A newly designed Facebook cover photo in honor of Jesus’ sacrifice and victory over death.
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.
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.
To see more photos with the theme of “Monument”, visit The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge
“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
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
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.
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.
To see more photos reflecting the theme of ‘Threshold’ visit The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.
This is my second week of participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge. I appreciate this challenge, because it forces me to practice coming out of my comfort zone, although I missed an opportunity… again. I need more practice. [chuckle] I noticed that some people post images they have taken in the past and some post multiple images, so I thought I would post three from the past as well as two done specifically for the challenge.
A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of volunteering at Union Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter on Skid Row in L.A. While there, a friend showed me around the city, and I found it ironic to find a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk of Hope Street.
While visiting Las Vegas for a family Thanksgiving, I took photos of some of the street people trying to earn money. ‘Duby’ seemed to enjoy ‘earning his keep’ by posing for pictures. Taking photos of street life in Las Vegas is less intimidating to me, because people expect it, and as long as you give any amount of money, they will give permission. It is much different from taking photos of complete strangers in public while trying to respect their privacy, although I have stepped out and asked, and I hope to do more in the future.
I visited Burlington, Vermont this past weekend. It was cool and overcast, so although Burlington’s Church Street hosts some street performers, I missed getting a shot of the only one there that day, but I did get a photo of a colorful cart with lots of fans attached on Main Street, which is just off of Church Street. I’m not sure if it belonged to a homeless person or some sort of peddler, because he had stepped inside the adjacent establishment.
Church Street in Burlington is open only to pedestrians and is like an outdoor mall. It has some great restaurants and shops, including the Burlington Square Mall, and is within walking distance of Lake Champlain’s waterfront. The atmosphere is very cultural and is a popular place during good weather.
For more photos of street life, visit the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.
I took this photo almost five years ago from a bus while on a road trip to see Sight-n-Sound’s production of “In the Beginning”. The Lord blessed me with His presence in many ways that day and renewed my strength. I hope you are blessed and strengthened as well.
Edited to add: If you would like to read more about how the Lord blessed me that day, see the original post from my old blog: The Spreading of the Clouds
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