Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Vegetable Garden For the Autumn Season

Fall is coming and your vegetable garden is probably starting to wither. Before you clean things up and put away your gardening tools, consider planting a new collection of autumn vegetables. You've still got the chance to grow another round of tasty, crisp vegetables that are sweet, colorful and fun.

"Vegetable Gardening"
by Shelley and Dave, used by permission
Leafy plants such as lettuce and spinach don't grow well in the summer months. Heat tends to make these crops bitter and soft. Planting now will result in crisp, mild and good-tasting leafy greens for use with homemade salads and sandwiches. Fall corn is another great choice since it's even sweeter than summer corn. This is due to the process of sugar concentration as the nights become cooler. There are many vegetables that are meant to grow in the fall season. Start a mission to discover the best choices, and continue to enjoy your favorite hobby for just a little longer.

Get started planting these wonderful crops now, before it gets too cold. You'll be the talk of your neighborhood as everyone's watering cans are stored for the winter, and you're still admiring your colorful and flourishing fall garden.

Calculate Your Fall Crops For Full Maturity

The summer months encourage a faster metabolic growth cycle, so before you plant your autumn garden, you'll want to consider each crop's expected days to maturity. Specific vegetables should be planted according to their own average cycle for growth.
"Vegetable Garden"
Used by Permission- The Forum News

Determine the expected date of the first hard frost in your area. Check the average number of days it takes your vegetable choices to mature. Add a couple of weeks and consider all crops that are likely to mature before the frost. If your dates are close, consider planting those vegetables with row covers or using cold frames to extend their growing season. This process can help avoid frost damage and keep your crops healthy and strong, despite the bite of cold.

The Best Vegetable Choices for Autumn

Radishes are a great choice for autumn gardening because they usually take just under a month to mature. Imagine sharing your fresh radishes with your entire family for the Thanksgiving holiday. These are an excellent choice for areas with a shorter growing season.

Since leafy lettuce is less likely to become bitter during the fall, it also makes an excellent selection for growing during this season. This crop takes forty to fifty days to reach maturity.

If you've got around two months left before the expected first fall frost, spinach is a wonderful choice. Average maturity time for spinach is fifty to sixty days. Some varieties can be planted early, and spinach that is properly covered can even withstand the first frost. In fact, covering spinach the right way can help this hardy crop survive all winter and into spring.

There are many more autumn vegetable choices that will help to create a healthy, colorful and flourishing fall garden. Simply check the growing instructions on vegetable seed packs, or talk with a professional at your local garden center. Check for clearance seeds to save money on planting and on winter groceries. Plant the hardiest crops within the calculated time frame and watch your garden grow.

About the Author: Jacob Petitt is a blogger and DIY handyman. His articles are mostly focused on  presenting fresh and functional ways to improve your homes by yourselves and save money in the process. His latest endeavor was making a simple and yet very appealing decking in Perth area.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday's Words

"Spring's Yellow"

I am the read of life:
he that cometh to Me
shall never hunger;
and he that believeth on Me
shall never thirst.

-John 6:35 KJV

Monday, August 27, 2012

3 Garden Maintenance Tips for Beginners

Beginning gardeners are popping up all over the place. As more people are turning to organic vegetables and fruits for their families, people are finding that the best way to know if they are organic is to grow them on their own. Flower lovers are also turning to DIY gardening because it's less costly than hiring a landscaper. It's also more fulfilling and ensures that your garden is customized the way you want it. As you spend more time gardening, you'll learn more and more tips for garden maintenance. But, while you're still in the beginning phase, here are three simple tips to help you get started:

1) Improve Your Soil's Texture

Before you begin planting, make sure that the texture of your soil is ripe for growing. Most plants grow best in soil that is moist, yet well-drained. Simply put, this is a soil that is able to retain moisture, but doesn't stay soaked forever. The texture you're looking for is soil that resembles crumbly-like chocolate cake. It should also be easy to shovel and dig in. In order to achieve this, you must have a good misting system.

If your soil is porous or like sticky clay, it will need to be improved before you begin planting in it. Many gardeners add fertilizer to their soil to improve the texture. But, if you're hoping for a more organic garden, you can add leaf mold, composted manure, even homemade compost for a more “green” effect. These natural additives are also called hummus.

