Thursday, February 28, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

Week-end Reflections

This photo comes out of the archives.  We took the family to Disney World in 2008.  We were waiting around for something and I caught the grandson checking out his reflection in the mirror facade of one of the buildings.  It's still one of my favorite photos of him.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

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This weeks Scavenger Hunt definitely had a Romance theme implied, but anyone who knows me will tell you that when it comes to photography, I will color outside the lines, if given the opportunity.  Let's see what ended up in front of the camera.


I have to admit I love this prompt because it gave me an excuse to by my favorite chocolate candies as models.  We don't keep much candy around the house, for obvious reasons.

 Red or Pink

 Here I am coloring outside the lines.  This is a Red Shouldered Hawk.  I photographed him in a tree, about 100 yards from my office.  There are a pair of these nesting somewhere nearby and they spend several mornings each week hunting from this tree.  I didn't have my "big" lens with me so this is not the best capture, but he does qualify as "Red".


 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)  That pretty much sums it up.


 The only thing better than Kisses, is Hugs & Kisses...complements of the folks from Hershey.  Yep, it was another excuse to make a purchase...for the sake of art, of course.


 These are the two youngest grand kids.  They spend a great deal of their time annoying one another, but the truth is, they love each other and will take on the world together.

Have a blessed Sunday.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Skywatch Friday

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I love sunsets.  I probably have more good photos of sunsets than I do sunrises.  Sometimes I can look at a sunset and just say "Oh Glorious Day".  However, the most glorious day will come from the east.  There will come a day when the last person has been saved, and the end of time is at hand.  God the Father will send His Son, the bridegroom of the church to collect His bride, the church.  Christ will come from the eastern sky, and in the twinkling of an eye we who are dead in Christ will be caught up to meet Him in the air.  That will indeed, be a glorious day.  Have a blessed week-end.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

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Winter's Last Stand II

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

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It was a very interesting hunt this week.  I actually had most of the items around the house.  Here we go.

The Small Things
 The youngest grand daughter brought this seedling home from school in November.  Since we live on the edge of the woods, her parents suggested that she bring it to our house to plant.  The weather was turning cold and winter was on it's way, so we decided to nurture it through the winter and plant it this spring.  In a few weeks, the grand daughter will come out for a visit and we will plant this little tree in it's new home.

 I did this illustration in 1965.  It was an assignment in my first design class, in the college of Architecture, at Oklahoma State University.  I did not get a passing grade, but I eventually got my degree and made a career in architecture.  This year I will retire from the profession.

 I don't know of anything that says Valentine like these little candy hearts.  I think they have been around forever.  I can remember getting them in elementary school, and that has been a l-o-o-o-o-n-n-g time ago.

Work of Art
 Obviously I consider architecture an art form.  This happens to be Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville, AR.  That means this is a work of art that houses other works of art.  See how that works.

Window Beauty
I honestly don't know of any form of art more beautiful than stained glass.  During the day the sun strikes the glass and fills the interior space with light and color.  At night, interior lights strike the glass and provide a work of art for all, who pass by, to enjoy.

Have a blessed Sunday.  See you next week.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Skywatch Friday

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There are days when beautiful clouds, storm clouds and other interesting things to capture happen in the sky above our heads, but generally speaking, nothing is quite as spectacular as the sunrise or sunset.  They are very special times of the day.  For the photographer (I have a long way to go before calling myself a photographer) the hour after sunrise and and hour before sunset provide the best natural light for taking photos.  Thus, they are tagged, "The Golden Hours."
As a "first wave" Baby Boomer, I am entering my Golden Years by some estimates.  I can only hope that these coming years will be the best ever.  My wife and I have prepared for this time in our lives and we are ready to enjoy the fruit of our labor.  When I look at the sunset photo above and I think of all of the blessings that God has showered upon my family over the years, I can only say, "Oh, How Marvelous."  Have a blessed week-end.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Winter's Last Stand

Ruby Tuesday II

Sunday I posted a photo of the tail light of a 2013 Camaro ZL1.  Well, this is the business end of the beast.  It's a 6.2 litre, 580 hp small block Chevy motor.  With over 500 ft. lbs. of torque, this little rascal will go from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds!   Priced at $53,000, it will drain your bank account in that same 4.1 seconds. Trust me, that is fast any way you look at it..  Have a great Ruby Tuesday.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

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I have to admit, I really had to scramble to capture a couple of images for this post.  A couple of ideas that I had didn't work out and I had to come up with a Plan B at the last minute.  So, here we go.

Scramble With Friends is the electronic version of Boggle.  You have to find as many words, "Hidden" in the letters as possible, within a two minute time limit.  Since it is an IPhone/IPad Ap, you can play the game with virtually anyone on planet earth.  I'm not very good at it, but I do enjoy playing this game.  I'm much better at Words With Friends.

This is what most people would consider a "Plain" cup of coffee.  I prefer cream in mine.  The cup is vintage Frankoma pottery.  Frankoma was founded by John Frank in Norman, Oklahoma 1933. John Frank had been a professor in ceramics at the University of Oklahoma at Norman from 1927 to 1936 and used light-hued local Ada clay in his initial products. He moved the company to Sapulpa in 1938, only to soon rebuild that factory after a fire later that year. The name Frankoma was created from Frank's last name and the last three letters of the state of Oklahoma. The facility is closed now and much of the pottery is considered collectable.


   Apparently "Left" is not allowed at this intersection.  Oh well, maybe later.

  You are looking at the tail light of a 2013 Camaro ZL1.  Under the hood of this little beast is a 6.2 liter, 580 hp, V-8.  That's right, 580 horsepower.  Fast, doesn't begin to describe this car, but if you're driving anything else, tail lights are all that you will see of this latest edition of the Chevy iconic brand.

 We live in a world desperately in need of peace.  Just like love, most people are looking for peace in all of the wrong places.  True peace will not come to a family, a city, a state, or a country, until it comes to each person.  Peace is not simply the absence of conflict.  Peace is not found in wealth, or power, or religion. True individual peace can only be found through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Have a blessed Sunday afternoon.