Happy 8th Anniversary Light from Light

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The first post on this blog appeared eight years ago in May 2008 A.D.  Happy anniversary Light from Light.

I chose the name Light from Light as a play on words between photography and the Nicene Creed.  Jesus Christ is the true Light from Light.

VDMA in the web address is a Latin acronym for, “The Word of the Lord Endures Forever.”  (VDMA).

The light of God shines out through his eternal word.  “Let there be light…”  (Genesis 1:3).

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For the eighth anniversary, I decided to post a photograph with a creature associated with the number eight.  See below.

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If one looks closely, one can see the sunbeams shimmering off its web and God’s creature at the center.  The Lord has a place for all of us.

God’s blessings to all the readers.  Thank you.

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Go Hiking

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If the weather is right, get outdoors, and go hiking.  Enjoy what God has made.

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God made the outdoors, it’s the best artwork around, and we can live right in it.

And don’t leave your friends (or family) behind.

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These pictures are from the Ypsilon Lawn Lake Trail in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

God’s blessings to you.

The Courage Award

True courage faces reality.  True courage does not deny reality.

He did not have the courage to be a man.  He did not have the courage to be what he was.  He did not have the courage to face reality.  He did not have the courage to be himself; so he hid under a facade, a new name, a new face, a new gender.  Ashamed of who he was, afraid of who he was, he hid.

“I am a woman,” he said.

“We admire and award your courage,” they said.  “You denied reality, and sacrificed your own body on the altar of idolatry.  That took courage.”

And so one lie betrothed another.  The ultimate act of cowardice, running from oneself, denying one’s own body, is called “courageous.”  Only a culture possessed of hellish madness could engage so brazen a lie.  A lie against nature, a lie against the very self.

You couldn’t face or accept your own body, so you hid, you ran away; and they called you “courageous.”

Madness.

Perspective And Truth

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One of the reasons I enjoy photography is the ability to explore and share different perspectives.

This Spring, I was hiking with a friend, and we stopped by a footbridge that was under construction over a creek.  We chatted briefly with the gentleman who was building the footbridge.  While there, I spotted a tree with these tiny little flowers, and snapped a few photographs.  My friend thought I was taking pictures of the footbridge, and did not even notice the tree.

They were small flowers.

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Even if no mortal ever saw these flowers or those particular blooms, they did exist.  The truth exists outside of ourselves and our perceptions.

God sees every perspective in the world; he sees everything.  “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”  (2 Peter 3:8, ESV).  Imagine if you had a thousand years to explore every day.  Vernal blooms, warm Summer rains, Autumn leaves, every snowflake, and every sunset would last a long time.  Babies grow up quickly, but if we could savor a thousand years of family relationships every day, maybe, just maybe we could fully appreciate one another.

Then again, we live in an imperfect world corrupted by sin.  All that is, is passing away.  The grass of the field, the birds of the air, and even family in our homes are here today, and then one day they are gone.  That is the truth, this world is passing away.  The defining truth of this world is death.

But there is truth that is eternal, his name is Jesus, and he is not passing away.  He conquered sin and death.  In him, in heaven, a thousand years will be like a day, and a day will be like a thousand years.  And there will be no sad days because the defining truth of Christ is not death, but life.

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6, ESV).  He is the truth, forever.

Happy 7th Anniversary Light from Light

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The first post on this blog appeared seven years ago in May 2008 A.D.  Happy anniversary Light from Light.

In the topmost picture please notice the mountains behind the trees.

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The photos in this post are from Bierstadt Lake in the Rocky Mountains at about 9465 feet elevation.

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An anniversary is always a time for reflection.

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“He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.”  (Psalm 23:2, ESV).

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“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  (Psalm 23:6, ESV).

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God’s blessings to all the readers.  Thank you.

Under Creators

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, …

— Genesis 1:1-3, ESV.

In the beginning, God created everything from nothing.  He is the original creator.

We are sub-creators.  We create only from what has been created.  One of the reasons I enjoy outdoor photography is because it embodies the very concept of capturing or reflecting the reality of what has already been created.

Because we are made in the image and likeness of a Maker, we can all make.  (Genesis 1:26).  Using our creative imaginations we can step into the picture above, stand on the shores of Lake Winnebago, and ponder the glory of God.  We could even write a short story or description of the experience.

Near the waters,
he hovers,
we stand.

He creates,
so do we.
He blesses,
we receive.

Photographic Interlude

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There hasn’t been much snow around here this Winter, so in the absence of snowy pictures, I thought I’d post a picture from last Autumn.

The above picture is of the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains.  The water is Mills Lake, and the mountain between the trees is probably Pagoda Mountain (13,497 ft).  I was at an estimated elevation of about 10,000 feet above sea level when I took the picture.

A Song of Ascents:

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

— Psalm 121:1-2, 7-8, ESV.

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The above picture is of the stream leading into Mills Lake.

May God bless you.

The Last Hike of Autumn

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These are pictures from the last hike of Autumn.

The warm golden colors of the sunset were a fitting end to the Autumn hiking season.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV).

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The pictures were taken at Governor Thompson State Park near the Peshtigo River in Wisconsin.

May God bless you.

The Difference Sunlight Can Make

Spotty rain clouds were sailing over the peaks while we hiked over the mountains on the Cub Lake trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Taking photos was a challenge because the sun would come out, then hide behind a cloud, then come out again, and on and on.  Often, I saw a shot, took my camera out, turned it on, lined it up, got focus, and whoosh another cloud.  This happened repeatedly.

Clouds have their own beauty, and spotty clouds scraping the mountain peaks can be quite breathtaking especially when they cause the sunlight to fall in beams or crepuscular rays.  Nonetheless, a cloudy diffused light often doesn’t make the best photograph.  I am posting the following two photographs taken only moments apart to demonstrate the difference sunlight can make.

In this top photo, the sun is blocked and diffused by clouds.

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In the photo below, the sun is shining through the clouds.

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These two pictures were taken almost at the same time and from almost the same spot.  As the wisdom of Scripture says, “Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.”  (Ecclesiastes 11:7, ESV).

As a final note, there was a big forest fire around Cub Lake the year prior to this hike.  Some careless campers let a fire get out of control, and it burned this entire area.  If the tree roots holding the rock and soil in place on the mountain slope rot away before new trees take their place, there could be landslides, and this would become a different place.  So far at least as of last Autumn, the trees were burned and dead, but the wood and roots were still solid and strong.

Let us walk in the light, and let us always enjoy God’s blessings while we have them.

New Blog Design

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This is a stream in northern Wisconsin near the Apostle Islands.  Autumn can be a beautiful season of transition and change.  The leaves were just beginning to change color.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven

— Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV.

May the Lord bless you this Autumn and through all the seasons of change.

New Design

wordpress-logo-32The new blog design has been implemented.  As noted previously, the old posts have remained, but there are issues with some of their formatting.

If there are any questions or concerns about the formatting of an old post or block quote, please contact me.  I might re-post some older articles in order to fix their formatting.  Also, in the new design I tried to keep some of the old graphics in order to maintain some continuity and familiarity.  The new design is called “Syntax.”