by Gena Buskirk-Ford, Gateway PhotoArtistry™ photographer and writer, July 15, 2012
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If I could, right after my "Gateway" (logo photo), I would start every one of my display exhibits with this one -- "Seagull at Margerie Glacier." Besides the fact that it was one of the hardest photos I've ever taken, it symbolizes so much to me.
“Seagull at Margerie Glacier” with “Soar Freely” poem taken July 12, 2011, at Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska by Gena Buskirk-Ford. Available for purchase as it appears from artist, Gena Buskirk-Ford, see "Pho-etry" gallery on http://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com.
While we watched the glacier calve (the process of ice pieces breaking off the end of a glacier) and evolve, seagulls would fly onto the cruise ship balcony railings and within our hand’s grasp. Like I often do when I’m photographing, I prayed. I asked God to help me get a really good close-up of a seagull in flight. He graciously helped me get two -- this is one of them.
I wrote “Soar Freely” because my image of freedom is standing with my arms outstretched as wide as they can go with no inhibitions and no fears. When I see this picture of the seagull with its wings outstretched, God reminds me of the freedom He gave me just a year ago when I completely released the rest of my fears and anger to Him that had paralyzed me for most of my life. I had to let go of my past for God to be able to give me the desires of my heart for my future. Though I’ve been a photographer and a writer/poet since I was a teenager, the freedom I received from Jesus that day gave me the courage to start my photography business, to believe my photography was good enough to share publicly, and to trust that my poetry, coupled with or without my photography, could mean something to someone other than the person for whom I wrote it. I am becoming the person God intended me to be because I soar freely in the joy that only Jesus can give me.
by Gena Buskirk-Ford
© September 7, 2011
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Fear can paralyze your dreams,
Unreturned love can recoil you,
Disloyalty can ignite resentment, but
Dig deeply where resolution rests.
Offer humbly forgiveness
you've received from above.
Soar freely on the heavenly breezes of joy.
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