Yesterday I made a promise to my blog readers that I would capture a photo of a tree stump that reminds me of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and publish the photo before Christmas. This was on my mind when I left for work before sunrise. I always leave early to give myself time to mentally prepare for the day. The outside temperature was 1º when I attempted to open my garage door. It was frozen shut. I eventually got it open and headed off to my morning commute. The morning sky was so beautiful. Maybe this is the day I photograph the tree stump, I thought as the sun peeked out. The Interstate was icy and I wasn't sure about pulling over with all the semis around me. As I approached the area where the tree stump was located, the last semi passed me and I saw an opportunity to pull over safely. I knew the moment I parked my car that the timing was perfect. The tree stump on top of the rolling hill appeared to be whispering my name. I zipped up my jacket, got out of the car, and hiked through about six inches of snow towards the tree stump. Here is what I saw:
"It has to do with the time of the year. On December 21st the sun will be at its furthest point south," I answered.
"It really does look like a person who is praying," she said.
"The tilt in the head is what reminds me of Mary," I told her. "Let me show you what I mean," I said as I did a quick internet search for Our Lady of Guadalupe. Here is the image I showed her: