Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday's Foto! Coming Around the Bend! US Rail Safety Week September 24-30

"Coming Around the Bend!"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

Railroad Photography, or as I'm starting to call it "Railroad Art," is becoming a fascination to me. While I've spent several years learning to photograph nature, dogs, cats, and gardens, this will be a new venture with new ideas for me.

To start with, "safety" is a huge issue.  Unlike my current interests, the risks are known and can pretty much be planned or prepared for.  While I have a few safety concerns like not finding a Copperhead snake near my legs when I'm trying to photograph the beautiful sunset by the lake, being surprised by a bear, being bit by a dog or scratched by a cat. To be safe, I read up on whatever I need to be cautious with, more than a few times before I go out- especially if it's something I haven't done in a while. The risks here are slight as most areas where I photograph nature, there are others around and most wildlife isn't interested in bothering us.

For railroad photography, it's basically simple and common sense: STAY OFF THE RAILROAD TRACKS and STAY OFF RAILROAD PROPERTY. Simple as that. As I have photographed trains in various areas of Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and now exploring Maryland, one consistent theme comes to mind, I do not always hear the trains coming. Staying off the tracks not only keeps me in compliance with local and federal laws, it keeps me alive and well and able to go see another train coming.

Back in the day, when I was a young sprat, no not quite back to the steam engine, when I would listen for trains then run to the front porch of my grandmother's house to watch them go by, the locomotives were noisy. I knew the train was coming, like well in advance, so I was prepared. Today, the locomotives and trains are much quieter.

Since I photograph dogs, cats, horses, and gardens, I do not have reasons or even thoughts about taking my clients on the railroad tracks to photograph them. However, as a photographer when I am work to create my "Railroad Art," I do not want to photograph in a way that looks like I am standing on railroad tracks to get the shot. Why? While I have learned my photography art from looking at what others have done, learning techniques, and finding my style, other photographers might see my work- if I stand on the tracks, they might too.

Stay off the railroad tracks and railroad property. There are plenty of safe places to photograph railroads and trains.

#USRailSafetyWeek, #NorfolkSouthern, #OperationLifesaver, #RailroadPhotography, #RailroadArt

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Norfolk Southern at Horseshoe Curve! US Rail Safety Week, Sept. 24 - 30!

"Norfolk Southern at Horseshoe Curve!"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
Whenever I go, wherever I go, to photograph those awesome locomotives which run the rails throughout our country, safety is my first focus. Where can I stand to capture those incredible locomotives which is safe?

Do not stand on the tracks to photograph trains or your clients. Not only is it illegal it is very dangerous. Trains are much quieter these days and you may not hear one coming before it's too late.

Used by Permission, Operation Lifesaver

#USRailSafetyWeek, #NoPhotosOnTracks, #Photography, #RailroadPhotography

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement for God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord
establishes his steps."

- Proverbs 16:9, ESV

Monday, September 25, 2017

Railroad Photography - Rail Safety Week, Sept. 24 - 30

"NS 9721 Locomotive in Manassas"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

Think this guy can stop for you? WRONG! Think again! It can take a freight train more than a mile to stop!

See tracks? Think train! It might be your life you save!

#USRailSafetyWeek, #NorfolkSouthern, #RailroadPhotography

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday's Thought

Used by Permission, Storyblocks
God is Good
by Max Lucado

There’s a reason the windshield is bigger than the rearview mirror. Your future matters more than your past!

God’s grace is greater than your sin. You thought the problem was your calendar, your marriage, or your job. In reality, it may be unresolved guilt. Don’t indulge it! Don’t drown in the bilge of your own condemnation. What you did was not good. But your God is good and He will forgive you. He is ready to write a new chapter in your life. Say with Paul, “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us” (Philippians 3:13-14 TLB).

Your salvation has nothing to do with your work and everything to do with the finished work of Christ on the cross. Rejoice in the Lord’s mercy!

Reprinted by permission of Max Lucado.

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Photographing The Seasons! Foggy Morning

"Foggy Morning"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
One of my favorite images was created on a foggy morning as I was leaving Walney Nature Center down by the pond  I'd been there a good part of the morning when the sun began to peek over the trees in the fog.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday's Thought

"Three Crosses at Sunset"
GraphicStock, Used by Permission

All for Love
by Bill Graham

"He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds, we are healed." — Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

Flogged… Bits of glass and rocks shredded the flesh of His back…. Crucified… Nailed to the rough wood of the cross and left hanging there to experience the excruciating pain of death by suffocation…

Why did Jesus willingly die such a violent death? The Bible says He went to the cross for one reason: to become the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. Each of us has sinned; each of us is guilty before God; each of us deserves to die. God is holy and just, and sin must be punished.

