In 2009 I was in a major work transition. I was no longer involved (by choice) in the software project that I had put my heart and soul into for 14 years. Sleeping in the back of our Honda van, I took a week long trip around Lake Superior trying to photograph as many waterfalls as possible.
I was nearing the end of my week long journey around Lake Superior and arrived at Bond Falls long before dawn. This is a public park and is always crowded, especially during the 4th of July week. I was photographing for about 45 minutes before the splendour of the place suddenly lit up. As the sun peaked over the trees, The whole area exploded with beautiful soft glowing light, diffused through the mist rising up from the waterfall. Unfortunately my memory card was full with spares in the car 10 minutes away. This was taken on memory space occupied by photographs taken and deleted moments before.
I’ve entered and shown this photo at club competition and most of the time it scored okay, but never with the sense of emotion I experienced at that time. I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and joy by the beauty of God’s creation. Even though the light was beautiful in a place photographers dream of, this was one of the last photographs I took during my trip. There were still a number of waterfalls I wanted to visit but my journey was over, I found what I was looking for.
I’m glad this mural project allowed me to discover it again. Maybe the black and white conversion will convey more of the sense of wonder I felt that morning.