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.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Time Away

I will be offline most of the next two or three weeks so we can visit our kids.
Blessings to all!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mellow Macro Shadows

A friend has an office in a building with an atrium for a lobby. I have posted some shots of a bench in the atrium before, but this day I was sitting on the bench, having some fun playing with the light. I was fascinated by the new leaf in the foreground of this shot. It is both curled in from the edges to the central vein and twisted in a spiral. Unfortunately, I haven't figured out how to make the camera take the close-up I want instead of the one it THINKS I want, and the leaf is not in focus! But I like the picture anyhow.

 This shows part of a leaf of Norfolk Island Pine. I think the leaves of this plant are lovely, and their shadows on the cedar paneling add to the beauty.

Looking down farther, I noticed these trunks. The plants are not in pots, but directly in the floor of the atrium, which is very much like a patio with planting beds around it.

Turning the camera upward I enjoyed these spiky tufts reaching for the sky. Outside the glass you see a street tree in bloom, although its flowers aren't showy.
Finally a shot of a fairly large fig enjoying the sunshine. I hope everyone has a superb Shadow Shot Sunday, a magnificent Macro Monday, and a mellow (of course!) Mellow Yellow Monday!

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Monday, April 19, 2010

My Home, My World

I thought I would share my favorite place with you today: my home.
In my last post I used a macro of the plate on the fence/gate post on the right as a puzzle. A closer shot of the post is the first one in this series. It was fun reading everyone's guesses. Most who made a guess got the railroad spike which is holding the square tie plate on this repurposed railroad tie, but Carletta's hubs was the one whose guess came closest. This gate is never closed any more because there are no animals that would wander off. The road is my favorite walk, I have taken many pictures you have seen here along it.

I stood between the gate posts and turned around to snap this shot of our house. The door we use the most is on the left by the parking area and the steps lead to the front porch. You can just see the rhubarb I showed in an earlier post by the nearest corner, growing behind the edging.
I stood near the rhubarb and turned so you can see the field and tree line. This is a marvelous place for sky shots, but usually I stand near the grass in the foreground so I don't have to crop out a bunch of bare dirt! The big pile is brush which we will probably burn in the fall after the rains come.
This is by the gate again, looking toward the county road through the same break in the trees you saw in the last shot. The trees in the distance are just on the other side of the road.

And this is from the house. You can see the brace for the gate, it's the diagonal line on the extreme right. I am blessed to live in such a beautiful place, and I hope you enjoyed looking around my world.

Go to That's My World to see other blogger's worlds! 
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Three-Meme Puzzle

Now what have we here? Hmmm...? That round thing looks familiar, and that IS barbed wire across the top...Hmmm.

Did you guess? What do you think? Shall I tell?


This is your puzzle for Shadow Shot Sunday, Macro Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday. I will leave a comment on Tuesday with the answer!
Be sure to visit the links to see more pictures from everywhere!
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Friday, April 9, 2010

Forest Pool Reflections

Look what I found on my walk today. At this time of year there are springs running, and the water chooses the easiest path to the bottom of the slope, which in this case was down an access road. This little pool has ripples from the water running into it and trees and sky reflected from its surface. It is my submission to James's fun meme, Weekend Reflections. Follow the link to see others!
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

March Sky-The Lion is Coming!

What can I say? March was mild. Unseasonably mild. This was the sky on the 30th at my house. Two days later winter made a come-back, and is still trying to make everyone believe that the March weather was a dream.

To see skies from all over, visit Skywatch Friday and Looking at the Sky on Friday.
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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Red Leaves Up Close

Here it is Saturday! Where does the time go?
March came in like a lamb where I live, and you know what that means, don't you? Yup! We are still feeling the swish of the lion's tail! It has even been snowing today--I'm glad it won't last long.

This photo is obviously from my archive. I retired in February and haven't been out much with my camera since. Go figure! So for Shadow Shot Sunday, Macro Monday, and Ruby Tuesday I hope you enjoy these autumn leaves. They are pretty, I think! Click on the links to see other great photos from all over!