Sunset on the Ranch

Sunset on the Ranch

A re-make from an image I made and processed a few years ago. Trying to pull out the film qualities of the CCD sensor, no longer used in DSLR cameras today.

I’m also trying to find the tones of Kodak film, as it seems more and more photographers are discovering or returning to film – retro comes to mind.

What I like about this simple blue sky sunset, is how the fence post and the electric pole lead your eye to the subject. Then how the wires force your eye to travel the rest of the composition. I also like how the many colors add to the composition.

This is just a simple moment, yet, in our busy and distracted lives today, I find the elements of this image force one to focus on the beauty of God’s paint brush and find a sense of peace or a quiet moment of time.

Enjoy!

 

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Pictures of Hope – Day 7: Threshold

Threshold: Faith in the Light of Dawn

Photo: Threshold: Faith in the Light of Dawn

When I was making the picture of this moment, what came to mind was the Rabindranath Tagore quote:

 

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”

 

Here we have a tulip flower that is opening up with the dawn of the morning light. Faith and hope are just that … believing in the things not seen, and acting as if it’s going to be.

 

Today is the last day for this photo series, and it’s also the remembrance of the September 11th tragedy in New York. It also is the day after hurricane Irma which, to date, is said to be the largest and most dangerous storm in history.

 

Much of these experiences can leave us with a scar, as like an injury on our hand so to speak. Yet the thing about scars is that even though they may not go away, they do heal. As time goes on, and the scar keeps healing, sooner or later it can become not noticeable.

 

Sometimes scars can be from relationships,  our lives can be shattered, like a vase that falls off the table and breaks into many small pieces.  The good news is, that with time and healing, putting the vase back together piece after piece, it may not look the same but can become instead a beautiful mosaic.

 

This is where threshold comes in. Each experience we have comes with it the doorway to a new day, a new era, a way to look at the past more intelligently for the future.

 

…  A life filled with hope.

 

 

 

If you’ve been reading me for some time you know that I’m an Catholic art photographer. I’ve decided to be posting on this photoblog every day for one week a simple picture of spirituality and a message about growing in faith. I will start this on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Monday, September 11, 2017

I invite you to follow my blog for some uplifting pictures, inspiration, and hope (You can also follow my Twitter).

Proceeds from the sales of my pictures during the time frame of this PhotoBlog project will be donated to the hurricane relief efforts.

 

 

Pictures of Hope – Day 6: Burning Cloud

Burning Cloud

Photo: Burning Cloud

This moment in time reminds me of how, sometimes, I wish that I could just burn off the clouds over my head ( the weight on my shoulders ).

But then, I remind myself that it is through the storms of life that makes me a stronger person. Every successful person, whether a founder of a company, a Catholic Saint, a single parent, or the the person who’s made the greatest impact on you, even if you have not met them but would like to someday if possible, have learned through their struggles.

The late Zig Ziglar, who you know I’m a big fan of, says:

 

“I never lose … I either win or I learn.”

 

When we go through storms, in life or with the weather, it’s important for those of us who believe to remember to not so much talk to God about our storms, but rather to talk to the storm about our God.  In His time, and in His will, I can tell you that you will see things shift before your eyes.

Just like the picture above, all the things going on at the surface will burn off and rise up into the heavens. …. God will take it from us … but we have to give it to Him first.

Yes, easier said than done … The good news is the more you let go, the easier it gets. … then the more God asks of us. It’s ongoing, and we get more strong through it.

 

If you’ve been reading me for some time you know that I’m an Catholic art photographer. I’ve decided to be posting on this photoblog every day for one week a simple picture of spirituality and a message about growing in faith. I will start this on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Monday, September 11, 2017

I invite you to follow my blog for some uplifting pictures, inspiration, and hope (You can also follow my Twitter).

Proceeds from the sales of my pictures during the time frame of this PhotoBlog project will be donated to the hurricane relief efforts.

 

 

Pictures of Hope – Day 5: Saturday’s

Saturday Morning

There’s something to be said about Saturday’s. Many of us view it as a free day, considering that Sunday is the worship day, and Monday through Friday are a workday.

Saturday might be a time to get chores done around the house, or get some shopping done, and if we have younger children its a time to spend time developing relationships if not traveling to sports events or related activities.

One thing that is common with all of these is getting along with others. What I cal l charity.  Having differences of opinion is normal, this is what humanity is about. The key is that we all need to love each other even if we don’t like each other.

It was Saint Paul who said something like “I make myself in all ways to all people, in order to win them over to Christ”.  Whether it is our brother or sister, our children or our spouse, a co-worker or boss, or a friend or relative, God has placed us with these people.

It is through our love and being a gift to others, no matter how we feel about them, that we find joy and our purpose in life. Ask God to show you others through His eyes and you may see a new perspective on life … on your Saturday activities.

 

If you’ve been reading me for some time you know that I’m an Catholic art photographer. I’ve decided to be posting on this photoblog every day for one week a simple picture of spirituality and a message about growing in faith. I will start this on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Monday, September 11, 2017

I invite you to follow my blog for some uplifting pictures, inspiration, and hope (You can also follow my Twitter).

Proceeds from the sales of my pictures during the time frame of this PhotoBlog project will be donated to the hurricane relief efforts.