ON A HILL FAR AWAY…
On a recent day trip to San Diego, I happened upon this amazing view from the Point Loma peninsula. I had traveled to San Diego to photograph the Cabrillo National Monument which includes the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. When I returned later in the evening to shoot the sunset, I was kindly turned away because the park had closed at 5:00 PM. Being a natural-born explorer, I decided to meander along the coast hoping for another area that might produce an acceptable substitute. The very first street led me to the beautiful campus of Point Loma Nazarene University. Immediately inside the entrance, I was greeted with this spectacular view. Even though the sunset would not begin for more than an hour, I could easily see that I had found the ideal setting.
Even though the beauty of the clouds had dramatically lessened by the actual sunset, it still provided a spectacular backdrop for this ever mindful silhouette.
I suppose everyone is different, but this scene immediately caused me to remember a childhood where hymn singing was an integral part of life. And the hymn most associated with this image had to be:
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame.
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best,
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown.