reflection, Scenery

Lasting Impression

When we travel to well known locations, I like to take pictures that are easily recognizable views of the location. My wife and I recently completed a puzzle that was an iconic view from the Yosemite Valley. Shortly before finishing the puzzle, I realized I had taken a photo in 2012 that was almost exactly the same view.

This photo of Yosemite Half Dome was taken on the same trip. I was trying to capture a different image of a familiar sight.

Sometimes we see God in the familiar, such as the famous view of Yosemite Valley depicted in the puzzle. Sometimes it is in the less familiar. Maybe a spontaneous moment, maybe a long awaiting moment. Always leaving a lasting impression.

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reflection, Scenery

Black and Blue

Do you recognize this famous location? I’m guessing not, unless you were watching very closely from an aircraft as you were flying out west.

I have written before about a song called “Masterpiece”, sung by Danny Gokey. I was listening to it again recently and was struck by a different part of the lyrics:

Guess I’m your canvas

Beautiful black and blue

Painted in mercy’s hue

I don’t see past this.

You see me now

Who I’ll be then

There at the end

Standing there as

Your Masterpiece

(Songwriters: Emily Lynn Weisband & Bernie Herms)

I chose to use this photo for these words because of its colors and because it is a famous location that is not easily recognized from this view. That is Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park.

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reflection

It was Good

I like this photo for several reasons. I remember this day of hiking at Glacier National Park very well. We saw a number of bighorn sheep that day as we hiked to Grenell glacier and back. It was amazing to watch them walk and run along the mountainside. We heard that we just missed a couple of young rams butting heads. Maybe this was one of them.

I love the detail visible in this photo. He was close, but not really as close as you would guess – this was taken with a telephoto lens. The horns fascinate me, the way you can see the ridges so clearly. There may even be a couple of rings closer to his head; these mark the years of his life.

I think what I like best is the way he seems to be sticking his tongue out. Like he is taunting us, “you can’t catch me!”

God made every kind of wild animal, every kind of tame animal, and every kind of thing that crawls on the ground. God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25.

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