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"The Lost One" (2) by Phil Thomson IPA

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This is a second upload of the original image – “The Lost One”, with a signature added to the image at the request of a very dear friend.

As soon as I came across this lone lamb, I was reminded of the old hymn by Ira Sankey, based on Matthew 18:13….

*The Ninety and Nine.There were ninety and nine that safely lay

In the shelter of the fold.
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold.
Away on the mountains wild and bare.
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.

“Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine;
Are they not enough for Thee?”
But the Shepherd made answer: “This of Mine
Has wandered away from Me;
And although the road be rough and steep,
I go to the desert to find My sheep,
I go to the desert to find My sheep.”

But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night the Lord passed through
Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Out in the desert He heard its cry,
Sick and helpless and ready to die;
Sick and helpless and ready to die.

“Lord, whence are those blood drops all the way
That mark out the mountain’s track?”
“They were shed for one who had gone astray
Ere the Shepherd could bring him back.”
“Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn?”
“They are pierced tonight by many a thorn;
They are pierced tonight by many a thorn.”

And all through the mountains, thunder riven
And up from the rocky steep,
There arose a glad cry to the gate of Heaven,
“Rejoice! I have found My sheep!”
And the angels echoed around the throne,
“Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!
Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!”*

I often stand in awe and admire the beauty of God’s Creation. The colours, textures, tones and shapes,especially the way the light falls and reflects, thus revealing things often overlooked, particularly during the grandeur of a sunrise or sunset, or the spectacle of a rainbow.
I really just want to try and capture and share some of what I see as “The Creator’s Handiwork”.

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  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 6 years ago

    awesome capture and story… so true

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 6 years ago

    Gorgeous shot, wonderful light and lovely pose from the sheep, nice one..

  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusover 6 years ago

    Absolutely perfect Phil; this image just pulls the viewer in …incredible composition, dof, perfect clarity, color and lighting……..the hymn by Ira Sankey is just beautiful as well and compliments this superb image. Well done!

  • Heather  Rivet  IPA
    Heather Rivet...over 6 years ago


  • Rosina  Lamberti
    Rosina Lambertiover 6 years ago

    so cute

  • Periwinkle
    Periwinkleover 6 years ago

    Beautiful words & an amazing, touching photo. Love it.

  • LinaJ
    LinaJover 6 years ago

    beautiful view! nice tones, almost like a painting…

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 6 years ago

    Beautifully done – the colours are magnificent and the picture tells its own story but the old hymn added the finishing touches

  • Marylamb
    Marylambover 6 years ago

    This is a beautiful image and very inspirational verse.

  • KathyT
    KathyTover 6 years ago

    How come sheep always run away from me and here you have one posing for the camera? :o)

    Excellent composition and great verse to go with it!

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