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The Cross in the sky
A profound phenomenon
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On the morning of September 19th, 1997 with many minutes remaining before the sun breached the horizon in the far distance, an otherwise dull blue sky suddenly broke into a blazing array of red colors.
I was truly caught off guard. The sky had been a boringly clear up to that point, boring because a sky without contrast is not worth taking photos of. I was doing little more than killing time on my hill top vista on Coombs Hill Farm. There were no pictures to be taken that morning. I was impatiently waiting to go down to the splendid coffee shop at Pine Hill Orchards when it opened at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast.
I grabbed my tripod from the backseat of my car, fastened my camera to its swivel head, aimed, and began shooting a sequence of frames to capture the blazing colors.
From 28 mm wide shots to 300 mm telephoto shots right into the heart of the fire of that mornings dawn sky. In my thoughts was just capturing a sky evolving through a series of brilliant colors until the sun would rise above the hill tops burning out the deep colors with full daylight.
Out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of a bright sparkling light, contrasting strongly against the clouds. Remember, the sun was still below the horizon line 'behind' this sparkling light (see bottom center image above).
From a sparkling point of light, it's rays slowly extended horizontally and vertically in four directions. This formed what I would describe as the perfect ratio for a Christian cross.
This was my visual experience. The images exhibited here are honest ones. No alterations of any sort were made to the original images other than routine removal of dust and scratch marks, and the adjustment of exposure and contrast settings.
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