Day 101 – 9mm Daisy

Perhaps not the daisy you had in mind? Really not the flower daisy, although I assembled them into a daisy like shape, not the BB Gun daisy, quite a bit more powerful, to say the least… I like the way the 9mm bullets shine with the copper and brass.

Day 100 – Standing Guard

It was such a beautiful day today. Vicki, Amanda, and I decided to take a walk in Heritage Park. Heritage Park is the home of the Frankenmuth Woodcarvers Guild, where this carved soldier is standing guard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Day 98 Mulch Day

Today was just about the best day you could ask for, as far as spring days go. The weather was terrific, high 60s and sunny. It was warm enough to work in shirt sleeves, yet not so warm to tire you out. Vicki convinced me it was a good day to spread mulch. I drove my F150 to the green house and filled it up with 2 yards of mulch. That was the easy part; the hard part was spreading the mulch, and I did work up a sweat doing that. I did take frequent breaks to watch the Tigers on tv, as they took on the Boston Red Sox. The Tigers won and it wasn’t even close, with Tiger players hitting 5 home runs. We can use a few more days like this one.

Tomorrow we celebrate Easter. Enjoy your Easter Sunday, God’s blessings to all.

Day 97 – Good Friday

You may ask yourself, as I have asked myself many times, “why do we refer to this day as Good Friday, when it was the day Jesus was crucified?” We read in Mark 15:37-39,

And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way het breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Sont of God!”

This has always been a sad day for me as I think of all of the suffering Jesus endured on that cross. The agony he experienced, not only from the beating, the humiliation, and the nails, but the excruciating pain and burden he suffered by bearing all of the sins of all people for all time. These sins, our sins, caused Jesus to be separated from God, this no doubt was the most painful part of His ordeal. So, what is the good part you may be asking… The good part is that Jesus finished His mission. He did take all of our sins to the cross, suffered and died, so that all of our sins have been taken away. By His wounds we are healed. That is what makes Good Friday, good. The other good news is that the story doesn’t end here. Jesus defeated sin, death, and the devil when He died and was buried, then on the third day, He rose again and lives. Through our faith in Jesus, we have forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Thank you Jesus for loving me in spite of my sinful ways. Amen

Day 96 – Moscato

Today’s photo, Moscato wine bottle. We really enjoy this Moscato wine by Barefoot. We are by no means wine connoisseurs, but we do enjoy this wine. For this photo, I used 1 light source, a floor lamp. Then I processed in Photoshop CS6, I downloaded the trial last week. I used the embossing filter and added a gradient layer. I like the resulting picture. It has an Old World look to it, with the heavy lines and the grain of the table, looks a little like an old pub setting.

Day 95 Red Winged Blackbird

I saw this Red Winged Blackbird perched on the top of the Spruce tree. I approached slowly, hoping to get close enough to get a good shot. I released the shutter just as the bird started calling, and caught him with his beak open. You can see the way his body flexes as he puts his all into the call. I shot this with my 18 – 200mm lens and then cropped it close.

Day 94 Candle Light

This is another submission for the weekly photo assignment from the website, The assignment was “Menu”, I chose the following 3 themes; Green, Sense of Depth, and one light (artificial), the candle itself. The website has a lot of great information on digital photography. There are tips for beginners and advanced photographers. There are forums where you can find answers to any question you may have on photography. It is also a great site to view some terrific photos from other photographers. Be sure to check it out.

Day 92 Remember When…

Sometimes we forget about our favorite activities from our childhood days until something jogs the memory. This was the case today as I was out shooting with the Nikon. I love trees, in case you haven’t noticed yet. I really like the way the rugged, sturdy trunk branches out to smaller and smaller branches, then twigs, and eventually, once Spring kicks in, leaves. It’s while the trees stand bare, that we can really appreciate the framework. In this shot, I leaned in close to the trunk, pointed my camera upward and released the shutter. I really like the look of the branches as they fan out from the trunk of the tree. Without the leaves, we are able to see the blue sky peeking through all of those branches and twigs. I processed this photo in Adobe CS5 and added a layer with the find lines filter, to give the tree a little more of a fine art feel. As I was processing the photo it jogged my memory back to my childhood. This is the view I would have when sizing up a tree for climbing. I took it as a personal challenge to climb the “hard to climb” trees. It gave me a great sense of accomplishment to climb a “hard to climb” and then perch atop a sturdy branch and just look and take in the surrounding area from high above the ground. Funny thinking back to my tree climbing days… it doesn’t appeal to me in the least now. I would much rather stay planted firm on the ground, lean into the sturdy trunk with my camera in hand, peer through the view finder and capture a nice photo; and then remember back to those, “good old days”.