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water and light, wood and stone... by Allan  Erickson

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When I was a small boy I would look directly at the setting sun and by squinting I could see that the sun was actually a hole in the sky. It was a secret I’ve held all these years.

Later on in my life I realized the importance of childish wonder when contemplating the intricate, intimate workings of life and nature. I realized that the sun does not emit light but rather is a collector of the energy life generates on the planets surrounding the sun.

All the flows of energy contain life’s spark – that spark of light begins at the most basic levels of nature… like the flowing of water over stone… and here in this image I see those sparks of life’s energy glowing in the water. And that glow radiates out and is focused in the sun, collected through the hole in the sky, which in its turn is but a spark in an atom of water cascading over rock on a planet circling a sun, another hole in the sky…

Whitehead Creek, Willamette National Forest, Oregon (USA)(Hwy 58, west of Oakridge)

Pentax *istDs, tripod


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I have been shooting photos for 50 years and find it as challenging now as when I first began as a kid. Thanks for stopping by… I do assignment work (writing and photography) or would love a well paying, full time, permanent gig!

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  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 4 years ago

    Very beautiful capture of this creek!

  • Thanks Texas!

    – Allan Erickson

  • Chappy
    Chappyabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks amigo!

    – Allan Erickson

  • RoseMarie747
    RoseMarie747about 4 years ago

    congrats…way~to~go………….Rose Marie

  • Thank you RoseMarie, I appreciate the comment.

    – Allan Erickson

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you!

    – Allan Erickson

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 4 years ago

  • Awesome… I’m honored.

    – Allan Erickson

  • Dawnsky2
    Dawnsky2almost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature, great image :)

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