Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Pumpkin Patch

We had a great time with Isabelle at the pumpkin patch. She picked out her own pumpkin, spent time in the bouncers, drove mini trucks, fed the animals in the petting zoo, and rode a few carnival rides.

Drivers Beware

Isabelle learning to drive the roads of Southern California!

Slide Fun

Our granddaughter enjoying the slide at the pumpkin patch.

Enjoy What You Have

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Las Pilas, El Salvador (March 2008) - A local farmer in the hills above Las Pilas, east of San Ignacio near the border of Honduras.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Calm The Storm In Me

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Oregon Coast (September 2009) - Sand dunes on the Oregon coast, overlayed with great song lyrics from the band Casting Crown.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Singing And Joy

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San Juan Capistrano, California (April 2005) - Our first field trip with the ACES Camera Club to Mission San Juan Capistrano. We traveled by train and stayed the whole day. We met so many wonderful people, like Bruce and Betty! This is an image from the gardens inside the mission.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

You Are A Tower Of Refuge

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Grand Canyon, Arizona (October 2006) - Desert View Watchtower. Constructed in 1932 along the South Rim of the Canyon at its easternmost edge, the tower rises some seventy feet above the South Rim and is the highest point from which to view the southern and eastern edges of the Canyon. Formed in circular fashion just as the Anasazi watchtowers, Desert View rises some five stories high, nearly three times as high as any known Anasazi structure.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Your Unfailing Love

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Grand Canyon, Arizona (October 2006) - Arizona State Highway 64, north out of Williams. You can't let skies like this pass you by so, while Kelly was sound asleep in the passenger seat, I managed to retrieve my camera out of the camera bag, turn it on, adjust the settings and snap this image through the dirty windshield, all the while staying on the blacktop. Multitasking for sure!

Monday, October 26, 2009

You Inspire Shouts Of Joy

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Los Angeles, California (July 2005) - Echo Park, Lotus blossoms in full bloom. I was fortunate to photograph the Lotus, which had bloomed in the park for more than 70 years before dying abruptly. Replanting is planned, but with budgetary problems, this may be many years away.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Let The Skies Be Filled

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San Diego, California (January 2007) - Brown pelican gliding over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Rivers Run Into The Sea

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Honduras, Central America (March 2008) - A small farming community in the mountains at the divide between El Salvador and Honduras. With the guidance of a few local children our group crossed the river and climbed a hillside into Honduras.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

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A pretty floral from somewhere around the OC, I don't remember where specifically. The lyrics are from one of my favorite worship songs.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I Have Overcome The World

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Pismo Beach, California (July 2005) - On the boardwalk near the pier, I discovered two homeless veterans who were entertaining guests with a guitar and their singing (using the term loosely). Despite their situation, these men where happy to pose for the camera.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

He Calmed The Storm

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Carlsbad, California (September 2007) - Kelly and I spent our 25th wedding anniversary in Carlsbad. This is one of the sunsets we enjoyed. I had all my trick camera equipment, tripod, filters, remote switch, etc. Kelly whipped out her pocket point-n-shoot camera and snapped better photos! But, this is my page so you are stuck with my photo.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Sister

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Oregon (September 2009) - Okay, I woke up this morning and asked myself what has inspired me today, and the answer was easy. After talking with my sister on the telephone last night, I decided she inspires me through her strength. So, I posted the only photo I found inspiring to me today.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Time...

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Brookings, Oregon (October 2008) - A couple enjoying an early morning ride along the beautiful Oregon shore.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

God Is Great

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This is another photo from Guatemala. The message on this image comes from one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite country singers - Martina McBride. Martina's music is so uplifting and full of hope and love.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

One Who Serves

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Joshua Tree, California (October 2006) - Key's Ranch National Monument, Ranch House Kitchen. The Keys Ranch is the prime example of early settlement in the Joshua Tree National Park area. Bill Keys was the area's leading character, and his ranch is a symbol of the resourcefulness of early settlers. The ranch is an extensive complex of small frame buildings built between 1910 and Keys' death in 1969. Keys pursued both ranching and mining to make a living in the desert.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Put Your Hope In The Lord

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Yaquina Bay, Oregon (September 2009) - The Yaquina Bay Bridge is an arch bridge that spans Yaquina Bay south of Newport, Oregon. It is one of the most recognizable of the U.S. Route 101 bridges designed by Conde McCullough. The bridge opened on September 6, 1936, at a cost of $1,301,016. A total of 220 people worked to pour 30,000 cubic yards of concrete and fabricate 3,100 tons of steel. The details of the bridge are typical of McCullough's style. The bridge is shown in the opening scene of the 2008 film Prom Night.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Justice To The Poor

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Sonsonate, El Salvador (March, 2008) - Along the beautiful coast of El Salvador, we stopped briefly at a roadside stand, where out of the window of our air conditioned van, I observed this young lady with damp clothing and out of breath. My first thought was that she had just come from the adjacent beach. What I saw next humbled me, as she resumed pushing a heavy vendor cart uphill with her young sister in tow. She was not there to enjoy the beach like a child should, instead she was hard at work for the family.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What Will Tomorrow Bring?