For sandy soil, adding hummus will help the soil hold more moisture, like a sponge does. If your yard has clay soil, hummus will help to break up its sticky particles. That will create more pore-like spaces in the soil, so water can drain easier. This will ensure that the roots of your plants get much needed oxygen.

2) Pick Easy to Maintain Plants

As you get more of a green thumb, you'll learn more about the different plants and flowers for different seasons. But, as a beginner, the easiest way to start is with annuals. Annuals are available at most nurseries all year long. They are also very simple to grow and maintain. All you have to remember is that annuals like light (sunny areas), which means they can take the heat (sunny areas) and they don't need a lot of watering. Just water them sparingly, making sure not to over soak the soil.

3) Weeds Are Not Friendly

Never allow weeds to grow in your garden. Weeds are a like a serial killer to your garden. They try to kill every plant and flower they come in contact with. The only green thing in your garden that weeds don't kill are each other. Some gardeners spray and sprinkle weed killer in their gardens regularly. How regular depends on the pesticide they choose to use, and how often weeds grow in their gardens.

But, if you're trying for a “green” garden, there are more natural ways to get rid of garden weeds. There are some great organic weed killer products on the market. You can also find some pretty efficient DIY homemade weed killer recipes. Then, there's always the true green thumb process for killing weeds. Simply get down on your hands and knees and pull those garden killers with your hands. That's how our grandmothers used to do it.

About the Author:  Raymond enjoys life's finer things including playing the piano, reading, learning new gardening techniques and petting his cats. He believes that the best things in life are indeed free.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday's Thought

"Centreville Baptist Church"

Continuing the church history of Centreville Baptist Church this week, 1990- present.  The church is opening it new facility on Saturday, Sept. 8, with an Open House, 11-2, and First Services at 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.  The church is located a 15100 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA.  Stop on by.....  we are looking forward to meeting you!!  And, we've got a seat for you!

A brief, but important timeline:

April 1, 1990:     Burt McGaughey called as Minister of Education and

April 1, 1990:     CBC began to host services for Korean congregation. 

April 24, 1990:   Bible Study Fellowship begins meeting at CBC. 

June 1, 1990:      First elders called, Bill Bradley, Alex Cockey, 
                                  Dan Nostheide, Sr., Paul Seidel, Jim Upton, and Jim Wilson.

Aug. 1, 1990:    Burt McGaughey and Bill Hatcher ordained. 

July 1, 1991:    "Project 77" special offering to provide 70 more parking spaces
                                   and complete Zone 7. 

Fall 1991:         AWANA program started. 

Spring 1992:    Choir room under the Sanctuary completed in Lee Highway

                                Preschool and Children's choirs began. 

Summer 1992: Sister church relationships began with churches in North 
                                   Berwick, Maine and Twin Lakes Baptist in Clifton, VA.

July 1, 1992:    Frank Howard honored for years for service, Bill Price called and 
                                   Minister of Music. 

Nov. 1, 1992:   Phase II approved by church family. 

Jan. 1993:       Women's Ministry's "Joy in the Morning" began. 

Spring 1993:   Phase II building committee begins. 

Fall 1993:       CBC budget goes over $1Million a year. 

                        "Culvert" small group ministry and GOGO (God's Own Golden
                               Goldies) ministry began. 

                         Church playground completed in memory of Sara Hale. 

Sept. 5, 1993:  Worship schedule changed to three services on Sunday mornings.

Oct. 1, 1993:    Zone 7 interior finished and 70 additional parking spaces built. 

April 1, 1994:  Church votes to purchase 16.8 adjoining acres. 

Sept. 1, 1994:   Gary Maines called as Assistant Pastor.

Jan. 1, 1995:    Marlene Hale hired as Children's Director, Janet Bracewell hired
                                 as Director of Small Groups.

May 1, 1995:   Committed to the Foundations for Faith Building Fund. 

July 1, 1995:    Carol Seidel honored for 26 years of service as church pianist. 

Sept. 1995:      Site Plan for Phase II approved by Fairfax County BZA. 

Dec. 1, 1995:   Position of Singles/Newly Married Pastor approved. 

