Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Life and Art

Life Imitating Art
Sometimes you just have to engage the art. The sculpture on the left is part of an exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. We were there last week photographing the middle grand daughter and her friends for prom. Well, I saw this piece, and the youngest grand daughter was more than willing to pose. They really do have similar expressions.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Awe...some Mondays - Prom 2017

It's been a few years since we were taking prom photos. This year the middle grand daughter attended her first prom. I took the opportunity to put a vintage twist on some of the images.

Yes, when you put her in 4" heels, she is over six feet tall. 

She is the tallest of her siblings. But with her dance background, she is also the most graceful and elegant.

Crystal Bridges has multiple locations on the site for great photo backgrounds. This LOVE sculpture is one of the most popular settings. 

And the vintage twist on the image turns back time. I do like playing with the filters in PhotoShop Elements. I have two sets that are free on the net. NIK collection and ON1 Effects. You can Google them and add them to your workflow.

Yep, she's just as elegant in black and white as she is in color. She is a junior so we have one more homecoming and prom to photograph next year and then it's off to college. Where does the time go? Have a blessed day.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Awe...some Mondays

I am re-posting this image because I was unable to attend the meet. But wouldn't you know it...the one time you're unable to attend, she wins her second consecutive high jump competition, sets a new personal record and there is a promotion waiting for her.

Meet the only freshman high jumper on the varsity track team! Raise the bar!!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Contact Sport

 Contact Sport

Just in case you were wondering, soccer is a contact sport. This little exchange of hips and elbows resulted in a yellow card on No. 21 in white.  No. 4 in black wound up with a bruised hip from the resulting fall and a little "turf rash" from the artificial surface.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Awe...some Mondays - Champion

The youngest grand daughter is a two sport athlete. She plays Junior Varsity Soccer and is on the track team. Occasionally she will run the 400 meters or one leg of a relay, but her passion is the high jump. Last Tuesday she won her first competition by besting 13 other athletes from six schools. At the end of the day, she had the fewest misses and only one other girl matched her height. This is the jump that sealed the championship.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Awe...some Monday

The Boys of Summer
Temperatures are warming up, spring is in the air and baseball in on everyone's mind. Saturday the grand son played a game at one of the local parks. He's thirteen now, so it's not really "Little League" anymore. You get a reality check when you walk past the dugout and half of the players are bigger than their parents. They really do look like young men playing a boys game. 
 It was a good day for the home team and the grand son. He got two hits, drove in two runs and scored two runs in a 13-9 victory. I don't know what I'm going to do when all of the grandcrew graduate high school and there are no more games for me to watch. Just enjoying the moment.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ruby Tuesday Too/Wordless Wednesday

Would someone please tell me where the time goes. Last week our oldest grand daughter celebrated her 21st birthday. That just isn't possible. It seems like only yesterday that she was just a bably.
When did this little bundle of joy...

turn into this incredible young woman. The journey has been remarkable. One one level I would turn back time and watch it all over again, but on the other level, I can't wait to see where her journey is going. Thank you Lord for grand kids. They are a very special blessing.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Awe...some Mondays

Last Thursday was National Puppy Day. Who knew? Well aparently some of my Facebook friends knew and were posting photos of their dogs. So, I took Lucy out on the patio, set her on the box that we store the cushions in and snapped a few images. Since Lucy is a Black & White parti-color Cocker Spaniel, there was no real need for color.

What's not to love about a face like this?

You're only a puppy once, but you can be Awesome for a lifetime!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Awe...some Monday

It's spring soccer season!!! The youngest granddaughter, now fifteen, made the high school Junior Varsity as a freshman. They played their first conference match last Thursday and captured an 8-1 victory.

Here she is passing the ball toward the center of the field, in front of the goal, hoping to assist a team mate for the score. I love watching and photographing this sport at the high school level. Some of these kids are really good. Both the boys and girls local high school teams have won the state championship multiple times. Here is hoping that the grand daughter gets to be a part of that winning tradition.

