We’ve made it! Day 10 of the 10 Day You Challenge – 1 Picture

Can you believe it? It’s Day 10 of the ’10 Day You Challenge’
I can hear the collective sigh of relief across the blogosphere 😀
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Thank you so much for sticking with me. Some of you have been kind enough to send a message saying how you’ve enjoyed the series and I really appreciate that.

And so today – 1 picture

I’ve been thinking about this one for a few days now as it’s very hard to pick only one image. What do I go for? My wedding photo? A big sparkly Christmas tree? A photo of that gigantic chocolate fountain from The Vicar of Dibley?

Up until recently I said I was never one for photographs. I love old photos of family and holidays etc, but I’ve never been one to own a fancy camera and I get bored with other people’s photos very quickly. Don’t be offended, I get bored with mine too.
I didn’t join Pinterest until very recently because to me, it was all about images and I’ve always said I’m a ‘words’ girl. Never been too fussed about how stuff looks.

It occurred to me though, that in the last year something has changed. I’ve been wowed by photographs more in the last year or so than in my whole life (that I can remember anyway). Lately I’ve been ooohing and ahhhing at photos of sunsets, snow scenes, kids playing and yes… kittens! I KNOW…. ridiculous right? But I found myself doing the ‘tooooo cuuuuuute’ thing more often than I feel comfortable with 😉

Then a couple of weeks ago I spotted this and I kid you not… it took my breath away.

1. Carlow Fields of Gold, taken by John Ivory

Carlow Fields of Gold


I was so struck by the detail of this image. And the depth, it almost feels like inverted 3D – it just stretches back into the horizon. Aren’t the clouds just amazing?
I was surprised at how affected I was by this picture. Then it dawned it me…

It’s because I can see.

You may know that I had a cornea transplant just over 3 years ago and about a year ago I finally started to experience real improvement in my sight. Whereas I had been making everything larger on the computer screen and printing music enlarged, sometimes on A3 paper – now I can read a normal book and music from its proper score. I can see… and because I can see, I’m starting to appreciate images. The reaction I had to this photo has made me realise how far I have come. I thank God for my improved sight and I’m so blessed to be in touch with my donor’s family. Thanks to you too John 🙂

And so the 10 Day You Challenge is over – and I’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who is more relieved than I am! Thanks again for stopping by 🙂 x

1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Photo credits:
The 10 Day You image above doesn’t seem to come from any central website but can be found on many that have done the challenge. Many use it but there does not seem to be any original source info available
Carlow Fields of Gold, by John Ivory – used with permission
I’ve used other photos of John’s recently, if you’d like to see them just click here.

Do you see what I see?

This fabulous image is of one of my favourite places to be.

Sally Gap 2 JI

The photo was taken by John Ivory and he has kindly given me permission to use it.

It is the road to Sally Gap in the Wicklow mountains. I can’t count the times I’ve driven up that road. I used to take it as part of the scenic route to the Bible College in Greystones, on my own in the early morning. I also used to drive up there with friends having the laughs, listening to loud music. I’ve taken it with American visitors, showing off my beautiful country. Also used to drive up there often with himself to relax, chat and pray in quiet.

I’ve taken loads of photographs of it too. But I’ve never been able to capture the view the way John has. When I saw the photo my first thought was… ‘THAT is what it looks like!’

I have a theory about photographs… which may land me in some hot water, but hear me out.

I think the reason we love our own photos is not because they reflect what we saw, it’s because when we look at them, we see our memory of the actual scene. Not the captured image, which is usually substandard. We remember how spectacular it was and the photo helps us to do that, but the photo itself doesn’t reflect the spectacularness (and yes, I am making up words to prove my point), to someone who wasn’t there. I reckon the reason we don’t love everyone else’s photos (and they don’t love ours…) is because we don’t see what they saw. We see a vague resemblance to what they saw. And that’s all they see in our pics.

Photographers have a way of capturing a true reflection of an image, which I think John has done brilliantly here with some of these other photographs of the same area. (Also used with his permission.)

JI collage

I was talking to Rich the other day about Heaven. What it might be like and what eternity will feel like etc. I said that no matter how hard I try, or what books I read or even what Bible verse I read, I cannot get my head around what Heaven will be like. It’s like I’m actually incapable of conjuring a good image in my head or a realistic concept of it.
I remembered the verse in 1st Corinthians that says,
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

So it actually makes sense that I can’t conjour up the image.
Even if I did, it would be a poor reflection. But as the Apostle Paul says later on in 1st Corinthians,
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. 
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully…”

oh and If my photograph theory is right, then even John’s photo of those mountains is only a reflection (albeit a fabulous one) – you’ll have to take yourself up there to experience it first hand 🙂