Thursday, February 28, 2019

Dog and Cat Adoption at "Friday's Friend!"

A topic that I have been passionate about for quite a few years is dog and cat adoption through a local dog or cat rescue.  In 2011, I began photographing and writing posts most Friday's called "Friday's Friend!" Actually, I should say, Noah, my dog, and Samson, my cat, are the writers. I just turn on the computer, let them go at it, and doing any edits before they publish.

"Friday's Friend" is Noah and Samson sharing about their friends from local rescues who need humans to love and "Forever Homes."

Please join Noah, Samson, and well me, for "Friday's Friend!" at from The Dog's Paw!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"waiting for our
blessed hope, the
appearing of the 
glory of our great
God and Savior
Jesus Christ."

- Titus 2:13

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

"Snow in the Woods"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

For some reason, "thoughts" about the Christian life came across my mind a few times recently. Am not sure why since being a Christian isn't something you complete an application to join. There is the church membership thing but you really aren't inclined to join a church if you are not a Christian. Nor does a church encourage someone to join without being a Christian since that's the foundation of the church. And, your church membership doesn't save you nor does it guarantee you a place in Heaven.  You are not elected to go to heaven by someone else like some who have jobs in positions with which they were elected. God's Plan of Salvation and the Christian life isn't something someone else can do for you and represent "you" to God. It's a personal choice someone has to make on their own. You are not born into it nor will you get to heaven "on the coattails of your parents" if you have Christian parents who raised you.

For some reason, the idea that the Christian life is a life of perfection and things always going my way came to mind too. Oh, wouldn't that be nice? Wouldn't it be awesome to have all of life's problems and issues go away to never return! The blessing in that is incomprehensible. But, that's not what it's all about.

Nor is the Christian life something where God will berate you into a behavior so you will do what He says regardless of anything else. He will not constantly bring to your mind the mistakes, sins, wrongs, or whatever words you want to use to describe them like people on this earth will do. Once you've asked His Forgiveness for something, it's forgiven and you move on. God will help you along life's journey to be the person you should be.

So what is the Christian life? It's a huge blessing from God. He takes care of you through life's way. He is always there with your best interest at Heart. Sometimes you wonder why you go through something or why this or that. Well, though Christians are saved, forgiven, and going to heaven, we still live in this life full of its problems and situations. However, I can look back, and so can many people I know, and see how God's was there with me through those rough situations. He has always had my best interest at His Heart and got me through those situations for the best. Sometimes the best isn't what I thought would be best but it was always the best in the long run. The Christian life is the most awesome experience we can have in this life and is truly difficult to describe.

If you would like to learn more about the Christian life, please visit Peace With God!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Clouds
"Sunlight into the Clouds"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

An Anchor For the Soul
By Max Lucado

Sometimes we just run out of hope. When we do, where can we turn? Hebrews 6:19-20 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.”

The anchor has one purpose—to steady the boat. You and I need a good anchor. Why? Because you have a valuable vessel—your soul. When God breathed into Adam, he gave him more than oxygen, he gave him a soul. The anchor for the soul is set, not on a boat or person or possession, but it is set in the inner sanctuary behind the curtain where Jesus has entered on our behalf. In other words, our anchor is set in the very throne room of God. Death, failure, betrayal, sickness, or disappointment—they cannot take your hope, because they cannot take your Jesus.

Reprinted by permission of Max Lucado.

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

Friday, February 15, 2019

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern's Heritage Unit: Monongahela

"Norfolk Southern's Heritage Unit: Monongahela, NS 8025"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

A friend alerted me one December day to an intermodal being led by Norfolk Southern's Monongahela Heritage unit was coming through Manassas/Bristow. So, I headed out to one of my favorite places to wait for it. I waited around 2 1/2 hours when it finally arrived. Railfanning can be a lot of waiting for trains to arrive so I usually take some magazines or books with me. And, of course, my dog Noah goes with me too!

In 2012, Norfolk Southern Railway was celebrating their 30th Anniversary they included the Monongahela Railway to the list of railroads they would honor with a Heritage Unit paint scheme. The locomotive was to be a GE ES44AC equipped with electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes and dual mode distributed power, important features for hauling unit coal trains.

