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Image of Hope

Posted September 10, 2012
Updated September 11, 2012

Photograph by Lauren Leslie Wolf

Hello friends!  On this the 11th anniversary of of one of America's darkest hours I wanted to share with you an image of hope.  

As many of you know I am an amateur photographer. I love capturing warm images especially in the golden light of early morning or late afternoon. I have several nice cameras and lenses. But nothing I’ve shot has come close to capturing the imagination and wonder of the public as a photograph my daughter Lauren took at the beach with her cellphone recently. I posted  Lauren’s picture on my Facebook page Friday and it went viral. Yesterday I posted the picture on WRAL's Facebook page and nearly 5,000 people said they liked it.

I wanted to share the image with you. Feel free to give it a name. To me the image evokes a strong feeling of hope – a stairway to heaven – a victory of light over darkness. And it all started with a walk down Fernandina Beach in Florida. 


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  • genegeneandnancy Sep 12, 2012

    This would be a beautiful cd cover for you to use.."Stairway to Heaven" has already been used (Led Zeppelin), but there's bound to be another title to go with such a beautiful picture.

  • nc_jcnumber5 Sep 12, 2012

    What a beautiful photo - I guess the apple truly does not fall far from the Leslie tree, Bill.

    I'll go with "Ascension" for the title. Thanks for sharing.

  • binkieb Sep 12, 2012

    "Majestic Promise", is what I would name it.
    What a talent to capture such Grace.

  • br549znc Sep 12, 2012

    Really cool.

  • sassysewer Sep 11, 2012

    Stairway to Heaven

  • jwstevens04 Sep 11, 2012

    Beautiful..:) Thanks Bill!

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