Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sign Above

It was a super hot day walking the streets in Santiago Spain with my daughter. We decided to visit the Cathedral. What a wonderful spiritual experience that is breathtaking! I was the typical tourist with my camera stopping to snap photos every now & then. We crossed the street and all of a sudden a sign appeared before us.
I looked at my daughter & she looked at me. We were both speechless. She knew the story my Mother always told when I was born. If I were born a boy I would have been named Michelena. I instantly took a photo of the street sign before us. We knew right away my Mothers presence was with us. It truly was a sign from above.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Act of Commitment

Spring has arrived and we jump in, arms wide open and anxious to begin the To Do list. There's a whole bunch of stuff we're committed to! Some yard work, planting, gardening, celebrations, weddings, graduations and more. You may even end up finding excuses because there's only so much one can handle. 
The same goes for relationships, there's that word again...Commitment! There is no partial or only 50%, it has to be a minimum of 100% when it comes to your partner in life.  But then how do you know for certain just how committed is the other person? How well do you really know your partner?  My only advice there is trust. But these days, you might want to do your homework first before committing to a serious relationship and marriage.  It is a known fact that 55% of your friends can be fake. Take the time to ask the appropriate questions to be certain you are both on the right path. The last thing you want to find out is that your married partner is not the person you think they are. One cannot just say they are committed, it is an act that speaks louder. We live in the times with so much technology and social media at the touch of a click.  And sometimes you have to stop and be still,  put away those devices then ask yourself does it interfere with those commitments?  As like our walk with Jesus, we committ our lives to Him and try to live our lives accordingly the best we can.  Always learning. Without judgement, unconditionally with love just as He did when he died on that cross for us. I hope this Easter you will take time to reflect your journey and ask yourself, am I really committed? Are you walking the life you really want? Are you committed to your list of things & places to do and go? Are you committed to your partner in life? Are you committed to the Lord? What does commitment mean to you? Have a Blessed Easter.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Take flight into the New Year

When December 31 comes around most people will be out celebrating, singing "Auld Lang Syne" bidding farewell to the old year by the stroke of midnight. The title of the tune translates to "times gone by" and is about remembering friends from the past and not letting them be forgotten. What does this song mean? Should old acquaintence be forgot? Or does it mean that if we happened to forget them, we should remember them? Some have lost loved ones, family & friends, and we carry them forever in our hearts.
It's also a time where we reflect on the year gone by, what did we accomplish? Did I treat everyone like I would want to be treated? Did I make resolutions or make my goals and wishes come true? And what will I do better for the coming year? Better myself or by help others?
We all know there will be changes in the coming year, nothing stays the same. We evolve forward, out with the old, in with the new motto. Maybe a new house, new job, new exercise program or new relationship. Or maybe just a new perspective on life in general without the material things.
For me I don't ever forget where I came from, the people I have come in contact with or that have crossed my path. Nothing happens by chance or by accident. I am grateful for all of you and the lessons life has taught me. But know for certain, next year will bring about a more improved version of you. For whatever reasons, as you surround yourself with friends old and new tonight, sing on!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Greatest Gifts are never seen...

Gifts come in all sizes and shapes. It can be extravagant or a lovely gesture. Some of the greatest gifts are never seen and felt by the heart. November is a wonderful time of year to be Thankful for the gifts in our lives. It may be your children and family, or your job, food and a roof over your head. Or maybe you're thankful for the gift of life itself. Sometimes gifts are left for loved ones and neighbors yet to be surprised and found just at the right moment. Have you ever just left a gift or treasure for someone to find to make them smile and feel special? Sometimes we pick four leaf clovers, flowers and sea shells to bring home to give to others. Or maybe you go shopping and find just the right item that reminds you of that special someone. What about the gift of love? Or just doing something nice for one another as a token or gift of appreciation. In these materialistic days, it can be hard for some people to appreciate a precious gift that cannot be valued in monetary terms. However, when you reflect on the sacrifice that God made, the redemption, salvation and hope that He gave us, it should be a source of inspiration and wonder. There is no way in which we, as humans could justly repay The Lord for his un fathomable love. Yet, we Can open our lives to Him so that through the love of  God and the grace of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit will enable us to do His work and to spread His love amongst all we come into contact with. Give Thanks this Thanksgiving but also be loving and Giving to others.
May the grace of The Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  2 Corinthians 13:14

Saturday, September 24, 2016

...No Hate Here...

