Celebration of Light is a tribute to places and moments of natural beauty through photography.
As we make our way through our modern world of computers, offices, and suburban sprawl, we are all too often often only vaguely aware of the beauty that was once surrounded us. Those who are aware can tell you that the symphony of sun, sky, earth, and water was not to be surpassed by man's cultivation of fire or fluorescent lights.
What can compare to the sight of a mighty mountain range piercing the sky, an ancient forest wreathed in fog, or the colorful drama of a sunset? Such scenes stir the soul, reminding us both of our primal past and all we hope to be. And while we may hear, touch, taste, and smell the earth and its bounty, what a joy it is to see!
However, not all natural light is created equal. Too often the sky is a featureless blue or gray, washing out colors or infusing all with gloom. But there are those special moments that make us overlook the long wait: a clearing winter snowstorm, a sidelit tree arrayed in orange and gold, a sparkle in untroddened sand. These are the moments for which we celebrate the light.
At this point all images are the work of Michael L. Anderson, except in a few places as noted. The site is organized by region with the hope that there are enough images to give each a sense of place, and consequently not all the photos are first-rate. Which are which? You decide. There will eventually be second-level pages to "explore the region" more fully, if you like, perhaps including shots of wildlife or a travelogue.
These images represent what was actually in front of the lens, with a few noted exceptions. Nothing has been added, and nothing has been taken away except for the correction of film artifacts such as dust, scratches, contrast, and exposure. Somewhat broader standards apply to the stitched images, which never join entirely seamlessly and occasionally require the cloning of small sections of sky or rock. All the images on these pages should be considered works in progress: they may be rescanned or modified to better express the original vision of the photographer. A summary of the equipment and techniques Michael uses can be found here.
To celebrate the light is to celebrate the Father of Lights, the true Author of these images, and His creation.

Michael L. Anderson
January 2003