Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Monday, June 30, 2014

deer at birdbath...

deer at birdbath
photo by Erin Doyle


It appears that the birds are not the only
creatures to appreciate the new location
of my birdbath.
My daughter took this shot
through the screen of our porch
with her iPhone.



"As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God."

- Psalm 42:1 NIV

Sunday, June 29, 2014

desserts...

desserts

"Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.
Coincidence? I think not!"

- Author Unknown

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A work of Art...

A work of Art
(red hat society)

"Nobody grows old merely
by living a number of years.
We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin,
but to give up enthusiasm
wrinkles the soul."

- Samuel Ullman

Friday, June 27, 2014

puppy love...

puppy love

We were introduced recently to this
great looking Yellow Lab puppy.
Rather large for a puppy
and with a big head and big paws.
When the rest of his body grows into those,
he is going to be one rather large dog.
We were very tempted... but
cooler heads prevailed,
although he did like my beard.

Not sure how our three cats would
like this much larger intruder
to their domain.
But in a different time and place...
who knows.
I would have named him Barnabas...
'son of encouragement'.


"There is no psychiatrist in the world
like a puppy licking your face."

- Bernard Williams

Thursday, June 26, 2014

good friends...

good friends
(Bob, Jane, and Pat)

I was very happy to finally
meet these three wonderful folks
this side of heaven.


"A friend is one of the nicest things you can have,
and one of the best things you can be."

- Douglas Pagels

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

festival royalty...

festival royalty

"Royalty consists not in vain pomp,
but in great virtues."

- Agesilaus

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

old goat...

old goat

My wife once said to me
that she would like a goat.
I have no idea why...
after all she already has
an old goat... me.

“Neither lemonade nor anything else
can prevent the inroads of old age.
At present, I am stoical under its advances,
and hope I shall remain so.
I have but one prayer at heart;
and that is, to have my faculties
so far preserved that I can be useful,
in some way or other, to the last.”

- Lydia M. Child

Monday, June 23, 2014

talents...

talents

"Use those talents you have.
You will make it.
You will give joy to the world.
Take this tip from nature:
The woods would be a very silent place
if no birds sang except those who sang best."

- Bernard Meltzer

Sunday, June 22, 2014

integrity...

integrity

Integrity starts from the inside out.


"Your life may be the only Bible some people read."
- Author Unknown

Saturday, June 21, 2014

determination...

determination

"Keep your dreams alive.
Understand to achieve anything
requires faith and belief in yourself,
vision, hard work,
determination, and dedication.
Remember all things are possible
for those who believe."

- Gail Devers


It is a shame that you cannot
from these reproductions
tell much of a difference
in each of these 3 captures.

The top one is the first
and the bottom one is the last
of successive attempts
to fine tune this image.

The idea is to draw you into the photo
and direct the viewers eye toward
the mountain in the back center of the image.

Brightness, color, sharpness,
within the overall composition
were somewhat adjusted
with that in mind.

Friday, June 20, 2014

festival...

festival

"The truth is that existence wants
your life to become a festival...
because when you are unhappy,
you also throw unhappiness all around."

- Bhaqwan Shree Rajneesh

Thursday, June 19, 2014

new friend...

new friend

Continue making new friends
and cherish/nurture
old friendships.

"Friends are those rare people 
who ask how we are and then
wait to hear the answer."

- Author Unknown


You can never have too many friends.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

reading...

reading with
family and friends

(taken with iPad)

"There is a temperate zone in the mind,
between luxurious indolence and exacting work;
and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor,
that summer reading belongs."

- Henry Ward Beecher

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rain on your parade...

rain on your parade

"And when it rains on your parade,
look up rather than down.
Without the rain,
there would be no rainbow."

- G. K. Chesterton

Monday, June 16, 2014

window to man's soul...

window to man's soul
old Gospel church
(road trip west)

"Art is the window to man's soul.
Without it, he would never be able
to see beyond his immediate world;
nor could the world see the man within."

- Claudia Lady Bird Johnson


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day

Father's Day
(also National Nature Photography Day)

"As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him..."

