Michael's Dispatches

Heavenly Shower


Published: 16 November 2010

The Himalaya near Mount Everest are ruthless and serene, while the stars tracing above are without love or grudge.  Seasonal tides of fair and foul weather wash in thousands of trekkers, and more ambitious climbers who kletter by night and day.  Many reach their aspirations and many die trying, their bodies abandoned frozen on the mountains like nameless starfish stranded in finality upon a beach.  The names of the unremembered can never be forgotten.

While the Earth turns the heavens seem to shower down onto the mountains and over the horizon.

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    Sara Johnson · 10 years ago
    Wow! Thank you for sharing your amazing photos. I have ordered several of your books, gone onto the Soldiers' Angels website, donated, signed-up to help, AND my son is in preliminary EOD training with the Air Force! Thank you for sharing Soldiers' Angel's mission!
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    SCOTSWARRIOR · 10 years ago
    WOW.. (again).. I have followed your blogs oh, for years now. I know you were in special ops during your military career, but I cant remember if you were a sniper?? But I wonder where you got your eye (Mk1) for the great pics you get?? For someone to pick up a camera and take the pics, both combat + non-combat, so good in such a short period of time is trully outstanding! Keep up the good work Michael... chin up, head down!!!
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    peter · 10 years ago
    I remember you as I drive to work. Your pictures reminds me of the verse: "The heavens declare to the glory of God, and the earth tells forth his handiwork" and, your articles and words remind me of another verse: "My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer." Keep on truckin', and journalin'!
    PS: my boy is finding his place as a freshman Marine ROTC at St. Thomas University. Maybe he will meet you down range someday.
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    Determined · 10 years ago
    GOD BLESS you Michael for the beautifull photos thank you for what you do stay safe and know you are in my prayers always along with all our Troops and their families.
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    Tom Chaffer · 10 years ago
    Truly gorgeous. You heart is like that sky, brother. After all you've been through with our troops. You deserve moments like these! Thanks for the beauty. Blessings to you.
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    James · 10 years ago
    This beautiful picture reminds me of a back packing trip to the Sierra Nevada's when I was a kid. My back pack club leader / photography teacher set his camera up for a time delay photo and achieved something very similar to this. He actually won a contest when he entered it. Beautiful photo and eloquent words there Michael, more so than the average posts you put out. You are a writer after all! :-)
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    Victoria · 10 years ago
    Beautiful photo Mike - it looks as forbidding as it is amazing. I read there are about 120 bodies on Everest so I think I'll just enjoy it through your pictures. Oh yeah, waiting for your book to arrive, can't wait.
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    Judy · 10 years ago
    Very descriptive...visually and literally.
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    Mike Zorn · 10 years ago
    I think Ansel Adams would have liked that one.
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    Stacey · 10 years ago
    Wow, you have such an amazing eye for photography! So much so that this is the second of your recent photos which has become the background for my computers.

    To reiterate the sentiments from above, I pre-ordered your book a while back and am very anxious for it to arrive.
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    Andrew · 10 years ago
    You have a gift when it comes to taking photos.

    I look forward to the receipt of your new book which I ordered months ago (good things are worth waiting for). I think it will be stupendous!!
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    Beck · 10 years ago
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    Byron · 10 years ago
    I have posted to my Facebook two different posts. One for the book and one for an excellent desktop background for your phone or PC.
    May I suggest that everyone here do the same.

    Thanks Michael!
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    Gerard Michael Burns · 10 years ago
    Thank you Michael. Your photogrraph may be the greatest works of art I have ever seen.

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    Matt Sobolewski · 10 years ago
    Great images and just pre-ordered the book. Will get my lazy arse over to Soldiers Angels and contribute their too. Just wondering when you expect the new book will hit the streets? Keep up the great work and Godspeed to you and all of our fighting men and women.
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    Determined · 10 years ago
    Beautifull pictures thank you Michael. Job well done as usual.We have an awesome GOD who knows what true beauty is.GOD BLESS Michael stay safe and I wish you a Blessed Thanksgiving.I will keep all of you and our troops and their families in my Prayer of THANKS to GOD for all the BLESSINGS HE BESTOWS UPON US EVERYDAY.Our Military and families are very much such a Blessing from GOD.

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