Look Up

I took this photo yesterday at 7:20 AM from my deck. I remember the exact time because it made me late for work.  The moon hadn’t set yet and it was completely light out, so you could just barely make it out in the sky.  It was really cloudy, and at first glance I thought it was a cloud.  But as I looked closer, I realized that it was the moon.  I thought it looked really amazing, so I quickly grabbed my camera and managed to get a few quick shots of it before it disappeared behind the clouds.  I’m so glad that I took the time to look up.  Had I not, I would have missed it.

In the words of Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

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Drift Away

This is a video I made from a bunch of different photographs I’ve taken in and around my neighborhood over the past few months.  I feel very fortunate to have so much beauty all around me.  I hope that you enjoy it!

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Happy Independence Day!

This is the moon picture I took from my deck last night.  In honor of Independence Day, I incorporated a red, white & blue design.  Best wishes for a safe and happy 4th of July!  Happy Birthday America!

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Dancing in the Moonlight

Last weekend I got up early on Sunday morning to take pictures of the full moon.  The first few were fairly bright, but then the clouds started to set in.  I thought for sure the clouds had ruined my plans and was feeling a little disappointed.  A short time later, I noticed the sun just starting to come up over the horizon.  As the sun began to rise, it ushered in a  beautiful pink illumination that more than made up for the clouds!  I put together this video with the pictures I took.  I hope that it inspires you to see life’s beauty amidst the clouds.  Peace!

 

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Palmer Lake – Sunrise Fog

I encountered some hauntingly beautiful fog at Palmer Lake last week when I went there to take sunrise photos.  I took a short video to try to capture the moment and share it.  If you watch closely you can see the birds flying around in it.  If you have the volume up, you can most definitely hear them!  The sun had not come up yet, so it’s dark, but you can definitely see the white glow of fog.  It was a stunningly beautiful sight to behold.

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Remembering Gregg Allman

Today another musical legend passes.
RIP Gregg Allman (1947 – 2017)
To honor his memory, I put this video together.
I hope you enjoy it.

“And when your world seems cold,
you got to let your spirit take control.
Let your soul shine,
it’s better than sunshine,
it’s better than moonshine,
damn sure better than rain.”
~Gregg Allman

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Light of a Clear Blue Morning

I was able to get so many good pictures of the sunrise this morning.  So I thought that it would be fun to put them together in a video.  I really had a lot of fun taking the pictures and making the video.  I hope that you find it to be uplifting and inspiring.  Peace!

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Trust the Timing of Your Life

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.  Every person that enters your life, every chance encounter, every experience, every conversation, every little moment – good or bad, is all meant to be.  Each obstacle and every opportunity is all part of a greater purpose, leading you exactly where you need to be.  Whether it is to test us, challenge us, strengthen us or teach us, life only throws us exactly what we can handle, at the exact time we can handle it.  Or more importantly, when we need it.

Trust in the timing of your life, focus on the present and just do the best you can.  Have faith that everything will work out exactly as it is supposed to.  You may not have what you want or be where you want to be right now; but that’s okay.  That’s because you aren’t ready for it yet.  Things will happen and fall into place exactly how they are supposed to, exactly when they are meant to.  Have faith.

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Happy New Year!

You are the author of your life story – Write a bestseller!

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Is There a Santa Claus?
By Francis P. Church, first
published in The New York Sun
on September 21, 1897.

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Dear Editor—

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O’Hanlon
115 West Ninety Fifth Street

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.

We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Scan of the original editorial

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