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2 years, 4 months ago 4

The old building above is one of my favorite subjects.  It was an old building in an abandoned mining camp in Harlan,  Kentucky.  I’ve been to this location several times and enjoyed photographing the old buildings, and rusting mining equipment.  The last time I went back to Harlan, I discovered that this building had collapsed and was nothing but a pile of ruble.  As photographers, we learn to never pass up a shot, because you never know if your subject will still be there later, when you return!

 

As we enter the Christmas season take the time to do some things while you still can!  Here are some suggestions:

 

1.  Take time to visit with family and ask your parents and grandparents to tell you about the people you do not recognize in the old family albums.  Learn all you can about your ancestors, and pass it on to your children and grandchildren.

 

2.  Find and old family recipe and prepare it together with your children and grandchildren.  Share what you remember about the loved one that passed down that recipe!

 

3.  Attend a candle light church service and sing old traditional Christmas hymns and Carols.  Before you go home, seek out some of the older members, and share with them how much appreciate all their kind acts to you through the years.

 

4.  Watch an up-lifitng film with your family like; “It’s A Wonderful Life” or “A Christmas Carol”.

 

5.  Take a meal to someone that is a shut in, and visit with them, allowing them to share about their family and Christmas’ past.

 

6.  Find a time to sit by the fire place alone and read the 2nd Chapter of Luke, and dwell on the true meaning of Christmas.

 

7.  Sit in the floor and read Christmas stories to your children or grandchildren.

 

 

8.  Help your local church or charity put together Christmas baskets, and then help deliver them.

 

 

Take time to find the Joy that is this season!

 

In Him,

 

the pilgrim

2 years, 4 months ago 8

Many men have a favorite t-shirt they love to sleep in.  It’s usually one of their older ones that has been washed many times and is finally soft and comfortable.  The logo that is silk screened on the front starts to fade….. such is the case with one of my favorite comfortable shirts.  This shirt says “Not all that wander are lost.”  It has a deeper meaning for me that what it may first appear to say.  Several years ago I named my blog “the pilgrim’s chronicles” and I decided to call myself the pilgrim.  The reason is that a pilgrim is someone wandering, often on a religious or spiritual pilgrimage.  A pilgrim is someone that is seeking and in the process of growing through his travels.

 

I think, and I believe most people would like to think, that their lives are a series of travels from point to point, with a plan, a map, a purpose, but I’m afraid that often that is not the case.  Because of of circumstances of our own making, or the circumstances that may be caused by others, we often take a, not so fortuitous, route from point to point in life.  So, in fact, we do wander in life.  I’m not lost, I may wander and I may get off track, but I was found my Jesus, and He saved me.  He gave me salvation and forgiveness, and God uses that wandering to teach us the valuable lessons on which we grow stronger and closer to Him.  As you wander you draw closer to Him as you learn His ways, and His truths.  God also uses your wandering times to show you how faithful He is, and how much He loves you.

 

Being truly lost means we are without hope, with our Heavenly Father we don’t ever have to be truly lost!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

2 years, 4 months ago 6

I’ve had several emails over the last two weeks wanting to know when I was going to get around to processing my images from the workshop, well finally got them done over the last few days!  Thought I might share some of my favorites, hope you enjoy them!  By the way the image at the top, my very favorite is of cottonwoods in the canyon at Zion National Park, this version has Nik’s  Color Efex 4.0 filter, Indian Summer….

 

The indentions in the sand dunes?  Rattlesnake tracks from a sidewinder!

 

So those were the best of my keepers, I seldom get that many  nice images while teaching, but his group were such good shooters, they asked for so little field instruction and help, but we sure had some great fellowship!

 

Have a blessed weekend,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

2 years, 4 months ago 0

 

One of my favorite old songs is one my dear friend Ricky Skaggs sings in all his Skaggs Family Christmas performances, “Christmas Times A Comin”.   Here are the lyrics;

 

Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
And I know I’m goin’ home.

 

Snow flake’s a-fallin’
My old heart’s a-callin’
Tall pine’s a-hummin’
Christmas Time’s A-Comin’.

 

Can’t you hear them bells ringin’, ringin’
Joy, don’tcha hear them singin’
When it’s snowin’, I’ll be goin’
Back to my country home.

 

Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
And I know I’m goin’ home.

 

White candle’s burnin’
My old heart’s a-yearnin’
For the folks at home when
Christmas Time’s A-Comin’.

 

Can’t you hear them bells ringin’, ringin’
Joy, don’tcha hear them singin’
When it’s snowin’, I’ll be goin’
Back to my country home.

 

Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
And I know I’m goin’ home.

 

Holly’s in the window
Home where the wind blows
The cane foam’s a-runnin’
Christmas Time’s A-Comin’.

 

Can’t you hear them bells ringin’, ringin’
Joy, don’tcha hear them singin’
When it’s snowin’, I’ll be goin’
Back to my country home.

 

Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
And I know I’m goin’ home.

 

Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
And I know I’m goin’ home. 

 

I’m at the Atlanta Seminar and having a good time being with old and new friends, and enjoying seeing the work of a lot of new, young talent, and that always makes me happy, but the biggest reason I’m happy is that on Sunday morning i will have completed my last major event of 2012,  and I know I’m goin’ home. 

 

 

Now this doesn’t mean that work is over, but it will be mostly local pro calls and office work and I’ll be close to family and friends.

 

Blessed,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

Photo Note:  You got it, another shot from Berry College!   D600 and 24-120.  O.K. two more, the top is at Berry College too!