Credit Where It Is Due

Credit Where It is Due

I like to make photographs, and I enjoy being praised for what I have done. But God teaches a different attitude, one of thankfulness and humility. He pointed that out to me recently. I DO NOT MAKE THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ALONE. I didn't create the light, or the technology which makes photography possible. I didn't buy my camera, it was a gift from my husband. I didn't give myself the ability to see through the camera in order to make an image which others find pleasing. It is right to use what I have been given to the best of my ability, but it is wrong to take credit for what I have not done. God made the light, the elements which are used to manufacture the camera, and the world from which these images come. He has given me gifts: people to teach me, eyes to see with, and a brain to process information. I am thankful for these gifts. He deserves all the praise, not I.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Reflection Convex

I was helping my husband last weekend; we were burning a pile of wood which used to be a shed. It doesn't require a lot of mental effort to keep an eye on a burn pile, so I distracted myself by looking at things through my camera. I found this! Click on it to enlarge and see what can be seen!
To see more reflections of every sort, visit James at Newtown Area Photo.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Little Forlorn

This bench could use some TLC, but I think it and its shadow are very pretty anyway.

To see more benches visit RuneE at Visual Norway  and PERBS at For the Love of Benches.
To see more shadows, visit Hey Harriet.
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Sunset through Grass

The sky lately has been mostly gray, so I'm posting a picture taken at the end of September from our driveway.  For more sky shots, visit Skywatch Friday and Looking at the Sky on Friday. To see more scenics, visit Scenic Sunday.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009


August, Lake Koocanusa, Montana 
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Rosehips and Wasp

The wasp wanted its share of my harvest. I didn't argue! Taken last August while camping at Lake Koocanusa in Montana.
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Autumn Reflection

I stop here often to find photos. Some of my other reflections were captured just the other side of the road, looking south. You will find them here. This view is looking north.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

October Sky

This looks a lot like a barn to me, but it is actually the end of a strip mall! Snapped a day or two ago while I was waiting for a light to change.
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Office Building Bench

This bench is in the lobby of a small office building where a friend of mine has her office. The plants are real. There is a lot of natural light. Every time I walk in I sense peace.

To see more benches, visit Visual Norway and For the Love of Benches.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Steam Train

I had an appointment today, so I drove into town. My route crosses a long bridge over a lake. As I came to the end of the crossing, I noticed a group of people with cameras standing together looking east toward the railroad bridge which is some distance away. I thought that they might be part of a photography class...

On the way home, I saw more people with cameras. They were scattered along the pedestrian bridge and again all looking toward the railroad bridge. I wondered some more about why, but it just was not a good place to stop.

I turned off the highway down a scenic road thinking I'd stop and take some pictures. This is one.

Where this road crosses the railroad tracks there were cars parked along both sides and more people with cameras. I decided to ask a question or two, so I pulled over and rolled down my window. "Excuse me, what's going on?" I asked.
"There's a steam train coming along, and everyone wants to take a picture of it." I was told.
"Oh, thanks!" I said, and I drove off.
After crossing the tracks, I turned down the road which parallels the railroad for a couple of miles; it was my regular way home. But I had my camera, and a steam train doesn't go by every day...I started looking for likely places to pull off, places that might give a good view of a passing train. I didn't want to go too far, because I knew that this road crossed another near a railroad crossing, and I expected I would find lots of people there. I didn't want a lot of people in my pictures.
I found a nice spot, pulled over a little, got out and waited. I actually could hear the steam whistle in the distance. My view was through a few yellowing birch trees looking down to the tracks. I thought it would do.
As I was waiting, some other people, but not too many, stopped nearby and found themselves vantage points. Two cars stopped and the drivers asked me what was going on. Waiting was kind of fun!
Then I heard the train in earnest, whistle blowing and the rumble of wheels. I aimed. It got louder and louder.

Then suddenly, there it was! I took a shot, hesitated a moment, then took several more as an Amtrak passenger train, complete with observation car at the end, sped by. Here is what I saw, straight from the camera. I hope you enjoy the sight!

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Reflected Elbow

I was killing time, waiting for a train to clear the crossing  so I could go home. I was looking at the train as I snapped this, and didn't see the reflection. It's a bit of silliness for James's Weekend Reflections. Have a great weekend, everyone!
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Orleans Sky

May 2008, from one of the levees built to contain the Mississippi River.
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Bench with Bricks

This is the same style bench as last week's. I like the repetition of the iron slats in the side of the bench and the waste container, and the variations of line through the picture.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Mountain Ash for Ruby Tuesday

This may not be the best quality; I took it on the fly. The peak in the background has some snow on it now!
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Back Wall in Monochrome

This is a detail from the back wall of the town theater, which was closed in the 1980's, but has been re-opened and restored.  I doubt this vent is in restored condition, however!
For more in monochrome visit Monochrome Weekly.
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