First Snow

The first snow in the California desert is always so beautiful — a refreshing splash of coolness after the intense heat of a scorching summer.

I always make it a point to go out to my favorite photo shoot location to capture images of this first snow visible from the California desert floor.

The San Jacinto mountains, overlooking the vast Coachella Valley, are a range east of Los Angeles named for Saint Hyacinth, the highest peak, San Jacinto Peak at 10,834 feet above sea level.

So I stood in awe of the beauty and the shimmering light as it fell on these San Jacinto mountain peaks. I looked more closely, capturing images with my Nikon D810 on tripod to allow for a slow shutter speed and automatic exposure bracketing (AEB) for high dynamic range.

Gazing at the snow-capped mountains after sunrise, I am reminded of the relentless movement of time through the seasons of life.

And sometimes the season of winter comes crashing upon us, unexpected and frigid, freezing the heart and soul. Such are the times that come from loss and brokenness.

And I have discovered that only the Lord can warm broken and crushed hearts.

I love the promise in Psalm 34:17 —

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:17

In the winter of life, I have discovered the beauty of the nearness of the Lord, who has walked every lonely, difficult road, and knows and loves me through the darkest valleys of life.

Dear friend, today, no matter what season of life you are experiencing, you can know that you are never alone. The Lord is near and He walks with you. And that is a joy and a comfort, allowing you to sing to Him as you share every moment of the day.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:17

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  • Title: First Snow
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  • Description: First snow on the San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 11/27/16
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Nikkor 24-120mm, FL 98mm, ISO 100, f/11, AEB.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photo Shoot in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Aurora HDR, Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Software, Nik Software, ON1 Software.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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