Another Milestone! 45 Years!

Michael and I recently celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary!  We are so blessed to have been married for 45 years and still in love. We were privileged to spend a few days in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

We live so very close to Gettysburg, and have visited numerous times in the 30 years we have lived in Pennsylvania.  Every time I go, I learn new things about the Civil War…our country, and our beautiful state.  We loved taking the horse tour ride.  We have done it several times and love being on a horse, even if it is just walking.  We visited the Dwight D. Eisenhower Farm this time and learned much about him and the wars.  We also took the Shriver House tour in town.  We were struck by the gravity of the situation of war that the townspeople found themselves in.  Also, all around the battlefields there are monuments….many, many monuments.  There is much art to be enjoyed driving or walking around looking at them and remembering what our country went through.  It was a rough time in our history.  I am thankful that I can live here in this area and how God interviened in the lives of men so that all citizens could have liberty — black or white.  Just a few scenes from our stay in Gettysburg, including some from The Inn at White Oaks, where we enjoyed staying a couple of nights.

Photography – Art or Science?

The word “photography” was created from the Greek roots , photos — phos—light  and graphs’, meaning drawing – in other words all smushed together – Drawing with Light.

Once I became interested in photographing everything…and anything…or anyone…I noticed light so differently.  I have learned to notice the direction it was shining…the quality of it and different times of the day and how different skins and surfaces reflected the light.  I believe as long as I am a photographer, I will be constantly cognizant of the light of the moment and surprised at how as a photographer, I can use the light to form an artistic and quality image.

It reminds me of a spiritual choice…that of having Jesus as my Savior…He is the only Savior.   He said,   “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”  All about God is light…He created light at creation….He was Israel’s pillar of fire…giving them light in the wilderness…as does the Savior in our world

 

.   In Psalm 119:105  God says that His word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path.  Once I discovered Jesus, I began to see life much differently.  I learned to notice the presence of a spiritual aspect to life.  I began to see people differently…their uniqueness and the many ways we are alike, and how we reflect the “light” of the gospel regardless of how we look, what language we talk, and where we live.

Because of Christ and what He has accomplished in my heart and life, I can draw others in to see the “light”.  Jesus is that light –  He has come into the world, so that you and I can really “see” life as it really is.  Look for the “Light”!

 

Boiling Springs

There is a place I like to go to shoot pictures.  I usually go several times a year, usually in the spring and fall.  I had some time today, so thought I might head over to see if there were any more swans.  A while ago there were two.  Then something happened to one of them and I would just see the one alone in the lake, which was pretty sad.  When I arrived, indeed there were TWO!  I was so excited!    I hope you enjoy some of the images.

Life indeed is a vapor.  We must enjoy our days upon the earth!

“Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he tolls under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward.”  Ecclesiastes 5:18