Sedona: My First Encounter With Bell Rock

 

Written by Gary Wonning

An excerpt from my book, The Portals of Sedona.

Soon we approached the Hwy 179 exit and began driving towards Sedona.  Suddenly, rounding a mountain, in clear view directly in front of us was a large red rock that looked like a bell.

I remember her saying something about it being Bell Rock, Well, that makes sense since it looks like a bell.

For whatever reason, I began to feel light headed, extremely hungry, and disoriented.

This is crazy, I just ate a big breakfast two hours ago, and I can’t be hungry. I continued looking at Bell Rock and the feelings intensified.

I stopped the car just short of Bell Rock for some photos of this captivating rock. I was extremely hungry and making an effort to stay grounded, I ate everything Emma brought from home, and I was still hungry.

The journey was just beginning.

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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

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Tennessee

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Tennessee, the home of beautiful scenery, good people, and scrumptious food. Or is it good food and beautiful people?

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As the barn signs proclaim for thousands of miles, you must see Ruby Fall.

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Rock City, located next to Ruby Falls is also high on the list. On a clear day, you can see seven states.

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The site of many famous Civil War battles, there is a ton of history to learn.

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Gatlinburg, in the southeastern corner of the state, is near Pigeon Forge and Dolly World. One of the premier vacation spots in the country it lies at the entrance to the Smokey Mountain National Park and the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

 

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Don’t miss the Smokey Mountain National Park.

The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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Bell Rock

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Bell Rock, one of the most famous landmarks on the planet, marks the entrance to Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona when traveling on highway 179.

It is the most powerful vortex in the area and many who visit it have encountered many strange events. Many encounter extraterrestrials from other worlds and realms, and many experience past life  events for the first time in their life.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Mayan culture
It doesn’t take long to discover that Belize is a land of contrasts. From the poverty and disarray of the cities to the quiet countryside, many differences are soon found. With poverty and crime running rampant in cities such as Belize City and Belmopan, the traveler has to be constantly aware of his surroundings and protect whatever is being carried. Remember,that camera hanging around your neck is worth more than the average Belizean earns in a year. All that aside, the Mayan people are wonderfully warm people many of whom go out of their way to please visitors. Traveling into the countryside one discovers thatch roof homes with no doors or windows. Because of the warm climate , they can live comfortably all year with a gentle breeze flowing through the open windows and doors. I was struck with the concept that although no utility lines were visible, a lot of homes had a satellite dish in the front yard.
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Is African Rock Art the Earliest Form of Rock Art?

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The  Australian aborigine  legends state the Negroid race  came from Asia many thousands of years ago and they migrated to Africa about 100,000 year ago. They believe the Aborigines also migrated from Asia about forty thousand years ago, and have live in Australia since then.

  I found this interesting article  about the African Rock Art   I thought I would pass on. It was published by the British Museum.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Australialife

A photo essay featuring the native Australian Aborigines along with the contributions their way of life could be to the modern day world.

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Rock Port, Michigan

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Rock Port Park is a 4,237 acre state park located along the shore of Lake Huron in Presque and Alpena counties. 

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An old limestone quarry it was used in days of old to transport the limestone from the quarry to destinations around the world.

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Today there isn’t much left but a pile of stone and boat piers that are no longer in use.

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The channels were deep enough so that almost any shop could dock and load it’s cargo.

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With several ship wrecks just off the coast, it is a favorite scuba diving spot and training facility for the local rescue squads.

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Bats do hibernate in the caves located in the  area. Also , this is northern Michigan so wildlife of all varieties abound.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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Uluru, To the Top!

Uluru, To The Top!

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As the “Rock” came into sight, I began feeling the energy from this ancient monolith, which was formed from a featureless landscape during the Tjukurpa, or creation.  As the bus approached Uluru, I began to wonder what adventure awaited me.

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The “Rock” became a very impressive sight, rising from the floor of the outback. It was the only object to be seen for miles!

To Aborigines, Uluru is a Cathedral and though the outside form is visible, the underlying spiritual concepts are not a matter of public record. It is a living reminder of the Dream time struggle. The stories which relate to every aspect of its extraordinary form carry clear moral codes, good prevailing over evil. The spiritual over the physical, the importance of hospitality and the maintenance of the law.

If I was to climb this monolith, it would be very difficult,  my right arm  was still very weak from a  motorcycle accident three months earlier. The way to the top was very steep and the only way was to pull oneself up by a large chain that had been provided.  I almost quit climbing twice.

I had to do it, several months earlier I had felt the need  to climb to the top and find a man-sized pit surrounded by three circular ones,  this was one of the reasons I had come to the Land of Oz.

Intuition had  told me to leave my forty pounds of camera equipment in the bus, I didn’t do it, the reason became apparent, myself and some of the other photographers had extreme difficulty. Our light meters would not give a correct reading. After I had returned home and had the slides developed, they were all black! Whatever energy that emits from this shrine had played havoc with the electronics in our cameras. I encountered the same problem in Egypt, as I had to replace some of the electronics  in my camera after trying to photograph the step pyramid.

Arriving at the top I immediately found the pit and three circles that had been carved into the stone many ages ago.
As I Lay in the pit I could only imagine what ancient ceremonies had taken place here.

It was very beautiful, standing on top of this ancient landmark, with the Australian plain stretching out before me , I could see forever.

After several minutes of contemplating the wonder of being  in this great place, it was time to start the trip down the side of the “rock”. The trip down was a lot easier, as the old saying goes, it’s all downhill from here.

By the time everyone reached the bus it was nearing sunset, so we raced to get a photo of Uluru as the sun sat behind us. As the sun raced down, the sky changes  from blue to orange and back to purple, the color fading as darkness descended upon us.

Time to eat!! Time for a tinnie (can of beer), our dinner of steak, shrimp, beans and potato was being prepared on the barbie! It doesn’t get any better than this!!

The weather was turning cold, we were headed for a record low of twenty degrees F, it would be a long night with only my  light jacket and an uninsulated swag to sleep in!!

The effects of the tinnies and long necks were being felt, three o’clock in the morning and it was time for a bathroom call, freezing, I made the long trip to the latrine, being chilled to the bone, there would be no sleep the rest of the night.

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A Modern Day Walkabout, an Ebook about a walkabout in the Land of Oz.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Capitol Butte Sedona Arizona

Resembling a large serpent, Capitol Butte looms over Sedona Arizona.

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Capitol Butte

Capitol Butte, or Thunder Mountain is the highest peak in the Sedona area, thus it is visible from nearly any location in town as well as the surrounding area.

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Representing the head of a serpent, many native American legends surround it.

Sedona is often referred to as the unofficial New Age capital of the world.
North Arizona University concluded that 64 percent of the near
four million annual visitors to Sedona come in search of a spiritual
experience.

Archaeologist Jesse Walter Fewkes  believed that Sedona
and the Verde Valley was the legendary Palatkwapi, the great red
city of the south, which is spoken about in Hopi legends.

For the Hopi,
the “Red City” was a great cultural and religious
center
which they only traveled to for religious and spiritual practices, no one lived here.

Regardless if you come here for a spiritual experience, to hike the many trails, view the beautiful vistas, or to just relax at one of the luxurious resorts in the area, Sedona will not disappoint you.

I post regularly on interesting places to visit, stay in touch and follow me on Kindle.I always appreciate your comments and suggestions.

The author 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 welcome

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This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money, often a full-time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment but a living income as well