We decided that every time we saw one of the government signs telling everyone to stay home – we weren’t! We decided to keep doing what we always do when we have the time. That is we were going to go hiking and walking and exploring. But, instead of heading to Ireland, or Portugal, or out west somewhere, we were going to make the best of a bad situation. Well, it was a bad situation when one of our favorite things to do, is to travel and explore new places. We decided to take our exploration to areas 50 miles or less near our home. We found so many lovely and beautiful places where we could be outside and exercise — both things that fight the virus! We truly live in a beautiful part of the United States! I have included a collection of many of the places we visited during the spring and summer of 2020, some of which is along the Applachian Trail.
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.
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”!