Beauty in Shadows!

IMG_6458Seven years ago my nine year old granddaughter, Kialee, and I drove the back roads of Tennessee looking for things to photograph. By looking at the pictures she took you can see that Kialee has an eye for photography.

One special moment in this day stood out to me. We were reviewing the pictures Kialee had taken when I came across the following photo of the Natchez Trace Bridge. 

6a00d834958b7053ef0115701443d4970bAs the ultimate authority of photographic knowledge, I pointed out that she had not included the entire bridge in the picture.

Kialee responded, “I wasn’t taking a picture of the bridge grandpa, I was taking a picture of the shadow of the bridge. Isn’t it beautiful?”

I was stunned by her observation. All true artists have an eye for contrast, texture, light and shadow.  Kialee understood a principle that is not only the secret to great photography but also to healthy living.


True joy comes from seeing beauty not only when sunshine floods our lives, but when difficulty casts shadows in our path. 

Life is full of shadows. I need to follow Kialee’s example and learn to see the beauty in them. After all… without light there would be no shadows, only darkness.

Thank you for our time together Kialee, and for what I learn from you every day. This is my granddaughter Kialee today.

Me Ki Cruise

Can you see beauty in the shadows?