While walking up and down the beach in Visio Divina praxis, my eyes were drawn to the recent history of a bird's footprints in the sand and the shadows and light in contrast separated by a native plant.
Went to walk the beach in the morning one summer in Texas. something contemplative and peaceful with the light of the sun hitting the clouds while the moon was slowly fading away allowing for the sun to have it's turn to play with this side of the earth.
I had been driving by these light towers for a few months and overtime I drove by they were almost calling to me. So, I decided one evening to stop on the side of the road and receive this moment that was haunting me for a few months every evening I drove by going home from work.
The Falls Creek Falls in TN.
Every-now-and-then you receive a moment that your heart was blessed at the time, and then when you get home you are blessed a second time when in post processing. This mountain is so striking being all rock and the river at the bottom you can barely see is flowing at the pace of a gush. I love the play of light and shadow along the face of this rock slowing leading me down into the valleyed possibly up the other side. My heart is thrilled in peace with this received moment. LHM, CHM, LHM.
What once was a bustling gas station outside of Albuquerque, Nm on the way to Four Corners a little Pueblo had a gas station, The Big Chief Gas Station. While long abandoned on Hwy 550 there sits three historical markers, explaining the beautiful history of this place and these people. While this seems a little ghost-like, it is also filled with a simple beauty. I could almost feel the honor from the Native people's culture, but also the sadness of a culture that has shifted and been transformed not for the better. But, I believe that this honor lays dormant waiting to be rediscovered someday when the rest of the world needs it. LHM, CHM, LHM.
If you love in or around Albuquerque, NM you will fall in love with these mountains. And you love them even more when a cold front is moving through. The dancing of shadows over the mountains was such a thin space moment for me. The small white boxes on the bottom of the image are large homes to give you a small understanding of the six of these mountains. I hope you are blessed by this image.
While driving on Hwy NM 4 away from the Valle Caldera in New Mexico, I ran into some road construction. I immediately looked to my left and my heart was torn by the forest fire from a few years ago on the aspen trees to my left. I immediately parked my car alongside the road to the wondering stares of the construction workers. I took my camera and tripod, and I just stared at the flame licked dead tress before me. For some reason I have always loved Aspen, maybe it's the sound of a rushing mountain stream when winds blow through their leaves, or the fact that they are all connected as one single organism by their root structure, but to see this amazing organism dead before me brought me to my knees. I know the forest fire could have been caused by lightning and drought, and this is a natural way of cleaning over a very long time. It forces one's heart to think through the times of challenge and knowing even though death maybe within, that life is found all around. And maybe death is necessary for other kinds of life to grow. LHM, CHM, LHM.
Few places in my life so far have brought such peace to me, my heart, and my soul. It is what my mind envisioned Rivendale to be similar to in the Lord of the Rings. I just can not express my love for this moment, and overtime I visit I feel the same way. I have received this moment Winter, Spring, Fall, and Summer. A part of my heart will always be here. LHM, CHM, LHM.
The sheer volume of water flowing from this river was astounding. This moment forced anyone to respect the river below, and the striking valley that is formed by this red rock mountains. LHM, CHM, LHM.
In person this moment is filled with bright red cliffs on the right side, but when converted to Black and White your view shifts tot he plants in the foreground and the shadow caused by there clouds in the far background. And the road on the leftist is inviting me to travel to the shadows. LHM, CHM, LHM.
Snow in the desert is rare, especially this much snow. And when it happens it does not last long. The Sandia Mountains here in Albuquerque, NM are such a striking mountains that so many people have fallen in love with. The snow and clouds provide a peace that must be experienced. The cactus while buried, is still looking ominous as a natural protectiveness when blanketed by the snow. I really enjoyed this moment!
Snow in the desert is rare, especially this much snow. And when it happens it does not last long. The Sandia Mountains here in Albuquerque, NM are such a striking mountains that so many people have fallen in love with. The snow and clouds provide a peace that must be experienced. The patterns in the wood, the ethereal clouds, and then remnants of wildlife movement in the snow provide a image that invokes this special thin space moment.
Snow in the desert is rare, especially this much snow. And when it happens it does not last long. The Sandia Mountains here in Albuquerque, NM are such a striking mountains that so many people have fallen in love with. The snow and clouds provide a peace that must be experienced. The aged and weathered wood, the ethereal clouds, and the cross-like image of the barbed wire and wood provide a image that invokes this special thin space moment.
Pecan Grove beside the Franciscan Retreat Center called Holy Cross at Mesilla Park near Las Cruces, NM. This path is a journey with trees not only providing direction, but branches reaching over for comfort.
One of the sweetest horses I've ever come in contact with. He played with my 3 year old daughter and was so gentle. You can't help but wonder how much are they communicating with us. You could not help but hug this horse! I loved the birth mark between his eyes. Visio Divina brings me between his eye and his birth mark, the spiraling of the white hair is memorizing, and the single tear on his eye is filled with hope for me for some reason.
Very large rosary inside the Franciscan Retreat Center called Holy Cross at Mesilla Park near Las Cruces, NM. The window in the back is actually a window into the atrium area, and the rosary is placed on a stone flat rock that has native american carvings on it (not pictured). The moment I received was one of stillness and contemplation. the angle brings about an uneasiness that forces me into deeper contemplation, until I find comfort in the uneasiness.
While driving between El Paso and Albuquerque, there are two or three valleys on the interstate. The sun was setting and I was hoping for some shadows and contrast to join the same in the clouds. There is just something in my Visio Divina that told me to stop and grab my camera to receive a moment. As I stood beside the loud and truck filled interstate the wind calmed, and the moment came alive. It happen in reality around 5-7 mins, but the Karios mont lasted much longer. The road below gives me the sense of a journey, and the gentle hugs of the shadows over the mountains in the distance bring a sense of close and comfort. Be Blessed to be a blessing!
Contemplative Photography, Abbey of Gethsemani