But Christ became our substitute; He died in our place. He was without sin, but all our sins were placed on Him, and He willingly took the punishment and death we deserve.

The Bible says,

"Christ died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous, 
that He might bring us to God." — 1 Peter 3:18 (AMP).

Christ died for you! Why did He do this? He did it because He loves you, and He wants you to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Have you responded to His love?

To learn more about God's Plan of Salvation and repentance, please visit Peace With God!

Used by written permission of  Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever, 
and his faithfulness
to all generations."

- Psalms 100:5, ESV

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday's Thought

"Large Flag at the Pentagon Remembers September 11 Attacks"
(C) DoD News, Flicker Creative Commons 

A September 11 Memory

Tomorrow the nation will remember September 11, 2001, a day which brought horrible terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Around 3,000 people and a record number of First Responders lost their lives that day.

My office wasn’t far from the Pentagon and my wife was working in Washington, D.C. at the time. There were quite a few stressful moments while waiting to hear that she made it from her office to the Kiss-and-Ride at the local metro station.

During the time of waiting, I wasn’t able to talk with her because the cell phones, and probably the landlines too, were overwhelmed with people attempting to call their loved ones to learn about their safety. I managed to hear from my parents concerned about our safety.

While I was waiting for my wife to call. I began to pray. I prayed for her safety and all the others involved in this attack. My mind couldn’t quite wrap itself around the attacks as I’ve never gone through anything so tragic. I prayed and prayed and prayed!

Within a few hours, my wife met me at the subway as we had planned. I was never so glad to see someone in my life.

As I look back over that awful day, many sad memories come to mind. One thing that comes to mind is the comfort I found in God in those sad and tragic moments of my life. Ever constant, never failing. A peace that passes all understanding. God’s love for me.

If you would like to become a Christian and start a relationship with Jesus, prayerfully do the following:

Admit that you are a sinner, just like everyone else born into this world, until we  confess to Jesus Christ and ask His forgiveness:

"(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 
(24) and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
-Romans 3:23-24, ESV

"(23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God 
is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
 -Romans 6:23, ESV

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:

(16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, 
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
 -John 3:16, ESV 

Confess your sins in a prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ:

(9) "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. "
- Romans 10:9, ESV

(13) For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
   -Romans 10:13, ESV

"Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. 
I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation 
and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. 
Jesus, come into my life and take control, 
forgive my sins and save me. I place my trust in You alone
 for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."


Now, you're a Christian - Welcome to the family.  So, what's next-

  • Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with.
  • Get baptized.
  • Read the Book of John.
  • Get in a Bible Study.
  • Daily: Pray and read the Bible
  • Find a Mentor
  • Learn how to Pray
  • If you find yourself asking "Why am I not perfect" or "Why am I still doing wrong things?" Be sure to talk with your Pastor, a Christian friend or a mentor.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wednesday's Words - Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"For to set the mind on
the flesh is death,
but to set the mind
on the Spirit is life
and peace."

- Romans 8:6, ESV

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sunday's Thought

(C) Allen Pearson

Understanding What Jesus Did for You
by Jack Graham

"For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, 
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

--2 Corinthians 5:21

The verse above is one of the most powerful verses in the Bible. It describes the most extraordinary moment in the history of mankind.

When Jesus died on the cross, a magnificent exchange took place. Jesus, who was sinless, pure, and blameless, literally took upon himself your sin and mine… the sin of the world. As Jesus became sin for us, all the judgment of God that was intended for us fell upon him!

The cross of Jesus Christ was, and still is, the world’s most astounding picture of love. It was the moment in history when Jesus took our sins upon himself and blotted out your transgression. And in that divine moment, God found the one worthy sacrifice to pay for all our sin, Jesus Christ.

Let me ask you, have you recognized that sacrifice? Jesus took the death and the judgment that you deserved. And through his sacrificial act on the cross, the blood of Jesus Christ cleansed you from every sin, every stain, and every shame.

Have you received Jesus’ tremendous gift of forgiveness and love? He’s waiting for you even now. Ask him to be Lord of your life right now. It’s a decision you’ll never regret.


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.