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Crepuscular Rays and Ridges

My morning faded as the day moved on to dusk. I became aware of the distinct and pleasant scent of the spruce-fir forest through which we hiked and which surrounded our shelter. I noticed how alive everything seemed. Chipmunks scurried under and over logs and hopped from spruce branches. Small red squirrels tried to steal from our packs. But the life I felt was not just the woods and the animals. The forest floor, the air and even the quality of light itself pulsed with it. Wilderness had a heart and I was standing where I could feel it. The next morning, sunrise woke me, and from my rack I saw the golden ball rise over the ridges to the east. There was something essential in the moment. It was the glimmer of a lifetime of discovery that began with this awareness that there was something simple about being here and within in that simplicity something healing. Perhaps being in wilderness is some atavistic need we have or a familiarity that’s locked in our genes but I felt a deep contentment away from the distractions of the city. Away from law and politics, down to the basics, I began to feel the things I knew as a child.
------- From one of my short stories written years ago. Buz

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Anna & Christian RECK08-Sep-2018 14:43
Wow! A magical mood in this marvelous monochrome! BV. Anna
Sam_C16-Aug-2018 09:13
Stunning monochrome shot love it!! V++
Zoltán Balogh12-Aug-2018 09:56
Dramatic photograph Buz. V
Pierre05-Aug-2018 12:14
Une merveilleuse photo en noir et blanc de ce fantastique paysage sous ces jolis rayons de lumière accompagnée d'une très belle histoire! BV
Alexander Kazakov02-Aug-2018 17:53
Outstanding! V
Ika Zinka Eferl02-Aug-2018 17:51
WOW! This is a beautiful photograph with a really special mood. V
Ursula Miller02-Aug-2018 09:56
A wonderful capture of all these layers and a fine story as well! V
William Barletta01-Aug-2018 21:47
Such an amazing image, Buz. Perfect tonal range ~V~
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)31-Jul-2018 11:46
Love this beautiful image. Vote
Tom LeRoy31-Jul-2018 10:03
Awesome use of light, layers, and tones in your beautiful image. I did enjoy your poetic writing too! BV
John Vass31-Jul-2018 05:15
Very good! Something in the blood and in the bones that remembers. Only those who yearn for wilderness know and try a lifetime to return. Your last line speaks of it.
"I began to feel the things I knew as a child." BV
Jean Chiasson31-Jul-2018 00:18
Great B&W comp Buz BV
Martin Lamoon30-Jul-2018 20:33
Stunning photography, this is an amazing scene.
Allan Jay30-Jul-2018 20:24
Glad I didn’t miss this. Oozing with sights and emotion only
matched by your wonderful commentary.
Tom Munson30-Jul-2018 18:16
Love the layers on this wonderful capture, Buz.
Bryan Murahashi30-Jul-2018 04:41
A very nice story and a magnificent picture, Buz.
Fong Lam30-Jul-2018 03:16
Breathtaking scene with those layers of ridges and amazing sun rays ...a brilliant capture, Buz...V
fotabug29-Jul-2018 23:33
Wow, masterfully done! V
Jim Coffman29-Jul-2018 23:14
Gorgeous work, my friend!!
Robert Houde29-Jul-2018 22:36
Beautiful B&W. V.
1moremile29-Jul-2018 21:54
Gifted. Big vote.
Marcia Colelli29-Jul-2018 21:07
Wonderful capture of this lovely scene with layers of mountains and nice capture of the sun rays. V
bill friedlander29-Jul-2018 18:35
An awesome rendering of the magnificent landscape. The words are beautiful too. V
pkocinski29-Jul-2018 14:34
Awesome - the image, post processing and your writing. Great job all around Buz!
Frank Tran29-Jul-2018 14:12
Amazing scene! V+
Julie Oldfield29-Jul-2018 13:54
Magnificent beauty with a magical mood. V
janescottcumming29-Jul-2018 12:01
Gosh Buz, your writing is as good as your photography! I'd love to read your stories.
A photo like this makes one believe there really is a higher being.
A fine job with it all. V
Stephanie29-Jul-2018 11:36
What an incredible photo Bu! Gorgeous layers of mountains and lighting!! BV
danad29-Jul-2018 09:57
A great range of grey and superb clouds...V.
Colin Storey29-Jul-2018 09:38
Stunning scene with amazing layers and light.
Johnny JAG29-Jul-2018 09:28
Beautiful in all it's layers
Pieter Bos29-Jul-2018 08:19
Super layers in this moody landscape! ~V
woody3429-Jul-2018 04:16
Something very elemental in this scene ,Buz.A world away from the humdrum of daily living.Great work.
Jean D29-Jul-2018 03:25
Splendid capture of this scene and layered mountains. As well thanks for bringing us back to the core of nature's existence. ~V
Dennis Hoyne29-Jul-2018 02:41
So very beautiful, the image and the words! V
Jean Chiasson28-Jul-2018 21:37
Wow love the pose and energy bravo Buz BV
Ton T.28-Jul-2018 17:33
Unbelievable beauty Buz! I'm almost speechless. The layers and tones are so beautiful. A real masterpiece. Congratulations V
Blandine Mangin28-Jul-2018 15:32
wonderful ! v
Marcia Rules28-Jul-2018 15:31
Sensational! Envious! VVVV
Chris Picard28-Jul-2018 14:44
A sensational, multilayered image. You have done a masterful job with the rays of sunlight in this great B&W. I really like this Buz. V
Phil Orgeron28-Jul-2018 14:15
One word is all we need - Stunning!

The excerpt from your story is also very nice. It reminds me that nature is nurture and our first spiritual teacher. V
Walter Otto Koenig28-Jul-2018 13:57
Superb lighting and tones. This is so effective in b&w. Love the sun rays and sense of depth. "V"
Graeme28-Jul-2018 12:36
A wonderful capture to go with your words, Buz. You are a very talented man. Well done on both accounts. V++++!
Neil Marcus28-Jul-2018 12:23
A marvelous image to go along with your contentment. "Big Vote"
Yvonne28-Jul-2018 11:19
What a wonderful mood you captured here - love the words! v
marie-jose wolff28-Jul-2018 08:54
wonderful view, beautiful light that highlights the mountain ridge lines! V
Wintermeer28-Jul-2018 07:41
A spectacular view and a wonderful excerpt! V
Paco López28-Jul-2018 05:17
Excellent! V!
laine28-Jul-2018 05:16
Beautiful vision and words Buz....VV
Nirvan Hope28-Jul-2018 04:56
A breathtaking image. And excellent words from your short story.
joseantonio28-Jul-2018 04:23
endless beauty in this magnificent shot.V.
Helen Betts28-Jul-2018 01:38
Marvelous light and gradation of color in this spectacular image. V.
Gill Kopy28-Jul-2018 01:20
WOW Buz,what a stunning shot - inspirational photography !! BV
PS Love your writing !! Having lived in a wilderness environment, your words ring home :)
Claude Gagnon28-Jul-2018 01:03
B&W can be so beautiful....this one shows it!
Great work Buz....and a fantastic story :)) VV
Earl Misanchuk28-Jul-2018 00:52
Amazing work... (as usual) V
globalgadabout28-Jul-2018 00:49
compelling and masterfully fashioned image....enchanting text too...scrumptious tones abound...a big salute Buz....V