Sedona Arizona: Mysterious Happenings

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Written by Gary Wonning

The mysteries of Sedona are endless, and the stories never end,  it sees  everyone has an account of something mysterious that they saw or were a part of while in Sedona.

Roaming the streets and trails of the area, you feel as if you could have an encounter at any moment. There certainly is magic in the air.

There may be a logical explanation for them, but black Apache helicopters are constantly at the small airport on Airport Mesa.

The Apache helicopters are manufactured in nearby Mesa Arizona and could just be on a test run, but, military personnel always man them, so you often wonder what they are doing here, especially with all the paranormal activity that is associated with Sedona.

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

One of the powerful vortexes of Sedona

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

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The Rainbow Serpent in Aboriginal Folk Lore

.photo of ayres rock, "uluru" in central Australia

The life of the Australian Aborigine

Written by Gary Wonning

The Rainbow Serpent is the cornerstone to the aboriginal beliefs and customs.

The Rainbow Serpent, the symbol of creation to the Australian aborigines means different things to different people, much like God means different things to various people in the west. 

Many aborigines believe they have seen the Rainbow Serpent, they report it has being seen as a snake, and is  similar to meeting God, or an Angel.

They believe the Rainbow Serpent made all the water and everything in creation.

Some compare it to the Loch Ness Monster, and like seeing UFOs only certain people  have seen it.

Most say the Rainbow Serpent is more feeling than visual. Like a God, if you believe it is there, then it’s  there, like the wind blowing.

We believe God is our creator, they believe Rainbow Serpent is their creator, and the Rainbow Serpent created everything and watches over them, it takes a special skill to see him,  only tribal Elders meet him.

They believe she came  from the  Sun.

The Rainbow Serpent is often referred to as male or female, depending on the individual and circumstances.

It seems most cultures have the same thoughts towards who or what God is , they just use different names and symbols, often times the names and symbols are guided by their environment and their perception of reality.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

photo of the Egyptian Sphinx at sunset

A journey into the unknown. Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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UPS Arizona style

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A UPS driver making a delivery to a beautiful blonde

Written by Gary Wonning

I was about to see another side of UPS. My aunt and uncle lived in Phoenix Arizona so I decided to go visit them in February of nineteen eighty-eight. My uncle had been confined to assisted living, so it was just my aunt and myself gallivanting around the desert.

One afternoon, a few miles northwest of Phoenix, we entered the little town of Wickenburg, at the edge of town was a small gas station. I happened to look over in the parking lot and there were four P-400 UPS package cars parked at a small roller conveyor with a roof built over it.

I had to check this out; I turned around and inquired at the station.  The attendant told me that yes it was a UPS center, there were only four drivers, each would deliver a quarter of the seven hundred population town and head out into the desert, going a different direction, serving mainly Indian reservations. There was a goose neck trailer in the back with a window air conditioner sticking out the side. This was the office, a manager would drive up from Phoenix in the morning, get things started and then drive back to Phoenix for the rest of the day.

After moving to Sedona a few years later, I was to discover this was common in the desert, with a climate that featured no extreme cold, very little rain, and a sparse population, only the essentials were needed.

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In Camp Verde located in the Verde River Valley, they used what looked like a manufactured home with docks in the side as a center. The package cars were parked outside in the weather, of course the loading was done in the early morning hours before the heat of the day had set in.

Arizona also had state wide seniority whereby a driver could bid on an area statewide, I think the areas came up for bid every two years and if he/she had enough seniority could bid on any area in the state.  A lot of times drivers in Phoenix would do this to escape the heat of the low desert and to get away from the stressful city life.

Because of the distance Arizona was from Louisville and the three time zones involved, next day air parcels had to leave Sedona by two-thirty pm in order to arrive in Phoenix in time to make the plane to the main air hub in Louisville.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Saint Thomas: Saint Peter Great House and Botanical Gardens

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The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

Photography by Gary Wonning

Please click on the photos for more photos of Saint Thomas

Set atop a volcanic peak on the island of St. Thomas is the 150-acre plantation, St. Peter Greathouse and Botanical Gardens. The property was built originally in the 19th century, and now serves as a popular spot to host weddings and events, as well as a botanical garden that is open to the public for touring.

The Great House is set on 20,000 square feet of property and is able to accommodate a whopping 500 guests.

The beauty of St. Thomas

From the outdoor observation deck you can view more than 15 other islands and cays. A stroll through the gardens will showcase glimpses of tropical birds, butterflies, and fish, a waterfall, and 150 different species of tropical plants, including over 20 different orchid varieties.

View from the top

This restored world-class estate is set on 11 acres 1,000 feet above Hull Bay and world-famous Magens Bay

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

 

The Pyramid of Unas and Cheops

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

Located at Saqqara, the pyramid of Unas has a room with an empty sarcophagus and the ceiling is blue representing the sky with stars covering the ceiling where the ancient ceremonies were performed.

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The pyramid of Cheops, as many know it as the Giant Pyramid in Giza has three chambers, with the king’s chamber located near the top. It is difficult to enter, after climbing the grand galley; one must crawl through a narrow opening to enter the king’s chamber. Upon entering one finds a smoothly polished granite lined chamber with an empty sarcophagus tomb near the center of the room.

The high walls are polished granite and there are air chambers on two sides of the room which are said to have pointed towards Venus at the time of the construction of the pyramid.

When a king passed, the coronation and ascension process were two similar but different ceremonies that is said to resemble masonic ceremonies of today. 

Performed at different times, the thought was to bring the soul of the deceased pharaoh into the body of the soon to be king.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

King Cheops Pyramid ; The King’s Chamber

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Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

Written by Gary Wonning

Located in the upper third of the Cheops pyramid it is hard to imagine how the workmen were able to get these huge stones this high from the ground. The stone over the King’s Chamber is larger than a train locomotive. The chamber itself must be about twenty feet wide, long, and high, and the walls are fashioned out of polished granite. Looking around I spotted two air chambers on opposite sides of the room and the sarcophagus sitting on one side. People were peering in when I suddenly heard a gasp. Someone had lain down in the vault for a photo op and just as a lady peered over the side, he raised up, and gave her quite a fright.  It got a chuckle out of everyone.

photo of the kings chamber

The kings chamber of Cheops pyramid

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Saint Thomas: Coral World

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The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

Photography by Gary Wonning

Coral World was inaugurated in the 1970s.  Since then It has been one of St. Thomas’ most important tourist attractions.

In 1998, workers at Coral World began breeding Seahorses.

Please click on the photos to see beautiful photos of Saint Thomas.

Rescued Sea turtles are some of the more popular residents of Coral World

The ocean park consists of an open-water system where water flows through each of the exhibits and back out to the ocean. 

Coral World Marine Park in St. Thomas incorporates all the world famous features: Marine Museum, Shark, Stingray and Turtle Pools, Touch Pools, and naturally – The Underwater Observatory.

 

Coral World St. Thomas was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and was fully renovated by Coral World International. In 1995 Coral World St. Thomas was hit again by Hurricanes Marilyn and Louis. In 2017 Coral World was again destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Each time, it has fully recovered and remains one of the top destinations when visiting Saint Thomas.

Exhibits include the Caribbean Reef Encounter an 80,000 gallon circular tank open at the top for the natural elements to filter in. Marine Gardens which has 21 smaller tanks displaying ocean life in the Caribbean. Shark Shallows a nursery for adolescent sharks. A stingray pool where guests can feed the stingray after the presentation. 

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.