Luke 9:29a (ANIV)
As he was praying, [the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.]
TIME OF DAY:
I decided to set this whole story before, during & just after dawn. The light that comes from Jesus, Moses & Elijah in the transfiguration is mirrored by the light that occurs as the sun is rising over the earth. It’s as if God’s natural light (the sun) is part of the transfiguration & almost pays a natural homage to Jesus, the sun’s creator, before the light of the transfiguration takes over. Then, after the cloud has disappeared, we see the 3 disciples worhipping Jesus, once again the scene is bathed in the natural, worshipful glow of the sun’s own light.
Sunrise: natural sunlight & camp fire. Note, the view seen here is looking south west, therefore the sun is on the left & out of direct view.
Scene 02 – Jesus prays – Jesus, Simon/Peter, James (son of Zebedee), John (son of Zebedee), Snow Vole, Bonelli’s Eagle.
The story clearly tells us that as Jesus prayed his disciples were asleep.
Google earth position & orientation – 33 deg 26’ 46.81” N 35 deg 54’ 51.73” E looking NW, towards the sumit of mt. Hermon.
Israel is beyond that mountain. The viewer can see the Sea of Galillee approx. 42 miles away, & the Galilee region of Israel.
I deliberately set Jesus & the 3 disciples here, so that mt. Hermon was in the cartoon, with a view that includes the Sea of Galilee (behind & to the left of Jesus, in the far background) to help the viewer orient themselves.
Research helped me to identify a suitable bird to put in the sky: the Bonelli’s Eagle is found in & around mount Hermon.
Technical note: I have used the Photo Paint “motion blur” effect for the first time i this scene – which gives the eagle a lovely sense of movement.
My research led me to include a Snow Vole (Chionomys nivalis) in these cartoons. These small rodents are to be found on mt. Hermon.
Wikipedia: This vole is active by night as well as by day when it is quite easy to spot, especially on sunny days. It gets food from the roots of various alpine plants. It digs tunnels with numerous exits and a nest chamber as well as a kind of a storeroom. It does not hibernate in wintertime and often takes shelter in cellars, barns or haylofts to protect itself from the low temperatures. It holds its tail in an upright position when running.