A God Given Day in Oklahoma
(Ponca City, OK)
Today was a God given day in Oklahoma; for me, anyway. It happened this morning, very early in the morning. I was awoken at 4 am by the wind howling through the part opened window in my bedroom at A1 Savannahs. A distant storm was raging and we were experiencing the edge of it. It must have been horrible in the middle.
I had planned to go out at sun up whatever happened to see if I could catch some soft, warm, texture light. I wanted the landscape to be textured by the low light of dawn.
When I walked out into the field, the prairie-like field followed by the animals: the goats, the sheep, the buffalo, emu and horses, the sky was dark and brooding. Could this be good, I thought, or a waste of time?
I knew that these animals lived in harmony from my previous day’s efforts. Well, as I said, it was God given light because the sky filled with the anger of the world in billowing black and grey clouds tinted by a luminous, pink light. This was special light but dark light.
The special combination of a brooding “Ten Commandments” sky and the harmonious animals, quietly grazing, produced a picture with a biblical quality:
Photo © Michael
Yes, it’s dark because it was dark. The scene was exactly as you see it. I walked on. It was my turn to follow the animals as they wandered through the meadow grazing contentedly illuminated by the angry, yet gentle, sky.
I kept photographing and one of the next was this photograph:
I really felt that this was a God given opportunity to get a decent photograph. The overriding feeling was that it felt like a biblical scene. The harmony between the different species of animal added tremendously to the sky, a sky that shouted that God created the beauty of nature and that we must preserve it for our children.
We all have our own God. Stephen Hawking the celebrated theoretical physicist has agreed that there may be a God because the universe is so awesome, beyond our comprehension.
My God is nature. For me nature is king but I respect the views of others. Nature is bigger than us. We think that the human is king, the master of this planet. We most definitely are not.
I feel that we must respect nature much more. And for me that means the land and all the animals including the wildcats and domestic cats on the land. We lease the land. We do not own it.
For me, everything that we do in relation to animals and particularly cats should be in the best interest of the cat, through a respect for the cat. If we do that we will receive the reward that we desire; a charming and reliable companion to ease us through our life.