Sunday, January 22, 2006

Quiet water

Have you ever tried to notice all the sound and noise we surround ourselves with on a daily basis? There's a lot of it - radio, TV, stereo - not to mention the sound imposed on us - elevator music, the thump of overpowered car speakers, office chatter and clatter.

For whatever reason, God chooses to speak in the silence. He could definitely overpower the noise of our lives, but chooses instead to speak in a whisper. It can be hard to hear. It's easily drowned out in the noise and commotion of daily living.

That's why I value being in quiet places, like the place pictured above. It's Kangaroo Lake in Door County Wisconsin, about 5:30 on a summer morning. The water was still and appeared as a mirror. No sound. Absolutely quiet. The click of my camera's shutter seemed like a sonic boom intruding on the silence. God was there as I took in the sight, whispering, "Here I am."

This is the first in a series of photos of water. I'm getting some good snow pictures and will post them as I get them prepared (snow is a form of water after all).

Click (ever so quietly) on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2006 James Jordan.


paulXray said...

Awesome photo.

Otto K said...

Wonderful picture. I love the composition. I know exactly what you mean about the silence. I live in the middle of a very large metropolis. On my vacations, I love nothing more than being high up on some mountain hiking trail surrounded only the sounds of nature.

Caryn said...

Gorgeous photo! I love the clear reflection in the lake, and how still everything is. Nice one.

HolyInheritance said...

Beautiful post!

Beautiful photo!

Beautiful prose!


engloy said...

This picture has everything... nice foreground, "middleground" and background elements that are clear, distinct and uncluttered. I like the sense of depth and perspective that evokes. Good one, James!

James said...

paulxray, thanks!

otto, thank you also. I've been atop some mountains in the Appalachians and the thing that strikes you is the silence.

caryn, thanks. Just a minute or so after I snapped the shutter, a slight breeze came up and ended the stillness of the water. Serenity can be so fragile sometimes.

holyinheritance, thank you for your kind comments.

engloy, I was fortunate to have everything lay out before my eyes. All I had to do was set up my camera and not mess it up!