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.

Point Loma Nazarene University - Point Loma, California

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.


~ by photographyfree4all on April 4, 2011.

19 Responses to “ON A HILL FAR AWAY…”

  1. Very nice photo!


  2. Oh you know, I love that photo. Beautiful….I love the colors.


  3. Yes, I knew it would appeal to you, Ekena! Thanks for sharing your comments here. I always appreciate them so much!


  4. Thank you, Barb! It was a gorgeous scene!


  5. Oh, how beautiful!! I immediately think of Easter morning and the empty cross. Christ indeed is risen!!!! Hallelujah what a Saviour!!


  6. Great picture, Steve. That was one of my very favorite hymns as a child, also.


  7. Absolutely stunning! So many word pictures come to mind with this photo and the hymn brings back so many of my childhood memories as well. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  8. It was a spectacular scene, Miss Betty!


  9. Thanks, Bob! I can still remember standing next to my dad as a child and listening to his bass voice sing this hymn. 🙂


  10. Thank you Car54! Great memories! My pleasure.


  11. Great photo composition paired with your hymn.


  12. Love the pic – are we allowed to use it? (Like, for facebook cover for Easter!)


  13. Sure. Thank you for asking!


  14. Brilliant – thank you!


  15. May I use this pic for a background Sunday morning?


  16. May I use this photo as a background for my sermon tomorrow? Thank you


  17. Yes. Thank you for asking. And, thanks for stopping by.


  18. Hi! Can we use this image for our prayer day website? We are calling people to “Rally to the Cross” and this is gorgeous!


  19. Absolutely! If you an opportunity to credit it, much appreciated. But I wouldn’t want the credit to in any way take away from your message! God bless.


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