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.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Ruby Art

This was taken May 8th, graduation day for my son-in-law.
 I only noticed the lettering after downloading to my computer, and
thought it was perfect!
Happy Ruby Tuesday to all!
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Spring Flower Meme Fest

Spring is busting out all over! (That's a slight paraphrase of a song...) Anyway, I've been walking around our property and in town, taking pictures of flowers, and I decided to share some and cover several memes at the same time. I hope you enjoy them!

First, for Shadow Shot Sunday and Ruby Tuesday, is this hawthorn tree:
 Next, for Mellow Yellow Monday, are daffodils and skunk cabbage:
Skunk cabbage smells terrible, but it is the earliest wildflower to bloom here, and is lovely to look at. Most of the plants are done flowering now, but I found this one still blooming last weekend. 

For Blue Monday and Macro Monday I have Grape Hyacinth:
Finally, because it is part of My World and is covered in blossoms, a cherry tree complete with bumble bee:
(Look on the right side of this pic to find the bee.)
Click on any picture to see it better, and follow the links to the various memes and see what others have posted.


Crossing the Great Divide

On Interstate 90 in Montana, traveling west, climbing up to the Continental Divide. The elevation in this first shot  is over 4000 feet above sea level.
 As you climb on this eastern side, the scene gets more rocky--the mountains create a "rain shadow."
The eastern slopes are much drier than the western, so vegetation has a hard time growing.
The elevation at the top of the pass, just east of Butte, Montana, and a reflection of yours truly hiding behind the camera!

 Heading downhill now, Butte and a meal stop in the distance. It was a long day!
Click HERE for more reflective shots and HERE for more scenics. I hope each of you is
enjoying your weekend.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wet Bench, Dry Bench

We traveled  over four thousand miles in the first two weeks of this month so we could visit with our son, daughter, and son-in-law. It had to be a pretty fast trip, so we mostly used interstate highways. These two shots were made at rest stops along these roads; the first in Wyoming and the second in Montana. We saw a lot of rain in Wyoming, so that bench is dripping and partly reflected in the wet cement. If you click on the picture, you can see the drops better. The second bench isn't actually wet, but the sky was threatening to change that! 
Rest stops are state maintained, and vary considerably in appearance from one state to another, but all have restrooms and most have drinking water. They are sometimes the only places for taking care of business for many miles and are a welcome break when your life is confined to a compact car!
This post is for Watery Wednesday and for Paulie who loves benches. Click on over to see more!

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Spring Beauty

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These were taken outside my daughter and son-in-law's apartment in Bloomington, Indiana, the first evening we were there. I had to interrupt the conversation and excuse myself, the light was so beautiful shining through the leaves and seeds of this tree!

These are for Macro MondayMellow Yellow Monday and Ruby Tuesday. Click the links to see what other photographers have contributed!

Friday, May 14, 2010

One Pic, Many Reflections

This was taken in Scottsbluff, Nebraska where we were visiting. I like its complexity!

To see many more reflections, visit Weekend Reflections.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Spring Road Trip

Hi again! We're back from two weeks visiting our children and sharing in our son-in-law's graduation from law school. It was wonderful to see them and a fun trip! I have pictures, and I will share some of them in future posts. But today you only get one. It's not that great photographically, but it is very clear regarding subject matter: the weather was quite an adventure! Stay tuned for more...