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written January 2006

Some of my friends have been aware of my spiritual struggle lately.. so I won't delve too deep into anything heavy... or 'waffle' as Bernie puts it.. but I do have to tell the story:

On January 2nd I was driving my 4-year-old daughter, Lauren, home to her mother in Sioux Lookout (Ontario, Canada) from Thunder Bay (400km) .. She had spent 2 weeks with me at my house.. 2 of my best weeks in years btw ...

It was sad event for me.. but she sang songs from her car-seat behind me, happy because she missed her mom and was going home.. I stayed cheerful for her benefit though and sang along with her. We were 150 km out from town when suddenly the sun broke through the clouds for the first time, and we entered what can only be described as driving through an infrared photo. The trees everywhere were coated in frost with the morning sun sparkling off them.. it honestly was incredible..

I wanted to stop and capture the phenomena with my camera (well who wouldn't?) but there wasn't a decent vantage point for miles ..nothing photo worthy y'know? Before long we passed through a small old highway town called Upsula .. the only building which has ever captured my attention in Upsula is this little old country church. The fresh snow lay all around it and the trees sparkled with their frosty coating. Lauren and I got out of the car and stood there on the quiet side-road breathing the crisp air.. sun-snow was falling slowly through the air, thousands of sparkling flakes falling from a blue sky.. fantastic spectacle caused by freezing condensation.

Shadows cast across the fresh snow reached out towards us and all I heard was Lauren gasp "Oh Daaaa-dy!.. thats pretty!" .. and suddenly it hit me..acutely.. a message was being sent here... beauty ..His beauty was on display for us. Just us.. we were the only ones around to witness the moment. Together. My daughter and I.

We stood there hand in hand for a long time before I took the picture and gave her a hug.

Its moments like that we live for.. we remember them clearly forever without photographs. Awareness of when these special moments occur is the key... they are fleeting..

... they are moments with our Maker.


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January 2008 - print redone to 16x20 format upon request ... thank you Robert.


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:iconfoureyes:
foureyes Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017
the story transforms  the photograph Love 
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017   Photographer
thanks :) you went digging deep to find that one!
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:iconwildwinyan:
WildWinyan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008   Photographer
Featured in my Good Friday journal. :sun:
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008   Photographer
thank you! ... Happy Easter!
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:iconwildwinyan:
WildWinyan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008   Photographer
Happy Easter to you too dear! :hug:
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:iconcamomilas:
camomilas Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008   Filmographer
I liked the photo when I first saw it. But then after reading your comments to it, I just LOVE this photo now!! Absolutely beautiful moment... I say the moment is far more beautiful than the photo! =)
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008   Photographer
thank you for appreciating the story :aww:
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darlingina Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008   Photographer
Such an unforgettable memory to go along with this beautiful photo. :aww:
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008   Photographer
thank you for reading it :aww:
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:iconanonymousaphasia:
AnonymousAphasia Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Absolutely beautiful. :) :hug:
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008   Photographer
thank you :)
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:iconskyblue67:
skyblue67 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
I love B&W. You can "see" so much more. Beautiful!
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008   Photographer
thank you very much :)
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:iconblutigwolf:
BlutigWolf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: Amazing! How much love must He have, to put on that display for you! Thanks for sharing this with us, too.
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008   Photographer
thanks for reading Sam :)
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:iconnadia1956:
Nadia1956 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
We had almost two weeks of frost in January, it was like living inside a Christmas Card :)
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008   Photographer
isn't that great?! I cherish the deep winter when everything looks fresh.
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:icondr-zook:
Dr-Zook Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
This should be on a Christmas card
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008   Photographer
I sell it as a gift card (the photo slides in the cover) ...with the card blank inside and matching envelope. :nod:
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LenaWhisperOfMagic Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing....Both the photograph and the story you told. I also had a few moments like that when my heart was so full of peace and beauty, and that feeling of happiness was so strong that made me wanna cry, those moments I'll always keep in my heart, forever...You are definitely right about what you said, that those are the moments we live for, witnessing something like that with the person you love. Amazing capture Skinner, and thank you for sharing your story :hug:. And again your talent is out of limits :heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008   Photographer
thanks for reading it hun .. I'm so glad you liked it :hug:
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:iconlenawhisperofmagic:
LenaWhisperOfMagic Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Liked it? I LOVED IT!:love:
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kayceeus Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got tears in my eyes from reading your story, I too have my struggles with faith so I think I can understand a little of what you're going through. Whatever brought about that moment between you and your daughter it's definitely something worth keeping in your heart and luckily on film too!! :D
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008   Photographer
:hug: thank you Kaycee .. glad you liked it hun.
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:iconrjpjr:
rjpjr Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
unbelievable...definitely thought provoking...as always, another amazing piece of work :-)
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008   Photographer
thank you so much!
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:iconjakespain:
JakeSpain Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
What can I say, stunning. Thanks for sharing that wonderful moment.
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008   Photographer
thanks for enjoying it :)
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:iconvasalmon:
vasalmon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Are you trying to tell me you were made in a church? That seems a bit sacrasanct -- you know, being made in a church-- it just seems like you could have waited to be conceived until they got home :P

Sorry, I don't mean any offense, I just thought your phrasing was a lil' funny :).
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:iconvasalmon:
vasalmon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Hahahaha! Yeah, I'm a jerk sometimes :).
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008   Photographer
:roll: sorry about the phrasing Shakespeare ...

:lmao:
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JamesHackland Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008   Photographer
You have been featured [link]
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008   Photographer
thanks a lot James :)
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:iconjameshackland:
JamesHackland Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008   Photographer
You're welcome John.:)
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WinDrift Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist
Ok I am crying now. That is one incredable photograph, it tells a story all by itself. Then when i read your story, well it broke my heart and made me smile. :winner:
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wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008   Photographer
:hug:
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:iconwindrift:
WinDrift Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Hobbyist
:hug: back at you:)
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:iconheartmaker:
Heartmaker Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. This is one of very few photos I have ben really captured by. It actually made my breath hitch slightly at first. Beautiful, and a really touching story as well. Greatly done.
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008   Photographer
very glad you enjoyed it!
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:iconlemnosexplorer:
LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Professional Artist
great tonalities my friend. is it hdr shot ?
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008   Photographer
thanks ... no HDR ... just a normal shot :)
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:iconamber-lady:
amber-lady Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Amazing. Amazing story and beautiful picture.
This one is one of my favourites. Double :+fav: - 'cause of touching story and message full of love on your pic.
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008   Photographer
:hug:
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:iconacs-1984:
acs-1984 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
That story gave me chills...well written
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008   Photographer
well thanks a lot :)
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:iconjillibean-penguin:
Jillibean-penguin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Hobbyist
Thats absolutely beautiful.
The story is too. :)
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008   Photographer
thanks so much! :)
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knalleknuten Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
touching story
..sad that your daughter cant be with you both.. ;_;

but I know..parents try to make the best out of it :)
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008   Photographer
:nod: ... it's tough sometimes .. mostly for my daughter ... adults can adapt.
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:iconknalleknuten:
knalleknuten Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
yep yep..I know the children are the one who suffer most..but they will make it, so your daughter does :)
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