Monday, October 11, 2010

"A Symbol Of A Miracle"


"A Symbol Of A Miracle"
©David A. Ziser

As LaDawn and I travel the country on our lecture tours, we do a lot of driving. We fill that time, not so much with radio, but instead with books on tape. The topic of most of those books on tape is American history.

David McCullough [link] is probably one of our favorite authors. His books are alive not only with history but each one bristles with excitement in how he presents the historical narrative. In 1776, for instance, the story of how General Washington escapes from the British forces under the cover of a "miraculous" fog that appears just at the right time to assure the patriots escape.

We have listened to many of these historical narratives over many thousands of miles and the conclusion we continue to draw is that it is truly a miracle that we are a country. All too many times the historical chips as it were, could have fallen differently and the outcome for our wonderful country would have been dramatically different than what we enjoy today.

That is the back story of today's post. I think this image speaks to that miracle. The majestic rising of the Washington Monument [link], higher than anything else in the city, reflects it's compelling presence in the reflecting pool adding to this grand sight.

It was the clouds that caught my eye. I loved how they easily surrounded and framed the imposing white edifice. The reflection of the clouds and the spire in the water add yet another grand element to the simple yet effective composition.

Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with 18-200mm IS lens at 28mm, F 11 @ 1/400 second, ISO 200. Enjoy! -David

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