Spring 1996:   Church plant Cornerstone Baptist Church in Warrenton dedicated 
                                    with Dana Hayden called as pastor.  

July 21, 1996: Ground breaking for new education and office space on Lee 

Nov. 11, 1996: Phase II Building Program begins. 

Jan. 1, 1997:  Scott Allen began as First Singles/Young Marrieds Pastor. 

Summer 1997: Special Needs Ministry began. 

Oct. 19, 1997:  New Education Building dedicated.  

Dec. 1, 1997:    First "Drive Through Live Nativity" held.  

Jan. 1998:        First Saturday Night service held. 

March 1, 1998: Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) ministry began. 

Nov.15, 1998:  Phil Faig called as Interim Pastor.

April 1, 1999: Intentional Interim Senior Pastor Process approved by

Oct. 25, 1999: Dale Blackwood called as Interim Pastor as the church entered
                                      the Intentional Interim process.

May 1, 2001:  First Serve-a-thon which included the first Clothing Giveaway. 

Fall 2001:       Neal Helmbacher called as Minister of Education and 

Jan.1, 2002:   Dr. Billy Ross, Jr.’s first Sunday as Senior Pastor. 

Fall 2002:      Partnership established with Love of Christ Church, Moscow. 

Feb. 2003:     ESOL classes began at CBC. 

May 1, 2003: CBC called Doug Bromley to fill the position of Minister of
                                 worship and music. 

Jan. 2004:      Milton Harding called as part time interim Director of
                                 Congregational Care.  

Oct. 2004:      Stan Stone called to fill the position of Minister of Education, 

                       Bill Hatcher transitions to Outreach Pastor. 

Apr. 2005:   First Operation Serve community outreach project. 

Oct. 2006:   Art Werner called as Minister of Worship.  

Jan. 2007:   Darren Mooney called as Student Pastor.  

June 1, 2007: The church affirmed a building committee to begin the work of 
                             assessing facility needs. 

Oct. 2007:    Milton Harding ordained as Pastor of Congregational Care. 

Oct. 2007:     The church family affirmed the building committee to move 
                            forward with plans for additional facilities, including a new
                           Worship Center on the Lee Highway site
                           (Opens Sept. 8, 2012!). 

Jan. 27, 2008: Commissioned Fairway Community Church, a CBC and North 
                                  American Mission Board church plant in Haymarket. 

June 3, 2008:  Darren Mooney called as Minister of Education. 

July 13, 2008: Celebrated 50 years of ministry to the Centreville community.

2008 to present saw continued growth in various ministries and the completion of the new facility.   

Join Us:
Saturday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
for an Open House/Tour.

Sunday, Sept. 9, 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., 
First Services
Sunday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m., 
"Sing Out!"

South Entrance- New Worship Center"

"East Side - New Worship Center"

"East Side - Entrance to New Worship Center"

"Profile of Worship Center"

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday's Words

"Trumpet Bloom"

I will proclaim the name of the Lord.  
Oh, praise the greatness of our God!  
He is the Rock, His works are perfect, 
and all His ways are just...
--Deuteronomy 32:3,4

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Preparing Your Autumn Garden

At the moment everyone is holding onto the last bit of our Summer time. However in the gardening world it is time to start thinking about what your autumn garden will look like. The Summer is a much more hectic time, as all of the bright and bold flowers are in bloom. During the Autumn everything will calm down. As the leaves on the trees begin to change to the glorious red colors before falling off in the winter, this is the big signal that the gardening at this time of the year will be minimal.

When the end of the Summer is nearing, tidy up your garden and make sure all of the leftovers from Summer have been tidied. Do not throw away anything; make sure to add it to a compost heap. Be careful of adding any weeds to the bag though, you do not want to spread it across your garden to then find weeds growing all over the place! With the nights drawing in and the days feeling shorter due to the earlier sunsets, you must make the most out of the hours of sunlight that are available in the Autumn.

