The Trail Before Us

My friends, readers and followers,

Sometimes the trail before us is straight, level and easy to follow. Sometimes however, it contains treacherous curves, rises through unimaginable slopes and remains obscured until we reach a precipice. Life is often like that later type of trail and my own path has been difficult these past five years.

A few short months ago my wife of 23 years decided to divorce me, move out of our home and take my two remaining minor daughters with her. Nothing could have shocked me more or hurt me worse than this news, given to me not from her own lips but from an early morning phone call from her attorney. To say that I was devastated would not do justice to the depth of my sorrow. Nothing in my entire life had prepared me for this situation and my world came to an abrupt end.

Life does go on however and with the help of the Lord, my kind and loving family and my friends near and far, I am moving forward once again with my life’s journey. The Lord never gives us a challenge that we cannot overcome my friends, but with free will comes the responsibility to treat others with kindness, consideration and love. Some never learn this valuable lesson and for those we must pray. I wish my ex-spouse only the best in this life and pray that she finds peace and contentment in her journey. My resolve to provide photographic help and advice through this blog has not wavered. Nor has my love of life, my belief in God and my commitment to my four beautiful daughters’ future.

Your continued support and understanding is greatly appreciated my friends. May the trail before you be filled with wonders.

Jeff Lynch
Sugar Land, Texas

The Trail Before Us

The Trail Before Us – Big Bend National Park, Texas
Copyright © 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/13 for 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter and 2-stop graduated neutral density filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.
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14 thoughts on “The Trail Before Us

  1. Stay true to your faith it will see you through this valley in life. As the Irish blessing goes… may the trail rise up to meet you and the wind be at your back!

  2. Jeff;sorry to hear your news;I would never have guessed during our lunch meetings.I wish you all good things on your future trail. John

  3. Jeff I have enjoyed your work for some time now and you and your family are in my prayers. Thank you for continuing to share.

  4. You hid your sorrow well for a long time, but thank you for finally sharing. Your photos are an inspiration, and so is your personal story. It helps to share on our journeys through life.

  5. Jeff,

    Thanks for sharing your update. Not an easy time for sure. If you need anything, or even a shooting partner, (the camera kind:), just ask.

    Sean

  6. Jeff,

    We’ve exchanged notes a couple of times. As a fellow ptotographer and more importantly a Christ follower who has been through similar hard times, my prayers will got out to you. I am sure you have support but please, please feel free to reach out to someone who has bee there.

  7. I feel for you. I’ve had some hard knocks too, but trust me, with your attitude, it will all be all right in the end – and if it is not all right, it is not yet the end.

  8. Jeff-
    I’m so sorry to hear this news. I know it’s often difficult as a blogger to share things unrelated to our blogs, but behind every photo, post, blog, author is a real person with a real life and real struggles. Thank you for being authentic and vulnerable, sharing a little bit of your personal trail that you travel on as you make beautiful photographs. My best wishes for you moving forward that you are surrounded by supportive friends and family, and can protect your relationships with your daughters and model love, compassion, and forgiveness to them through this difficult situation. Peace to you….

  9. reaching out while reaching in and all the while reaching up. I say a prayer for your entire family. And even though we have not met or corresponded I thank you for the gift of perspective: both from your photographic artistic talent and your life’s journey. this is how you will survive this tragedy, kind sir. by being true to yourself and remembering who has your back. peace. Michelle, a fellow on the path.

  10. Thank you for sharing. Anyone who thinks life is fair lives under a rock. But life is good, and to always seek those good parts is what makes life worth the effort. All my best to everyone involved in this sad affair – may you all find those elusive good parts.

  11. I thank you for sharing your story. I can only imagine what you must have went through, as I don’t know how I would cope with such a happening. I applaud you for picking yourself up and getting along with your life. That is another beautiful photo from my favorite place, the Big Bend.

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