The Monongahela Railway was created in 1901 by the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad. The primary function, which it still does today though as Norfolk Southern, is to haul coal out of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  The base operations located in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. 

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad acquired a third stake in it in 1927. It merged with Conrail in 1993.

My photography work is available in traditional prints, metal and canvas. Notecards and other items are available too. Please visit my website at Allen Pearson Photography.  

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word



"You have heard that it was said,
you shall love your neighbor and
hate your enemy. But I say to 
you, Love your enemies and pray
for those who persecute you,"

- Matthew 5:43-44

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Allen Pearson Photography Journal!

"Happy!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Like this dog in the photo I am happy! Very happy to have my photography blog and website working. I apologize for not posting over the past several weeks. Unfortunately, my transition to a new URL didn't go as smoothly as I had hoped and planned. I am not at all sure why but it just didn't happen. Oh, well, these things happen and I appreciate you remaining a subscriber to receive my posts by email. If you aren't a subscriber, please consider doing so by visiting the widget-thingy on the right side of the page. I do not share email addresses with anyone.

I want to thank my IT friend Elwis Salinas for finding the problem and fixing it so I can return to my writing about my photography adventures and share some Christian thoughts along the way.  Just before the transition of my site began, he and his wife brought a new baby into the world. CONGRATULATIONS! He took time away to be with his family as he should! However, I was lost and tried other resources finding them to be no help and finding myself in a proverbial circle with the internet powers that be! When he returned, he found me confused and lost! So I am thankful Elwis took time to be with his new baby and his family then was able to fix my website.

In 2019, I have decided to make some changes in my photography. After I retired from a career of 33 years, I spent several months preparing to transition from that work to full-time work as a photographer and writer. Though I had begun my business in 2006, there were some things I couldn't pull together until I had more time.

I spent the first year after retirement de-stressing and working on my photography business. In 2016, I re-discovered how much I like to travel too. I realized how awesome it is to find something you want to do and to go do it. No need to ask the boss. Well, I have to ask my "real" boss because I want her to go with me. Boring with her!

After spending a year and a half working for a Humane Society where I spent much of my time photographing their dogs and cats for website purposes yet they were not used and my time wasn't respected, hours running up and down roads, I realized that I had missed being outside in the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons! For me, that's not a happy feeling! So 2018 would be different and I was going to place being outside as a priority.  I learned to do what makes my heart happy in retirement.

My dog Noah and I began the Spring and Summer season of 2018 doing yard work, going for long walks, hikes and several days of railfanning. That is the life! Unfortunately, the rainy season like we've never had before started and we only got outside less than half the season.

My goal of being the "World's Greatest Nature Photographer" was put on hold several years ago when I adopted Noah and found out that he is incredibly more fun that achieving that goal. I thought I would work toward it after I retired, but it takes too much time. My years of working that hard are behind me -its time to enjoy. So some changes ahead.

First, my new photography website is www.allenpearsonphotography.com. You can purchase prints, notecards and other products.

Second, I still take appointments to photograph dogs and cats. You contact me from the website to learn more.

Third, as my colleague Cory Hilz encouraged, I am learning to photograph more than a few aspects of life rather than focusing on one or two. However, I still do not and have no interest in nor will I consider, ever, wedding photography. I will share my nature, railroad, and other exploits of my photography on my website.

Any questions? Please direct them to allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


"The Heavens!"
Photo by Kaushik Panchal on Unsplash


"Find Your Hope In Jesus Christ Today"
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope.
 For who hopes for what he sees?"

-Romans 8:24

Did you know that you need hope? We all do.

Swiss theologian M.L. Bruner said, “What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of human life.” Just as our physical bodies would die without oxygen, our spirit will suffocate without hope!

In our culture, we hear a lot about love. We even hear a lot about faith. But we don’t hear that much about hope.

Yet from the very beginning, God provided hope. After Adam and Eve sinned and plunged the planet into pain, God gave a promise for a redeemer, a savior. That hope is Jesus Christ!

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

What do you need hope for today? Physical pain? Disease? Addiction? Depression? Bad habits? A broken heart? Whatever your need, God’s plan is to give you a future and a hope.

Jesus Christ was sent to conquer pain and death, and to give hope. He is your Redeemer… your hope. But just like the air you breathe, hope is an unseen promise.

Find your hope in Jesus Christ today.

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.