Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls

“I captured this photograph last weekend. It is Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in NE Ohio. It seems as though the sound the water makes as it hits and splashes across the stone, the silence the high walls of earth create….that is what we are to hear. The occasional bird chirping flying over head. A little escape from the roar and rush of the world or from the chaos that sometimes may consume our hearts. This is one of the places I see God and feel myself draw close to Him. A bit of reflection and relief I seek as I mourn the sudden loss of my brother-in-law last week. I dedicate this image to my sister and her husband whom we can only trust has now finally found peace in God’s loving hands. May you rest in peace, Mike.”

Submitted by Justin Casalandra.


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5 Comments on Brandywine Falls

  1. Justin, I live less than an hour from Brandywine Falls! When I first looked at your image, I immediately thought of a day I spent there with my son when he was studying photography. He is now gone, too, so I send you especially deeply felt condolences on the death of your brother-in law. I’m so glad you found this place in which to feel God’s nearness.

    And – beautiful image. The lack of water during this dry summer really changes the falls.

  2. My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your brother-in-law. Thank you for sharing your photo and especially for sharing how this place helps you to feel the peace of God’s love even in the midst of your sorrow. The call to find God in all things is not always an easy one. God bless you.

  3. @Robin, well hello there neighbor! Thank you so much for sharing the memory that image made you recall. As a photographer it’s nice to hear feedback on how others relate to the images we create. Thank you for your sympathy and I’m sorry to hear of your loss as well.

    @Barbara, thank you for your sympathy. And you are quite welcome it is my pleasure to share my work and how I’m able to find God around me. You are correct, the call to find God in all things is not always an easy one.

    Thank you both and God Bless you all and this wonderful website resource for relating to God’s Love.

  4. Because of your beautiful, artistic, and inspiring pictures I`ve seen on this site, I feel I sort of know you,and so suffer with you in your pain. I happen to be reading a book where the author, quoting saints, says there are “incredible waterfalls” in heaven. This word -picture with your photo and story, gave me a glimpse of heaven. Thank you.

    Also quoted was a Christian physician, who had a “death experience” as saying: “Heavenly music that was beautifully different from anything we know,it had no beat (in heaven there is no time to divide into a beat),and it came from everywhere-my white gown besides emitting a pure whit light, was singing softly, as was my body,the flowers, trees,hills and skies” (see 1Chronicles 16:31-33). Even Mike must have experienced something similar.

    It`s the loved ones left behind who suffer the separation. Even Jesus cried on hearing of the death of His friend Lazarus.

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