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The Light Shining Down

Miles Moody

Boone, United States

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Featured with the group Deer Me Nov 2009

Featured with the group Healing Through Art Dec 2009

Featured with the group Smoky Mountain Masterpieces Dec 2009

Something about this image drew me in as I pondered on it, recalling the moments when the photo was taken. It was cold that day as I lay on my chest aiming my camera up in wonder at the beauty before me. The snow shower tinkled about me as I focused my camera thru the viewfinder fogging over in my misty breath. Even then I felt the hint of something ‘over and above’ me, as a presence gathering me up into a desire for peace and serenity. I felt me relaxing into the cold as I gave myself over to that desire for tranquility, and then I felt it grow. My hand was shaking as I fired off the frame and I wondered at the cause. Was the chill getting to me or was I in the throes of something else? I realized that though I lay in a bed of snow, I was far from cold, or perhaps it comes closer to say that I was not the least bit concerned. I had walked a long way thru ice and snow; my camp was even farther still from help. Strange warmth welled up from deep within my chest melting the possibility of threat, and I simply knew that all was well in my little world.

And so as I studied the image before me, I noticed how the background light conspired to seemingly demarcate what had occurred that day on such subtle feeling levels of experience.

The words of the Misty Edwards song “Light of Your Face” started playing in my mind, “…Let the light of your face shine down on my heart and let me feel it….For I live only to see your face so shine on me…” As I remembered, the feeling welled up in me, as if to say, “I am here always, not just a memory of what was, but as a reality to be chosen, right here, right now.”
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©Miles A Moody LivingEarth-Hearthealing.com. Written and photographic works are the sole property of copyright holder; reproduction in part or in full only with expressed permission or purchase.

Nikon F5, f2.8 @/1/60, 200 mm, Fuji Velvia 50, Gitzo tripod, Wimberley head, Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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