Saturday, May 16, 2020

Light

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It's a question I ask myself often.

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I love the way it helps me pay attention.

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This week's answers have all been found in my yard.

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Among the trees.

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The light has shown me a lot of birds that seemed to be playing hide and seek with me.

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Especially chickadees.

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And also--all this amazing color.

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Here's a little secret I've learned along the way:
One tiny little step in another direction gives you a whole new picture.
The pictures above and below have identical subjects in focus,
but I "painted" my background--
the out of focus portion of the photo known as bokeh (pronounced boca)--
 differently by varying my angle just a tiny bit.
This gives you a chance to select your color palette and the feel of your photo.

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I did the same thing here. 
 I call this my popcorn tree because all these bright red little kernels
explode into fluffy white glory, and the smell they release is to die for.
One photo focusing on the colors of the tree...

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and the same photo...

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with some blue sky.

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Of course the fans of pink are the real winners this week,
whether light or dark.

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Until I saw all this soft evening light bouncing off of all my blooming trees,
I had never noticed that in the midst of all this pink
there was a whole glowing rainbow.

My neighbor observed me moving slowly about the yard with my camera.
She said she had seen a video I posted on my business page a while back
and said, "I really liked that thing you said about what the light wants to show you."
She actually recognized what I was doing.  So fun.

What does the light want to show you?

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Small

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If you asked me about my favorite place to take photos,

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I would probably tell you

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it's wherever I feel small.

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Lucky for me,

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that's quite a lot of places.

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My camera helps me take it all in.

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Observe scale.

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See more details.

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View from a variety of perspectives.

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But most of all, stand in awe and wonder.

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Today I am feeling small in a different place, in the middle of the Bible where Jesus is shining his light on some of the mysteries of God.  I'm supposed to teach it, but I can't even begin to take it all in.  At first my small feels like inadequacy, not in a good way.  But I sense this invitation from Him to be just as captivated and grateful as I would in the wilderness of creation. It's a moment to slow down in my study, look hard, and stand in awe and wonder. Then maybe my snapshot will help someone else want to venture in deeper too.

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"Spirit of God
draw praises from us
here in this cathedral of creation
beneath this starry dome.
Awaken our adoration 
in this place where 
we are so very small--
and yet so greatly loved."

 ~Douglas McKelvey
"Every Moment Holy"