For me, the day before my birthday is always a bit melancholy. I envy those that revel in the festival of their birth, but it is a joy I do not share. As for the day itself, it is both the best and the worst of days. A day that blazons the gift of life while simultaneously enabling reflection on goals unmet. It is a day that I dread. It is a day that I celebrate. There is no more significant example of the paradox of life than a birthday.
Which could be why I was not in the field at this days end. I had sequestered myself in my office the entire day. I just didn't want to think about tomorrow. But then, at days end, the love of my life ushered me out of my isolated cell to see the sunset. And, once again, the high desert magic of the southern Arizona landscape shed all my thoughts and cares, replacing them with a vision so glorious and unique that only a masterful and benevolent God could have painted it. With no time to find a location, I shot from my backyard.
The sunset was only a moment, but it changed an entire day. Such visions put life into perspective. They allow me to get out of my head and remember what is important. They remind me of the purpose I believe I have in life; to capture and share in word and image the beauty of Gods creation and to share it with whoever wishes to see. For that gift, I am most sincerely grateful. I remain humbled to be His scribe.
Shoot Date: January 10, 2019
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Aperture priority ⅛ sec at f/8.0 1 EV
Lens: 15mm @ 15 mm