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1 week, 4 days ago 16
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I am taking July and most of August off to recover from the Spring!   Between Wesley’s illness, Sue Haverstock and Jim’s battle with cancer, and a flurry of other friends facing similiar challenges, my prayer life has become almost non-stop!  I’m not complaining, I owe so many people so mucn for their goting ot war for Wes and I want to support any friend that is facing difficult times.


The older we get the more family and friends face these health issues that start to pile up as the years go by!  It’s not all bad though, I have become so much closer to Jim and Sue, to Wes, Rhonda Elijah and Abigail and all my family members.  I think the worst things that can happen to someone is to get to where we have no time or concern for others, and this year has given me lots of opportunities to grow in that area of my lfie.  The more we pray the closer we get to a  moment to moment relationship with our Heavenly Father.


I want to thank all of you again for your prayers for Wes, he is doing great and his Docs are really pleased at how well he has done, only a little distance left to go and the path looks very good!  Please continue to pray for Sue, as she battles on, and Jim as he supports her fight.  Please lift up Gloria, Deb, Jerry and Reva.  No need to share who these folks are or what they are facing, God knows, but lots of prayers are always better, and trust me, they work!!


I love the line from the scriptute, “It came to pass”  all our earthly troubles will pass and God has it when we have given our hearts to Him!  Enjoy your families, and thank Him everyday that you have them and can enjoy another day with them!


I’ll be praying!


In Him, blessings,


the pilgrim

2 weeks, 3 days ago 3
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I was talking to a friend on the phone today and he mentioned how much he appreciated my post about what photography had given to me.  I shared something with him that was a little eye opening, even for me!


For the last 47 years I’ve worked very hard to try and become a very good craftsman, dare I say, a great craftsman.  What has that resulted in?  I’ve accomplished my goal and so have thousands of others with the same goal, some have gone further than I have.  So was it worth it?  It depends on how you judge success.


I’ve had a blast, I’ve enjoyed peace, I’ve been challanged and I’ve grown, I’ve enjoyed some standing ovations, and some quiet rooms too!  The work has been a means to and end, actually the end was the work.  Along the way I’ve gotten something more valuable than the images, friends, compatriots, good company, and a “means” that mattered!


Was it worth it?  You bet!




the pilgrim

2 weeks, 5 days ago 5
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Today’s message is simple, have a great 4th!  I love America and I hope you do to!  We are in big trouble, we’re a nation, truly, deeply divided, please pray for our nation.  We have to get back to what made us such a great nation inthe beginning, on our knees!




the pilgrim

3 weeks ago 10
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The Out of Chicago Event went great, I had a great time and met a lot of really nice folks!  During one of my sessions a man asked me a great question and I wanted to share it, and my answer, with you.  The question was;  After all these years of traveling and photographing every imaginable subject and location, what is the best thing all of this has given back to you?


I didn’t have to think even for a minute, it’s that simple, it’s the people!  From the moment I fell in love with photography it has been the great people that photography has brought into my life!   There is a real danger of doing this kind of post, because invariably, I will leave someone out and that would be a shame since all these folks I have gotten to know through this craft are precious to me, but my mind is seventyone and that does tax things!!!  So, to all the students, and friends in the field, thank you so much!!!!


Let me start with now and work backwards, I am thrilled to be teaching with Jack Graham as my teaching partner, he is the consumate professional at running workshops with years of experience in how to do it right, and he does. “do it right!”  Jack is a great shooter and one of my best friends, I enjoy his company even when our workshops stretch over two weeks, I still, hate to go home and leave his comapny, though I love going home to my very best friend, Sherelene!!!  Jack is a real friend and brother too!


Jim Haverstock and his wife Sue are another couple of best friends that I have come to love dearly and enjoy every moment I have with them!  Jim is one of the best shooting partners in the field, we have endless things we both enjoy and our time together is always great!  Jim is as fine a Christian man as I know.


When the His Light Workshops were going strong I had the emmense pleasure of working with and being best friends with Jim Begley.  Jim is a real triple threat; a great shooter, great Christian gentleman, and one of the nicest guys you could ever have the chance to get to know!  I miss being with him out there in the field all the time!  Then there was all the fun we had with John “The Snake” Barrett and Chuck Barnes, two really great guys, and wonderful shooters too!  How could I think of those years without mentioning Dr. Chuck Summers, a long time dear brother and another great shooter, really love this guy!!!  During the days of the His Light Events I was so fortunate to meet Carl Turner who has become a very dear brother and a great friend.  Carl and I are both very close to Charles Stanley and our relationships are truly one of the real treasures of my life!  Carl is a very special man, and he has blessed my life in more ways than I can describe!


Going back to the Great American Photography days, I had some wonderful friends that worked side by side with me, Mike Ellison, the late, great Don Nelson, Cliff Zenor, David Akoubian, Wayne Bennett just to name a few, wow what great folks!  I won’t even start to name all the legendary shooters that taught with us, trust me they are the who’s who of nature, landscape, wildlife and close-up photographers!


What I’m saying is long after my images have faded and been forgotten, these great people will define what was best about photography for me!




the pilgrim



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