Light of the world

Today I love you iPhone 6s
Today I love you
iPhone 6s

Vibrant scenes and interesting art installations at MediaCityUK coupled to a tour of local festive lights in my own village this weekend highlighted to me that we sometimes miss the real meaning of Christmas, when it’s right there under our noses.

Leica M 240 Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH 24sec, f4.0 ISO 200
Leica M 240
Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH
24sec, f4.0 ISO 200

I was wondering around and about my village in the cold cold dark evening and it struck me that some of my neighbours have the most amazing Christmas light shows, lighting up their houses like beacons of celebration at this festive time.

Light of the world, Leica M 240 Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH 24sec, f4.0 ISO 200
Light of the world
Leica M 240
Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH
24sec, f4.0 ISO 200

The same can’t be said for the church, standing all forlorn and unlit in the sodium glow of the streetlights as the occasional car whispers past through the cold night.

Surely it should be the church that is lit up at this important time for Christians?

Light of the world Leica M 240 Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH 16 seconds, f4.0 ISO 200
Light of the world
Leica M 240
Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH
16 seconds, f4.0 ISO 200

Light of the World

(Greek: φώς τοῦ κόσμου Phṓs tou kósmou) is a phrase Jesus used to describe himself and his disciples in the New Testament.[1] The phrase is recorded in the Gospel of John and again in the Gospel of Matthew. It is closely related to the parables of Salt and Light and Lamp under a bushel.

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Didn’t mean to be too philosophical on a Monday morning, but it seems to me that the actual meaning of Christmas gets lost amidst the constant rush for consumers to consume anything and everything in a frenzied rush against a corporate calendar leading to a peak of bloated exhaustion.

Light Installations, MediaCityUK
Light Installations, MediaCityUK
iPhone 6s

This holiday season, I want to be happy and healthy and spend time with my family; three things that I have not always achieved individually or collectively at various points over the last 12 months.

So let there be light in the world, lets get back to the meaning of Christmas and let’s follow the star as it shines in the East.

The star that shines in the East Leica M 240 Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH 24sec, f4.0 ISO 200
The star that shines in the East
Leica M 240
Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH
24sec, f4.0 ISO 200

Kaaresuvanto, Finland (Lapland)

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You will never go to a more amazing place than Lapland

I decided to spruce up my previous blog with some more images from this memorable trip, so this post is all about Kaaresuvanto, Finland (Lapland) one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit.

So before I knew it, I had added sixty eight images to be exact; I will now add some words to go with them!

We loved living in the middle of nowhere! Lapland, Finland, January 2013 Nikon D200, 10-24mm, 10mm, f3.5, 1/6 sec, ISO 1600
We loved living in the middle of nowhere!
Lapland, Finland, January 2013
Nikon D200, 10-24mm, 10mm, f3.5, 1/6 sec, ISO 1600

Kaaresuvanto, Finland (Lapland)

acording to wikipedia….

Kaaresuvanto (Northern Sami: Gárasavvon, Swedish: Karesuando) is a village in the Enontekiö municipality of the Lapland region in northern Finland, located on the Muonio River, which follows Finland’s western border with Sweden.

The village of Karesuando (part of Kiruna municipality) is located on the Swedish side of the river. According to Finnish tradition the two are considered parts of the same locality (with a population of about 470), although officially a national border bisects them. The sides are linked by a road bridge built in 1980. The area is traditionally Finnish and Sami speaking. After the Finnish War in 1809, the border was re-drawn for political reasons, not because of any cultural or linguistic reasons existing at that time. Later a cultural and language difference grew because of school and church influence.

The village got its first buildings in 1670, when Måns Mårtensson Karesuando, called “Hyvä Maunu Martinpoika” in Finnish and “Good Maunu, Son of Martti” in English, bought land from Sami Henrik Nilsson Nikkas. The vicar and botanist Lars Levi Laestadius worked in Kaaresuvanto where he founded the Laestadian revival movement named after him. In 1944 the area was burnt down by German troops during the Lapland War and had to be rebuilt.

Swedish Karesuando is the northernmost point on the major European route E45 to Gela in Italy, and Finnish Kaaresuvanto is a stop on European route E8 from Tromsø to Turku.

Kaaresuvanto, Finland (Lapland)
Kaaresuvanto, Finland (Lapland)

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Even if you don’t track those funny lights down……….
just lay back in the snow, in your suit, and look up at the stars
we are just a speck on this earth

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