Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday's Foto" A Loving Cat!"! A Loving Cat

"A Loving Cat!"
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A favorite photo taken recently is this one of a very loving cat being fostered by the Prince William Humane Society.

I went into the cat room to take photos of two cats, this one was one of them, to assist in their adoption and finding a "Forever Home!"  Next thing I knew, this cat was pawing for my attention as he curled up around my legs, followed me around and tried to get me to pick him up.

An aspect of my photography work is photographing dogs and cats for local dog and cat rescues, shelters and humane societies in hopes of helping the animal get adopted quicker. A few of the rescues have informed me my work has helped to raise the adoption.  I guess the saying "A photo is worth a thousand words is true."

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Beat the Deer While Living on the Edge

(C) PlantNoVaNatives
However cute we may all find Bambi, he and his relatives are responsible for large-scale degradation of the environment in Northern Virginia. You might suppose that human habitations are crowding out the poor things, but actually the opposite is true. The deep woods that made up so much of our area used to support only a limited number of deer, which do best in edge habitat. Our roads and housing developments have turned Northern Virginia into one huge edge! The problem is compounded by the fact that chopping up forests into tiny pieces allows invasive introduced plants to encroach from all directions – think Kudzu and other vines blanketing the trees along the Beltway.

The hugely bloated deer population has decimated the tree seedlings as well as all the other native plants which are the basis of the entire ecosystem. What is left tends to be small, impoverished parcels of woods consisting only of adult trees and little else to support the wildlife.
But all is not lost! We have the power to turn this situation around and make Northern Virginia a place where butterflies and songbirds can thrive alongside their human neighbors. All it takes is to plant and protect native plants in our own yards (and even on our own balconies). Two strategies are needed when you live in deer country:

Protect the plants. Small fences around shrubs and trees until they grow are very effective for taller plants. Various sprays and other strategies for shorter plants can be effective if you are conscientious about using them. And where a deer fence around a whole section of yard is practical, gardening becomes nirvana!

Where protective measures are impractical, choose plants that are relatively unpalatable to deer. Many plants that are native to Northern Virginia fill this need. Check out the list (as well as other strategies) here or look them up on our plant search app.

About the Author:
Plant NOVA Natives is a joint marketing campaign of over forty private, public, and non-profit organizations and hundreds of individuals. Our mission is to educate the community and to promote the benefits to water quality and natural habitat of planting beautiful Northern Virginia natives, through the efforts of committee volunteers using multimedia outreach and events, and by working with local growers and sellers of native plants. All are welcome to participate in this collective action movement. Plant NoVa Natives

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday's Words - Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
teaching and admonishing
one another in all wisdom,
singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
with thankfulness in your hearts to God."

- Colossians 3:16

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday's Thought

"Summer Flowers"
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Jesus Paid it All For Us

Max Lucado

Back in our elementary school days, my brother received a BB gun for Christmas. We immediately set up a firing range in the backyard and spent the afternoon shooting at an archery target. Growing bored with the ease of hitting the circle, my brother sent me to fetch a hand mirror. He placed the gun backward on his shoulder, spotted the archery bull’s-eye in the mirror, and did his best Buffalo Bill imitation.

But he missed the target.

He also missed the storehouse behind the target and the fence behind the storehouse. We had no idea where the BB pellet flew. Our neighbor across the alley knew, however.

He soon appeared at the back fence, asking who had shot the BB gun and who was going to pay for his sliding-glass door.

At this point, I disowned my brother. I changed my last name and claimed to be a holiday visitor from Canada.

My father was more noble than I. Hearing the noise, he appeared in the backyard, freshly rousted from his Christmas Day nap, and talked with the neighbor. Among his words were these:

“Yes, they are my children.”

“Yes, I’ll pay for their mistakes.”

Christ says the same about you. He knows you miss the target. He knows you can’t pay for your mistakes. But He can.

God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. - Romans 3:25

To be saved by grace is to be saved by Jesus, not by an idea, doctrine, creed, or church membership, but by Jesus Himself, who will sweep into heaven anyone who so much as gives Him the nod.

If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. - 1 John 1:7

God didn’t overlook your sins, lest He endorse them. He didn’t punish you, lest He destroy you. He instead found a way to punish the sin and preserve the sinner.

Jesus took your punishment, and God gave you credit for Jesus’ perfection.

Reprinted by permission of Max Lucado.

Interested in learning more about God's Gift of Salvation for man?  Please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wednesday's Words - Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; 
The righteous man runs into it and is safe."

- Proverbs 18:10 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday's Thought - Father's Day

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 I always look forward to the warm spring, and occasionally hot, weather which leads up to Father's Day and then the summer every year. For me, it is a time of mixed emotions. I am happy and excited for the winter weather to be gone and the time I spend outside whether in the garden or walking my dog, yet, I am a bit sad as "Father's Day" approaches and my father went to heaven a few years ago.

I didn't inherit my outdoors and gardening skills for my father, though he taught me about lawn maintenance and curb appeal and he was always willing to help me with outdoor work like installing birdhouses on cemented posts, repairing the fence, it was his forte.

However, he taught me to love music and all of its greatness. He often said that  "Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture" playing when I decided it was time to enter the world.  Later he would share music of the Classical Greats like Mozart, Back, Beethoven and Haydn. When I was growing up, he always had some type of music playing around the house.  He loved to listen to the easy listening elevator music, classical music, Southern Gospel, and hymns on albums, cassettes and later CD's.

