Weekly Photo Challenge – An Unusual Point of View

Canyonlands Grotto Sky

Canyonlands Grotto Sky

Last week, I got to spend time in one of my favorite places with two of my favorite people! My sister visited us for two weeks, and the middle part of our trip included a visit to Moab, Utah. Becky and I usually travel on our own but this time time, we invited my husband, Peter. The day after we arrived, we were treated to one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever known – a classical concert in a remote natural amphitheater next to the Colorado river in Canyonlands National Park. As part of the Moab Music Festival, musicians play chamber music in this magical place.

Everyone is transported via jet boat  down the river to this hidden location in the red rock canyon – The Grotto. And get this: they even carry a six foot long Steinway grand piano to the location for the concert.  I chose this shot because it was taken looking straight up at the sky through the opening in the rock walls – an unusual point of view indeed!

To learn more about the Moab Music Festival, click here.

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44 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – An Unusual Point of View

  1. Candace Holman says:

    Hi Cathy, what a great picture and I loved the story too. What fun you must’ve had.

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  2. mimijk says:

    That must be a feast for the eyes and ears!!

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  3. vastlycurious.com says:

    Oh my goodness – how lucky were you? I bookmarked it immediately and can scarcely think of anything I would like to do more. How wonderful Cathy and the picture was perfect.. Was that your view during the music?

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      If you looked up, yes. It’s a space about 75 yards in diameter and probably 200 feet high with a large opening onto the river that’s protected by trees. They place the piano close to the center and put chairs out for the guests. Some people also sit on the natural rock shelves behind the chairs.

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  4. Wow, what a stunning photo, Cathy! That must have been a beautiful spot to listen to music.

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  5. Carrie Rubin says:

    What an amazing experience that must have been. To hear beautiful music in that beautiful setting? Oh, I can only imagine. 🙂

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  6. Wow, that is totally spectacular! Wish I were there!

    But I too carry a grand piano with me wherever I go, so I don’t see what’s so unusual about that. I should probably learn to play it at some point, though. It would make more sense that way.

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  7. Wow! What a picture, Cathy! I will definitely check out the Moab music festival!

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  8. Brigitte says:

    Sounds great and magical — like your pic! Talk about a painted desert–beautiful.

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  9. That visit sounds like it was a total feast for the senses, Cathy. If attendees do not get wet, and I ever found myself presented with the opportunity to go, I would consider putting aside my aversion to leaving terra firma for this adventure.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      It was a total feast for the senses, V. We didn’t get wet, but enjoyed the river and music in a way that most people on the planet never get to experience. I felt very blessed. Very civilized but, yes, an adventure. The musicians were mostly Julliard trained, with the lead violinist playing a 1711 Stradivarius exquisitely. And YES! If you ever had the opportunity to go, I would bet a lot that you would not be disappointed!

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  10. ShimonZ says:

    The red in the rock seems on the edge of fantasy…

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  11. Stunning! I love the way the red rock frames the swirling sky. Just gorgeous! And a concert outside… Love them! We used to go to Tanglewood all the time, and it was sublime. Your Moab experience sounds like a few steps up from that!

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  12. Great perspective! I need to get back to Utah; the rock formations they have throughout the state are amazing. And to be able to attend a concert at a naturally formed amphitheater must have been fabulous. My mother would have loved that (she was a professional violinist).

    I was attuned to the healing energy of Re Hu Tek today. Boy was my third eye getting ready over the past few days (headache!). Should be interesting to learn how to work with it. (rehutek.com)

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  16. Athena Brady says:

    What an amazing photograph and I bet the concert was fabulous, thanks for sharing.

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  18. Definitely a great capture for this challenge.

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  20. I hope to someday visit for a time in Utah. I traveled through the state via rail in 2011 and was transfixed by the beautiful terrain I saw through the window. Thanks for sharing this picture for the challenge.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Utah is so beautiful! And I’m glad you enjoyed the photo! Moab is only about 6 1/2 hours by car from my home and I so enjoy visiting the area. I have been there many times and always find new places to visit. Thank you for your visit and the comment!

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  21. Wow your photos are wonderful! I wish I was a pro photographer

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