Meanwhile, it was a long day for the opposing goal keeper. Some days you're the windshield and some days you're the bug.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - I Love Lucy

After nearly thirteen years without a family pet, last Thursday we welcomed Lucy into the home. She is a 10 week old pure bred Cocker Spaniel.

She is extremely smart. She was housebroken within 24 hours. Crate training is taking a little longer, but she is getting used to the notion that it can be her safe place. The first night was tough on everyone but she has been great since then.

There is no hidden reason for naming her Lucy, it just seemed to fit. She is full of energy but loves to spend some quiet time in your lap between her rounds of playing tug-of-war. Yes, puppies can be labor intensive, but the final results of a great companion dog are worth the effort.
It's been too cold and wet here lately to photograph any outdoor spring sports so I turned my attention indoors and Lucy. You can expect more images from the adventures of Lucy in the future. Have a blessed day.                                       

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Awe...some Mondays

So my wife and I spent Sunday afternoon watching our great niece play in a volleyball tournament. The team finished first in their division. Or niece in No. 13 in the foreground. It's really hard to get a photo of the players faces in this sport. Still, it was a great afternoon with family members.

Now our niece is in the red jersey about to put away a shot into the opposite court.

Volleyball is a fast moving game that involves speed, skill, and teamwork. It's a lot of fun to watch and photograph.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Inspiration Thursday

Rejoice!!! You are not a random collection of molecules that mysteriously came together to form a person nor are you merely the product of a biological event. You are the handiwork of God Almighty. The One who spoke the universe into existence, created you and long before you were a twinkle in anyone's eye, He knew everything about you. God told Jeremiah, " Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you." God had a plan for your life long before He brought you into this world. D...avid tells us, "Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed. And in your book they all were written. The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them." (Psalm 139:16) You have always been in the mind and heart of the Creator. You are special to Him. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. "This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24) Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Awe...some Monday - Winter Ball

Yes, February is supposed to be the middle of winter, but this past week-end it was sunny and 70 degrees in Northwest Arkansas. There was a Division II college softball tournament in town, so I headed out to the old ball park for a couple of hours Saturday to capture a little of the color and energy of the game.

I like fast-pitch softball. Everything is closer in softball, so the game moves quicker and you have to have your head in the game at all times. A runner is not allowed to leave the base before the pitch, but they can be moving as soon as the pitch leaves the pitcher's hand.

Good fielding skills are essential in softball and everything seems to happen quicker than baseball. Did I mention that the uniforms have gotten much more colorful over the years. If you're looking for a cheap entertaining afternoon or evening, take in a high school or college game. You won't be disappointed. Have a blessed week.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Inspiration Thursday

"Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it." (Psalm 127:1) We are the construction managers of our lives. However, for the follower of Christ, the Bible tells asks us, "...or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own." (1 Corinthians 6:19) God tells us that He has a plan for our lives and it includes living an abundant life. As the construction manager of our lives, we are responsible for building our life according to the plans and specification of the designer. If we are our own designer, then our life is constantly in spiritual turmoil as we try to modify the plan on a daily, if not hourly basis. However, if we are sensitive to the plan that the Creator of life has designed for us, we will find that abundant life. That is not to say a life free of difficulties, but a life dependent upon our Savior. As parents we are also responsible for building the little temples we call children and prepare them to meet the One who desires to inhabit their hearts. That is why God's Word instructs us to, "Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6) As grandparents we become sub-contractors that contribute to the finishing touches on these precious souls and prepare them to know about the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ. It all begins when we say, "Have Thine Own Way Lord". Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Night Art

 Things continue to change in our little town. New construction is happening everywhere and street art adorns several buildings near the square. I don't always understand the art but I appreciate the colors and composition of the piece.

Unlike some works, this piece makes no attempt to mimic graffiti art. It is a carefully crafted and composed painting that is set in a steel frame and lit with purpose. I have to admit, I am fascinated by the imagination and creativity of the human mind.

I think this piece is much more compelling at night.. Have a blessed day.