Monday, July 04, 2011

"Celebrating A Miracle"

July 4 2011

"Celebrating A Miracle"
© David A. Ziser

LaDawn and I are currently enjoying a series on Netflix entitled ”America: The Story Of Us”, an epic 12-hour television event that tells the extraordinary story of how America became the nation we are today [link].  Being interested in our country’s history, we are both constantly amazed with the surprising details of our nations’ growth and development. 

David McCullough [link] is probably one of our favorite authors. His books are alive not only with history but each book bristles with excitement in how he presents the historical narrative. In his book 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 of travel 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.

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.  I think this image speaks to that miracle, the miracle which we get to experience everyday – the miracle that we call the United States of America.

Have a safe, wonderful, loving, and reflective 4th of July celebration today, everybody!  See ya’ tomorrow.  -David

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


  1. the PBS America is a great series! DVR'd it and watched it a few times over. Another great series is the one on the National Parks, it includes the story of how T. Roosevelt was supposed to have dinner with a bunch of supporters in California. Instead he snuck off to go camping with John Muir for a week! Imagine that happening today!

  2. Thanks David, I agree with you both in the video series and the outcome of our really has been a miracle and one that I pray will continue for another 235 years.