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.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Snow Drops!

Spring is here!
For those who aren't familiar with snow drops, they are very small flowers, about 3 inches high. They bloom very early, even through snow. We don't have any snow now, and the weather is very warm for February. I was out raking yesterday when I saw these. Two days before they were no where to be seen!

For more close ups, visit Macro Monday at Lisa's Chaos, and to see many things yellow (see that little bit of yellow in the left hand flower?) drop by Mellow Yellow Monday.
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Friday, February 26, 2010

Bench & Footbridge in B&W

This walkway is beside a marina. The water is so far down right now that all the slips are sitting on the bottom, but in a couple of months it will be full of water and ready for business. The footbridge leads to the patio of a restaurant which faces the street; there are also other footbridges which connect with other restaurants. It is a very pleasant walk, even without water!

Check out Scenic Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday, and Monochrome Weekly to see great photos from all over!

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ginger and Her Reflection

I would like you to meet Ginger. She loves walks and water. The other day, she got both! 
Visit James for Weekend Reflections.
And as soon as I find the link you can also visit Camera Critters!
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Spring for Ruby Tuesday

I have been searching for signs of spring. We have had an open winter with little snow and mild temperatures, but it is winter, and I'm ready for spring. My snowdrops aren't up yet, the buds on the trees are still closed. Sigh.

Well, these little red knobs are a sure sign that spring is nearly here! They are rhubarb sprouts, peeking out to see if it's time to grow. I spotted them yesterday as I was returning from my walk. In May they will look like this:
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The stems get really long, and the leaves are huge.  They are beautiful plants.

Check out other Ruby Tuesday posts over at Maryt's place!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Scenic Shadows

This was taken last November. It was a nice afternoon! 
For more shadows, visit Hey Harriet, and for beautiful scenes, drop over to Scenic Sunday.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Monochrome Summer Sky

Lake Koocanusa, Montana
July 2009
I've been experimenting with monochrome--all you monochrome fanatics out there, especially John at The Aware Writer, have inspired me. I filtered this with a kind of dark yellow-tan in Picasa, and cropped it a little.

This is for Skywatch Friday Looking at the Sky on Friday, and Monochrome Weekly. Follow the links to see more great photos!
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Making Firewood

My husband and I had a nice time on Valentine's Day making firewood. We own a few acres of woodland, and the trees which are dead or dying help us keep warm in the winter. Husband runs the chainsaw, see it there, hiding behind that bit of brush? He also splits the wood, and I help load it into the bucket of our tractor.
I like helping him make wood.

This post is my submission for Blue Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday, Ruby Tuesday, and My World Tuesday. Drop by these great blogs to see pictures from all over!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Benches, Shadows, and Reflections

Well, I have no idea why I'm having such a hard time with this; I've done it many times before...
So today, text is first, and I hope the photo will cooperate later!

I went for a walk on a beautiful afternoon earlier this week, and I kept my camera busy! I think this is a neat shot looking down the main route through town. You can see three benches, each different from the others. I don't know if RuneE is still doing Friday benches, but I'm linking there just in case, and if you like benches as a photographic subject, PERBS posts a bench or two every day. The window reflections are for James's Weekend Reflections. Finally, the shadows of trees and benches bring Shadow Shot Sunday to mind. Stop by these great blogs and take a look!

Thursday, February 4, 2010