- Psalm 103:13 NIV


"Father! — to God himself
we cannot give a holier name."

- William Wordsworth

Saturday, June 14, 2014

thought and inspiration...

thought and inspiration
Mammoth Springs
Yellowstone National Park
(road trip west)


"My goal as a person and,
consequently, as a photographer,
is to witness, participate in,
and hopefully share
the delicate beauty of wilderness -
those moments in time
when nature and spirit
transcend the make-believe world
of politics, economics, religious squabbles,
fleeting fashion, mass 'entertainment',
and other means of wasting
the precious thought and inspiration
we are each endowed with."

- Guy Tal

Friday, June 13, 2014

cathedral...

cathedral
Badlands, SD
(road trip west)


"A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock
when somebody contemplates it
with the idea of a cathedral in mind."

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Thursday, June 12, 2014

may never know...

we may never know

This pine tree was growing
on the side of a rocky hill.
Hidden and striving to live
under rough growing conditions.


"Most people have come to prefer
certain of life’s experiences
and deny and reject others,
unaware of the value of the hidden things
that may come wrapped in plain
and even ugly paper.
In avoiding all pain
and seeking comfort at all costs,
we may be left without intimacy or compassion;
in rejecting change and risk
we often cheat ourselves of the quest;
in denying our suffering we may never know
our strength or our greatness."

- Rachel Naomi Remen

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

pharisee or spiritual man...

pharisee or spiritual man?
inside the Old Mission
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
(road trip west)


"A pharisee is hard on others
and easy on himself,
but a spiritual man is easy on others
and hard on himself."

- A. W. Tozer

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

impressing the grandeur...

impressing the grandeur
north of Yellowstone
(road trip west)


"The beautiful scenery is there,
but it cares not for pleasing composition
or the quality of light at any moment in time.
This is where the artist comes in,
arranging in a frame
the scattered elements into a story,
anticipating and chasing the light,
bringing it all together to create
an evocative image capable of communicating
the visual experience and impressing
the grandeur of a fleeting moment
on viewers for generations to come."
- Guy Tal

Monday, June 9, 2014

grandeur of God...

grandeur of God
Badlands, SD
(road trip west)

"The world is charged with the grandeur of God."
- Gerald Manley Hopkins

Sunday, June 8, 2014

beauty and mystery...

beauty and mystery

"Those who dwell among the beauties
and mysteries of the earth
are never alone or weary of life."

- Rachel Carson

Saturday, June 7, 2014

discover your mission...

discover your mission
Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission, Idaho
(oldest building in Idaho)
road trip west

"When you discover your mission,
you will feel its demand.
It will fill you with enthusiasm
and a burning desire to get to work on it.”
- W. Clement Stone


Friday, June 6, 2014

nature's peace...

nature's peace
Coeur d'Alene's
Old Mission
Idaho

(road trip west)

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,
Nature's peace will flow into you
as sunshine flows into trees."

- John Muir

Thursday, June 5, 2014

forest for the trees...

Bachelor's buttons
(cornflower) plant

Individual flowers deserve to be seen up close.
We spend far too little time appreciating
the detail in God's creation.


However, we shouldn't ignore the forest
for the trees either.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

flowers...

bachelor's button
(cornflower)

"Flowers don't worry
about how they're going to bloom.
They just open up and turn toward the light
and that makes them beautiful."

- Jim Carrey


Maybe we should be more like flowers.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sonlight

Is your heart dark and lifeless?
Let the Sonlight in.

Monday, June 2, 2014

takes time...

takes time
Old homestead in the snow
Badlands, SD
(road trip west)


"It will take time to clear away the wreck.
Though old buildings will eventually
be replaced by finer ones,
the new structures
will take years to complete."

- Alcoholics Anonymous

Sunday, June 1, 2014

refresh the eye...

refresh the eye
Lee St. Station
Deadwood, SD
road trip west


"To look backward for a while is to
refresh the eye, to restore it,
and to render it the more fit
for its prime function of looking forward."

- Margaret Fairless Barber
The Roadmender