Sunset Tonight

by | Nov 6, 2014 | Perspective | 6 comments

It’s not every day that you see a snow-capped mountain in West Virginia, glowing in the rosy light of sunset!

2933_Salem-West Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 200 mm, 1-60 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 200

I sorta did a double take when I got up for a break and looked out the window after working for a few hours on a design project late this afternoon. The first thing I thought was “Wow, there’s Denali, right outside my bedroom window!” It was a nice sunset too so I hopped out onto the roof and shot the last minute or two of God’s amazing color.

2943_Salem-West Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 70 mm, 1-80 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 200

Perhaps the idea of “what appears to be an unwavering mountain turned transient pile of vapor” caused these thoughts so well written by William Gurnell to spring up in my mind:

“In this old age of England’s withered profession, how great a rarity is a sincere convert! When we see a tree that used to stand thick with fruit, now bring forth but little, maybe an apple on this bough, and another on that, we look upon it as a dying tree. Those golden days of the gospel are over, when converts came flying as a cloud, as the doves to the window in flocks. Now gospel news grows stale, few are taken with it. Our old store of saints, the treasure of their times, wears away apace; what will become of us, if no new ones come in their room? Alas! when our burials are more than our births — we must needs be on the losing hand. There is a sad list of holy names taken away from us; but where are those who are born to God? If the good go, and those which are left continue bad, yes, become worse and worse — we have reason to fear that God is clearing the ground, and making way for a judgment.

None sink so far into Hell as those that come nearest Heaven, because they fall from the greatest height. None will have such a sad parting from Christ as those who went half way with Him, and then left Him.”

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  1. Elizabeth Lindsay

    Oh so beautiful! Aren’t those clouds interesting? I loved the quotes you included too!

  2. James Staddon

    Yes, very interesting! The quote is from the author of “The Christian in Full Armour” . . . remember, the book that Tom Harmon has recommended multiple times? I haven’t read much of it, but what I have heard it is chuck full of great analogies. And I like analogies. 🙂

    • Elizabeth Lindsay

      Yes! That’s great! I’ll have to find it.

      Wait…you like analogies? I never noticed! 😛

  3. Kayla Weaver

    Thanks for sharing those quotes. They challenge us to strive ever harder towards the high calling which we have been called to. Also liked the photos. I don’t have a roof, and what we see of sunsets (and sunrises) are little peeks through trees, and more often than not you can’t get an appealing photo as the color doesn’t rise high enough behind hills and trees.

    • James

      You’re right, Kayla, not everyone has the privilege of a good view for sunrise and sunset. Even for myself, I don’t really see a good sunset because we live in a valley that only opens to the east. I also know someone in Kansas who just moved to a new home where they are completely surrounded by forest and unable to see much of the color in the sky too. But she still manages to find things to shoot. 🙂

      • Elizabeth Lindsay

        It is hard to find those shots sometimes. And I often feel like I’m taking the same picture over, and over again. But they always turn out a little different!


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