As it is still August at the moment it is the perfect time to start planting flowers that will last through the colder months. One type to consider is the Michaelmas Daisy, it comes in shades of pink, blue, purple and white, the perfect colours to transition from warm weather with the pink and purple, to cold weather with the blues and white. These flowers bloom in late August and will continue to do so through the frost. Stonecrop is available in a gorgeous pink colour which would match well with the Michaelmas Daisy, it is also known as ‘Autumn Joy’. Planting flowers is important and so is preparing your garden. With this month still bringing rays of sunshine it is the perfect time to make sure your gardens surroundings are looking good too. Nobody wants to be fixing fences and painting the garden gate in the colder months. Check to see whether you could do with fitting new designs and give them a good paint so they all match to last through the Winter.

About the Author: Writing about gardens and garden furniture, Zoe Robinson aims to provide readers with informative knowledge into her experience gained within this area and offer readers the chance to view a website she has experienced positively.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Gardening – A Hobby That Takes Care of Physical and Mental Well-Being

Many people opine that gardening is a hobby in which elderly and retired people look to indulge into. But the concept is not completely correct. Gardening is a hobby that can be taken up by anyone at any age. In fact many school children and college-goers have also shown remarkable interest in gardening. They have created nice and beautiful gardens in front of their homes and earned good amounts of appreciation. Physicians as well as psychologists have opined that gardening is good not only for physical well being of a person but also contributes immensely to psychological well being. This hobby can be enjoyed at different levels and you can choose the one you are comfortable in.

Large outdoor garden for various kinds of decorative plants and flowers
Our Home
Many people love to have a spacious garden in front of their house. It not only makes the place look beautiful, but also creates a space for relaxation. Entering into a house through a garden is a great experience in itself. It gives a soothing and peaceful feeling. Many people are fond of different kinds of flowers and decorative plants and plant the same in their gardens. In the blooming season, the whole garden looks extremely colorful and bright as different kinds of flowers bloom. Different kinds of decorative plants and shrubs are also planted to spread greenery in the garden. However, the plants and the flowers have to be taken care of well and maintained so that they retain their beauty for long periods of time.
Outside garden for fruits and vegetables
While some people are interested in growing flowers and decorative plants, some are interested in cultivating various kinds of fruits and vegetables. However, this kind of gardening will require lots of physical efforts and labor. Vegetable gardening needs good amounts of gardening knowledge as well. One needs to know the different varieties of seeds that are available for a single kind of vegetable. There are also different kinds of fertilizers used for the same. It is always good to use organic fertilizer as it is environment-friendly and does not harm the soil as well as human beings. Weeding has to be done regularly so that the growth of the plants is maintained. The best thing is that you can get fresh and healthy vegetables to eat from your own garden.

Inside garden for people who do not have space outside home
If you are fond of gardening and do not have space in front of your house for the same, do not worry! With indoor gardening you can fulfill your gardening desires completely. There are varieties of plants that can be grown interiors. You can use nice looking pots or tubs and hang them at the window. You can also put some potted plants in the verandah if you have some space there or put some plants on the windowsill as well. These plants do not need much water and sunlight and grows well in the interiors without many hassles. Growing plants in the interiors is low-budget as well.

Author Bio-
Jamith is a freelance writer who loves to write on photography, gardening and Home Improvement.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday's Thought

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, 
which is Jesus Christ. -1 Corinthians 3:11 (ESV)

A  church's history has always fascinated me-  Where did it come from? How it get to where it is?  

As the church, Centreville Baptist Church, I attend takes a step forward in expanding the facilities on Sept. 9, 2012, I thought it’d be cool to take a look back at the church’s history.

A brief, but important timeline 1958-1989:

May 10, 1958:     Eugene Thompson asked Hinton Harris Sr. to begin a Baptist church in Centreville.

July 13, 1958:     First Sunday School and Worship Service held. 21 people in worship.

April 3, 1960:     Name "First Baptist Church of Centreville" chosen.

                                  Hinton Harris Sr. called as pastor.

Dec. 1, 1961:       Began to meet at 13510 Lee Highway.

April 9, 1961:    Hinton Harris Jr. called as full-time Pastor. Programs included Sunday School, Worship, Training
                                 Union, Prayer Meetings, Revivals, Picnics, yearly retreats and Vacation Bible School.

May 1, 1965:     Jerry Fawley called as interim pastor.

Oct. 17, 1966:   Voted into the Mount Vernon Baptist Association and the Southern Baptist Convention.

