Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Sometimes I get so frustrated. What I see through the lens falls short, woefully short, of what I see with my eyes. My camera's viewfinder is just too limited.

Early this morning I noticed a wave of fog had quickly moved in over the field outside my window. I grabbed my camera and ran out the back door. I was immediately greeted by the sight of a rising sun peeking through trees across the road. The subtle rays swathed in mist were glorious. The light was golden.


My shutter clicked away. Then I would stop and look. Then take a few more pictures. But the camera just could not keep up with what I saw with my own eyes. The lens wasn't big enough to take in the entire scene. And I couldn't stand any farther back to get it all.


So I turned my attention in the other direction, toward that field that had drawn me out to the morning cold and damp in the first place. The fog had dissipated somewhat, and the sun's warmth was falling on part of the field.


I love this part of the morning.

It was all over in a matter of minutes. Capturing the movements of the sun teaches you the brevity of the moment. She who hesitates misses the glory.

The images live on in my mind. That glorious sun. That beauty. My heart is still full.



Yes, the viewfinder is limited. But it can immortalize the fractions of a second of a moment. That fraction is so rich, so full, that it is enough, gloriously enough.

It is golden.


Chris said...

Great post AJ! It's true, there are times where everything is just too big to squeeze into even the mega-ist of pixels. Beautiful shots though.

Kelly Sauer said...

Oh, oh, oh... This just makes me want to cry! So beautiful!

I'm so glad you linked up with us at Three!

JAS-- said...

@Chris-thanks for stopping by. Give FV a hug for me.

@Kelly-thank you for the photo prompt. Love your sites.

Jennifer Gandin Le said...

These really are breathtaking. I almost feel like I was there, too!

And I love your new blog header. I wish my grass looked that good.

Shannon said...

love that last pic!