Saturday, November 30, 2019

Norfolk Southern Locomotives Locomotives 3636 and 9425 at Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA


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I posted another video to my YouTube Channel from the railfanning adventures I recently did in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Since some of you might not be subscribers to my channel yet, I thought I would share it for you on my Photography Journal.

As I think I mentioned before, I am new to videoing trains and my railfanning adventures. I am sharing them so that people who may not be able to go out to see trains or go to places where I go, can enjoy watching trains.

While I am still trying to learn how to capture or get information about the trains as they roar by me, I am not having as much success as I would like. I will get there one day.

I would like to know what information you consider important when you are viewing train videos. Please share in the comments below. If you know of a resource to support your comments, please share that too.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Railroad Photography! January in Shenandoah Junction, WV

January in Shenandoah Junction, WV
"January in Shenandoah Junction, WV"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
One of my favorite railroad landscapes created last winter was at the Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia. I had traveled to the area with my dog Noah who comes along on all my railfanning trips these days. The weather changed from cloudy to rain to snow back to sunny and back to cloudy again. All in a matter of an hour or so.

While I was sitting in my car waiting for the next train to roar through the Shenandoah Junction, the sun peaked through the clouds. I saw the beauty of the sun on the railroad tracks and landscape and created this image.

As the weather changes in Virginia, I am learning to find more and more interesting adventures to do in the chillier and even colder weather. Thanks to a friend who I met at a church several years ago who absolutely loves the winter weather. She said, "if you look for the beauty in the winter, you will find it!" She was right. I was too busy freezing to death and trying to keep warm to notice it.

I enjoy traveling to Shenandoah Junction because of the likelihood of seeing trains. The railroad tracks in this image are used by CSX Transportation transversing east to west. Just west of this image is a bridge transversing the Norfolk Southern Railroad north and south.

Shenandoah Junction became the community it is because of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in the 1830s and it's a junction with the Norfolk and Western Railway at the center of the area.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving
(C) Storyblocks, Used by Permission

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Psalms 7:17
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"I will give to the Lord
the thanks due to his
righteousness, and I 
will sing praise to the
name of the Lord,
the Most High."

- Psalms 7:17

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Being Thankful
"Being Thankful!"
Photo by Joseph Gonzalez on Unsplash

Thankful. A powerful word with quite a bit of meaning. With Thanksgiving this coming Thursday, I've been doing quite a bit of thinking about why I am thankful.

In thinking about being thankful, the first I thought about is God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, and the Bible. Followed by my lovely wife, my dog Noah, and my cat Samson. I am thankful for my parents and brother too who have gone on to heaven. I am especially thankful for the many blessings which God has provided over the years of my life. Throughout my life, God has blessed me with what I have always needed whenever I needed it. He has never failed.

Now, don't misunderstand me. That does not mean that I am wealthy or rich and have everything thing in the universe that I want. I don't. Also, it doesn't mean that I have had a perfect life without any problems or tragedies. However, in all of my life, God has provided what I needed to get through whatever was going on. For that I am very thankful. 

What am I most thankful for? I am most thankful for the fact that Jesus forgave me from my sins when I was a very young man. I was fortunate to be raised in the church by two loving Christian parents. They taught me the importance of God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, and the Bible from day one. However, regardless of their teachings and what I was taught by the church we were attending, it doesn't mean that I have instant, immediate, or even automatic inheritance or entrance to heaven when I die. No, each person must make the decision to follow Christ and become a Christian for themselves. I remember a college professor saying "You can't get to heaven on your parent's coattails." I must ask God for forgiveness myself. I did and it's been an awesome blessing all of my life.

If you would like to learn more about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible, please visit Peace With God.

What are you thankful for? Please share in the comments below.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Psalms 107:8-9
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Let them thank the Lord
for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works
to the children of man!
For he satisfies the 
longing soul,
and the hungry soul he
fill with good things."

