The Mountain Man Trip

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Jackson, Wyoming is a very pretty town.  It’s also very crowded in the middle of June with people.   In fact I think the population of Jackson is larger than any other town in Wyoming during peak trap season.  I think I misplaced my mojo in the middle of town with all of the German tourists who were staring at … Read More

What is Beauty?

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beau·ty   /ˈbyo͞otē/d Noun A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, esp. the sight. A combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense. I read a blog post yesterday written by a young woman about beauty and self-acceptance.  She had contacted me to use one of my photos in a blog about resettlement in … Read More

Sunset out West along the Owyhee

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Near the old Oregon Trail in the High Range Valley of the Owyhee Mountains.

in the late afternoon, I drove along an old road going to Lake Owyhee. Along the way, in a valley in the high range, I stopped and parked at a farm and cattle ranch. Before me were fields still green under the snow, and behind me were a few dozen head of beef. If you sat still, you could hear … Read More

Photographer Talk

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Have you ever wondered why photographers spend so much time talking to other photographers? It’s weird.   They compare two camera bodies by taking pictures at high ISO and declare “X wins!” the contest.   Personally, I think it’s an attempt to justify their recent purchase and to prove to themselves that they made a good decision, and their declaration … Read More

Lift Them Up in Prayer

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Two days after the tragedy in Newtown, Ct. I’ve had some time to digest the horror and compose my thoughts. I have to say that you shouldn’t be concerned with watching the news or keeping up with the latest “live action” shot.    Stay out of the media’s eyesight.   Seek an inner voice.  This is not a voice insensitive to the … Read More

The Value of Heritage

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Something happened this past weekend that has given me much thought about my role as a photographer and blogger. It happened while I was vacationing in San Antonio. It has made me think hard about “why” I am blogging with my photography. This has been a somewhat recurring question for me. I went on an early morning stroll along the … Read More

The Light of Advent at Christmas

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The Christmas Tree

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is commonly referred to as the Holiday Season. For others it’s called “Advent” – meaning anticipation, and this heralds the expectation for the coming celebration of the birth of Jesus. For children, it’s about the anticipation of waking up on Christmas morning and finding gifts from Santa Claus under a decorated and well lit … Read More

The Soul of the City

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The sun rising behind clouds, reflected in a lake, with fall colored trees lining the shore

I didn’t really plan on going anywhere on Black Friday. Actually, it was the furthest thing from my mind as I had no desire to join the crush of zombies at the local stories fighting over “stuff” and getting angry. We prefer to keep the Christmas season in check with the celebration of the birth of Christ, not roll-back prices … Read More

Walking in Your Dreams

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Morning on Inks Lake

It was weird.  I’ll admit it.   I hopped out of bed at 5am for no apparent reason on a Sunday morning with a mission.   I had a vision in my mind of a sunrise.  I had to get on the road or I would miss it.   I took a quick shower, got dressed, packed the car with essentials (camera, tripod, … Read More

A Brave New World: Implications for the Singularity

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In Solitude

Some years ago in an undergraduate psychology class, a question was posed regarding human life. Naturally, the class discussion devolved from this topic into a debate about abortion as the instructor intended. I demanded that the question be rephrased. “Why are we limiting our discussion to human life?” I asked. The PETA people thought that I was brilliant, “yeah, what … Read More

Lift Your Spirit and Listen . . .

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In a Christmas Moon

Do you love Christmas as much as me?    I don’t know if you do or not, but I do know that this song is pretty cool – even if it’s sorta befuddled. It tries to be something between a spiritual song and a song of Santa Clause.   I love Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, and White Christmas, and other … Read More

The Quiet Man

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The Narrow Path

1Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.   The southern gentleman is always gracious, courteous, and thoughtful.    This applies to all individuals whom he meets.   The waitress serving your dinner … Read More

A Little Wiggle In My Waddle

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The Road to Utopia

I went on a short camping trip with my father last week in the Texas Hill Country.   Many of the pictures that I came back with contained reflections of nature in water.   My plan was to catch a grand picture encompassing the raw beauty from a hilltop vista, looking down on a valley.   I did find this picture.  In fact, … Read More

The Creation of Life and the Life of Creation

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Crossing Over The River

  Yesterday I had a “feeling” about visiting the San Antonio River Walk.   Don’t ask me why.  I just did.  I’m psychic.  Well, some might call it psychic.   I might call it “in-tune” with a small inner-voice, a prompting if you will.  We’re all endowed with this gift from God.  Call it an intuition or a gut check if you … Read More

The Church of Baseball

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Admit it. The World Series is like an annual Church Conference. That’s why it’s called the Church of Baseball General Conference. Here I am watching the 2nd game of the World Series in the 8th inning and the bases are loaded. Everybody in Detroit is praying. Everybody in San Fransisco is praying. You can hear the crowd chanting, yelling, and … Read More

The Power of Music

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A Texas Prarie Morning

Music is a form of therapy for the soul. The best types of music provides the soul with healing energy.  I believe that music that evokes Christian virtues is better than music that embrace worldly emotions and thoughts. For example, the virtues experienced by listening to a Christmas Canon from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra are vastly different than those encountered when … Read More

Visiting Angels

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Give it up to God

Do you believe in angels? Seriously, I’m asking. If you are a Christian, then you must believe in Angels. Why? Because angels are the heralds (messengers) of God. Now, contrary to some, the depictions of angels as little children with rosy cheeks carrying a harp, or slinging arrows of love isn’t the depiction of angels presented in the bible. They … Read More

Why Do You Paint Photographs?

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The creation of art, whether by photograph or painting or sculpture, is the act of creating something.   We all look at reality in such a way that the artist conveys his own perception of it.   If we view the world from a dark and gloomy place, likely we see the world as dark and gloomy.    Such a person would … Read More

Time Traveling Photographs and Art

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Sebastian Hubbuch and family - 1888

I have a question. If time travel is not possible, then how do photographs exist? That is to say, when you look at a photograph, you are looking at an echo of time and space. Whether by chemical reaction on film or against a digital sensor, light traveling through space at a particular point in time interacts with a physical … Read More