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Senior Recital

My daughter, Amanda performed her Senior Recital last Sunday. It must have been more than coincidence that her performance was on Palm Sunday, the day we celebrate and remember Jesus’ Triumphant arrival in Jerusalem. This performance of Amanda’s was her Triumphal Swan song for her college career at Saginaw Valley State University. I know I am a biased dad, but Liszt, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff never sounded so beautiful. Amanda looked beautiful and poured her soul into each piece she played, it was amazing. Truly one of my proudest moments as a dad. Well done Amanda! Now on to the next chapter…
This picture was taken while she was warming up.


Day 283 – Colorful Dawn

The morning sun rise was beautiful. I framed the Zebra Grass in the foreground, silhouetted against the beautiful sky.

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Day 277 – Amanda’s Up Do




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Day 232 – Child of the Corn

The University of Michigan’s colors are Maize and Blue, Maize is also another name for corn. Caitlyn wearing her Michigan sweatshirt looks right at home surrounded by the giant corn stalks.

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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.

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Day 78 Morning Has Broken

This morning was beautiful. As I looked out the window, I could see the crescent moon shining as the dawn was breaking with a beautiful blend of colors. There was a layer of ground fog which added a soft filter to everything low. I like the colors behind the silhouette of the willow trees with their lacey branches. A beautiful sight indeed as we left the house on way to church. Thank you Lord for the beauty of your creation.

Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For he commanded and they were created. Psalm 148:3-5 ESV

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Day 30 Strings

The piano.  I’ve photographed the keys; love that contrast the black and white keys provide.  Life for us all would be much easier if it were like the keys on a piano, black or white.  Right or wrong, no gray areas.  I also had some shots of the brass foot pedals contrasted against our wood floor, with the grain of the wood reflected on the shiny black lacquer of the piano, the pedals looked as if they were floating.  Today, I “popped the hood” and looked inside.  Now you can understand why the piano is a stringed instrument.  I love the different textures the strings and the pegs provide.  I placed my flash right inside, off camera.  I like the effect the side lighting provides.  The strings look great, but they sound much better, especially when they are being played by an accomplished musician; no, not me, I’ll stay behind the camera and leave the keys to one who knows how tickle them and make beautiful music.


Day 5 Rearview Sunset

Driving home from Grand Rapids, I found it difficult to keep my eyes on the road in front of me. I kept looking in my rear-view mirror at the beautiful sunset. God’s glory displayed in awesome colors. I couldn’t resist taking out my iPhone 4S and taking a photo.