This is an alternate to 52Frames’ “Single Focal Point” theme.
This is an alternate to 52Frames’ “Single Focal Point” theme.
Strengthen me through Your Spirit and dwell in my heart. Load me with Your Love and fill me with Your goodness. Persuade me of Your Power.
In Jesus name,
I am trying to remember Him first thing every morning and include Him in my everything. So, I’m praying using Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians1 as an outline. It doesn’t matter if I’m depressed or not. I am determined to pray every morning whether or not I feel like it. It’s a deliberate choice, not a feeling. And, I’m praying the same for other believers.
I’m praying this not only sticks with me but also grows. It takes a good amount of time to have a habit rooted in and part of you2. I want this to be more than just a habit. I want this to be a lifestyle. That’s my hope and determination.
1) For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
I am currently working on a project for outdoors using a porch post. It’s going to be a colorful post for the birds to roost on as the tree we had died. 52Frames had a theme of “Single Focal Point” and I thought it might be interesting to focus on the paintbrush leaving all others blurry. This is okay; but, nothing compared to the insect images I obtained.
Lately, I’ve taken to worship God anywhere. My church is wherever I happen to be that includes the great outdoors. Just last night at dusk, I was outside just gazing at the heavy clouds on the cloud laden horizon and thanking God for another blessed day while praying for the morrow. I’m practicing in being still.1
I once longed to be part of a community of believers; but, after eight long years, my mindset has changed. I feel such a community does not exist2. I’ve gone inward and outward taking my place of worship wherever I am. I will follow God’s leading concerning the physical church. I’m honestly in no hurry as I’ve found a wonderful biblical preacher quite some time ago. I watch the sermons in closed captioning3 on most Sundays mornings. Sometimes, I will watch an older sermon in the middle of the week.
I think God brought me to this situation of being without a physical church as I can cope on my own in these pandemic times. I rely upon the Holy Spirit consciously listening to Him. I’m asking for His constant teaching, heeding His admonitions, and awaiting His leading in all things.
I understand these times are a tougher situation for those who are extroverts. They often need to be physically amongst a body of believers worshipping with others. It cannot be easy for them. I’m not saying it’s easier for introverts as they too need to feel a part of a community. I am one and often long for the sense of community.
The danger is of becoming lost in the sense of self-reliance. My father used to say “God helps those who help themselves”. I’ve come to believe this is wrong. My strength is often not enough. I do not need to be alone in any pursuit. He helps us no matter what. I don’t have to be perfect and attempting things on my own.
This doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t take initiative or jump into a project wholeheartedly. It just means I should be holding God’s hand at all times all the while listening and seeking out his guidance.
He accepts me as I am all the while guiding and leading me the way I should go.
Here is what I wrote:
I decided to try my hand with the back button feature. I also challenged myself to use the widest aperture possible. (Never again: I want all of the subject in focus) I chose to return to my first love: macros & insects. FYI: Bees & wasps do not scare me. It felt good hunting pollinators to shoot. FYI: I plan on joining Texas Pollinator BioBlitz 2020 held on Oct. 2 – 16.
I’ve had a tough time choosing. I narrowed down to four images – all different, all pollinators including a butterfly, & all shots were imperfect. I still have a long ways to go. The votes seem evenly divided among three of four images. I kept returning to this one image every time I viewed the four. Thus, it’s my submission. No matter what, I’m proud of what I achieved this week with my many decent shots.
I noticed quite some time ago the swallow nest residing above our door is damaged. The right side had a chunk missing and it looked deliberately done by a human (e.g. a postal worker). The thought of this happening angered me. However, it could also have been wear and tear. It is hard for me to imagine this happening due to the way it looked.
The swallows stared building a new nest on the opposite side of the old one while tending to their last brood. Their last baby didn’t make it and the swallows left earlier than usual.
They would land on the porch railing from time to time to rest all the while staying near their nest. This drove Abby Gail batty and caused me to worry as we do have stray cats roaming which often caused great sadness. Thus, we are planning to beef up the trim to give them a better place to land. We also plan to put up a nest made specifically for swallows on the opposite side of where they’re building their new one.
The swallows may be gone for the season; but, I look forward to seeing them next year.
