A “Sign” of the Apocalypse #10 (Bo Diddley #2)

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UploadedJuly 12, 2010
TakenAugust 26, 2009
ModelCanon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure1/160 sec at f/8
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Focal Length5.8 mm
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[Wahweap Marina, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page, Arizona, August 2009]

I have been going to Page, Arizona every year since 2007, and I am headed that way in four weeks. It’s only fifty miles downriver from Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and the rarely visited North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley are an easy drive from Page. Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks are a little farther out. Page is in paradise.

The Glen Canyon Recreational Area was made possible by the Glen Canyon Dam, which dammed the Colorado River about 800 miles upriver from the Hoover Dam, forming Lake Powell, home of the largest collection of million-dollar houseboats in the nation. (I featured some of these floating palaces last year.)

Which brings me to the boat ramp. The boat ramp you see here was designed to handle these mammoth naval vessels. It’s about 1,000 feet long. To give you an idea of the scale, those are long flatbed trucks you see at the bottom of the ramp. It was only after I learned that the ramp was also designed to handle small aircraft (!!!) in emergency situations, that I knew this was a “sign” of the apocalypse.

But, back to Bo Diddley (please see previous upload). It wasn’t long after Bo’s “jungle beat” took hold in America’s collective conscious, that the beat began showing up elsewhere on the Billboard Top 100. It would keep showing up for decades. I am linking an early example.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

41 responses

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    wonderful area of USA, nice shot

  • dana io

    dana io gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    It looks like some UFO landing area : ) great!

  • Meta Oset

    Meta Oset (Deleted) gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    Well..Bo Diddley's jungle beat is much more juicy, my humble opinion,but Otis is not bad either..Now, I'm listening Diddley right now and am reading you..and watching the image..It's something so humorous in comparing No Parking On Ramp and his primal happy alive song..Humorus and tragic, all in one.Yes, you are right, it is a sign of apocalypse. Marvelous photo and the narration, again.

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    Great shot and video, Dick! Also liked John's video! Rock n Roll will never die! Apocolypse now!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (12 Jul 2010):

    My good friends, what a range of awesome comments. Thank you! (Warren, weren't you in the movie?)

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    I'm a little perplexed by your sign....would off-ramp vehicles also be towed? Also, that's a GREAT Bo Diddley song, but for some reason I am reminded of a hoedown!! Wonderful information T...bet you can't wait for your trip to paradise!!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    What a shot cousin!!! Thats a grand place for sure!! And that water is so blue!! WOW !!!!!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    very nice!!!!!!!!

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    Amazingly, wonderfully unreal!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    A fabulous place! Other than the sign, it exudes joy! Great music!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    I love these......!!! :):):)

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    Great video and info!! The shot is fantastic!! Leave it to Susan to come up with the off ramp question!! Can't you control her? :)

  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    I am just blown away by the reason for the road being so large and keep asking myself "How much is enough?". Love the blue of the water.

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (12 Jul 2010):

    Thats a big one Dick,and the wonderful infro!!!!!

  • ellie huntress

    ellie huntress gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    i. love. this.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    I love seeing your views of America!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    Most excellent, Dick! I think we've been to that very spot!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    That is quite a large ramp...and I like how it leads your eye to infinity...I remember when you posted the floating houseboats last year...You really had some interesting images plus lots of good stories that I hope you were able to save in your personal files before you took your site down...

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (12 Jul 2010):

    Whooh! that is startling blue water, a contrast to the paler sky. that ramp does seem to go off to infinity Richard. Such a lot going on in this image. Love all the information! And Bo Diddly is a favourite from time gone by. You have some wonderful places to look forward to soon...lucky you!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (13 Jul 2010):

    Great shot, I visited Page Az some years ago and spent some time at and in lake Powell, it is a grand place for sure, it is too bad that the architacts of the joint chose to flood out some sacred indian grounds and obscure some ancient hieroglyphs in order to create such a place...I was watching tv a few dys ago was deciding on wether or not to watch a movie that looked real bad..(worse than a 'B' movie) until I saw Bo Diddley was in the credits..it was a mid 70's Vampire /Rock an Roll movie, Bo was a musician at a club and a young vampire was trying to win the heart of a young gal..it was sooo bad...but it was a good example of Bo's influence on popular music and culture. It was obviously made during a time in which Bo was not making much coin in the music biz, he told me when i met him that he had worked as a policeman in california at one time...what?..Bo a cop?...Bo was in fact not his real name..Ellas Bates some say Otha Ellas Bates, and later Ellas McDaniel. Interesting indeed.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (13 Jul 2010):

    it just goes on and on and on,,this is a really great capture,,love the music too..

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (14 Jul 2010):

    Oh, the blue of that water--glacial. This is quite a combo, Sir Richard, I love your crazy juxtapositions (great clip)!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (14 Jul 2010):

    Fascinating shot, videos and comments...

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (14 Jul 2010):

    Thanks everyone, for your nice comments! Steve, forty years on, the creation of Lake Powell (by damning the Colorado River) is shrouded in controversy. Many simply do not see the reason for creating the second dam. The waters did "drown" numerous geologic features, as well. A few more Bo Diddley-influenced songs are in the cue! Stay tuned!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (14 Jul 2010):

    amazing capture UFO's on its way :)

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (14 Jul 2010):

    Great composition

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (14 Jul 2010):

    WOW... you make me want to go there :~) I know you'll have a fabulous time!! Amazing shot....and once again.... I've learned something new :~)

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (14 Jul 2010):

    That is humongous! Take your skateboard!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (15 Jul 2010):

    Cool find! Art is everywhere.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (15 Jul 2010):

    Excellent work!!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (15 Jul 2010):

    wow, most excellent, thanks for sharing

  • Julie V McKinney

    Julie V McKinney gave props (18 Jul 2010):

    I wouldn't park my car on a ramp ever, imagine it rolled into the lake!!!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (18 Jul 2010):

    Fantastic shot and narrative, Richard! I was at Page, AZ different times when I lived in Las Vegas. It is a magnificant place to spend some time. As you mentioned, a paradise. Again you have wowed us with your photography and fascinating tale!!! Bravo my friend!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (20 Jul 2010):

    Fabulous shot, Dick. Feel as if I'm sliding down that ramp into that amazing blue. Always appreciate your info.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (26 Jul 2010):

    been there done that ! love this shot !

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (14 Nov 2010):

    Brilliant shot, love it!

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (14 Nov 2010):

    Yes, brilliant!!

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (10 Jul 2011):

    What a brilliant background! Love the composition

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