Daffodils Sprouting in Morning Sun

My daffodils are pushing up through the soil.  Spring is finally here!

I used my Canon ES 50mm f/1.8 II lens.  This image is practically SOTC with just a minor adjustment.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

My first thought for the theme “On Top” naturally went to a scene of someone standing on top of a mountain, but since hiking wasn’t really an option for this weekend, that was out.  My second thought went to a dessert with whipped cream and a cherry on top.  I love whipped cream, but I forgot to buy the ingredients when I went grocery shopping.  So I went with my third idea.

Almost every culture has included a practice of setting up stones as memorials.  Some are crafted stone monuments, while others are simply rough-hewn pillars or rocks piled on top of one another.

Rock Art

The book of Genesis records an account in which Jacob, son of Issac, dreamed of a ladder reaching up into heaven with angels ascending and descending upon it.  He also dreamed that the LORD communicated a promise to him regarding his descendants and eventual return to the land.  When he awoke the next morning, he set up  the stone upon which he had laid his head to sleep, and poured oil on top of it.

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IMG_3437 Stone.anointed_smw

Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it.”  —Genesis 28:18  NKJV

I couldn’t decide which of the two images I like better, although I think I lean toward the second one.  What do you think?


If you would like to see more images or join the challenge yourself, visit The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.


Christ Has Won the Victory!

A newly designed Facebook cover photo in honor of Jesus’ sacrifice and victory over death.

IMG_3222 Christ.Victory_cover

I’d made the tiny crown of thorns out of American Barberry branches.  It’s a bush that has thorns and produces red berries like drops of blood.  It makes me think of Jesus’ sacrifice and suffering.

American Barberries

American Barberries

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Because I have been watching my young granddaughters this week, I wasn’t able to get out to shoot something specifically for this week’s photo challenge.  So I went through my archives and found this photo of Rock of Ages manufacturing plant, taken during a self-guided tour in August 2007.  Rock of Ages in Graniteville, VT owns several quarries, including the world’s largest “deep hole” granite quarry called the E.L. Smith Quarry.  Most of the granite is used to make monuments.

Rock of Ages granite shed

Rock of Ages granite shed

To see more photos with the theme of “Monument”, visit The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge

A Tranquil Reflection

“The more tranquil the water, the more accurate the reflection. We are made in the image and likeness of God. As with the water, the more tranquil we are, the better we reflect God.” —Jim Finfera, photographer

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Change My Heart

A friend’s poem reminded me of a verse from Ezekiel, which inspired me to create this image.  He has given me permission to post his poem along with it.  I used my son’s Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens.

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”  —Ezekiel 36:26

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After God’s Own Heart

A stony heart
Oh Lord I give
To be transformed
So I may live.

The price of sin
I know is death,
So I must change
Before my last breath.

A heart like Yours
Is what I need.
A heart of love,
Not selfish greed.

So change my heart,
And when You’re done,
Make me like
Your loving Son.

—RCBell ©2005

Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Threshold of Spring

We, in the north are on the threshold of spring.  I thought these photos of last night’s sunset on Burlington, Vermont’s waterfront and boathouse and spring’s melting away of winter’s icy grip is certainly a threshold we have been hoping to cross.  I used my Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM wide-angle zoom lens.

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IMG_3302 Waterfront.Winter.Sunset_smw

To see more photos reflecting the theme of ‘Threshold’ visit The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

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