April 28, 1968:  Bill Wagner called as Pastor. August 1, 1968.
                                  Began to meet at Centreville Elementary with financial support from Columbia Baptist Church. 

"Centreville Elementary School"
Sept. 10, 1969:     Church meeting moved to London Towne Elementary. 108 members by the end of the year.

"London Towne Elementary School"
"Stone Road Building"
Nov. 1, 1969:   Church organized and ordained deacons.

Oct. 8, 1969:    First choir formed.

Oct. 7, 1970:    Church voted to sign papers purchase property on Stone Road.

Nov. 30, 1974:  Church began to meet in the yellow building on Stone Road.

June 1, 1977:    Bill Hatcher and Dana Hayden elected as Youth Co-workers.

July 1, 1977:     Geoff Gartner named Choir Director.

Aug. 8, 1978:    Horace Danner voted in as interim pastor.

Aug. 15, 1979:  John Etcher called as Senior Pastor.

Nov. 1979:        First Community Thanksgiving service held.

June 3, 1980:     Bill Hatcher presents plans for "Summer Nights" youth ministry.

Spring 1981:      Discussions begin about need for more Sunday School space.

July 14, 1982:    Embarked on "Together We Build” program to raise funds for building expansion.

May 1, 1983:    Worship Schedule changed to two Sunday morning Services.

Sept. 11, 1983: Groundbreaking ceremony for addition.

"A Purple Clematis"
Feb. 8, 1984:    Church approves position of "Church Administrator"
                                 Loretta Heitmueller moves from Secretary to Administrator.

May 6, 1984:    New addition on Stone Road dedicated, which included
                               additional Sunday School space and a multipurpose room. Sunday
                               School attendance reached over 200.

June 1, 1984:    Frank Howard becomes Music Director.

Nov. 1, 1984:   CBC has fastest growing Sunday School in Mount Vernon Baptist

April 1, 1985:    Bill Hatcher unanimously approved as Assistant to the Pastor for
                                Youth and Outreach.

Summer 1985:   Church family (then located on Stone Rd) votes to proceed with
                                 relocation and building phase I.

July 1, 1985:       Sunday School format expanded to two hours to accommodate
                                 church growth.

August 1, 1985:   Parking lot on Stone Road expanded.

Fall 1985:            Church congregation is informed that the present site would not accommodate further growth. Other
                                land was considered.

January 1986:     Church begins looking at land on Lee Highway.

May 26, 1986:     Finalized contract to exchange the Stone Road property for 15 acres at 15100 Lee Highway.

July 1, 1986:             The first youth missions trip went to Topsail Island, NC.

February 1987:         CBC participated in the organization of Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM).

September 13, 1987: Groundbreaking ceremony for Lee Highway building.

November 1987:       Men’s Bible Study Group traveled to Charco Azul, Mexico to assist in building a church.

Spring 1988:             Orchestra added to our worship when Jim Deihl came to play the violin.

Summer 1988:          Youth missions to Maine and Jamaica, new organ purchased.

Fall 1988:                 Committee began review of CBC Bylaws.

January 1989:           Organizational Committee begins to look at calling Elders, FACT Team (now PIAC) formed.

April 13, 1989:         Last service held in Stone Road building. Had tailgate party and rug cutting ceremony.

April 30, 1989:         Church moved to temporary meeting space at Chantilly High School.

June 1, 1989:             Construction problems with builder arise. The CBC staff moves to work from homes.

Summer 1989:          Youth missions trips taken to Canada and Detroit. Search begins for Minister of Education.

September 23, 1989: First wedding service held at Lee Highway, with the marriage of Susan Tate and Dave Filler.

September 24, 1989: First worship service and baptism at Lee Highway building.

November 12, 1989: Bylaw changes adopted to recognize and establish the office of elder.

In celebration of God's Blessings, the Centreville Baptist Church family invites you to:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday's Words

"A Zinnia"

I had a friend say to me this past week, "Being a Christian, having faith and trust in God may not make life perfect or easy, but it sure makes it easier to survive. A calm peace in your heart, helps you through anything."

