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Beside Quiet Waters

BESIDE QUIET WATERS by Gloria Gunderson An Inspirational Photography Book I am almost ready to submit final manuscript materials for Beside Quiet Waters to my publisher. I have already submitted final book cover and title page materials to my publisher. As of July 15th, the book designing process officially started. Beside Quiet Waters will be available sometime in January 2015 on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com and bookstore.trafford.com Beside Quiet Waters is based on the following Bible verse: He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; (Psalm 23:2b-3a) NASB Beside Quiet Waters is a culmination of nine years of photographing the beauty God has brought my way, combined with the Bible verses that God has used to restore my soul from the heartaches and disappointments I have had in my life. I have truly been led beside the quiet waters of God’s presence through the healing that He has done in my life. Beside Quiet Waters will feature my photography, Bible verses, devotions, and poems that are all inspired by the painful, yet beautiful healing that God has completed in my life. Facebook link regarding my upcoming book: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.589554661142309.1073741829.511661772264932&type=1

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Scripture quotation taken from the NASB © The Lockman Foundation.



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I just started a facebook photo album for some of my Flower photography that I wanted to share with you.

Flowers by Gloria Gunderson


Bathed in Glory

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We want so much more–something the books on aesthetics take little notice of. But the poets and the mythologies know all about it. We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words–to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.

C.S. Lewis

From The Weight of Glory, Compiled in Words to Live By, The Weight of Glory: And Other Addresses. Copyright © 1949, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1976, revised 1980 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.


I captured this photograph during the sunrise on January 2, 2014. I named this photograph “Bathed in Glory” because those two words, one found within the beautiful quote above by C.S. Lewis and the other found within the title of his essay, perfectly described what I was feeling while standing in the midst of God’s beautiful sunrise that morning.

Very early that morning, a few hours before I went out to capture the sunrise, I received this quote by C.S. Lewis through one of my daily email subscriptions. When I read it, one of my goals for the day was to feature this quote by C.S. Lewis with one of my photographs on my website. By the time I needed to leave and capture the sunrise, I had already spent some time looking among my existing photographs for the perfect one to couple with the beautiful words of C.S. Lewis. I had no idea that the photograph best suited for this honor was yet to be captured, and would be in just a few short hours.

I truly did feel bathed in the glory of God’s presence at the time that I captured this photograph, not only because the sunrise was so beautiful, but also because He was giving me the strength to make it through the extremely cold winter morning we were having. During this sunrise, it was -9 degrees F with a -24 degrees F wind chill.

I was praying the entire time that God would give me the strength and determination that I needed in order to make it through the bitter cold morning and capture His beauty. I made it through 10 minutes of capturing His beautiful sunrise, resulting in 21 photographs to choose from.

At photograph 20, I decided that it was time to quit and get back to my warm car. My fingers were so numb, I couldn’t even feel the camera button anymore. As I was walking toward my car, I felt His still voice inside asking me to turn around and take one more photograph. I hesitated a few seconds, both out of disbelief at what He was asking of me and fear of frostbite, but decided to obey Him and capture one more photo. This photograph, the very last one I captured, is the result of my obedience.

When I got back to my car, my fingers were so numb I could barely open my car door with my key. I was very fortunate that my car engine was already warm from driving to my sunrise destination. I sat in my car with the heater blowing on my fingers in order to warm them up. While they were warming up, I was in so much pain and I thought for certain they had frostbite. God was so very merciful to me. My fingers were tender all day, but they were not frostbitten.

I can honestly say that shivering from the bitter cold and being in so much pain as my fingers warmed up was all worth it. I was able to experience feeling bathed in God’s glory!

We have an awesome God and He will give you the strength and determination needed to do anything you desire.

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 20:4; Psalm 37:4) NIV

© 2014 by Gloria Gunderson

Photograph Link:  Bathed in Glory

Blood Moon

Blood Moon

The Blood Moon of April 15, 2014 captured as the earth was starting to move out of the Lunar Eclipse.

Captured in Rosemount, Minnesota

Camera Details: Nikon COOLPIX L120 ƒ/5.81 sec.132 mm800 ISO

Photography Gallery Link: http://www.captureminnesota.com/photos/1450317

December Full Moon

Moon's Pink Glow

I was completely in awe of the full moon in the early morning hours of December 17, 2013 in Minnesota. God provided us with a beautiful full moon including pink & purple glowing haze. He even gave us a rainbow around the moon before the clouds lifted.

Here is a link to my facebook photo album with five photographs of yesterday morning’s December Full Moon:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.257688961059002.1073741839.132826903545209&type=1

Breathtaking Sunset

Breathtaking Sunset

In the eight years since starting my scenic photography business, I have never seen such a gorgeous sunset. I really couldn’t think of another name for this photograph because it was truly breathtaking. If you look closely, you can literally see the sun’s flames….amazing! While I was taking the photograph, it appeared that the sun’s shape distorted a little as it was going down behind the cloud. I thought it was an optical illusion, but it wasn’t.

I am very thankful to God for allowing me to capture this amazing and gorgeous sunset last night! God’s beauty is truly amazing and such a blessing in our stressful world.