Moran will be missed

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 12:40 a.m.

Like many in this community, we are deeply touched by John Moran's vision and we applaud The Gainesville Sun for bringing glimpses of that vision to us on a regular basis for so many years.

While we wish John only great success as he continues to pursue his art along a new path, we can't help but feel just a little disappointed that we will no longer have those morning moments when, bleary-eyed with coffee in hand, we open the paper and are immediately transported by an exceptional image to some beautiful, natural place just around the corner.

John's work has captured the power and beauty of our woods, water bodies, and prairies and he has honored the wildlife that inhabits them all.

He has found these treasures in unseen and unsuspected places in our own back yards and has made us aware that they exist. He has found these treasures in places we have seen many times and know well and has helped us to see them with new eyes.

Over the years the images have served to enlighten and inspire us and to educate us about the beauty in our immediate surroundings. As much as anyone in this community, John Moran has helped to define this community's self concept as a naturally beautiful place to live and a place to be honored.

We thank you, Sun, and hope you will continue to deliver affirming images and stories of our region. We thank you, John, and wish you Godspeed.

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