Rock-studded West Walker River forges a compelling ribbon amid golden quaking aspens (Poplus tremuloides) and soaring pines in one of the most stunning wilderness landscapes I’ve seen in person.
It was well worth the effort to arise before 4 a.m. and drive across California to see this magnificent spectacle of natural unspoiled beauty in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains bathed in the glorious autumn sunrise.
This photo was taken in October 2017, near the 7,000-foot elevation in the Humboldt-Toiyabe, the largest National Forest in the U.S. outside Alaska.
A great flood swept through the area during the winter of 1996-1997, washing away several miles of canyon roadways. I can only imagine this might have caused the river bank to erode, as seen toward the middle of the photograph.
The boulders and fallen tree remind me of life’s challenges and adversities. With the passage of time, these natural elements become part of the landscape and contribute to its magnificence.
Likewise, God the Creator of the universe demonstrates His love and faithfulness throughout life, even during the toughest, most challenging moments. We can experience residing peace when we place our trust in Him.
I am reminded of the reassuring passage in Romans 8:38-39, which says it best:
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NKJV)
“Rugged Sierra Beauty” Landscape Photography by Brian Tada
Giving glory to God and grateful to the group administrators for graciously featuring this image on the home pages of the Fine Art America groups::
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Special Recognitions -- to God be the glory ::
* Special Feature, nominated by a fellow artist, 1,000 VIEWS ON 1 IMAGE GROUP, 02.23.22. Heart-felt thank-you to my peers who have graciously nominated this image, and to administrator Christopher James for serving as group host. God bless you all!
* Elvis Pick of the Week, WISCONSIN FLOWERS AND SCENERY GROUP, 01.05.18. Special thank-you to group host, Mr. Randy Rosenberger for this honor. God abundantly bless you, sir!
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Embedded in the top right-hand corner is the Hebrew acronym for "B'ezras Hashem" [ ב ס " ד ] meaning "with God's help". It is a reminder to me as an artist of my dependence on the Almighty, the Originator of all creativity. This is a similar acknowledgement used by great artists like Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel who signed their work with the Latin phrase, "Soli Deo gloria" which means, "Glory to God alone".
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