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.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Off With the Old

Birch Bark

Birch trees are beautiful. They always look clean to me, with their white bark which glows in almost every light. But just like everything else in the world, the birch needs periodic renewal. The leaves fall and are replaced by new ones each spring; and the bark has to be renewed as the tree grows. This shows papery old bark pulling away from its replacement. Spring is here!