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Yes, I do love to eat!  St. Thomas is my favorite Island for food, such a great variety, from the elegant, to the good old, down home food of my native Kentucky, it’s all a gastronomic pleasure!  So this is the deal, Sherelene loves the beach and the sun, and I can live with it for about a week a year, and so we spend our Marriott points to visit a resort we couldn’t otherwise afford! This year is our third trip back to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We’ve done Maui in Hawaii, The Grand Caymans, Jamaica, St. Kitts, Aruba, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Belize, and we’ve loved them all, but for me, the far eastern coast of St. Thomas, Red Hook, is my favorite.  One of the reasons is the extremely friendly staff of the Ritz.  The other is the food!!!  I’ve finally learned enough restaurants to know where to get what ever we are in a mood for. Above, from upper left to right; Filtet Mignon at Pesce Italian restaurant, fresh pineapples in the local market, the steak and ribs selection at The Old Stone Farmhouse restaurant across the Island.  Seafood selection for this evening at the same Old Stone Farmhouse, below Zucchini bread (wonderful!), Breakfast potatoes, and Chicken Sausage at the Blue Water at the Ritz, and finally in the lower left corner one of my favorites, filet mignon meatballs and marinara sauce at Peceses, great over spaghetti!

 

 

Probably one of the main  reasons I keep coming back to St. Thomas is Molly Malone’s my favorite Irish Pub eatery, in the world.  Great people serve you, great people own Molly’s, the food is fantastic, and the atmosphere is the real deal.  You meet such interesting folks, both tourists and locals and the entire experience is authentic.  My favorite dish is the grilled cheese and turkey sandwich, a staple for my breakfast, Sherelene loves the French toast!  Tonight I will have their famous Meatloaf!  I’ve had a special place in my heart for the Irish ever since my first cousin Ned Beatty played a role in the great film “Rudy”.  Molly’s is like going home after along trip!

 

 

And then the kind folks at the Ritz help us celebrate our Anniversary, with special treats like this!

 

Late entry, Molly Malone’s fabulous Meatloaf, some of the best I’ve ever had!!!

 

 

 

Food For the Soul:

 

Last night Sherelene and I shared some food for the soul, we watched the film 7 Days in Utopia together.  Piled up in the bed with stack of pillows we watched the film on my laptop cuddled up together.  The film is about a young, up and coming,  golfer who has a major melt down at the end of a tournament he is about to win.  He storms off in a huff and ends up in a little Texas town of Utopia, where a kind rancher, played by Robert Duvall, helps him find his game, and much more.  I will share clips from this extraordinary film at the next workshop in Ga.  Needless to say it is a powerful film of redemption!   For some time I have been traveling with a half dozen film clips on my iPad.  When on the plane, or waiting in a airport terminal I put on my headphones and watch these clips over and over.  They serve as a constant reminder to me of what I believe in (my convictions), what I live for (my purpose), and how I am to conduct myself, (my behavior).  They are my food for spiritual thought.  We must all constantly remind ourselves that while we are in this world,  we are not of this world, Jesus has set us apart, as His.  While we are to witness to the world with our words and our actions, and the sharing of His love, we are to always know we are only visitors here, our place is with Him for eternity.  Our mission is to encourage others to join us there…..

 

So fill your tummy today, with good food, and your heart and soul, with the food of the spirit, the Word of God.  May His greatest blessings be with you and yours today, tomorrow, and forever…….

 

the pilgrim

 

*Photo Note;  All images point and shoot cameras.

 

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As a photographer my visual life as most often been driven by color.  I shot Black & White for many years, an still enjoy that medium, but color is my first love.  Roaming around looking for color is one of my favorite past times.  Thankfully color is everywhere!  I’ve always loved the photographers whose work screams with color; Jay Maisel, Bryan Peterson, and Jim Begley shoot in your face, killer color.  Freeman Patterson, Christopher Burkett, and Tony Sweet shoot in wonderful shades of subdued but rich hues.  I loved the almost monochromatic, but yet pleasing colors of Ireland in Scott Diussa’s travel class.  All kinds of color, in all kinds of form are fun to shoot.  I admit to having stolen every good idea I’ve ever seen.  When I see a vivid color subject, I’m reminded of how much God loves us, how many incredible colors he placed in our world.

