Jews, Christians and Muslims all know the story of Noah’s Ark; the story goes that God told Noah to build a huge vessel to save him and his family from a great flood that would happen for 40 days and 40 nights. He was told to place 2 of every kind of animal on earth into the ark so that the survival of animals would be assured as well. It’s a colossal tale which is told every day to kids around the world, and I was one of those who heard it when I was young.
Recently when I was photographing a wedding at a church in North Austin I found a hand drawn, colored depiction of Noah’s Ark. In the picture animals are being loaded onto Noah’s ship, 2-by-2, as other animals look on from the boat. I really love this art work because it was likely completed by a child who had been inspired by the story at his/her church (I found the image hanging in the hallway near the Sunday School rooms). I love the piece because it’s so colorful and so well thought out. It gives one an idea of how powerful and creative the mind of a child can be and also how stories (or anything, really) can easily influence young minds. Just look closely at the picture and see the detail for yourself. Amazing!