7) he built on it a citadel and a palace, and it became 'the city of David' (1 Kings 8:1; 2 Kings 19:21, 31; 1 Chr. 11:5). In the later books of the Old Testament this name was sometimes used (Ps. 87:2; 149:2; Isa. 33:14; Joel 2:1) to denote Jerusalem in general, and sometimes God's chosen Israel (Ps. 51:18; 87:5). In the New Testament (see SION) it is used sometimes to denote the Church of God (Heb. 12:22), and sometimes the heavenly city (Rev. 14:1)

We visited Zion Canyon yesterday, using an unexpired Park Pass kindly donated by some recent visitors who are friends of ours. The canyon is a magical place. Our writing and photography are not up to the task of communicating the peace and light, or the tumult and darkness, of this awesome place. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, then we suggest you grasp it with both hands.

From Our 2002 Archive: E.J. Bellocq's Women - Monday 26 August 2002

Untitled [E.J. Bellocq scan by www.masters-of-photograpy.com]This is an untitled picture by E.J. Bellocq taken around 1912, available in the MoP (Masters of Photography) Bellocq gallery. Only 89 of Bellocq's images in this series have survived and Masters of Photography has 13 of them. Prof. James R. Beniger of the University of Southern California has a further example, which is also available for viewing on larger monitors. MoP also has an articles page and a resources page if you want more background on this interesting man and his pictures. This rich resource for anyone interested in the great photographs and photographers of the past is provided by WebGalleries.com, and their Artchive.com site is dedicated to art and artists.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)