True Love

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Danica and her new baby sister, Gracie.

It’s not what you say.

It’s not how you say it.

True love is what you do.

Doing…the truest of love…expressed.

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“If we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us.  (I John 4:11)

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: “Shadows In The Sand”

Topic:  Ground…Sand…Dirt…Grass…Paths

Shadows in the Sand
Scotsman Playing the Bagpipes

 

It’s not every day you come across a Scotsman playing the bagpipes on one of America’s southern beaches.  I feel very fortunate to have captured this while on vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

I call it:  Shadows in the Sand

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge 

Flower of the Day

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Captured during Autumn in Ogunquit Maine

 

I took a road trip to New England a few years back.  Me, myself, and I conquered the 14 hour drive with only one mishap…a flat tire.  While walking the streets of Ogunquit Maine I saw these lovely flowers, and was compelled to capture them on film.  (Old terminology…I know…but hey, I’m over 50 and set in my ways.)  🙂

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Participation in Cee’s Flower of the Day

Dawn of Night

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Oak Island NC

I captured this sunset photo 6 months ago while visiting my sister at Oak Island, NC.

Maybe I’m cheating a bit, as the photo challenge calls for a depiction of something “awakening.”  Then I thought…well…night has a beginning, just as day!  So, I like to call this one, “Dawn of Night.”

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Photo Challenge:  Awakening

 

Photography Challenge: Variations on a Theme

This week, show the same thing — an object, place, or person — presented in several different ways.

Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to escape my normal, daily routine, and take a road trip to Orlando, Florida.  The place, Bonnet Creek, was absolutely breathtaking!  Right outside my door was this lake filled with amazing water dwellers…alligators, water fowl, and Koi fish, to name a few.   A half mile trail skirted the lake, upon which I was able to get in my daily 4 mile run/walk.  These beautiful Koi beckoned as I passed by, and I couldn’t help but stop to enjoy their many colors.  A couple of female Mallards paddled by to check out the excitement.  I look at these photos, and I feel peace.

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Koi fish from Orlando Florida.
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Koi fish in Orlando Florida. “Let’s go this way.” “No…no, let’s go this way!”
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More koi of different colors in Orlando Florida.
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Female Mallard duck, avoiding the Koi.
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Mallard duck…taken in Orlando Florida.
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Female Mallard duck taken at Orlando Florida.

 

Photo Challenge:  Variations of a Theme.  

Photography Challenge: Silence

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Rustic Cabin in the Shenandoah National Park

This week’s photo challenge is simply…Silence.

I took the photograph above on one of my silent get-a-ways.

Forever an introvert, I am drawn to silence.

These are just a few of my favorite sounds of silence…

Quiet mornings with coffee in hand…

In my hammock, all is silent, save the cicada and birds overhead…

Lying down under a blanket of stars…summer’s breath upon my skin…

A long Winter’s walk…brown leaves scattering…

My feet in sand and the ocean nearby…

and so much more…

 

 

Photo Challenge: Dense

Photo Challenge:  Dense

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Bird House at Cape Cod

So, I took a little creative license with this photo.  I captured it last week, while visiting my daughter in Massachusetts.  In the original, the house was almost hidden by a dense thicket of branches.  I felt, the main focus, was obviously the bird house, so I did a little cropping, and was able to pull the image in quite nicely.  Next, I softened the edges, by using a vignette filter, with Adobe Photoshop…thus my creative license.  I was pleasantly pleased, with the outcome, so much so, I intend to use this as the subject of a forth-coming, watercolor painting.

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Danica, my Dingo, resting in the fallen leaves.

I took this photograph, while living in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.  I was outside, one late, Autumn day, raking the oak and maple leaves that densely covered our yard, when I noticed, Danica, had found her comfort, nestled within the pile I had made.

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Apples, gleaned from a local farm in the Shenandoah Valley, on their way to help feed the hungry.

This photograph was also taken on an Autumn day, but this time, in the Shenandoah Valley.  Every year, our church, gleans the orchards of local, kind-hearted farmers.  The densely packed apples, were distributed to shelters, that help feed the poor and homeless within our community.  I absolutely love our church!  RISE is all inclusive and seeks, in every way possible, to mend God’s creation.  If you’re ever in the area (Harrisonburg Virginia), please visit us!  You will be warmly welcomed.  http://www.riseharrisonburg.com

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Peels from the apples, destined for a pie.

Continuing with an apple theme, this photograph was taken while I was in the midst of making a pie.  “My counter lay dense, in beautiful hues of red.”  (hmmm…that last line could be the beginnings of a beautiful poem…)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense

Photo Challenge: Atop

The Challenge:

Experimenting with our point of view in a photograph allows us to establish a setting, tell a specific story, or rethink our own perspective. This week, consider your point of view as you respond to this challenge’s theme, “Atop.” If you’re physically on top of a thing or a place — a mountain, a skyscraper — what type of scene do you want to share in your frame? Consider, too, other interpretations of “Atop” — what does it mean or look like to be on top of a soapbox? A bestseller list? The world?

Show us your best image — we look forward to seeing everyone’s takes! – Cheri Lucas Rowlands

My Takes:

Zip Lining!

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Zip Lining in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
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Victor, my friend, takes the leap from the top!
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The views from the top were outstanding!

 

New York City!

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View from the Empire State Building in New York City.
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View from the Empire State Building in New York City.
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View from the Empire State Building in New York City.

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed my photos, as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Life is Good!

“Cee’s Which Way Challenge”

“This challenge is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on.” (Cee)

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At the top of MT Washington, New Hampshire
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Old rails while hiking Depot Trail, New Hampshire
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Stairway in my house at Christmas
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Times Square, New York City
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My footprints on a snowy road. Taken while out on a run.
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Spring walk at Purcell Park, Harrisonburg Virginia
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Gloucester Massachusetts where I ran my one and only half marathon

 

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