I loved their comment, so I wanted to share it with you.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday's Thought

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
-Psalm 95:6 ESV

I would like to invite you to SAVE THE DATES and come to a special event:

We're saving you a place on Sunday, Sept. 9!  I hope to see you there.

And Jesus answered him, “It is written, "‘You shall worship the
Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” 
-Luke 4:8 ESV

Thursday, August 9, 2012

10 Tips for Making Your Own Photo Books

Photo books are a great way to condense the numbers of photos that you have into a beautiful form that you can share with friends and family. Although computer programs are readily available to help you create this book, they do not always offer advice on how to make your photo book the most attractive and artistic that it can be. Follow these ten steps to make your photo book look great.

Limit the Number of Pictures You Choose
Each page of your book should have between one and five pictures for each page. More pictures than this will make the book look cluttered and too busy.

Organize Photos
Select your favorite pictures that are based on personal preference or about a particular theme, such as a family vacation or a certain year of your life or your children's lives. You may also want to have a photo book that displays pictures from just one particular season.

Pay Attention to Detail
Select pictures that have sentimental value to you, but also pictures of higher quality. Make sure that your pictures are not blurry or do not have red eye. Select some pictures that are close up and others that are distance shots for a variety of styles. Don't be afraid to use pictures where the subject of the picture is not facing the photographer directly. Some of the best photo books feature pictures with the subjects looking away from the camera.

Arrange Your Photos
Online computer programs allow you to move pictures around so that they coordinate well. Use pictures that are from the same event on a page, or use pictures that feature some of the same colors to have a well coordinated page.

Vary the Sizes of Photos
Use photos of different sizes on different pages for an artistic look. Some pages can feature one main picture that is centered on the page. Others can feature a collage of five pictures on the page to highlight the features of a special day. The larger the photo, the more prominent it will be in the photo book.

Coordinate your Background with Your Photos
Use backgrounds that feature a nice contrast. For example, use a black background with pictures that feature a lot of white coloring. Use a red background for a page about the Fourth of July. You can also use a background picture for a special look.

Create Your Own Layouts
Use a few layouts for your photo books and alternate them every few pages. Use a large horizontal picture with two smaller horizontal pictures and a vertical picture underneath. You can create a grid with four evenly-sized pictures on other pages.

Add Captions
Captions add context to the pictures. Some special quotes and written memories about the day can make the book special.

Use Small Details
Add pictures highlighting your favorite restaurants or tourist attractions next to pictures of your family enjoying the these places to capture the important details.

Customize the Cover
Add your name or a dynamic photo to the cover of the photo book for a finished and polished look.

David Dobson - for more details on photo books online photo books online

Monday, August 6, 2012

5 Great Tricks To Help You Take The Perfect Photos Of Your Pet

Every photographer knows how great it is to shoot animals. Even ordinary people with a cheap digital camera love to shoot their pets. To capture them forever in a photo and store them away for a rainy day when they are feeling sad and need some cheering up. The trouble is capturing the right picture. If you've ever tried to photograph an animal before you will know how hard it is.

You can't tell your pet to say cheese. It doesn't have a clue what you're trying to do. It just thinks its mommy or daddy is pointing a strange looking object in their direction. It's even harder than trying to take photos of your child. There are some cool little tricks you can do to make sure the ones you do take are as good as possible. Check them out and see how you get on the next time you get the camera out.

Wait until tomorrow

Let's start with the obvious. No matter how hard you try, if your pet doesn't want its picture taken you have no chance of doing a good job. All you will probably get is a picture of its rear end as it runs through to the kitchen to have a drink of water. If it's not working for you just leave it. Today isn't the right time. Try again tomorrow when it might be more cooperative.

Get the family involved

It might be a lot easier if you get another human involved. This could be your child or wife. Have the animal sit in their lap or whatever position you want. Once someone is holding onto it there is less chance of it running away. It doesn't feel like it's the center of attention and will remain blissfully unaware of what's happening.

Don't make it pose

We've all seen those pictures on the Internet where peoples pets are in the funniest poses imaginable. Have you any idea how hard this is? Don't bother trying to make them strike poses because you will end up being there longer than you'd like. Instead, just take pictures of them in their natural position. Sometimes this works out better than some fake pose.