Dad received a Music Education Degree from Trevecca Nazarene College and used his skills to write many songs, some of which were published, lead choirs, lead congregational singing and sing solos. Whenever something "big" was coming up, like a solo, he would practice for weeks ahead of time. When I grew up and moved away, he would always invite me to hear him sing in the Christmas or Easter Cantatas.

My father was the son of a Nazarene Pastor. He was brought up in a Christian home so he taught these values to me.  These were the greatest gifts my father ever gave me.  We went to church, we prayed together as a family, and read the Bible.  He never waivered in his faith regardless of the situation or what was going on in the world or even the church he attended. Most of all, he wanted to be sure I would make it to heaven when I died so he shared God's Plan of Salvation with me.  As a result, I became a Christian and followed Christ.

One thing I noticed about my Dad over the years, he was always laid back and never let anything bother him. He had a calm spirit which I learned later in life that it had quite a bit to do with his Christian faith.

I am thankful for God's blessing me with a father who loved me enough to share God's Good News with me.

Want to learn more about God's Plan of Salvation?  Please visit "Begin Your Journey to Peace".

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"Casting all your anxieties on Him,
Because He cares for you."

1 Peter 5:7, ESV

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday's Thought

"Trumpets in Bloom"
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As Bright as the Promises of God

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able also to perform.” - Romans 4:20-21

Adoniram Judson was a great missionary. He went to Burma and labored long. He prayed, fasted, and witnessed. But rather than seeing souls come to Jesus, Adoniram Judson was arrested. He was tortured and cast into a vile, filthy, vermin-infested prison.

Later when he was home on furlough, he was asked if the prospects were bright for the conversion of the world. His famous reply was, "As bright, Sirs, as the promises of God!"

Every person in this world can say that. If he knows the Lord Jesus Christ, he is an heir of the kingdom of God; and he can say, “My future is as bright as the promises of God.”

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers and to learn about salvation, please visit Assurance of Salvation.

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Today Would Have Been Mother's Birthday!

"Flowers Against the Fence"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

Today would have been my mother's 74th birthday, June 9.  I know she is having a great time in Heaven so I don't wish her to be back here but that doesn't mean that I don't miss her and think of her often.

Since mom was the one who gave me my first digital camera some 18 years or so ago and always encouraged me in my gardening work, I decided to honor her with some of my favorite images from my "Garden Perspectives" work.

"Yellow Coneflower"
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"Sunlight on the Daisy"
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"Brilliant Tulips"
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday's Thought

"Blue Pansy"
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"And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

- Genesis 1:29

Even though some people try to deny and ignore it, deep within every person is a craving to seek and to know God. We were given a God-consciousness at our creation; God implanted some of Himself in each and every one of us. That’s why humans are the only creation of God that seeks Him and has an inner need for Him. 

For example, one way we are like God is that we are called to reflect His dominion over the earth. God has all power over creation. He can tell lightning when and where to strike and command the seas to do His will. We have a small part of this power that God gave us to subdue and rule the earth.

Another way we are like God is that we have the capacity to make choices. Unfortunately, because we’re all sinful we have made wrong choices, but sin has not canceled out our capacity to accept or reject God’s commands.

Giving us the gift of choice was a risky and costly decision for God because it cost Christ His life. But it was worthwhile for God because He wants us to choose Him, not be programmed by Him. He loved us, chose us, and saved us, and He wants us to love and choose Him.

The bottom line is you and I were made for God. He wants us to make the choice to accept His Son as our Savior so that we will be with Him forever. If you haven’t done so already, I challenge you to do that today.

Christ paid a high price for our free will. Have you made the choice to accept His love and sacrifice by placing your faith in Him?

To learn more about God's Plan for your life, please visit PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham, New Life in Christ.

Devotion used by written permission of PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday's Foto! A Norfolk Southern Spring at Horseshoe Curve

"A Norfolk Southern Spring at Horseshoe Curve"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
Within the past year or so I've gotten into Railroad Photography.  My interest in railroads is their history and more towards the invention of the diesel engine.

Now, my interest in Railroads and Railroad Photography didn't just spring up overnight. I have had an interest in railroads since I saw my first train as a child.  Not sure which came first, seeing the trains while visiting at my grandmother's house or seeing the trains go through the old town where I grew up.

Either way, it instilled an interest in the fantastic machine which has never left me.  For years, as a child, I had a model railroad which was fun to play with but lost interest in that over the years.

As I grew up and moved away to college and returned to the area after graduation I had gotten away from my interest in trains and railroads.  I was working on a career and had gotten married and moved to an area where the trains were not close by anymore.

The love of trains and railroads returned when I retired and was moving into a new home and heard the train horns in the distance.  Floods of awesome memories returned and I began a journey of railfanning, watching and learning.

My work is available for purchase from my website, Allen Pearson's Photos - Railroad Gallery.  I offer prints, gallery wraps, metal prints and note cards.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Timeless Thursday! The White Clemantis

"White Clematis"
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I know, you're not surprised to see a photograph of a White Clematis. I find the intrinsic detail of the bloom to be an awesome beauty.

Using a macro lens or the macro setting on a point and shoot can provide insight into the awesome world of flowers.