The greatest of all things is LOVE....why can't we all just get along? I can't even begin to write down my feelings of the divided world we now live in. God created us all equal, white, black, red, you were born a child of God. You were born with love, created in love and desire love to survive as an infant. We are born with innocence. You grow up to love your family, your friends. You go to school with all walks of life. How is it that when some become an adult that changes? Have some folks forgotten how to love? Lost that lovin' feeling? I passed a playground in town yesterday evening and notice a group of teenagers all hanging out together. Actually, this their Friday night out. I stopped to introduce myself and ask their permission if I could take their photo. At first they caught my eye as how many of you can all fit on the monkey bars at once. Then it occurred to me they were all walks of life, all colors, all just innocent friends. There's No Hate Here. I ask you now, is there someone you need to reach out to and love? How will you act towards the next stranger on the street? Will you lend out your hand and help another no matter their color or race? Will you shake someone's hand and introduce yourself? Share the love God has given you from the very beginning...Peace.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Now you see it, Now you don't; Photographing Hummingbirds & small, quick subjects

Photographing flowers or things that do not move is easily accomplished with the correct lighting, angle, and etc.  But it can be difficult sometimes to capture a great photo of a hummingbird or other small and quick subjects. By the time you get the right angle, lighting or distance, your bird or subject can be long gone from the view finder. You can try setting up your camera on a tripod, get dialed in, and focused, while waiting for your subject to return. Chances are, some subjects like a butterfly or hummingbird will return to the same spot or close to it. By the time it returns you are more ready than trying to begin all over again with your settings. Of course, you will need one more thing, a lot of patience as you could end up waiting a while for your subject's return. Keep at it and don't give up for that wonderful photo you've always wanted!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Connecting the Dots...

Out journey is like one big map, connecting the dots as we go. Like a ship at sea, following a compass and riding the waves. We are all connected in this Universe in some way or fashion. Every moment there is someone thinking of somebody. I am fortunate to have a job where I travel and be a photographer. Together the two can be quite adventurous. I also have a spiritual side to me that sometimes kicks in full tilt when I least expect it. When I get the opportunity to walk on the beach, it is a cleansing time for me, an opportunity to be renewed and have no worries in our world. I usually find treasures, sea shells and nature to photograph. There's always a story that comes rolling in with the tides... this day was much more. I could not have made up a better story, like I was a character in a romance movie, caught in the middle of someone's journey, or was I? I was walking at low tide, waves softly crashing in, and unraveling the sand, shells and treasures. I found half a sand dollar. It is rare to find a large piece never mind a whole sand dollar. My expectations were not big. It was white and had been bleached by the sea for some time. I was in a hurry to get back as it was getting late in the afternoon. But my eye caught yet another object. This time a sand dollar that had not been bleached. This one was still green about three quarters in size and the middle had been pecked out by some feeding bird. I thought wow, two large sand dollar pieces in one day. I'd been to this beach before and most shells are broken with the waves crashing on the beach. But every once in a while I find treasures to photograph. I started taking photographs in the warm waters rolling in. I decided I should slow down my walk and be more open minded just a little longer. A few seconds later some thing white caught my attention. It was only partially exposed through the sand. I quickly took a photo before the next wave came and washed it away. Each wave removed more and more sand till I could completely see what was before me. It was a full sand dollar!  But this one was different. Someone was sending a message. This was almost like finding a message in a bottle. There was a ton of people on the beach that late afternoon. Why me? I felt like I was in another time and place. Maybe some day the dots will connect and the person who sent the sand dollar into the sea will be revealed. Or who it was mean't for... maybe it should be published to find the originator?
Only the sea knows ~~~