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Featured the Smoky Mountain group Oct 2009

I grew up in the Deep South, so snow was a rare treat. It snows a little more frequently where I live now, but not so often as to color it ordinary. Well, the little boy in me was jumping up and down when I shot this image. Not only was I ankle deep in fresh power, but I had a forest completely to myself and this magnificent beauty sharing it with me. Maybe I’m easy but it felt like a miracle to me that day, like something quite remarkable. It felt as if I were to jump any higher I’d never touch down again…and then where would I be? You see, gratitude didn’t come easy for me back then. But when I did let it come, it was so foreign to me that I wasn’t sure I could trust it. Was it providence that put me so often in a place where gratitude was irresistible such that I was tempted to try it on so often that it started to come easier?

Yes, providence perhaps, and willingness on my part, because you see, I went thru a spell of some ten years or so where nature became a stranger to me. Why would a musician put away his guitar; why might a painter lock his brushes away; what is it that makes a writer flush his ink? It was hope that sent me back into nature and it was gratitude that I found there. I found it there inside me. I find that gratitude is the stuff that makes the extraordinary happen inside. I highly recommend it. Gratitude is the grease that speeds us on into better days. But don’t take my word for it. See for yourself.
©2008 Miles A Moody All Rights Reserved. Please kindly refrain from duplicating this photographic and/or written work in any form without my permission.

Nikon F5, f2.8 @ 1/250, 125 mm, Fuji Velvia 50, GSMNP

“LIfe is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away (source unknown).” It is my heartfelt desire to share some of my breath-taking moments, hoping that you also may receive something of enduring benefit.

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  • roylindman
    roylindmanabout 5 years ago

    Great winter photo !

  • Thanks, Roy

    – Miles Moody

  • Songwriter
    Songwriterabout 5 years ago

    Thanks Miles. This is a wonderful capture and made even more lovely by your own shared experience of it. Great photo, great wisdom. :0) Song

  • Thanks so much, song

    – Miles Moody

  • Anthony Pierce
    Anthony Pierceabout 5 years ago

    Now featuring this image in the Smoky Mountain group!

  • Wow! Thank you, Anthony. I’m honored. :-) Miles

    – Miles Moody

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 4 years ago

    Thank you for your thoughts! This is just such an absolutely wonderful capture!

  • I appreciate so much your stopping by as well as your kind words.

    – Miles Moody

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture, well done!

    1 Day 10 Oct

  • Thanks so much, Magaret :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • Bill Marsh
    Bill Marshabout 4 years ago

    An amazing close up Miles :

    Beautifuly captured. We have a lot of deer around here, but they never give me a break. lol.

    Take Care.


  • David  Hughes
    David Hughesabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Miles.

  • CreativeEm
    CreativeEmover 2 years ago


  • Thank you, CE. Happy you could stop by :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Great capture of beauty.

  • Thanks so much for your kindness, VP.

    – Miles Moody

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL work Miles

  • Thanks a bunch, Larry!

    – Miles Moody

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