Follow the light

I love to make pictures when the sun is low on the horizon, or just under the horizon. For me this usually means around sunset, but there are times when I will be out with my camera to witness the sunrise.

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Depending on the weather, the transition from darkness to light, or vice versa, can be very dramatic, especially if there is a combination of sky and clouds visible, the clouds reflecting golden light and the sky a deep blue.

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I enjoy the quiet of this time of day, particularly at sunrise, when there are few people, if any, about. It’s a time when I experience the beauty of God’s creation and feel grateful for the experience. I often feel this way, when I am out in nature.

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Many of the Psalms give praise to God for the wonders of nature, which are seen as an expression of God’s creative power. These elements of nature praise God simply by being what they are and doing what they were made to do. Perhaps there is a lesson there for us, as we contemplate our own purpose on earth.

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“Praise him, sun and moon; praise him all you shining stars! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created. Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and cedars! Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! Let them praise the name of the Lord; his glory is above¬†heaven and earth.” (Psalm 148:3,5,9,10,13)

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