Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday's Foto

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I decided to post another flower to cheer up those of us who have had extremely cold temperatures this week and/or quite a bit of snow.  It will get warm again-

Spring is coming- will be here before you know it-

Also, I think this is a beautiful flower, but am not sure what it is?

If you know, please leave a comment below!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Dog Photography- The Eyes Have It!

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The eyes have it- you should never stare into the eyes of an animal - very dangerous and you could have disastrous results for you and the animal.  Photographing, without flash, gives a different view of the dog.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday's Words

Northern Cardinal at Walney Nature Center
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"But, my God shall supply
all your need
according to His riches 
in glory
by Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:19

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dog Photography - SPLATTT!!!!!!!

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When I go through my work after photographing, seems like I always get a photograph of a dog sticking it's tongue at me- never fails- every shoot.  Now, it's probably more my sense of humor than anything else- but then, is it?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday's Thought

We welcome our friend Joe to share today-

I've been battling depression and anger. As you know, we had to make a tough decision (toughest decision I've had to make) to put one of our dogs down (, Sunday's Thought, Aug. 25, 2013).

Zane was loved. He was an amazing dog. And yet my wife and I had to make the choice to end his life here on earth.

Since then, I've battled with the anger I've felt towards God and the way He has let this world go.

But am I really angry at God or is there something else that I'm angry about?

God is good. I know this. His ways are higher than my ways. He knows the results of every action. And He means it all for good.

Can I really be mad at a good God? Or, like I said, is it something else that I'm angry at?

I think that's the thing. While I feel I'm angry at God, I'm really angry for the sin in this world.

Sin entered into the world. It's created the death and destruction we now face every day.

The sinful nature of man has created imperfections that plague us and drag us down. We feel angry. We feel pain. We feel hurt.

This isn't because of God. It's because of us and our actions.

As I'm struggling with this anger, I try to express it to Him. Most of the time I try to blame Him. To throw God under the bus. To yell and curse and hate on a good God.

I'm coming around to the fact this anger isn't at God but at our fallen world.

Remember this as you struggle through the pains of life. God is good. He doesn't deserve your anger.

He'll take your anger, but it's not just. He'll allow you to vent at Him, but it's not right.

The amazing thing? He'll still love you anyways.

Our friend is Joseph Lalonde. He is a youth leader and leadership blogger at Joseph shares leadership tools and encourages you to become a better leader. With him on Twitter or at his blog. Joseph also has a free eBook that you can own by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday's Words

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"Sometimes a walk with a friend, 
is the best medicine 
in the storms of life." 

Allen and Noah

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dog Photography, Rescue Dog Photography

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Over the years, I've spent some time photographing dogs and cats for animal rescue groups.  A good photograph of the animal helps to get the dog or cat adopted.

What started out as helping the group who rescued the dog I adopted has turned into a passion-

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday's Thought

"He Is the Light of the World- John 8:12"
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"And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning 
hast laid the foundation of the earth;
and the heavens are the works 
of thine hands."
  - Hebrews 1:10

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Dog Photography- Dog in a Box

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I was walking through an animal shelter when I saw this little guy in a small suitcase-type bag. He was with his human and heading home.  He looked so happy I couldn't resist photographing him.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday's Foto: Frosted Leaves

"Frosted Leaves"
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Friday's Foto- The Cold Front

"The Cold Front"
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Weather fronts coming into the area can create some interesting photography if you alert to the weather and the skies.

I've managed to capture some interesting photographs of clouds, which I have in my gallery, Cloud Portraits, that show cold or warm weather fronts coming in or a storm on it's way.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Dad-

Today, I decided to take a short break 
from my writing to honor my father.
Happy birthday Dad- 
may you have many more!!  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dog Photography

"Portrait of A Collie"
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Dog Photography, an art that I love and enjoy.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Photographing the Seasons - Snow at Walney

"Snow at Walney"
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Walney.  One of my favorite places to photograph which I've probably told you a hundred times or more.  One of the great things with nature photography is you can go back to the same place several times and not see the same thing each time though you may be seeing the same thing each time.  Confused?

Well, I've been in this location probably about a hundred times or so.  Whether walking Noah, photographing or just taking a walk to get away from the stress.  Each time I've been to this location and photographed, I've seen something different because of the season or the lighting or just my own perspective of looking at the scene to shoot.

