I believe that beauty and Grace are all around us, every day. The camera helps me to really see things that I often walk past without seeing. By seeing beauty, symmetry and grace right where I am, I experience wonder and feel closer to my God. I experience this Grace nearly everywhere. In the patterns and colors of leaves on the ground or how the light and shadow play on the mountains. I feel that beauty, that reflection of Grace, is out there, perhaps not everywhere but in many places, happening so often that I only need to welcome it, be open to it for me to receive that Grace.
Mark Nepo says "In keeping the center of the I empty, the miracle of life can enter. Art Wolfe, renown landscape photographer says, "Do not shoot with prejudice". I translate that to mean do not go looking for fish in the forest. There is much sage advice down the ages about not deciding before you see or hear.
This photo is a good example of my belief that beauty in art and moments of grace happen constantly as a daily possibility. The day of this photo, I had driven many miles to photograph a famous waterfall and was returning home. I stopped near an orchard because of how the sunlight limned as a glow in the branches and leaves. I had already taken some very fine pictures of the waterfall and could very easily call the day a success, yet I stopped. I took some wonderful pictures of the light in the autumn leaves and, as I turned to leave, happy, I looked down.
For this I am grateful.
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