Vision Quest 0 | The Ascent

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Vision Quest 0 | The Ascent

This is a rock guardian protector. He watches over all who ascend into a natural Vision Quest site, located at what is now the Rim Rock Trail, Shawnee Forest, Illinois. This is a Limited Edition art print.

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This art photograph has been released in the following sizes and editions. Please contact me if you have needs of a different size print:

Photo: 7.5  x 10 inches | Paper: 8.5 x 11 inches | mat: 11×14 inches | edition: 50
Photo: 12.75 x 18.75 inches | Paper: 13 x 19 inches | mat: 18 x 24 inches | edition: 50 + 2AP
Cards: 7 x 10 inches folded with envelope | open edition

Vision Quest Site in Southern Illinois

This rock guardian has been on duty for centuries, faithfully watching over those who seek to pass by and enter a tall rock cavern once used as a Vision Quest site.

This is the ascent point to the natural vision quest site, which very few modern hikers recognize. It is located at the Rim Rock Trail in Southern Illinois.


Native American tradition honors the vision quest. This is a journey to find your own specific purpose and path through life. This journey is frequently made to some significant energy spot. The earth contributes its own power to your personal search.

To reach this site nowadays, you have to travel down a long trail to a ravine by a gently flowing stream. This energy-rich site has been occupied by many different peoples over the centuries for many different purposes; there is a large cave overhang just left of this photograph which offers protection from the elements. Leading up out of the ravine is a somber, hooded Rock Guardian, overseeing a rocky path that in more recent times acquired a rough stone stairway. Your Vision Quest journey is about to begin.

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Print Details

This is a limited edition art photograph and is available only until its designated run length is reached.

I handprint each photograph myself, using archival-quality ink on 60 lb 10 mil thick acid free archival-quality matte paper. The image is signed and numbered on the back and arrives with its own uniquely numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The digital watermark visible on the internet view of this piece is not present on the print itself.

The photographs are set in thick quality buffered–pH Neutral matting. The 5×7 cards with envelopes are open editions, also printed with archival-quality inks on archival-quality paper.

I offer free shipping within the United States. The photos are shipped taped to their mat, between two mat board backings, inside a custom-size heavy cardboard envelope/sleeve.

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