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, June 29, 2011

Lake McDonald

I took this at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park a long time ago,
when we were vacationing with our children.
It was taken with a Fujica SLR, but I don't remember any other details.

My husband scanned the print into his computer, and I moved it to mine recently. 
I enhanced the color, increased the contrast, cleaned up a few dust spots, reduced the resolution, and this is the result.

I think it will work for Skywatch Friday and Weekend Reflections, don't you?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thank you

I don't enter many giveaways, but not too long ago, 
I did.
Heather, at, offered
one of her photos with
the winner's name, the meaning of the name,
and a Bible verse that fit with the meaning,
mounted and framed.
Also included were a book, 
a  purse in my favorite color, 
and some special Vermont-made goodies.

I was surprised and blessed when she contacted me that I had won!

Thank you, Heather,
your creation is beautiful, and I am anxious to make good use of it
and your other generous gifts!

Friday, June 24, 2011

River Reflections

Throughout our road trip, we encountered water. 
Rivers were swollen with snowmelt and rain.
Both these pictures were taken along the Flathead River in Montana.

Abstract Smoke Hole

The original version of this concrete teepee frame may be seen here.

 This first one was converted directly to black & white,
No other adjustments were made.

This second one was first converted to sepia, and then to black & white.
I like them both, which do you prefer?

In South Dakota

We just returned from a road trip to Indiana and Nebraska. We were on the interstate highways a LOT. Now, one nice thing about interstate highways is the availability of rest areas. They vary from state to state, but offer an opportunity to stand up, walk around, and, if you're like me, take pictures! These shots were from one rest area in South Dakota. The frame of a concrete teepee...
This looks like it could have been set up as a sundial, too!
South Dakota is dry, but you do find trees!
I think the Indians used notches like you see here, but probably not bolts and wire!
6/26/11 Note: Spadoman (see his comment below) informs me that they didn"t use notches, but that the poles were tied together. Thanks for educating me!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

In Montana

We are visiting our children, and have been on the road for going on two weeks. 
Our first day out, on a lunch stop in Drummond, Montana,
this cavalcade passed by. 
I had to get up from the table, go outside, and do what I normally don't:
photograph a person!