Become a spy

A great way you can capture the right shot is by following them around like a super spy so they have no idea what's about to happen. They will be doing whatever they like to do and you can get some shots in while they are in action. They are smarter than you think and will probably know something is up, but it's better than pointing the camera right at them while they look right at you.

Get in close

Don't forget to zoom in close when you take the picture. Some of the best photos of animals are ones where you can see their face in detail. With close up pictures it will help if you have a good camera. Having a better lens means you can stand further back and you won't be right in their face. This will work out great when you're in super spy mode.

About the Author: Brendon troy is a passionate photographer and is considered as one of the best Wedding Photographers Brisbane. Being a wildlife and animal lover, he shares tips and tricks to help one capture the best out of their pets making them look all the more adorable.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday's Thought

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  -Galatians 5:22-23:
"White Clematis"

Love - love your neighbor as yourself
Joy - the joy of the Lord is your strength
Peace - the peace that passes all understanding is from God
Patience - patience is better than pride
Kindness - show kindness to others
Goodness - keep goodness in your heart
Faithfulness - be faithful in your friendships, standing by those you love
Gentleness - let your words be gentle and not filled with anger
Self-Control - do not lose control, take a deep breath, count to 10, say a prayer
This is the fruit of the Spirit, a gift from God.
By Kim Kirby
2012, All Rights Reserved

Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday's Foto

"Ahhhhh, yes!  A cool spot"
I photographed this a few weeks ago at an event for PetConnect Rescue in Potomac, MD.  It was funny to see the dogs find the tub of ice and either lick the ice or do as this dog did.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tips on How to Make the Best At-Home Prints

With all of the various brands and types of digital cameras for both beginners and professional photographers, taking pictures has become a pastime that many people enjoy. You can conveniently take and store hundreds of photos on SD cards or other digital media.

However, what if you want to print some of these photos? Here are some tips and tricks for getting the best prints while saving money and doing it in the comfort of your own home:

Maximize the Quality of Your Images
Great prints start out with great images. If you want to have better prints, then try doing the following:

Increase your image’s resolution because the higher this is, the better quality of image you have and the larger and clearer your print can be made. You can adjust the resolution by using your camera’s menu and set it at the largest resolution available.

For example, if your photo ends up only being two Megs in size, you will only be able to make about a wallet sized print. However, if it is 5 or 6 Megs, then you can blow it up to an 11x14 inch print.

Pick the Best File Format
 If you truly want an image that will get you the best possible print, then you should save your photos in a TIFF format instead of JPEG. That’s because these files are larger, provide for a crisper print, and are much superior to JPEG, which is best for when you want to send the file via email.

Use Photo Editing Software to Enhance Images
 If you have a photo editing program like Adobe Photoshop or Light Room, then use it to optimize and enhance your image files before printing them. You can fix things like and color, as well as adding special effects and other procedures.

Let Prints Dry Before Moving Them
 Your prints may still be a bit wet when they first come out of the printer, so it is best to let them sit until they’re 100 percent dry, otherwise they will smear and that will ruin your prints.

Use a Top Quality Printer
 It is also vital to have a printer that can print high resolution. It’s an even better idea to print them on a specialized photo printer, as they use better ink with brighter colors than a standard printer does.

Use Top Quality Printing Paper
 It is also vital to use the proper type of printing paper, which means buying paper that’s compatible with photo printing. You can find high gloss, matte, and other various types of photo paper. It also can be bought in several standard sizes, or you can buy it in large sizes and cut to the size you want. For instance, black and white prints look better on matte paper, while color looks better on glossy paper.

The bottom line is that if you follow some simple tips and hints, you can get top quality prints from your own printer in the comfort of your own home office and not have to spend a lot of money getting them printed elsewhere.

Bio: Tina is a major contributor for 123 Inkjets, the leading discounted retailer for all things printer ink. On her free time, she loves to spend it outdoors with her little dachshund, crafting, and reading books.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesday's Words

"Tulips of Spring"

A Thought:   When you hear the sirens of ambulances, fire equipment, and police, do you take a moment to pray for the people they are headed to assist?  Or, if you pass an accident, do you take a moment to pray for the people involved?  And, when you see an ambulance heading somewhere, possibly the hospital, do you pray for its occupants?   Just a thought.