This week’s challenge was a difficult one as we had to combine any three challenges from the year 2020. The Extra Credit would be completing the extra credits associated with the challenges I picked. Well, I couldn’t think of a darn thing to do on Monday and Tuesday. So, on Wednesday I decided to play with an idea I had in mind for light painting.
Here is what I wrote:
I couldn’t think of a single thing to do for this week; so, I went into my “studio” to play with light painting on Wednesday. I crashed Thursday with a headache/migraine. I got to play with the actual images Friday afternoon to create what I had in mind. It’s not even close. This is all I have to submit.
longest shutter speed: 18secs Self-portrait w/studio lights: f/3.2 Rest of images: f/5.6
24: Hands: Make a Statement (subtle 5+2+Frames); 26: Flashlight: Light Painting; 27: Complementary Colors: Self-Portrait (e.g. Red/Green, Blue/Orange); 11: Triangular Composition: Studio Setup (the main self-portrait was shot via studio setup); 1: Self-Portrait; 2: Leading Lines (Implied from Hands through ball to face); 34: Rule of Odds (3 hands & 3 faces within the ball)
To see the full-sized image, go here.
A single image captured on 8/11/2020 while shooting 200+ images for Star Trails. I was shocked to see this upon opening it to view. The bottom meteorite actually spanned two images. But, because it was zipping by too fast, there is a gap in the streak itself between the two images. So, unusable until I learn how to combine two images where there’s a significant gap between the two. Anyway, this is a first for me: capturing a meteorite in an image. Not what I expected to do; but, still. It’s kind of thrilling. Note: I did include this image in the star stacking image I submitted for 52Frames.
Five Minute Friday has no prompt this week. So, it’s free writing for me today. Note: WordPress has changed their editing process. So, it’s a learning curve for me. I’m not used to BIG changes. For example, there used to be a HTML tab and I use that frequently to insert my images (from Smugmug). I had to find the classic mode which helps me intensively as far as including links, centering text, and etc. I also needed to find where my media images on WordPress is. I initially thought they disappeared or were deleted. It’s weird as it only pops up upon having the cursor on actual written text. As for as images, I’ll figure out how to insert them after I finish writing this post.
One of my recent posts was shared on social media. I felt deeply uneasy as I have not sought to self-promote myself or my stuff on the vast internet. There are exceptions to the self-promotion such as Five Minute Fridays‘ link party and the one lone photo writing challenge I love in which I do a pingback to Sue Vincent’s blog for the #writephoto challenge. But, this is the first time I’ve seen where a post of mine was shared outside of these things I do.
When I started up this blog, I resolved to be as honest and true to myself as I can be. I was tired of pretending to be something I was not to the world. I prayed and felt led to do what I’ve been doing, which is to write out my thoughts, share my photography efforts, and start the process of healing. I’ve come a long ways since I started this blog.
My anxiety concerning what others may think of me has lessened a great deal.
My worries about what the world perceives me to be no longer matters.
What matters is that I remain as honest and true to my self… and ultimately, God.
Circling back to my original statement of unease. I remembered I left my writing and photography in God’s hands when I started this blog. If anything should come of my efforts, so let it be. I don’t know where this is all leading me; but, I’m trusting in Him.
I have to confess the thought scares the heck out of me. I’m a true wallflower. I honestly do not like attention. Don’t get me wrong, i like to share my work; but, I don’t like forcing myself on others and this includes any form of self-promotion.
Anyway, I’ve decided if the person liked it well enough to share, there must be a reason. Maybe it will further bless or help others down the line of sharing? I’m leaving everything I do in His hands and following His leading.
An Illustrative History of Hearing Aids
Here is what I wrote:
I’ve desired to get an image of my “first” aids. I tried in the past and failed. I decided to give this a try once again. This time, I feel like I’ve succeeded. Trying to balance my current aid was a pain in the you-know-what.
Aids are common to me. I’ve been putting one on in the mornings before the age of two. The bottom is my first ever (circa 1966). Body aids, at that time, were the only ones powerful enough for the likes of me. I had to wait for the over-the-ear types as they were not powerful enough. I was finally able to get one just before I hit sixth grade (circa 1976). I was over the moon. Both of those are analog. I had to wait even longer for the digital which is the top and my current aid.