- Psalms 107:8-9

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

"Great Falls National Park"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Sold Out
TGIF Today God Is First, Volume 1,
by Os Hillman

"But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ." Philippians 3:7

George Mueller was a man known for building orphanages by faith in the mid-1800s. He raised literally millions of dollars for his orphanages, yet died with little in his own bank account. When asked about his conversion experience he commented,
"I was converted in November of 1825, but I only came into the full surrender of the heart four years later, in July 1829. The love of money was gone, the love of place was gone, the love of position was gone, and the love of worldly pleasures and engagements was gone. God, God alone became my portion. I found my all in Him; I wanted nothing else. And by the grace of God this has remained, and has made me a happy man, an exceedingly happy man, and it led me to care only about the things of God. I ask affectionately, my beloved brethren, have you fully surrendered the heart to God, or is there this thing or that thing with which you have taken up irrespective of God? I read a little of the scriptures before, but preferred other books; but since that time the revelation He has made of Himself has become unspeakably blessed to me, and I can say from my heart, God is an infinitely lovely Being. Oh, be not satisfied until in your own inmost soul you can say, God is an infinitely lovely Being!" [Basil Miller, Man of Faith and Miracles (Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bethany House Publishers, n.d.)]
Many will never get to the place where George Mueller was in his spiritual life, because we are unwilling to release control of these areas of which he speaks. If we do release control, it usually is due to a process that God brings us through. Paul got knocked off a horse and was spoken to personally before he was willing to listen and follow completely. Peter had to live with Jesus three years and he still denied Him. It was only later, after he denied Jesus and realized how weak he was in his own faith, that he became fully committed to the Savior.

What will it take for you to fully surrender? You will know that you have given full surrender when power, money, and position no longer have meaning in your life. Paul said he came to a place where his life was the life of Christ only. It is a sacrificial life, but it is also a life of freedom, purpose, and meaning. Let God take full control and see His life lived fully through you.

Devotion used by written permission of TGIF Today God is First, Marketplace Leaders.

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

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Hebrews 12:3
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"Consider him who
endured from sinners
such hostility against
himself, so that you 
may not grow weary or
fainthearted."

- Hebrews 12:3

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Nature Photography! The Art of Tree, Shenandoah National Park,Tree on Rocks

"The Art of Tree, Shenandoah National Park, Tree on Rocks"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

When I first started photographing around 2003 or 2004, my interest or fascination with it was nature. I loved capturing the beauty of nature, especially that which most people miss because they are in a hurry or are just not paying attention.

Another aspect of nature that I love to photograph are trees. I love capturing the silhouette of trees against the sky or maybe a mountain or other natural background. The trees grow up into the sky and into many different directions with the branches reaching out here and there.

Often, as I am walking through the woods by trees or even in my neighborhood where there are a lot of old trees, I like to think about the history these trees have seen. Where they just young trees when the First and Second Battles of Bull Run (Manassas) raged through the countryside? What history have they seen? If they could think like that and share their thoughts, wouldn't it be interesting?

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Honoring Our Veterans!


"Stars and Stripes"
Photo by Lucas Sankey on Unsplash
Thank you to all the Veterans of the US Armed Forces for all that you have done, all you do, and will continue to do to serve the United States of America and it's citizens protecting our freedoms.

A huge "Thank you" today and every day!

HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

THANK YOU!


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

"A Deer at Manassas National Battlefield Park"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Can You Know You’re Saved For Sure?
By Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. 
He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
- John 5:24

I don’t have to tell you that there’s a fascination today with prolonging life. People are exercising more, trying to take better care of themselves, and doing whatever they can to squeeze a few more years out of their lives.

But the fact is (and we all know it’s true) that the chances of you being here 100 years from now are slim to none. That means at some point in the next 100 years, you’re going to have a moment when you stand before God and what you’ve done with Jesus Christ in this life will determine your eternal destiny.

Sounds heavy, right? It’s a sobering thought that all of us must deal with the issues of life, death, and eternity. Perhaps you’ve already made the decision to follow Christ and you’re certain of your eternal destiny. Or, maybe you’re on the fence today, unsure of what God is going to say on that day.

But here’s the truth: You can know today where you will spend eternity. If you believe Christ died for you, eternal life isn’t a matter of speculation – it’s assured! Don’t go another day without trusting in Jesus to save you from your sins. Believe in Him today and you’ll never live apart from God!

BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED FOR YOU AND YOU’LL NEVER EXPERIENCE LIFE APART FROM GOD.

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, November 8, 2019

Norfolk Southern 9976 and 9593 Locomotives at Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA, by Train Dog!



My dog Noah and I have begun our railfanning season with a trip to Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, Altoona, PA, where we saw around 20 trains roaring through the curves!

I have started experimenting with recording videos on my new Nikon D3500. The camera has a simple-to-use video function which allows me to simply turn on the video and capture trains or whatever in whatever setting I would like without too much trouble.

