Friday, March 20, 2009

First Day of Spring 2

With Spring comes a lot of yard work, and even more yard work, then some more yard work. Over the next two months, I'll remove the dead leaves and stuff from the winter, trim the bushes, plant a few flowers, mostly perrennials, and mulch. My garage will become a Lowes Garden Center Annex tonight when I start bringing home bags and bags of mulch!!

I love the spring as creation comes to life and we see God's handiwork. I often wonder what the Garden of Eden was like or what heaven will be? The Bible says "Beauty beyond compare" or "that you can imagine." If spring on earth is this gorgeous. Imagine it in Heaven

Another photo of crocuses planted last fall.

First Day of Spring 1

YAY!! The first day of Spring has arrived and what better day for this to happen than on a Friday!?!?!?!?!!!!! I love the start of spring as I watch the birds returning from their "winter" homes. The first thing I notice is the American Robin looking for worms and beginning to stake out his territory. Then, other birds come in and start doing the same thing. In my backyard, I built a Backyard Wildlife Habitat which attracts birds and butterflies throughout the season. This time of year, when birds start staking their territory the yard almost seems like a war zone with them chasing each other. One year, I got in the line of a Cardinal and a Robin and thought for sure I was going to get a chest full of red hair. Thankfully, the Cardinal stopped and the Robin left. Buds on trees, flowers perking up their heads, the temperatures are starting to get warmer are all of my favorite part of spring.

Last Fall, for the first time in my years of gardening, I planted crocuses. This is a picture of one of the first blooms this year.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Yeah! Tomorrow at 7:44 a.m., Spring begins! Winter will be gone for another year. This photo was taken at Walney after the March 2 snowstorm. Yeah SPRING!!!

A Salute and Celebtation to THE LAST DAY OF WINTER

The last day of winter couldn't come fast enough for me. I love the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons best. Although, I have learned to find the beauty in Winter with its snow, ice and trees with no foliage. The trees create a form of art with their branches reaching to the sky. Snow casts beauty all over the earth while ice adds imagry that allows the mind to go into a creative flow. God has given us beauty in all of creation in many seasons. Today, I celebrate the end of winter and begin an adventure into the Spring.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

St. Baldricks - Fundraising for Children's Cancer Research

This afternoon I am participating in an event that has turned out to be quite a bit of fun, St. Baldricks! Much like sponsoring someone to run or walk to raise funds for a charity, this one requires that you shave your head. Friends, family, co-workers have donated money on "my head" for me to shave my head in support of raising funds for children's cancer research. The St. Baldricks Foundation grew out of an event in New York, to a nationwide celebration raising over 14 million dollars to benefit children's cancer research. If you would like to donate or support the cause, please go to

I am shaving today in honor of a special friend. She's too young to know who I am and what I am doing and what's happening to her. The family wants to remain anonymous, which I can understand, so I wanted to dedicate this blog today in her honor. She was born into this world struggling with a disease that is not curable yet. Maybe one day it will. I would like to dedicate this to the family:

Dear Lord,

Please be with the family whose child is suffering with illness today. Give them comfort, love and allow them to feel your Presence as they go through the tests, trials and issues fighting this situation with their daughter. As they want to remain anonymous, you know who they are, so I don't need to mention their name. Be with the doctors as they treat this young child, giving them wisdom, love and kindness to understand what the parents are going through and to help this young child. Although she is too young to understand what's happening, embrace her in your Loving Arms and help her feel the Love that only you can give. Amen.

If you are in Centreville, VA, area today stop by and join in on the fun at Fast Eddies, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, My Favorite Day

Finally Sunday!! I look forward to Sundays. For me, its the day to go to church and relax for the rest of the day. When I was growing up, my parent taught us to keep "The Sabbath Holy". I was a kid, in many ways I still am, so I didn't quite know what that meant, except no chores on Sundays. As I have grown older, I have learned what means for me: relax, don't work or labor, enjoy the day. Sometimes that much easier said than done, but I do my best to listen to what God is telling me. AH HA!!! I think I am onto something. The secret is to listen to God's voice or the tugs He does on my heart to say whether this is right or wrong. So I have, or at least tried my best and I am still trying my best. What I discovered is that what may be wrong for another is not necessarily wrong for me and vice versa. For example, I LOVE to garden and photograph. Many Sundays after church, and after my Sunday Power Nap (of course), I will spend many hours "working" in my gardens. For me, gardening is not work, it's a passion which gives me much rest from the grind of the week. Often, I feel God's presence in the garden as I am working. Now, mowing the yard, edging, trimming, raking are an entirely different story. The grass could be 10 feet high, and I don't do it on Sundays because it is a chore, it's labor. I am tired and worn and ready to sleep when I am done. With my photography business, I do not sell or accept shows which have a Sunday requirement because I don't want to work on Sundays-- that's labor and wearing. But, I enjoy a walk in woods on Sunday mornings with my camera searching for a beautiful nature image. I love Sundays, to Worship God, rest, and enjoy life.

I am learning to find the beauty in Winter. Has been and interesting journey to see me go from dreading the winter season to actually enjoying it. The journey has yielded more images this winter which I will continue to share over the next few weeks.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Dog and Cat Photography

As a kid, I always had a dog. I remember having so much fun with my dogs as I was growing up. After college, until marriage, I didn't have a dog since I didn't have a place for one to live and run and play. For me, big dogs are the ultimate, so I had to have a big dog. So, I got a mix with Black Lab, Rottweiller, and believe it or not, a bit of Terrier. He's a good size though. Prior to him was my first cat experience. Though leery of them, my wife managed to find a Maine Coon that was a pretty cool cat. I got used to him, he got used to me and we got along great.

My passion for dogs and cats has caused me to launch my new Dog and Cat Photography service. Pricing depends on the package and options you choose. Please see the Services page my website at for details. If you are interested, send me an email through the contact page.

If you'd like to see some of my dog and cat work, I have a gallery dedicated to Dogs and Cats on the Gallery Page. Hope you enjoy your visit.

Monday, March 9, 2009

More Snow Adventures

Last week, we had freezing temperatures around 10 degrees and the wind was blowing while snowing. This weekend, the weather was absolutely gorgeous. I was outside alot over the weekend enjoying the beautiful weather. When it is warm this time of year, it is a cross between frustration and happiness: happy for the warm weather coming and I can just sit outside and soak it all in; Frustrating, because I keep wanting to start my spring gardening and it is too early. Just because it is beautiful weather, doesn't mean we won't have a blizzard next weekend. Still have to watch out for my plants.

This photo was taken last Tuesday after the storm moved on out. I thought the way the wind blew across the snow was beautiful.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

For My Friend Jaimi

Jaimi asked me a few winters ago to photograph some snow scenes which meant I had to learn to love winter. Thanks to her, I have learned to find the beauty of nature in the winter months, but Mother Nature hasn't sent enough snow our way for me to get some images for her. Today, while walking I found a great snow scene for my friend. Here it is! ... more to come later....

Monday, March 2, 2009

It's Snowing

I was hoping to wake up to a snowstorm of 12 or more inches so I would have to stay home and dig out but it hasn't quite panned out. Looks maybe a couple inches and 1 or 2 more expected. That's life in Northern Virginia, you never really know what to expect but you know what to do.... that's always be prepared. Never can have too much toilet paper, I guess.

Anyway, Sunday (yesterday) started out with a walk in the woods which I love doing before heading to Sunday School Class and Worship Service. Early Sunday morning we had a dusting of snow, enough to make things beautiful and highlighted with white. This photo was taken at Walney during my walk.