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.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

End of October 2009

Just couldn't resist... October is almost over and I just had to get out and have one more shoot before Halloween. This time I was going to head back to the Sonora/Twain Harte area.... after passing Knights Ferry on Hwy 120, and just before reaching Jamestown (California), I guess I got a little distracted.... There it was, the turnoff for Chinese Camp and the Hwy 120/49 southern route. Next thing I knew, there I was having a hot cup of coffee in Bucks Meadow. By that point I figured "Why not? I'm almost there!".... So off I went, further south and on to ... yes, you guessed it... YOSEMITE.

Considering I was just out for a drive looking for more Fall color, and after checking the Yosemite web site (don't ever trust a web site that tells you there is not color: "The trees are all evergreens.") I had decided not to go to Yosemite, however something was just pulling me to the Valley floor. Am I ever glad I let the moment drag me along. Here are some of the views that greeted me on this very lazy Thursday. Next time you have that voice in the back of your mind say... (well, at least when it comes to photography) "Oh, what the heck, just go!" Well, "JUST GO"....

(I'll be adding more images over the next few days)...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More images from Plumas County area....

I'm beginning to wonder if God is giving me a sneak peek at what Heaven will look like. Every season I am discovering new and magnificant views, and with each changing season I'm seeing this beautiful Earth in greater detail. Photography (even though I have been shooting images for over fourty years) really does cause (force) me to look at my souroundings in a different light.

Here are some more images I captured this past month in the Quincy/Plumas County area.

I say this with each passing season, however true, there is so much to shoot and so little time to catch it at its peak. The days I was able to visit must have been the most perfect for this season. The week before here in Northern California we had heavy rains and high winds. The winds this week (today) are again high (with gusts up to 40-45 miles per hour). The days I was in Plumas County were perfect. The air was calm, the skies clear and bright, and the color.... WOW! Such color!...

(An old barn on Bucks Lake Road outside of Quincy, CA.)

Meadow near the Middle Fork of the Feather River near Gaeagle, Califonia (end of October 2009)

Monday, October 26, 2009

A quick catch-up after a long busy Summer 09

(View near Clio, California off Hwy 89 in Plumas County)......
WOW! Is it the end of October already? Where did the time go! Well, for me it's been a very busy summer and early fall 2009. Beside having taken more trips to the ocean and the Sierra Mountains, I've been trying to get my " " photo web site up and running and adding some of my most recent images into that sight.

(Yes the rock jump with color near the Sardine Lake Road - Sardine Lake, California)

This past week I spent a few days in the Quincy, California (Tahoe National Forest) area. Yes, it's that time of the year again.... FALL COLOR! The Quincy/Plumas County area of the Sierra Mountains is one of the most colorful and spectacular viewing areas in Northern California. Over the next couple of weeks I hope to be adding dozens of photographs to both this site and the "images" site.
(You don't have to go far off the beaten path to capture some of natural beauty of Northern California - this photo was taken just to the east of Lower Sarine Lake... The utility company was nice enough to clear a path through the forest for low growing and very colorful plants to thrive and display their color.)
(After returning from the Quincy area I still had the bug for fall color so I took a quick treck up to Twain Heart, California (just east of Sonora)... Several miles up a gravel road (Middle Camp Raod - Longway Rd. just past Phoenix Lake Rd. to be exact).... I took this photo. Being that I'm never totally satisfied with just taking an image (like this one)
I often times will convert the photo image to an oil paint image. On canvas these photo conversions look as if I had spent hours painting the canvas from the photograph. You can see every curve and brush stroke.
In case you hadn't seen my other photo site, hopefully these photos will inspire you to take a look. It's time to get back to taking pictures. I hope you drop in from time to time as I add more photos for you to enjoy. If you get the chance to get up into the hills, this is the best time of year for capturing the splendor of Mother Nature.