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Light and Shadows

Light and shadows.  I took this photo this summer in the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, CO.  I got there just as the sun was coming up, hoping to get some shots of the Siamese Twins–a rock formation hewn by wind and weather that, if you stand in just the right spot, frames Pikes Peak.  I was not disappointed by the spectacular view.

As day dawned, the golden sunlight revealed the beauty of God’s creation and sprinkled shadows across the mountain range.  The mountain on the far left is Cheyenne Mountain with an elevation of 9,570 ft.  Pikes Peak, a fourteener, is at      14, 115 ft.   Of course, if you are in Colorado Springs, you are already at a breathless elevation of 6000 ft.

“Light” and “darkness” are a common theme in the Bible, and God uses them as metaphors for good and evil.

One of my favorite passages is I John 1:5-9:
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you:  God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

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White-capped Pikes Peak is just visible between the twin rock spires.

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A better look

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Peaking through the lower opening of the rock formation

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And one more

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What do you believe?

I don’t know about you, but I MARVEL at all I see in nature.

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As a Christian, I BELIEVE that God created our beautiful earth and solar system.   Every time I go for a walk in the woods, I’m even more convinced of it as I photograph the myriad species of life I see.   I’m a birder and I take lots and lots of photos of birds.   According to Wikipedia, there are 647 species of birds in Texas (though 157 of them are considered Review Species, meaning that there is some question about the bird ID and documentation is requested) (1).   I see these incredibly beautiful and unique birds through  the view finder in my camera, and there is simply no way I believe they are the result of a “singularity” as determined by the Big Bang Theory (2).  When I think of the diversity of life—trees, flowers, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, etc.—REALLY, I’m supposed to believe they just happened, and not by design?

Months ago, I discovered a website of quotes by scientists who believe there is an “Intelligent Designer of the universe.”  This is a quote from one of the scientists, Astronomer Allan Sandage,

“I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle. God to me is a mystery but is the explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing.”–Astronomer Allan Sandage, winner of the Crafoord Prize in astronomy (which is equivalent to the Nobel Prize). Sandage is considered to be one of the founders of modern astronomy and was widely regarded to be the world’s greatest cosmologist until his death in 2010. He came to belief in God as a result of his science, as he announced at a conference on the origin of the universe in 1985. He also became a Christian (3).

So—those are my thoughts about what I see in the view finder of my Canon; my beliefs are grounded in scripture,  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (4).

 

References:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Texas
  2. http://www.big-bang-theory.com
  3. http://www.allaboutphilosophy.org/teleological-argument-and-scientists-faq.htm
  4. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1

 

First Let Me Look…

 

 

“The day began uncertain,

With clouds low trailing and moments of rain that misted.

… ‘And what do you see?’

‘Yes, what do I see?

First let me look.  I see raspberry vines–‘

Oh, if you’re going to use your eyes, just hear

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Though I’ve totally taken these lines from Robert Frost’s poem, “The Generations of Men,” out of context,  they have a certain rhythm that appeals to me and represents what I hope my photography does for others–that through my photography you can “hear” what I see.  “Hear” in the sense that you feel something when you look at the photos—“Listen to Your Heart,” so to speak.

What I feel when I’m taking the photos and, later, looking at and processing them is the magnitude and awesomeness of God; the certainty that He is our creative Creator who designed everything for our pleasure.   Until I took up photography, I missed the intricacies of His creation in my day-to-day life, and it is my hope that through these photos, you will see God’s hand in the world of nature.