Now More Than Ever. . .

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Yesterday, forty-nine fellow inhabitants of our world were murdered while they were worshiping in Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The madness of this act is unfathomable. The fact that it happened in New Zealand is deeply saddening. New Zealand ranks number two in the Global Peace Index.

At times like this our hearts can get very dark and the darkness can be infectious. While we mourn the loss, we must not succumb to a hopeless apathy for the state of our world.

Regardless of what the media would like us to beleive, the vast majority of people in the world are good. They have their hopes and dreams. They have family and friends whom they love. They have jobs and projects and passions and beliefs and art. They are trying to live their lives as well as they can. They are the ones — and we count ourselves among them — who deserve attention and help and love and support.

Please, now more than ever, spread this word in whatever way you can.

My Best Wishes to All.


(Photo was shot on the South Island of New Zealand in June, 2018. Nikon D850; Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 VR zoom. RAW processing in DxO Pro; final editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

The Author

California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. richardwilson964400601 says


    I agree with your sentiments. Crazy acts of violence greatly sadden me.

    But, Damn! That photo takes my breath away. It’s gorgissimo!


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  2. Thank you for posting on this – we do not need more madness in this world. I try my best to stay positive, and we all should try – for the sake of our young and our future on this planet.

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      • With so much beauty here, how can this happen? I’m hoping to share a message of comfort and hope too in a while, we need to take comfort in all the good that exists and not give in to fear and despair!


      • Anything positive you can send as far and wide as you can will have some benefit. I very much admired your PM’s statement this morning. But now let’s flood the world with positive messages.

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  3. Frank Riemer says

    A truly beautiful shot made all the more poignant by your words. Thank you for posting both of them.



  4. Reblogged this on Travels and Trifles and commented:
    I don’t ever reblog but there is a first time for everything. The idea of spreading a positive message to combat the darkness makes some sense to me. Like Many of us, my thoughts are with the peace-loving people of New Zealand tonight.

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  6. Reblogged this on P.A. Moed and commented:
    No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. ~Nelson Mandela

    Hate and indifference must never triumph over love. After the horrific act of hatred in New Zealand, I’m sharing a message of love, hope and kindness with you all by re-blogging Michael Scandling’s beautiful post. Let’s fill the world with light after another senseless act of violence and hatred.


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    • Thanks. My tripod was still packed and I had to make do with resting the eight-pound beast of a camera/lens on the back of a lawn chair. I didn’t notice till later that in the Southern Hemisphere the rim of light appears on the left edge of the waxing crescent, rather than the right, as I’m used to seeing it in California.


  8. Carolyn says

    ANOTHER stunning work of art from you.
    And your sentiments on the massacre in Christchurch were similarly eloquent.
    I thought of you two the second I heard of the incident.

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  9. Michael, your photographs are so peaceful and HEALING to gaze upon. They are a way or alternative to starting my day instead of turning on the news. Thank you for sharing your peace through words and pictures.


  10. Michael, Your image is spectacular and a fitting tribute to the beauty and serenity of New Zealand. I wish the Kiwi people peace and healing in this terrible time in their history.


  11. A beautiful image to accompany a good, strong statement. I continue to believe that these horrors, in the end, will stimulate a worldwide reaction, and a resurgence of tolerance, peace, and mutual respect.

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    • Thank you very much. Yes, the knee-jerk reaction would be to respond in kind. That would not be a very good move in the long run. Or, for that matter, even in the short run.


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  13. Well said, with such a perfect image to drive it home. I was heartened to read this morning about the students in Christchurch performing the haka together…reminded me of the strength that students have shown here in the US in the aftermath of some of our shootings. I hope the kids get stronger and stronger. We need them.

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  14. Well said, Michael. I agree that the world is filled with wonderful people. But the last few years have been a shock at the realization that there are so many awful as well, and it only takes one as we have seen. I wish I were better at expressing feelings at times like these, but your words are appreciated, as is your lovely image.


    • It’s true that there are many awful people in the world. But there are many many many more decent people and that’s where we should put our attention. The awful people try really hard to be attention grabbers. I don’t want my attention to be grabbed in such a way as to give them more energy.


      • It’s a difficult line that is drawn between emphasizing the good and shining a light on the bad. I made the decision a while ago to stay away from political posting while on Facebook and have rarely even hinted at my feelings on my blog. But I sometimes appreciate those who do which helps keep an awareness of what is happening below the surface of news reporting. I choose to believe that good will always triumph in the end.


      • I agree with you 100%. Regarding politics I will say this: in my opinion and observation the closer you get to either end of the political spectrum the more it devolves to name calling and finger-pointing and statements that are utterly unsupportable. At the same time these extremes get to be more more exclusionary in many ways. In order for the society to survive it needs to be more inclusive and less exclusive. That’s what I think. That is all.


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