Warm in Your Embrace by Miles Moody

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Whitewater Gorge is located off of N.C. 281 about 8 miles south of the juncture of U.S. 64 and N.C. 281 west of Brevard NC.

(Continued from A Winter Blast at Whitewater Falls). This image looks through the trees to the opposite side of Whitewater Gorge on a recent February morning. I arrived on the heels of a winter storm the afternoon before to find the gorge blanketed in a tenacious fog that relented only twice to reveal in misty obscurity a landscape from out of my dreams, a vision so tempting as to woo me into the choice to spend the night there in anticipation of morning’s clearing. It was the full moon’s reflection that swept the valley clean as Whitewater falls serenaded me to sleep. Dawn found me encased in a bivy of hoar frost, stiff in my reluctance to venture forth into the cold, but only for a short second.

Everything I had hoped for greeted my waking; indeed a dream world awaited me, and despite the temperature and the icy breath of the falls, there was something else enticing me out, something alive and moving beneath the surface of all that I could see, and hear and feel upon my tingling skin. Perhaps it is evident in this image even now, the warmth of that embrace that touched me deeply, reaching past my bone and blood to deeper depths still, like sunlight breaking into and through cold contracture, easing, melting, cracking open an encasement seal to a heart once blind to such an existence as this. “I’m slipping away; let this continue and lose all control!” It was a warning spilling from out of who I thought I was and at first I listened and fought back the tears to stifle the thawing. Come this way enough, risk the thaw often enough, and the learning curve simply gets gentler, I’ve found, and love has its way with me sooner each time rather than later, to remain within me as that expanding ‘otherworldly’ ambience that the greatest dreams are made of. Slip now into the warmth of that embrace and dream a little dream of truth.

Nikon D90, 20mm, 1/500 sec, F/22, ISO 200, +1 Exp comp, CP

©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

“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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  • dkeech
    dkeechalmost 5 years ago

    This is beautiful Miles…I can feel the gentle warmth of the sun’s rays amidst the chill of winter.

  • Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Doug. I knew that morning that I was being ‘dealt with’ but it took weeks for the message to sink in. I feel now as I remember that morning the urging of a greater intelligence, prodding me way down deep in my heart, as a feeling suggesting to me of a freedom had thru letting go and embracing the magic hidden in change. Like an interlude in the studio of a master artist, a vast masterpiece was unveiled from out of the mist and darkness in a brilliant display of beauty that would prove so transient, because by midday most all of this masterwork in nature was gone….vanished from the canvas, now ready for something new to be wrought by an artist unattached to what was and completely open to the wonder of what may yet be :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A Wilderness somewhere…..”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Merrilyn Hunt
    Merrilyn Huntalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely shot, Miles! Can smell the fresh wintry air and feel the warmth of the sun on my face — let’s hit the slopes! Well done.

  • Rainy
    Rainyalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your artwork has been featured in the
    Nature’s Wonders group.!!

  • Alexandra Wise-Brogna
    Alexandra Wise...almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful and congrats in your feature!

  • enchantedImages
    enchantedImagesalmost 5 years ago

    Spectacular shot!
    Thanks for toughing it out to share this beautiful vision.
    - Bobbi

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1almost 5 years ago

  • Thanks so much, Gina. Nice touch :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • bicyclegirl
    bicyclegirlalmost 5 years ago

    So very enchanting, love it, great work!

  • ECH52
    ECH52almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful, what a lovely capture!!!!

  • Normf
    Normfalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your well earned feature in “Natures Wonders”. Brilliant!

  • Thanks so much, Normf. Appreciate you stopping by, my friend.

    – Miles Moody

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