God’s Beauty


The Ultimate Blog Challenge is in Day 23 already and today I’m going to use the suggested topic from the hosts.  The challenge is to share a photo and see how many readers will comment and re-share to their social sites and Facebook.   Will you help me share God’s Beauty to your friends? They in turn can share and how knows how many views this photograph will get.

This is a photo I took at one of the streams in the Nanatahala National Forest in North Carolina.  When I took the photo, I didn’t even notice to rays shining down until I was viewing all the gorgeous shots I took.   It reminds me of God shining down on the wonderful work he made.  If you look close at the colored photo, it almost looks like rainbows coming down the rays. When visiting the streams in the middle of nowhere, it’s so beautiful, peaceful and relaxing.





The challenge is to post one photo but I decided to post both a color and black and white shot of the same picture.  You can almost hear the water gently rolling over the rocks.  Which is your favorite, the color or black and white?


This is the link to the photo I shared in last year’s challenge, coincidentally it was taken in the Great Smoky Mountains National Forest, also in North Carolina.   Do you think we love that area?  Sure do! http://themarthareview.com/top-of-clingmans-dome/


Can you help me meet the Ultimate Blog Challenge by leaving a short comment at the end of this blog and let me know you shared this on your sites. It would be great if you could ask your readers to also share.  Who knows how many views and comments just one photo will get!



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18 Discussion to this post

  1. I love the photos, but always do prefer the color. After all, that’s how God intended most people see his creation — in full color. I surely will share this.

  2. Martha says:

    I don’t usually edit my photos but I decided to do a black and white edit in case readers wanted to envision their own color. It was so peaceful at the location of the stream, way in the middle of nowhere, a place where God hid it for those wanting to venture deep in the wilderness. Thanks for visiting and sharing Barbara.

  3. I’ve had a whole bunch of those. And, I love it when I see those rays emanating from the sky, as well…
    Pretty cool!

  4. Tracy says:

    Hey Martha
    I love the photos the purple sun rays beaming down on the glistening water looks amazing. Very tranquil and peacefull. i could look at it for ages.
    Great shot 😊

  5. Martha says:

    Thanks Roy, I love taking photos and finding surprises in them when I go back and view them. Thanks for visiting.

  6. Martha says:

    When I took this shot, I saw none of the rays or colors in them! It was so peaceful Tracy, it was about 15 miles off the main road and as we got closer, the road got narrower! I love finding special spots and photos like this. Thanks for visiting!

  7. Beautiful picture!! I like the black-and-white one best. Shared the link on Twitter.

  8. Tracy says:

    I love the color photo of the sunlight! It looks almost tangible, like you could have reached out an touched it. I’m sure there’s a lesson in what you said; that you didn’t really notice the sunbeams until after you looked at the pictures you’d taken. Likewise, we often don’t see God’s hand in a situation while it’s happening, but on looking back we see how he was there all along.

  9. Martha, wow! I love your contrasting color and b/w photos! I have always seen God breaking through in the light beams in a forest. How wonderful you feel that, too. Also, flowing streams have always moved me. Thanks for the transcendent beauty!

  10. Alice Gerard says:

    The photographs are beautiful. I especially like the black and white photographs because you can more easily see where the light source is from the position of the shadows.

  11. I almost always prefer color pictures, but in this case, knowing the Smoky Mountains, I don’t think even the color version does justice to what I’m sure you really saw. The black-and-white version is at least very unusual. So I can see how a case might be made for the black-and-white.

    (Reminds me of the photos bound into “Mickelsson’s Ghosts”–some of the Pennsylvania mountain scenes would have been merely pretty in color and looked really eerie in black-and-white! The sun shining through the mist doesn’t look eerie, but certainly eye-catching.)

  12. Martha says:

    We were a little disappointed in the colors Priscilla, not much red at all but still beautiful. I also hardly every edit to black and white but thought it would be a good comparison and let my readers view how they think it should be like! To say the least, it was beautiful with the rays shining down. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Martha says:

    Thanks Alice, I was so surprised when I saw the rays after looking at the photo I had just taken. I didn’t even see them when I shot the picture. Thanks for visiting the stream with me!

  14. Martha says:

    I also know God is with me but there are times when I can actually feel his presence, this was one of them. We drove about 15 miles into nowhere to find this stream! Thanks for stopping by Kebba!

  15. Martha says:

    Thanks Jeanine, I could have sat on the edge of the stream all day and just listened to the birds and the water going over the rocks. So peaceful and beautiful.

  16. Martha says:

    WOW Tracy, that’s exactly what I was thinking. I don’t also see God but I know he is always there leading me on. Thanks for visiting the stream!

  17. Abe Liandro says:

    Such a beautiful picture. Could sit here for hours and just relax

  18. Martha says:

    When hubby and I go to the mountains, it’s like a totally different world, so quiet, peaceful and beautiful! Glad it gave you a bit of relaxation Abe!

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