What is your Mussenden?

..One of the most iconic and arguably most often photographed scenes on the north coast. If you look closely enough you will find all of the elements of earth, wind, fire and water. The fire from the sun isn’t obvious, but its effects are cinematically projected onto the giant screen in the form of clouds; which in themselves reflect the presence of wind and movement. The elements give the picture it’s personality. This could be any distant landscape in the country! However, one thing makes it really stand out and instantly recognisable. Mussenden Temple, built in 1785. From this angle and with the presence of a natural backlight, the location of the photo is unmistakable. The building sets the landscape apart from other shots of undulating distant hills of the spectacular north coast. Got me thinking again about each of us and our unique dna! Everyone of us is different! Like the photo we are part of the landscape which is life, but I wonder what, if anything, sets us apart from all of the other human landscapes we encounter on an hourly, daily basis. Arguably one might say that more often than not, the defining feature which makes us stand out is found in our personality. When someone looks at us, meets us or has an encounter with us, what is it that sets us apart, what is our Mussenden? Human landscapes can be wonderful too. Undulating, curvaceous, broad, colourful, windswept, breathtaking! But sometimes you have to look for the elements. A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, brings forth, good treasure.

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