365 Days of Gratefulness | Day Thirteen


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I’m grateful for yummy farm fresh eggs…

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photo study | #8


Ten Thousand. ¬†That’s *about* how many pictures I’ve taken (so far ūüėČ ) in 2010. ¬†Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been sorting through them and picking out my favorites. ¬†Some of my personal favorite images and favorite moments as a photographer are when I’m capturing God’s creation… Particularly pictures of the moon, stars, sunsets, or clouds. ¬†So today I’m sharing some of my favorite “sky pictures”. ūüôā

One of my favorite things to hear is, “You really should come see the moon…” or “These clouds would make a great picture!” ¬†There’s something about the vastness of what’s “out there”, my tiny-ness in comparison, and the fact that God still cares for each of us individually that is overwhelming.

Psalm 8 says it best:

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,

the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him?

And the son of man, that thou visitest him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,

and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands;

Thou hast put all things under his feet:

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea,

and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

O LORD our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth!

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photo study | #7


Photo Study: My Piano ūüôā

Several weeks ago I did a photo study on my dad’s guitar… So ¬†figured it was time to do a mini-study on my own instrument. ¬†It’s been longer than I care to admit since I’ve taken photos of my piano. ¬†A lot of hours have been spent practicing for recitals, practicing for voice lessons (yes, a piano came in mighty handy for that! ūüėČ ), and playing “just for fun”.

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Sing unto him a new song;
Play skilfully with a loud noise.
[Psalm 33:3]

photo study | #6


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..

There are so many things I love about Christmas. ¬†The celebration of Christ’s birth. ¬†Christmas songs and hymns. ¬†The “special” traditions we have – like enchiladas for Christmas dinner. ¬†“Decking the Halls.” ¬†Shopping. ¬†Watching old holiday movies like Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life. ¬†Christmas Cards. ¬†And…. Wrapping gifts… ¬†Paper. ¬†Ribbon. ¬†Bows. ¬†Tags. ¬†And lots of secrets.

One of our newer traditions is picking out a theme for our “wrappings”. ¬†Each year we pick a new color scheme. ¬†Last year we did purple and silver and the year before we used white and shades of blue. ¬†This year our theme is gold and red with accents of green and cream.

Photo Study: Wrapping Christmas Gifts

Necessary Ingredients.... Wrapping paper and Christmas tree light bokeh.

Golden Wrapping Paper + Golden Ratio = Happy Combination

I love the curly wrapping paper scraps. ūüôā

Raffia.... Fun and messy. ūüėČ

Tape. Yes, it takes more than one kind...

Tag! You're it! ūüėČ

photo study | #5


Photo Study: My Great-Grandmother’s Bible

My great-grandmother, known as Gigi, was a remarkable lady.  Widowed not long after the Great Depression and left with several children ages thirteen to infant, her life was hard one.  But she had a lot of determination and spunk.

Ninety-seven. ¬†That’s how old she was when she passed away. ¬†(As a side-note, she was the only great-grandparent that I ever knew.) ¬†Her legacy was over nintety descendants¬†strong counting all of the children, grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandkids.

Yesterday I was thinking of the many things I’m thankful for. ¬†One thing that came to mind is a godly heritage. ¬†At Gigi’s funeral, her pastor shared how she was always at church. ¬†Once she stopped driving (when she was ninety-five!) someone would usually give her a ride to church. ¬†If that person was late she would walk the few blocks over to the church. ¬†In the words of her pastor, “Some of you wouldn’t even come to church if we sent a¬†limousine¬†for you!”

I’m thankful for her testimony and for the godly heritage she left behind.

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photo study | #4


Time for something on the quirky side, don’t you think?

Photo Study: My Desk Drawer

Hmm….. I *wonder* what’s in there? ūüėČ
I’m pretty sure that there aren’t many people that keep “toe tape” in their desk drawers… ¬†I have my reasons.
Sharpies make the world a better place.
My tried and true card reader. We’ve been through several thousand pictures together.
Bottle caps…. Saved for just such an occasion. ūüėČ
Happy memories from a good image critique at IPS.
Because a dead mouse is *not* a pretty sight!
Just a few cords in there….
Looks like these pencils have gotten quite a work out in the past….

photo study | #3


This phonograph belonged to my great-grandmother…. ¬†Her name was Agnes, but among the family she was known as “Ma Aggie”. ¬† While I never knew Ma Aggie, I’ve heard a lot about her. ¬†I know that she had a “thing” for aprons, quilts, and that she left several amazing recipes behind – including the world’s best chicken and dumplings. ¬†(The dumplings will have to wait for another post… ūüėČ ) ¬†I have a feeling we would have gotten along really well. ūüôā

Photo Study: Sparton Phonograph

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photo study | #2


Photo Study: Guitar

This is my dad’s guitar. ¬†The other day I realized that I’ve never taken pictures of it… That’s when I decided it would be my next photo study subject. ūüôā

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Praise Him with¬†stringed instruments…
[Psalm 150:4]

photo study | #1


So much of photography is simply about looking at things in a different way. ¬†For me, a “photo study” is a good way to focus on that… taking one object and seeing how many ways I can “see” it.

Photo Study: ¬†1930’s Bentima Clock

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At that time will I bring you again,

Even in the time that I gather you:

For I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth,

When I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.

[Zeph. 3:20]