Snow at Walney was taken in early March.  The reflections on the creek got my attention during this visit.  Since I was photographing on a bridge, I had to allow for a slight curve in my stand to get a level image.

Over the coming seasons, I'll share a few more photographs of this scene and it's natural beauty.

Where is your favorite place to photograph?  How often do you go there?

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday's Thought

Is God calling you to do something for Him?  Is it sharing the Gospel with a hurting friend or a friend you know needs to hear it?

Maybe its buying someone a meal at the local burger fast food?

Or, how about those clothes you don't wear anymore simply because they are out of style or you've put on some weight and you're to donate them to a reputable charity to help someone who needs clothes for an interview or work?

Should you take time to help in the local soup kitchen where meals are served to the homeless?

Maybe you don't know what God's Will is for you or His Calling on your life.  Maybe you just need sit, meditate on His Word and spend time in prayer.

While you're waiting for an answer- go and help those who need it most-

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Photographing the Seasons - Snow and the Bushes

"Snow and the Bushes"
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One of the simpliest snow images I've created over the years, but it has become one of my favorites.  Funny thing in, am not sure why?  Is it because of the snow being everywhere around the bush so it adds to the bush?  

"Snow and the Bushes" was taken in Falls Church, VA on a whim. Just pointed my camera and shot!  

What do you think? Do you like this photo or not?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wednesday's Words

"Perspectives on a Daffodil"
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Having survived the coldest day in my lifetime, 50 years that is, I wanted to find a photo to share with you today which would send warmth and the beauty of the coming spring and summer to you- at least within the past few months.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Photographing The Seasons - Snow on the Rocks at Great Falls National Park

"Snow on the Rocks at Great Falls National Park"
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One of the favorite places in Northern Virginia for area photographers, and probably tourists or visiting photographers, is Great Falls National Park.

The Potomac River begins as a trickle of water in a small park named Fairfax Stone in West Virginia and crosses through the Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland region as a raging river.  After snow melts or during heaving rains it becomes a spectacular and sometimes dangerous place to see the full force of nature.

"Snow on the Rocks at Great Falls National Park" was captured a few years ago after the Northern Virginia area had a tremendous winter of repeated blizzards and heavy snows.  Several storms, a few times one after the other, would leave at least a foot of snow on the ground.

My friends and I had never seen so much snow.  After a bit, we ventured out to Great Falls National Park to see what we could see-

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday's Thought

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Lord, take Your Word
and feed my soul with it, 
take Your Word 
and fill my mind with it, 
take Your Word 
and surround me with it 
and let it become breath to me.

Kim Kirby, 2013

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Cat Photography

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So far, my experience with cats is in working with PetConnect Rescue, Potomac, Maryland.  When they need photographs of cats they've rescued to use for publications and websites, I'll help them out once or twice a year.  Of course, if they needed photography work done more often, I would be there to help out.

Though I am more of a dog guy, I got into Cat Photography because my wife adopted a Maine Coon Cat who won my heart in a matter of no time at all.  We've had two cats in our married life, and will probably adopt again.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Wednesday's Words -New Year's Resolutions 2014

Are you making any New Year's Resolutions this year?  I like to call them  " New Year's Revelations," meaning that if I actually succeed with them, it'll be a revelation!

I heard on the radio last week, unfortunately I don't have a reference to the story, that many people make resolutions to change their lives in a new year like going to the gym, quit smoking or drinking or whatever only to not be successful within the first month. So, when they fail, they give up the first time.

Remember the old saying? "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again?" I can hear my father telling me that as a child over and over.  May seem a bit trivial to bring that say up, but, there is a lot of truth to it- why not keep trying? Why not, try again and again?  If the resolution is something you want to do for yourself, or maybe for someone else, if it's important enough to attempt- isn't it important enough to try until you get it right?

I know someone who wanted to quit smoking which I hear is quite the challenge.  She tried various methods until she was successful.  It took her at least a year! She kept at it until she met her goal.  We celebrated with her when she made it.  And, we were there when she failed to encourage her to start again!

My resolutions, revelations as I said earlier, are to loose some weight, eat better, get back in the habit of Deep Water Aerobics exercise and walking Noah.  I've gotten lazy in on the latter- and Noah reminds me by bring a croc to me-

What are your resolutions and how do you plan to succeed? Please leave comments below-

"Make 2014 the Year You Reached Your Goals!"