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2 years, 11 months ago 8

 

Thank you for your prayers, they are being answered!!!   Jim and I have had a wonderful time with our group of friends in the Smokies.  We went out this morning for our second shooting session, last nights attempted sunset was not spectacular but the fellowship sure was!  This morning a trip into Cades Cove produced a bumper crop of great close-ups!  Hope you enjoy them and again, thank you for your prayers!

 

 

O.K. the pencils weren’t in Cades Cove they were Cathy Smith’s, an she let us have fun with them!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

Photo Info:  Top Shot Black and White of Jim – Fuji X100s

 

Next two close-ups in Cades Cove – Nikon D800 with 200mm Micro Nikkor

 

Last Image of colored pencils  -  Fuji X-E1 with Fujinon 60mm Micro

2 years, 11 months ago 6

 

I got down to the Smokies today to get things set for our Faithful Friends arriving tomorrow. Driving over from Maryville, I saw a great used car place specializing in collectables and couldn’t resist photographing a terrific painted wall!  Then later in the day i drove back over to Alcoa, Maryville’s sister city and ate at one of my favoprite burger joints in the region, Hot Rod’s 50s Diner!  They have some of the best 50′s neon around and I love the piece of Marylyn Monroe in the famous movie scene from Some Like It Hot!

 

 

I’ve really enjoyed getting things ready to hav ea great time with these friends!  Conditions are great in the Smokies, the streams have good water, and the weather promises to give us a real variety of light!  Thanks for your prayers, but don’t stop now!

 

 

Blessings,

 

 

the pilgrim

 

 

2 years, 11 months ago 10

 

We are all on a journey.  It begins at birth and, depending on your choices, continues somewhere else!  Life on earth though is finite.  Because we know the clock is ticking from the moment we are born, we value our time here.  We all have some choices to make, the first one is how will we spend our time while here, I’ll get to that in a minute, the second choice determines where we will spend eternity.

 

Let’s take the second, first.  This one is really simple, do you believe there is a God?  Do you believe Jesus was his Son?  Do you realize He came here and taught us how to live, suffered for us, accepted the penalty for our sin, and died for us?  Do you believe He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He waits for us with His Heavenly Father, and some day, He will return? If you do and you will give your heart and life to Him, it’s settled, you will spend eternity with Him!  I hope you know that, and have chosen that eternal path.  I know how much He loves you, how much He sacrificed for you, and I know if you haven’t talked to Him, He is waiting to hear from you!

 

The first is often trickier!  If you are going to have a “great” life, it requires a plan!  May I be so bold as to help with that?!  This would be my suggestion;

 

1.  Decide to live a life that has purpose.  Know that his life is not about you.  Know that your life can be one of service to others, it can be a beacon to those that are lost and are seeking a way out of the darkness, or it can be a pathway to even more and deeper darkness.  The first step is to take care of part two, first!  Only after you belong to Him, and are empowered by His Holy Spirit can you be equipped to give others what they really need!  None of us have what it takes to stand in the gap for those that are lost and sinking fast, only He can do that, but He can use us if we are filled with His spirit, and committed to Him!

 

2.  Seek those things that have real worth.  I love cameras and lenses, photography, good food, and pleasant experiences, but I know they are all temporal.  Family, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ are the only treasures we should be seeking while here on earth.  When I die my cameras and lenses, my clothes, and other possessions will be sitting there still, just something to have to be distributed.  Anything of value that I’ve left with a friend, a family member, any wonderful memory others share of my life with them, anyone who sought Him because of my obedience, those are the only things that will matter.

 

3.  Determine your priorities and write them down.  List everything you care about, and then rearrange the list with the most important at the top and least important at the bottom. Study the list, and then answer one question,  ”If someone observed how I spend my time and what I spend the most time contemplating, would it match what I say are my priorities?”  You will know what to do after you answer that question!

 

4.  Take time everyday to count your blessings.  I end every blog entry with the greeting “Blessings”.  I started using it after I got to know Ricky Skaggs very well.   He ended all his corresondance the same way, and I saw in his life that he truly knew what his blessings were and was thankful to God for them.  I want you to know how much you’ve been blessed, and how thankful you should be.  Seeing just how much He loves you and how much He has done for you is one of life’s greatest gifts, and a lot to be thankful for!

 

The image that opened this entry is from the Antique Archeology store in Nashville.  It reminded me of my youth when my father was a manager at a Coca Cola bottling plant in Harlan, Kentucky. I remember well the art of the 50′s and the Coca Cola mystique.  Even more I remember my father, and how much I loved him, how much he meant to me.  I remember knowing how much he loved my brother Homer and I, and our mother.  I remember how he was always living for all of us, meeting our every need, always putting us first.  When he died my brother and I, at mom’s request, went through his meager possessions, deciding what we wanted to have.  It was not a treasure trove, but his life was.  He left two boys that became men, and have spent a lifetime trying to live up to the standard he set, and the one our Heavenly Father has set.  My father knew how to spend a life, he left a great inheritance.  I ask myself very often, “what will I leave?”  I pray that through God’s providence and my committment it will be worthy of carrying my father’s name.

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

P.S.  I’m headed to the Smokies in the morning for a great gathering of wonderful friends, to fellowship, laugh, worship, and take images.  I pray that it will be as much of a blessing for them as they have been for Jim and I!  Please pray for their traveling protection, and for a meaningful time in the Smokies for all of us!  I will share through out the rest of the week!  Tune in and see how God was faithful in answering your prayers!

 

2 years, 11 months ago 6

Thought I would start your week off with a little color!  Sherelene and I took the grandchildren, (Elijhah and Abigail), out on Friday to pickup some toys for the Christmas toy drive at church.  Anytime I go in a crafts store, I am immediately attracted to anything that looks like it would make a great close-up shot and these Laces were just the ticket.

 

The formula;  I laid the laces down on a pice of dark grey construction paper, and lit them with a LED panel light from the 45 degree angle to the left, to cast shadow and show texture.  I used the Fuji X-E1 with the incredible 60mm Micro lens to make the shot.  Tripod mounted=, of course.  F11 @ 1/2 second at ISO 800.  It is important to get the camera back parallel to the subject to get maximum sharpness corner to corner, on flat subjects.

 

Next time you go to Target or Walmart walk through the craft section and see what delights you may find!!

 

Be Blessed,

 

the pilgrim