Where I felt the presence of God

This afternoon, my daughter and I took the dog down to this frozen lake for a walk.  I sure was glad that I had tucked my small Leica D-Lux 5 camera into my pocket, because what we beheld there was heavenly.  The colorful sky, the cotton-candy like clouds, the mist surrounding us…  pure beauty …pure peace.  I knew that I needed a special song playing to process this image, so I chose the beautiful mix by U.N.K.L.E. (featuring Moby) called God Moving Over the Face of the Water / A State. Take a listen, won’t you, while you look at this photograph and maybe you’ll be able to get a sense of the feeling I had at the frozen lake shore.  If you want to see the lyrics for the song you can find them here.  I’ve pasted my favorite part of the lyrics under the photograph.

Fronted by solitude without decadence or a…
Single material thing to prostitute and elevate you to a spiritual plane
Where I felt the presence of God
Now, there’s the God they taught me about at school
And there is the God that’s hidden… by what surrounds us in this civilization
That’s the God I meant

~ Sung by UNKLE

By the way, the above lyrics originally appeared in the movie Alive (1993), the amazing story about the survivors of Uruguayan Air Flight 571.  That film was based upon the 1974 book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, by British author Piers Paul Reed.  It was one of my favorite books when I was a wee lad.

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January 8, 2011 - 17:48

Chris Kenison Holy crap. This is an awesome pic! The sky, the water, the mist… all well done! Nice shot, Jacques!

January 8, 2011 - 18:16

Mike Olbinski What makes this even more amazing is the lake is frozen right? SO very, very awesome.

January 8, 2011 - 18:32

Jacques Thanks Chris and Mike. The lake is, indeed, frozen. My daughter wanted to walk out farther, but there was no way in the world I was going to let her do that! In this shot, she is about 2 meters from the shoreline.

January 8, 2011 - 18:53

Heath O’Fee Amazing scene, Jacques. The colours reflected in the frozen lake are unreal and those clouds are just perfect.

January 8, 2011 - 19:55

Jim Denham Stunningly beautiful my man! I love it when we can include the human element in the shot and this one works so well! Awesome work Jacques!

January 8, 2011 - 23:35

Jacques Hey there, Heath and Jim. Thanks very much, both of you. You guys are fantastic. I was absolutely smitten by the scene before me when I shot it; while I was at first disappointed that I did not have my D700 and tripod along, I loved the simplicity of the Leica and had a great time capturing this in one shot!

January 8, 2011 - 23:58

Brian Matiash Epic. What a gorgeous shot. You know, the more I see shots taken with these D-Lux pocketcams, the more I am intrigued. Perhaps a micro 4/3 system in the near future.

Wonderful work, Freq. I’ve also been taking a break with HDR a bit, too, and I admit that it has been very rewarding.

January 9, 2011 - 03:08

John Tammaro Excellent shot Jacques. Always nice to have a human element in a landscape shot

January 9, 2011 - 18:31

Dave Wonderful sense of peace and oneness with nature. The mist is awesome. 🙂

January 9, 2011 - 21:10

Jacques Thanks, guys.

Brian: It sure is nice to be able to carry that little wonder around when you want to keep things light. Just tucked it into my jacket pocket, and off we went. I also use the attachable electronic viewfinder, which is really fantastic! The Panasonic version of the camera is far cheaper and, I understand, shoots the same quality great images.

January 10, 2011 - 04:46

Dave Wilson Another lovely image. I like your choice of music too – I’ve been a fan of that Moby track for a while and reckoned it would make a great slideshow soundtrack for exactly this kind of image. I had not heard this remix but I like it – thanks for providing the link.

January 8, 2011 - 17:57

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