Monday, May 20, 2013
If you're ever in Bentonville/Bella Vista, Arkansas you can see this for yourself in the spring of the year. It is the entry walkway to the Mildred B. Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, designed by E. Fay Jones. It is worth the visit. While the azaleas are what makes this image a Ruby Tuesday post, who wouldn't want that Dogwood in their home landscape. In full bloom, this specimen is about a close to perfect as one could hope for.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I have to admit, I had to scramble a bit to cover all of the prompts for this week. What might be the easiest photo for some to capture, proved to be the most challenging for me. Here we go.
This proved to be the most challenging to locate. I had to go back into the archives to come up with this solution. These are the hands of the oldest grand daughter (from photo above) at prom last year. The ring belonged to her great grandmother and my mom. She wore it again this year. It is special to her and to us.
Locally there is a home/museum that depicts life in this area during the late 1800's. It is called the Peel Mansion. And while it may not be a mansion by today's standards, it was certainly a showplace in this rural part of the world for many years. The actual mansion is not shown in this image, since the prompt was fence. The structure shown here is the Lynch cabin that is on the grounds. It serves as the gift shop.
As long as you have kids and pets in close proximity, you're going to have a "Cuddly" situation.
I love "Ghost" signs. The more worn and weathered, the better. I found this sign in Okmulgee, Oklahoma last year. Where was it located?
Why, on the side of a dairy truck shell, of course. That's it for this week. Oh, I almost forgot. If you remember my post from last week, it involved a search for a suitable backdrop to photograph our oldest grand daughter for her senior portraits next year. You can scroll down to see the options. I said that I had a preference. Well here it is.
This rustic foot bridge just has too many photo opportunities to pass up. I just hope that next spring is as green as this one has been. I will probably shoot one set of photos in the fall for the foliage colors and another set next spring when everything is green again. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Saturday's highlight was riding the train. It is about an hour and a half trip through the Ozarks. You actually cross into Arkansas.
Saturday evening found us celebrating our anniversary with dinner at White River Fish House on Lake Taneycomo, at Branson Landing.
Sunday morning found us in "Historic Downtown Branson", which is just across the street and tracks from Branson Landing. There is Dick's 5 & 10 store, which is a throwback to the late 50's & early 60's. To say that they have everything is an understatement.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
As I mentioned in my post last week, I am on the hunt for an appropriate background to photograph our oldest grand daughter for her senior pictures. In Arkansas, as in most locations, the two best times of the year for outdoor photos is spring and fall. Last week I found a local ruin, but I will have to get owner's permission to shoot there and I'm not convinced that's going to happen. So, what is "Plan B"
Our grand daughter is very seriously considering a small Christian college to pursue her higher education. Oklahoma Baptist University, Southwest Baptist University, Quachita University, and Harding University are all on her radar. I thought that the Mildred Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas might make a good backdrop for her senior portrait. The building was designed by Fay Jones. Those Gothic arches are steel. The remainder of the structure is wood and glass.
Along the walk to the chapel above there are azaleas and dogwood trees. This backdrop would limit the photo shoot to early spring. In fact, it is already, nearly too late to do this year. But, it is something to keep in mind.
That footbridge that you saw in the first image is nestled in a very shaded area of the walking trail. It would provide great light nearly anytime of day. In other words you don't have to be there at sunrise or sunset to get good photos. Plus, it provides multiple textures to include in the back drop.
A local park would provide a more pastoral scene if I choose. The truth is, ALL of these photos are local. I didn't drive more than two miles from our house to get any one of these images! Yes, I live in a beautiful part of the world. The other great thing about these potential backdrops is that all but one will work in spring or fall! So, which one do I use? I'm open to suggestions, but I do have a preference.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
On Saturday, May 11, my wife and I will celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary. This year the day and date match our actual wedding. We were married on Saturday and Mother's day fell on Sunday in 1974.
The following is a copy/edited post that I wrote on our 35th anniversary. The message still applies.
May 11, 1974
So what's the secret to being married for thirty-five years and looking forward to celebrating number fifty one day? All I can tell you is that our marriage is centered around our faith and that the message from God's Word is critical to the happiness that each of us enjoys.
First of all, God loves us and everything He does for us is for our benefit. He created the institution of marriage to be enjoyed by a man and a woman and to bring each of them happiness. The Bible tells us that God loved us so much that He gave His Son to die on a cross for us so that we might, through faith, have eternal live. Christ tells the husband that he is to love his wife with the same love that Christ loves the church and gave himself for that church (Ephesians 5:25). If I love my wife with that kind of love, then everything I do, I do because I love her and I want her to be happy. I want her to be pleased with this relationship. I want my Lord to be pleased with me as a man who loves his wife and realizes that his wife is a gift from God created especially for me and for my happiness.
Secondly, marriage is a partnership. Like any relationship, it takes work to maintain that relationship in peak condition. A happy marriage doesn't "just happen". Both of us are committed to the relationship and to each other because we love one another and it is our desire that our partner be happy in this relationship. No major decision in this relationship is made without prayer and conversation. God is not the author of confusion, therefore He will not give my wife a different answer to an issue than the one that He gives me. Again, God created the institution of marriage for our benefit, not for our demise.
Finally, I married a woman far better than I deserve. I thank my Lord and Savior for her every day. My wife is the most thoughtful, caring and giving person that I know. Proverbs 31:10-12 says, "An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life." I have found that woman. Proverbs 31:25-30 further states, Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and teaching of kindness is on her toungue. She looks well to the ways of her houselold, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her, saying: Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all. Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised." I "married such a woman.
So, back to the original question, "What's the Secret?" The answer is, you have to give yourself to the marriage. You have to give yourself to your spouse. Whatever you have within you, you have to "Give it Away."
May 11, 2013