 

People that have had after life experiences and have been brought back often tell of seeing colors they have never seen before on the other side.  Wow, sure hope we can carry a camera there!  From the rusted cars in Old Car City, to the brilliant hues of the Caribbean, I love color, thank you Lord!

 

the pilgrim

 

 

* All images with a point and shoot camera, I’m traveling with several including the Coolpix P7100 and Coolpix AW100.  Dedicated to Sam Garcia who can get the best images I’ve ever seen from a pocket camera!

 

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Before I start, the images in this post have nothing whatsoever to do with the subject, usually that’s not the case, but I’m here and all of you are there, so just  enjoy the Caribbean scenes, and believe my words.

 

After my relationship with my God, and the wonderful family He has given me, the next most treasured thing in my life is the wonderful friends He has allowed me to enjoy!  There are people that have inspired me, we touched on that yesterday, those that have been great companions, those that have taught me spiritually, prayed for me, stood by my side.  Those that have lead me into truth.  Those that have provided great times and fellowship.  They have been co-workers, fellow photographers, and co conspirators!  The key is they have been right by my side.

 

I can’t tell you how excited I am about being with the friends that will gather in early March for the next His Light Workshop in White, Georgia!

 

When Jesus sent out the disciples, He sent them in pairs.  He knew they would need each other, and we need each other too.  We need others to stand up for us, and stand behind us, to have our backs, and pray for what is best for us.  We need people to defend us, and cheer us on, and we need to be that person for someone else doing all the same for them!  It is a great gift when God allows you to be someone’s friend, it’s also a big responsibility.   Such a big responsibility that Jesus said, “No man hath greater love than to lay down his life for his brother.”  Real friendship means you will be there, no matter what, for your friend.

 

1 Corinthians 13

Love Is the Greatest

 

 1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

 

 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

 

 8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

 

 11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

 

 13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 

 

Having a friend to love is an honor, and I’m so honored to have you………..

 

the pilgrim

 

 

Oh yes, and I’m thankful for getting to rest in such a beautiful place too!

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The single greatest gift I’ve ever gotten as a photographer is the inspiration to want to learn more!  From John Shaw and the late John Netherton who set the bar so very high, to Scott Kelby, and Jim Begley who showed me just how much more there is to learn, each of these people and many many more have shown me just how much vision can be stretched!  Tony Sweet showed me how to see with “better” more artistic eyes. Chuck Summers taught me how working very hard and never stopping or giving up, can make your work infinitely better!  Freeman Patterson and Bryan Peterson taught me how to see the same things everyone else sees, and ignores, and find an image in them.  My students have taught me that no matter how much you think you know, you’re, at best, only getting started!  Sam Garcia and Jay Maisel have mentored me in learning how to see the extraordinary in the ordinary!  Scott Diussa showed me how to travel with eyes wide open, Fred Sisson taught me to be curious!  Jim Sugar and Joe McNally  showed me that even a single flash can breath magic into an image.  Jim Haverstock and Raymond Jabola showed me how having a gentle spirit transaltes to gentle, and profound images.  Arthur Rothstien taught me that one camera and two lenses is more than enough!  Ansel Adams taught me that it’s o.k. to manipulate a print!!!  The folks at Nik and Topaz software taught me that no file is ever finished until you imagine the possibilities!  The list could, and should,  go on, but you get the point.  Learning is addictive and necessary if you want to get better every day!

 

I thank God for those friends that have shown me how to see the world differently, and feel more deeply for my subjects. I thank God for waking up every morning wanting to hold a camera in my hand.  I thank God that everywhere I walk I see countless things that can be a photograph.  So this mornings exercise is to walk around the building I’m staying in in St. Thomas and shoot whatever I see that interests me, “photographically”.  I will push the publish button when I have a few keepers!

 

Today’s Prayer:  Father thank you for all those mentors, countless in number, that you have allowed me to meet, and learn from their vast experience and kind tolerance of my great visual hunger.  Thank you for giving me that hunger, to want to learn more, experience all you have allowed me to live out in these 66 years!  Thank you Father for opening my eyes!

 

the pilgrim