My intention in creating train videos is to share with those who may not be able to get out and watch trains themselves. As I learn more information about trains, I will share it with you by including it in the video.

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Please share in the comments below what you like or dislike about this video and what you would like to see in future ones.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Nature Photography! Clouds Over the Great Smoky Mountains!




I have to admit, this photo was taken and created for a specific friend who happens to truly absolutely love the mountains. She has been an inspiration to me to find the beauty in the mountains and photograph. To her, the mountains are as close to heaven as you can get on this earth. I've often wondered if she would move to a cabin in the mountains to be there all the time when she retires. So, I thank her for turning my eyes to the beauty of the mountains with this photo.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Francis Chan
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Our greatest fear
should not be one of failure
but of succeeding at things
in life that don't really matter!"

- Francis Chan

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Fall at Walney Park
"Fall at Walney Park"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

This week has been unbelievably crazy! I had just returned from a trip with my wife to Indiana. We drove it so we could make some stops along the way. So, the week started out tired. But, that was alright with me because I had a lot of fun along the way.

One of the stops was in West Virginia where we caught up with some friends we made on our trip to South Africa earlier this summer. They were a lot of fun and such a pleasure to meet that we had to catch up with them for lunch. Later in the day, I caught up with two friends I went to college with some 30 years ago. Though I see her on Facebook quite often and laugh at the jokes and stuff she shares, it'd been a long time since I saw her. I went to college with her husband too. A very good man in so many ways. I know his life is blessed with a lot of laughs along the way.

My week began on a good note, I didn't have to work at the store, which was my usual shift, so I had Monday to catch up on what I needed to do. Of course, the incredibly warm weather drew me outside so I spent a good part of the day doing outdoor chores. My dog Noah and I took a relaxing 3-mile walk around the neighborhood too.

As the week went on, it got crazier. I had an important appointment for my dog Noah at the Veterinarian. He was scheduled for a dental exam and check-up. Of course, I was stressed out about this before the day even got there. We love our Veterinarian as she has been incredible in taking care of Noah, but any procedure can become a problem so though I didn't "intentionally" worry about him, I was worried about him for several days. As it turned out, the exam prior to the procedure showed he wouldn't need the surgery after all. Was I ever relieved and jumping for joy!

That same day held another stressful moment for me. I was covering a different shift at the store because my manager needed to be out of the store for a few hours. However, the stress was my resignation from my part-time job at the hobby store. I enjoyed my part-time job but retail really isn't for me. So, I decided to give my two-weeks notice. I was truly amazed at how God created an opening for me to share my resignation with my boss without stressing out.

Friday was to be my last day at the store but a meeting with my Pastors preceded it. We met for lunch and had an awesome discussion about the church and it's future outreach plans. As I was asked to help out the church in the area of outreach, my heart became extremely happy. Again. I noticed my heart feeling happy over the past few days but wasn't sure what it was all about until I learned about the church's needs.

As I look back over the past year with its challenging events, I am now understanding why I went through several of those problems because God was preparing me for important challenges in life. I am overwhelmed with the realization that God was watching out for me, loving me and making sure that everything I need was provided. The Scripture, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28, ESV, came to mind several times. 

While I know that life has it's challenges and tragic events, being a Christian doesn't make you immune to those, but it does give you confidence that God's Got It! He's Got Your Back! 

If you would like to learn more about God's Plan of Salvation for Man, His Plan for our lives, please visit Peace With God

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Daylight Saving Time Ends - Sunday, November 3, 2019

Daylight Saving Time
(C) Storyblocks, Used by Permission

I have to admit, today is my least favorite day of the year. Tomorrow morning at 2 a.m., Daylight Saving Time ends and the days really seem so much shorter than they should be. Where did the time go?

I have had a great summer and early fall season. The summer was hot and sunny providing me many opportunities to travel and be outside in the yard or garden. It's taken a few years into retirement to really learn what makes my heart happy. This year, I made it. Be outside in the yard or garden, walk Noah, and take Noah with me everywhere I can!

Though I will miss summer's heat and sunny days, it is time to let others who, for some really weird reason, love the colder weather including all the ice and snow which could arrive pretty soon. Who knows.

Don't forget- 
Fall Back!
Turn Those Clocks
Back One Hour
Before Bedtime Tonight!