How I know God guides my photography.....

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies announce what his hands have made. Day after day they tell the story; night after night they tell it again. They have no speech or words; they have no voice to be heard. But their message goes out through all the world; their words go everywhere on earth."
Psalm 19: 1 - 4 (NCV).

Every time I look through the lens of my camera I see God working. Every day He reveals His majesty. Every night He shows me how He creates beauty even in the darkness. Even if I had not known Him before I started taking photos, the moment I looked at His creation up close (or far away) I see His glory and He guides me to see His beauty in all He has created. Photography just allows me to capture an image of what He has created.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Lake Tahoe and Virginia City - opposites attract!

It's funny (as in peculiar) how you can go weeks (and months sometimes) and kind of feel uninspired (photo wise), then go in spurts where you just can not get enough time behind the lens. The family (all the kids and grand-children) just returned from a week at South Lake Tahoe (and day trips around the lake and into Nevada (around Virginia City). The weather was cool at the lake and the skies (especially the sunsets like this one) were beautiful.

(South Shore sunset)

Those all allusive bellowing clouds that are so few and far between here in the Central Valley were in abundance in the Sierra range. Sunsets were spectacular and the views from the mountains around the lake were breathtaking.

(Still snow capped peaks in late June)

I shot until I could shoot no more (actually, I shot until my wife told me we needed to go)... I shot hundreds upon hundreds of photos (these are just a very small sample). Everthing just seemed to shoult: "Over here! Shoot there! Look here!".
I did and these are some of what I saw. I probably have at least a months worth of work to catch up on not that I'm back home and slowing down (it's near 108 degrees here today so this is a good time to just stay indoors and do a little work getting some of my photos ready to post on this blog.

(Beauty even after the fires)

(The water really is Emerald Green).

(At every turn there is a suprise)...

(Shooting in black and white and using different colored filters gives you great effects)

(Virginia City, Nevada) Boot Hill - history all around)

(Old saloons and bars dot main street Virginia City)

((Not to mention all the candies you can haul away in a truck)

Back to the lake and some of the other two legged critters I attracted with my camera.

I hope you enjoy viewing the photos as much as I did taking them. Living in this part of California is really great. Just a couple of hours (if that) to the vast Pacific Ocean; a couple of hours to Yosemite Valley, San Francisco, the gold mining country, the rivers and lakes (just out of town), the wine country, and the coastal range mountains.

There is just so much to see and so much beauty all around. It's difficult sometimes to decide which way to go. I know.... life is rough! I feel very blessed to live where I do and to have the choices I have to be creative.

(Until next time)......

May and June 2009 ~ Very busy months

(Faces in the rock - Natural Bridges State Beach)

(The three sisters)

(Pigeon Point Lighthouse)

Where did the time go? It's been a very busy month and a half since my last posting in early May. I took a few days away from Valley life and went along the Pacific Coast (from just south of Morro Bay up past Monterey and a short stop at the mission at San Luis Rey (that was May 20th through 22nd). I guess I needed to get back to the coast as it was starting to warm up in the Central Valley of California. Just a couple of weeks later I was back again, this second trip started just south of Santa Cruz and meandered up past Half Mood Bay along Hwy. 1. Just a couple of days. Beautiful weather and great views!
(Natural Bridges State Park - Santa Cruz)

(Morrow Bay Rock)

(Natural Bridges)

(Just another stop along Hwy 1 north of Morro Bay)

(Beach head)

(Fox tacks in the sand)

(Elephant Seal Beach)

(Warm glow at a cold sunset)

Is it the East Coast or the West Coast?

Black and White photos can be interesting and bring a different perspective.

(Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk June 2009.... looks like the 1940's)...

(Small boats along the Monterey Bay pier)

(Under the Boardwalk near the cement ship)

Well, rather than just ramble on; here are some of my photos... I hope you enjoy.

Also look at the next post of the Lake Tahoe and Virginia City, Nevada area)....