Randy’s Blog

Whimbrel at Del Mar Beach

Walking on the Beach in Del Mar

We were vacationing in Del Mar, California last month, enjoying walks on the beach everyday and a few travels around San Diego. We spent one day in Pasadena to see the latest show our son was working on. Even though there were a few other things we did, this year our vacation was really about … Continue reading Walking on the Beach in Del Mar

Bluebird with mealworm

Productivity: Getting Things Done by Focusing

An interesting title coming from a photographer. It came about because that is exactly what I have been doing the past couple days. Focusing... ...which has resulted in... Productivity. Focus Right now I'm taking a break to write this from a bunch of processing of images in my backlog. As I plodded along in my … Continue reading Productivity: Getting Things Done by Focusing

Bluebird fledglings

Bluebird Teaches a Lesson on Life Outside the Box

When we moved into our house last August there was already a Bluebird nesting box in the backyard. As spring approached, we bought some bird feeders, some birdseed and dried meal worms, and enjoyed watching as a variety of birds visited our yard. We enjoyed visits from thrushes, finches, sparrows, woodpeckers, wrens, cardinals, blackbirds, robins, … Continue reading Bluebird Teaches a Lesson on Life Outside the Box

Starr's Mill

Starr’s Mill – Improve Your Photography by Going Back

About this time last year I posted about a visit I made to Starr's Mill. A lot can happen, and a lot can change, in a year. Before last year's visit to Georgia moving here was not even a remote thought. It wasn't until several weeks after my visit, in May, that we pulled the … Continue reading Starr’s Mill – Improve Your Photography by Going Back

mason jar light

You can’t hide light in a mason jar

Originally posted: October 2013 Hiding Light "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar," says Jesus (Luke 8:24). Duh...It wouldn't make much sense to turn on a light and then keep everyone in the dark. That's why I put my light in a mason jar. But we all do it, hide our … Continue reading You can’t hide light in a mason jar

snowy morning

Our Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland in the Backyard You might know, we recently had a little bit of winter weather here in Georgia. Before the snow arrived it had been unseasonably warm. Snow fell throughout the night on Friday and by the time morning rolled around two to three inches had fallen at our house. Almost all of … Continue reading Our Winter Wonderland

Yellow Squash - after

Daily Practice with Yellow Squash

Who takes a trip to the gulf coast and makes images of yellow squash at a farmer's market? I do! And why would I do that? Practice. Daily Practice Something I have always tried to do is practice my art everyday. Some days it means going out and shooting images. On other days it is … Continue reading Daily Practice with Yellow Squash

Lake Zwerner, Georgia

3 Tips for Fall Color on a North Georgia Trip

It's our first autumn living in the southeast. Georgia to be specific. Coming from California we really only knew two seasons, and depending on where you lived the two could have various names. Hot / Not Hot Dry / Wet Fire / Not Fire Shakey / Still The only leaves we saw change were the … Continue reading 3 Tips for Fall Color on a North Georgia Trip

Old Tin Gin

Old Tin Gin: Photo of the Day

Every Photo Has a Story The other day Marcie and I went by the Old Tin Gin in Sargent, Georgia. It was something we had been wanting to do since we arrived here. As we drove by at the end of the final leg of our cross-country journey we saw flags surrounding the building that … Continue reading Old Tin Gin: Photo of the Day

Psalm 46:10

Remember the batteries and other faith thoughts

Faith Thoughts This morning I'm thinking about where the Lord is leading us. It isn't always clear. Sometimes He just says, "Go.... I will show you..." And then you go. [Tweet "Sometimes He just says, "Go.... I will show you..." And then you go."] As you step out in faith, knowing that His plans are … Continue reading Remember the batteries and other faith thoughts

Images are waiting, carry a camera.

Chrysler Imperial It was approaching late afternoon, hovering on the edge of the golden hour. That time of day photographers revel in when the harsh light of the afternoon sun begins to warm and cast its golden glow over everything. Someone had parked a Chrysler Imperial at the end of the street, the light was … Continue reading Images are waiting, carry a camera.

The Best Camera is the One You Have

"A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper." - E. B. White This E. B. White quote is easily applied to anything you want to accomplish. Photography for instance. A photographer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without making … Continue reading The Best Camera is the One You Have

Starr's Mill

You will want to visit Starr’s Mill, Georgia

During our visit to Georgia last week I posted an article suggesting two places to visit. They are the town of Senoia, and nearby Starr's Mill. The pictures in that post came straight out of the camera. I wanted to get something up quickly while I was still on the trip. Now that we are … Continue reading You will want to visit Starr’s Mill, Georgia

Senoia, Georgia

Visiting Georgia? Here are Two Gems You Won’t Want to Miss

Note: Since writing this post pictures have been posted to my gallery. Senoia This is my second time visiting Georgia. Today we took a short trip down to the small town of Senoia. Small yes, but it is gaining some big fame as one of the filming locations for the series, "The Walking Dead." It … Continue reading Visiting Georgia? Here are Two Gems You Won’t Want to Miss

4 Benefits of feeling nostalgic

A post on Facebook has me feeling nostalgic today. It has nothing to do with the picture above, but it was handy. The picture is in side an antique store in Sutter Creek, California, which is hundreds of miles away from the place I am remembering today. I am feeling nostalgic for a place that … Continue reading 4 Benefits of feeling nostalgic

3 Lessons from the Potter and Clay

Photo Credit: Miah Oren, Lightstock.com Thoughts on the potter and clay This morning I'm thinking about being clay. It only seems reasonable since that is all I am, all we are. Clay in the hands of the potter. Imagine if the clay said to the potter, "You have gifted me in such and such an … Continue reading 3 Lessons from the Potter and Clay

A year in the life of a spiritual journey

Photo Credit: Tina Vanderlaan; Lightstock.com Embarking on a spiritual journey This morning I reached for a devotional book-slash-journal that has been sitting on my shelf for a couple years. It was rescued from a box of books that was left behind by my father-in-law when he moved to heaven. Every year at Christmas my wife … Continue reading A year in the life of a spiritual journey

Pearl Harbor: He was just going to collect some money when…

Last Memorial Day (2016) I had the great pleasure and honor to meet Delton E. Walling, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Marcie and I had attended a ceremony to honor Stockton service members who had made the ultimate sacrifice and were able to spend a few minutes with Mr. Walling afterward. He … Continue reading Pearl Harbor: He was just going to collect some money when…