Saturday, November 12, 2011

Autumn Beauty

Sunlight on Virginia Creeper

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.
- Stanley Horowitz

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Made in Wisdom

Squirrel Nibbling on Mushroom
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Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all!
(Psalm 104:24)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Orchids and Light

Orchids in Different Light

The artist Evelyn Dunbar has said:
We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.
Your special light is not quite like anyone else's light.  When our particular light is a true light, it flows from and participates in the light of God. 

In an essay called, "The Light Within," the Quaker Thomas R. Kelly writes:
Eternity is at our hearts, pressing upon our time-torn lives, warming us with intimations of an astounding destiny, calling us home unto Itself. Yielding to these persuasions, gladly committing ourselves in body and soul, utterly and completely, to the Light Within, is the beginning of true life. It is a dynamic center, a creative Life that presses to birth within us. It is a Light Within that illumines the face of God and casts new shadows and new glories upon the human face. It is a seed stirring to life if we do not choke it. It is the Shekinah of the soul, the Presence in the midst. Here is the Slumbering Christ, stirring to be awakened, to become the soul we clothe in earthly form and action. And He is within us all.  (A Testament of Devotion)

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Fractal Mandala

Mandala on Number Seven
(Fractal created with Mandelbulber, highly edited in PhotoShop)

I am departing from photography here to transform a Mandelbulber fractal into a sort of rose window mandala.  In the Bible the number seven (as in the seven petals of this rose window), is generally symbolic of completion. 
And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.  (Genesis 2:2-3)
For other mandalas, see:
and on this blog, "Hubcap Mandalas."

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hawks in My Life

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There have been hawks in my life the past couple of years.  This one was recently outside my window, sometimes watching me, sometimes ignoring me.  For others:
Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all!
(Psalm 104:24 )

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Nor the Moon by Night

Full Moon with Cloud Halo
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The Lord is your keeper;
   the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
   nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
   he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
   your going out and your coming in
   from this time on and for evermore.
Psalm 91:5-8

Sunday, June 26, 2011

To See Heaven in a Wildflower

Dune Flower

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence"

Sunlight on Dried Flowers in Pencil Holder

Friday, May 20, 2011

Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Me

The Orton effect gives a sense of depth and richness to a still photograph. This video was created using the Orton effect on stills, and enhanced with animation. Be sure to watch it full-screen and in high definition if your connection allows.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mega Moon Rising

Mega Moon March 19
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Because of our dense tree cover, we drove out to Paynes Prairie to view the super moon rise, which was indeed spectacular. (And yes, this was the actual color.) As it turned out, many others had the same idea, and the highway was lined with cars.

Full Moon at Perigee

The colors are changing and the shape appears less flattened as the moon rises and the sky darkens.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Dreaming of the World

Atelier Ten Tails Dreaming
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An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
(George Santayana)

Digitally edited photo of the gable of Atelier Ten Tails in Cedar Key, Florida.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Chicago Sunset

Chicago Looking Northwest from Cenacle

Sunset looking north from the roof of the Cenacle Retreat House in Chicago -- looking away from the skyline. I have always wondered if the intense colors of the Chicago sunsets are due to pollution in the air. In any case, they are splendid and worth the chill of the rooftop.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Who Are You, O Mystery of Mysteries?

"We are within the mystery past all grasp, which God is..." (Karl Rahner)

(View Cybernun's latest video, which combines poetry, animation, photography, and video clips.)