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Keeping the Holidays in Order

Now that Halloween has been left in the past for another year, and the country is back on standard time, we should be careful to keep our holidays in order. With all the marketing strategies geared toward parting you and your money by offering amazing early Christmas shopping deals, it is nearly impossible to not … Continue reading Keeping the Holidays in Order

Skeleton with Panama hat and glasses wearing a shirt and vest.

My Halloween Post

With Halloween this week, you might expect a post with pictures of ghouls, ghost, and goblins. This isn't it, but some might think it close. Had I been thinking about this post then, I might have taken more pictures of the creative "scarecrows" on display at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens during their "Scarecrows in the … Continue reading My Halloween Post

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Prayers for the President

It seems like there have been a lot of calls for prayers for the President since the Trump administration took office in 2017. More than I have heard during any previous administration. Certainly more than I heard during the entire length of the Obama administration. Maybe there is a perception that the current occupant of … Continue reading Prayers for the President

Lighthouse Fascination – St. George Island, Florida

What is it about lighthouses that people find so fascinating? Maybe it is the stories they tell, or that we tell about them. Stories of heroism and bravery, tragedy and destruction. Stories that give us hope against enormous odds. It could be as simple as lighthouses are cool. Humble Lighthouse My own fascination with lighthouses … Continue reading Lighthouse Fascination – St. George Island, Florida

Eastern Towhee – Photo of the Day

Occasionally I take my camera along while I walk the dog. Yesterday was one of those days. It was early enough to still have good light, and birds were still active before the heat of the day drove them into hiding. As we rounded a corner an Eastern Towhee perched on the street sign. It … Continue reading Eastern Towhee – Photo of the Day

American Alligator

A Morning at Pickney Island National Wildlife Refuge

It was way back in April when my wife and I visited Pickney Island National Wildlife Refuge at Hilton Head, South Carolina. I shot almost 400 frames that morning and spent the next several weeks culling, processing, culling, processing, to get down to the several posted to my Website. Meeting an American Alligator Back in … Continue reading A Morning at Pickney Island National Wildlife Refuge

American alligator

Reorganized and Ready to Move On and an Alligator

This is one of the images I have been working on the last couple weeks, and partially the reason I haven't taken my own advice from my last post to write more regularly. I had very good intentions on being a more regular poster. All that did was add more asphalt to the road to … Continue reading Reorganized and Ready to Move On and an Alligator

Pickney Island NWR

One thing that will kill a blog faster than anything is irregular posts

My last blog post was more than a month ago. It wasn't even a new post. I updated an old post and re-posted it. My apologies for the irregular posts. No excuses. I'm back, and I hope you will stick with me. Thanks. Regularity The thing that will kill a blog faster than anything is … Continue reading One thing that will kill a blog faster than anything is irregular posts

Lincoln Presbyterian Church

3 Steps Toward Using Your Talents for Ministry

If this sounds a little familiar it is because I wrote and posted this same post last year. Something reminded me about using talents in ministry last week. I honestly don't remember what, but I did remember that I wanted to update and re-post. We all have so much we can give to God. There … Continue reading 3 Steps Toward Using Your Talents for Ministry

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Reasons to Keep a Rejected Image

Remember back in the days of film when the only way to take hundreds of photographs was to have several rolls of film on hand? Photographers had to constantly change out the old rolls for new. It was inconvenient, and if you weren't fast you would miss "the shot." However, it forced us to think … Continue reading Reasons to Keep a Rejected Image

Dog Beach Del Mar, CA

Favorite Images of 2018: A Look Back

The end of each year, or the beginning, is a good time to look back at the year that was. It is a time to think about what went well, where improvement can be made, and consider what impact you want to make in the year ahead. During 2018 we traveled to South Carolina, California, … Continue reading Favorite Images of 2018: A Look Back

Merry Christmas

The Essence of Christmas

Here we are, Christmas Eve. We haven't sent Christmas cards this year. It's not that we didn't want to, or didn't plan to, but I'm not even sure it's a thing anymore. There are so many alternative ways to communicate that sending anything in the mail... Well, it just isn't done. Besides, I'm not even … Continue reading The Essence of Christmas

Old Car

Hitting the Backroads for November Outtakes

Today, December 19, I am working on images I made back in September and using them for my November Outtakes. That should give you a little idea just how big my backlog of images is. And I am just getting started. Working backwards from the present means that my most recent images, on which I … Continue reading Hitting the Backroads for November Outtakes

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October Outtakes – Images Tell the Story of the 10th Month

It is time for my October Outtakes. Starting this month I will be posting a few images made during the previous month. In spite of calling them outtakes they are not necessarily bloopers. For the October Outtakes I am showing images from two events. One at the beginning of the month, the other near the … Continue reading October Outtakes – Images Tell the Story of the 10th Month

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren Survives Crash with Window

Thump! Dog barking... Repeated thumps with movement on the back porch. Sunday afternoon football on television interrupted. Went out to the back porch to see what the commotion was and saw a Carolina Wren flying around the screened porch in search of an escape. I did my best to assist. Unsuccessfully. Quiet. Where did the … Continue reading Carolina Wren Survives Crash with Window

Windmills

Flexible for the Wind

Be Flexible One of the first lessons a photographer learns is to be flexible. A few months before moving to Georgia I went to a wind farm to photograph the rising of a full moon. It was somewhat overcast, but I went to the meet-up with the group of photographers anyway with the hope that … Continue reading Flexible for the Wind

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

A short post this time around. Short because the real post is an Adobe Spark Page linked below. Spent a recent (7/16/18) morning visiting Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. It was a great visit, but I will definitely need to return to see what I missed and to hike around some more. Of the 15 … Continue reading Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park