BEAUTY LOST SYNOPSIS



Synopsis: This narrative is about the real vs. the ersatz; the original habitat vs. the literal drowning. In this case, Beauty Lost discloses a story about this lengthy canyon in southeast Utah that most people are not aware. The narrative, therefore, describes a consummate view of the old and the new Glen Canyon. Respectively, a thesis to antithesis that happened in the early 1960s. The old refers to Glen Canyon's halcyon days and habitat; the new refers to the retrofit of a great big dam and a monster-sized lake-basin storage behind its gleaming structure. Consequently, hundreds of scenic haunts (chambers, alcoves, and grottoes) were lost forever when hundreds of feet of water inundated the canyon's interior. The most celebrated of these idyllic environs was Cathedral in the Desert––conceivably an Eden of sandstone and matchless beauty. The narrative of the book features a film-documentary of a 1959 rafting trip through Glen Canyon’s interior before these consequential changes came about. The rustic 8mm movie was filmed by the acclaimed Grand Canyon author and hiker, George Steck. After meeting George and becoming friends with him, I later inherited the movie, then reformatted the fragile film into a VHS format. In time, that copy was  formatted into a DVD. He called the movie Beauty Lost and my text is based on that historic movie. I felt the epithet was an apt title for my composition. Composed in three parts (the before, during and after phases), the text reveals what happened to Glen Canyon starting in the late 1950s. This epic change and some say an outright ruinous retrofit, is known only by a relative few. It follows how most people today are more familiar with the sprawling lake covering the canyon’s interior.  The 300-page descriptive account throughout Beauty Lost relates a thorough and objective background of both Glen Canyon realms (i.e., the chaste habit he experienced and the aftermath that became a mega-basin storage project an aquatic playground for tourists). The literal cover-up of Glen Canyon has always remained a topical environmental subject, whose diatribes and polemics fought by both sides of the Glen Canyon-Lake Powell issue continues to fuel the controversy, especially in view of Lake Powell’s ongoing environmental problems, including abrupt changes to the Grand Canyon’s interior due to extremely low water temperatures harmful to some life life, as well as ongoing beach erosion caused by the dam.


PDF page count (for softcover text): 255 pages