Renewal

God, you are my God.
I celebrate you. I praise you.
You’ve done your share of miracle-wonders,
well-thought-out plans, solid and sure.
~ Isaiah 25:1
The privilege of worship each Sunday resets, refocuses, and reminds me of Isaiah’s declaration.  Each busy week is a blurred continuum of countless blessings and anxieties … the former because of God’s unending love, and the latter due to our flawed nature and culture’s misguided priorities.  Re-centering on Him each Sunday breathes new beginnings, new hope, and grateful celebration.
12Stone Worship

12Stone Worship

12Stone Worship

12Stone Worship

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Town Square – Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Round Pegs in Square Hole - Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Round Pegs in Square Holes – Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

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Art in Progress

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”  ~Scott Adams

This small vignette immediately caught my eye for so many reasons:  1) I love rustic spaces with a connection to the past.  2) Soft, natural, sunlit backlighting from the old window panes provides warmth and dimension.  3) Artists invest enormous amounts of time in their craft, and this scene epitomizes and illustrates this.  4) And last but not least, the “orderly chaos” intrigues my curiosity … so many things draw attention to my eye, including wondering what gems lie within the layers and stacks that are only partially visible.

The Factory - Franklin, TN

The Factory – Franklin, TN

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Another from the sunflower farm ….

Guardians

Guardians

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A Burst of Sunshine

There’s always one in the crowd who attracts more attention.  :-)

Photographed at a sunflower farm in rural Dawsonville, GA.   Photos do not do these beauties justice!

Thanks, CarlG, for a great trip to the sunflower patch!

Burst of Sunshine

Burst of Sunshine

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Krog Street Tunnel – ATL

Lots to explore here … the art changes daily!

Krog Street Tunnel #1

Krog Street Tunnel #1

Krog Street Tunnel #2

Krog Street Tunnel #2

Krog Street Tunnel #3

Krog Street Tunnel #3

Krog Street Tunnel #4

Krog Street Tunnel #4

Mountain Breeze

Some love the beach, but I’ll take a cool mountain breeze any day if given a choice between the two.  The Smokies and Blue Ridge Mountains are smothered with ferns in the summer.  Mild breezes sometime make it difficult to photograph them under the dark forest canopy.  Relatively high shutter speeds are needed to avoid leaf movement, but this is not very feasible on an overcast day with relatively low light hitting the forest floor .

So what to do?  Capture the breeze!

Breezy Ferns, Blue Ridge Mountains

Breezy Ferns, Blue Ridge Mountains

Fog Ahead

Captured at Rough Ridge, a popular trail that leads to lovely sunset points of view near mile marker 305 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Hovering fog killed my sunrise plans for a nearby location, but I remembered crossing this bridge on a prior afternoon’s hike with Kathy.  Fog has it’s place; up ahead on this valley trail at first light.  :-)

Foot Bridge on Rough Ridge Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway

Foot Bridge on Rough Ridge Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway

Hope

As old as this rock outcrop must be, imagine the number of “fresh starts” it has seen.  Each day can represent a fresh start if we allow the sun to peek over the hill and shine on our face; a new beginning with no judgement about yesterday or worries for tomorrow.

God places the new day there for us to behold and find joy by just being present.

Sunrise Glow at Beacon Ridge, Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain

Sunrise Glow at Beacon Ridge, Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain

Epic Craggy

This was photographed at Craggy Pinnacle on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It was an epic sunset in every sense of the work … phenomenal skies, and directly behind me all the way to the 9 o’clock position was a bank of fog that God politely held back to allow this view.

His artistry never disappoints!

Sunset at Craggy Pinnacle, Blue Ridge Mountains

Sunset at Craggy Pinnacle, Blue Ridge Mountains

Geometry

Art Academy, San Francisco

Art Academy, San Francisco

Commons near Market Street and Embarcadero, San Francisco

Commons near Market Street and Embarcadero, San Francisco

Let Freedom Ring!

Happy Independence Day!

Old Glory at Peachtree Center

Old Glory at Peachtree Center

Lumpkin County Courthouse - Monroe, GA

Walton County Courthouse – Monroe, GA

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