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Highway 1, California (July 30, 2005) - The beautiful California coast just north of Big Sur and Pfeiffer Beach.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Help Your Neighbor

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Somewhere, sometime, some photos need no explanation.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Job Hunting

Our granddaughter filling out her online job applications. Hey, times are tough everywhere! She has an impressive resume too:

Birth - 1 year: Eating and pooping
1 Year - 2 Years: Learning to walk and using pull-ups
2 Years - 3 Years: Generally getting into everything
3 Years - 4 Years: Being as cute as can be so I can be spoiled by my grandparents! And modeling for Papa.
4 Years - current: School and exploring everything.

Fun Time On The Computer

What she was really doing - before someone contacts child services on me!

Don't Be Afraid

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El Salvador (March 2008) - Abandoned boat "Don Francisco" at sunset on the shores of El Salvador.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Free Gift Of God

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San Diego, California (May 2005) - Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery located near Point Loma overlooking the bay and city. Fort Rosecrans is named after William Starke Rosecrans, a Union general in the American Civil War. The National Cemetery sits on about 78 acres of land, and as of 2008, has over 96,000 interments.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

When The Storms Of Life Come

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Grand Canyon, Arizona (October 2006) - A lone dying tree against the stormy sky over the Grand Canyon. To me, sometimes the less "pretty" things are intriguing. October is such a great time to experience the monsoons of the Canyon.

Friday, October 09, 2009

The Lord Is My Shepherd

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Crowley Lake, California (September 2005) - During a trip to the Bishop area to photograph fall colors we stopped by some of the area lakes. This is Crowley Lake north of Bishop. The lake is a reservoir on the upper Owens River in southern Mono County, California. It was created in 1941 by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as storage for the Los Angeles Aqueduct and for flood control. It is also known for its trout fishing: between 6,000 and 10,000 anglers hit the lake on opening day. The largest brown trout taken from the lake weighed 27 pounds.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Your Unfailing Love

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Bolsa Chica, California (November 2006) - A morning walk in the wetlands with some photographer friends. The sun shinning through the dead trees, but with a little Photoshop liberty taken on this one it looks more like a southern swamp or bog.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Stand On Mountain Heights

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Grand Canyon, Arizona (October 2006) - This sharp looking gentleman was grazing very near to our trailer. We passed him on a morning stoll to the South Rim. I know the scripture references deer, and this is a Bull Elk, but I like the combo anyway.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

What Will You Do

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El Salvador, (March 2008) - This photo shows the spectacular salt water pool at The Royal Decameron Salinitas Hotel & Resort located on El Salvador’s Pacific coast, just 45 minutes outside of San Salvador. The pool is filled daily by the ocean tides, and it makes for a fabulous foreground to a sunset shot. The timely cruise ship on the horizon was a welcome addition to the composition.

Monday, October 05, 2009

The Light Shines In The Darkness

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Newport, Oregon (September 2009) - Yaquina Head Lighthouse photographed on a recent trip to Oregon. The 93 foot tower, Oregon's tallest, is located on a narrow point of land jutting due west into the Pacific Ocean north of Newport, at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Winds and rain have buffeted this lighthouse since its beginning in 1872. It took approximately one year, and over 370,000 bricks to construct Oregon's tallest lighthouse.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Where We Gather

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Bodie, California (October 2005) - In 1870 the goldmine town of Bodie came to life. The gold boom lasted about 20 years and then slowly declined into the 1920's. In the 1930's a devestating fire destroyed some of the structures. The old mining town of Bodie became a State Park in 1960. This is the well known, and often photographed, Bodie church.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Show Me The Right Path

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Nevada (April 2006) - This photograph was taken inside of the Valley of Fire, north of Las Vegas.  It is a remarkable place to explore.  There are so many different rock formations, and indian petroglyphs.  This is one place where many car commercials have been filmed (because of the long winding roads).

Friday, October 02, 2009

Love Is The Greatest

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San Diego, California (January 2005) - I observed this young couple taking in the sunset at the edge of a cliff in Torrey Pines. It was such a precious moment.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Be Of Good Cheer

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Guatemala (March 2008) - This photo was taken inside of Cristo Negro de Esquipulas at the Shrine of Esquipulas. Esquipulas is a town located in eastern Guatemala near the place where Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala meet. Hundreds of thousands of devoted pilgrims travel from Central America to Esquipulas every year to visit the Shrine.