Nature’s Drawcards

At dusk...awesome

I was sitting downstairs at home this evening watching Japan play Denmark when I happened to look out of the window. I saw this awesome sight! Well, I didn’t have to think twice. I ran out of the living room, took my faithful Nikon D90 and ran upstairs. This was one of my first shots of the moon at dusk. We have daylight saving so it seems like twilight stretches forever. It was still light – albeit faint – at 10.00pm.

Twilight stretches forever...and what a time to capture this sight

This captivating sight, over the rooftops looking towards Wembley was just so beautiful. I feel always with vistas like this, that there are so many man-made things which attract our attention. In doing so, we sometimes take for granted the coolest natural processes like the rising of the sun, the setting of the sun, moonlight etc.

The beauty of dusk...

It is here in Middlesex amongst some of the prettiest parks and tree-lined avenues, that my attention is acutely drawn to what I’d call – nature’s drawcards.

Suspended in the sky...I couldn't take my eyes off this view of the moon at dusk.

Nature’s drawcards are the beautiful and sometimes the not-so-beautiful things in nature that draw the attention of for instance, amateur and professional photographers and those that are avid nature watchers. They also draw the attention and interest of various people around the world for various reasons.

I just feel blessed to witness God’s handiwork on a day like this.

After I took these photos I went back to the living room just in time to see the final score of the Japan vs Denmark game. Well done Japan!

Pre-Weekend Blues…Happens, You Know

Took my mind off the mundane and mediocre.

   

The day had been eventful in more ways than one. Sometimes it was like that.   

I was early at work. Missed breakfast at home so grabbed a croissant, a muffin (snack for later) and some other stuff to snack on through the day. The air was a bit chilly when I walked through the park to the office. At the office when I looked out of the window – the sun was out, temporarily, but as always, uplifting.   

At lunchtime I went with a colleague for a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant and the dish I chose really sucked! I wished I had not ordered it. The beef was really chewy and I mean chewy! I broke my left thumbnail and it was uncomfortable. I bought a nail clipper in a shop close by and relieved myself of the potential disaster – nailwise. Then it rained on the way back to the office.   

Fast forward……..   

That evening on the way to the club I noticed that the night wasn’t that dark….  As I walked out into the courtyard, I noticed the full moon. Wow!  I tried to capture it with my camera. The fact that I noticed the moon and wanted to take a photo of it was to me like seeking comfort in nature. After I took photos of the moon, the one above  included, I felt my spirits gradually elevated.   

At the club I met some of my close friends which was really great. Their animated discussions and laughter reminded me it was the weekend…yippeee! Later on walked to the station with a couple of friends and homeward bound. Grabbed a vegetarian meal at one of my favourite restaurants in the neighbourhood then home and comforts of things familiar.   

Looking back…no worries there are such things as pre-weekend blues…happens, you know.

Moon Over Middlesex: The Wonder Of God’s Creation

I came back from a welcome service for the interim Minister for Queensbury Methodist Church on the evening of 6 September and a wonderful uplifting sermon on ‘new beginnings’. I was really on a high spiritually and was so grateful in my heart for the message. It was an awesome sermon and it really touched me. As I got out of the car in the driveway I looked up and what I saw just took my breath away.

"How great Thou art..."
"How great Thou art..."

I ran into the house and grabbed my camera to take pictures of the full moon over Middlesex, England. As I took shot after shot the words of this song came to me: “O Lord My God, I am amazed with wonder, when I see all the worlds Thy hands have made. I see the stars I hear the roaring thunder, Your power throughout the universe displayed….How great Thou art, How great Thou art’ .

Breathtakingly awesome!
Breathtakingly awesome!

I think this has had to be my best shot of the moon that evening. I felt the presence of God in these pictures and the thought of how insignificant the human being is in the face of God’s brilliance. These shots were taken outside my front yard. The camera is on a tripod inorder to steady it. The wonder of God’s creation can never be matched by Man but in our minds we can always try to re-create on the basis of how we feel and by what we feel in our hearts.

"O Lord my God, I am amazed with wonder..."
"O Lord my God, I am amazed with wonder..."
"...when I see all the worlds Your hands have made..."
"...when I see all the worlds Your hands have made..."
Did the camera capture what my eye saw?
Did the camera capture what my eye saw?

Sometimes the eye and the heart capture the moment simultaneously. I call that joy. A joyous feeling that takes in everything around you – whether there are other people, the ambience of a restaurant, the beauty of a garden, the sight of a new born baby, the vista that confronts your eyes when you are just about to land at the airstrip in your home province, the sight and smell of fresh bread or cake…fast forward…or looking up at the sky on a night like this!

These last two shots were taken on the top of a newly trimmed shrub in the yard to give the affect of the moon peering through the trees.

Simply awesome!
Simply awesome!

What an evening – a great sermon, great moonlight and great anticipation of new beginnings.

Just beautifull...
Just beautiful...