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my first eight-month old photo session ~ matthew

hi folks ~oh gosh. a beautiful spring day.  a precious eight-month old baby.  big bold blue skies.sweet chubby cheeks and nothin’ but miles of smiles! definitely a picture perfect day!  what fun!what a blessing to have the time and freedom to pursue my candid family photography business and getting to practice it on this little boy!  i took his newborn …

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to tiger butte, montana ~

“oh build me a home… where the buffalo roam, and the skies are not cloudy all day!”well, there’s no buffalo here… and the skies are full of clouds. but it was one afternoon full of all kinds of montana landscape drama.big and bold blue sky, with ‘as-far-as-the-eyes-can-see’ amazing clouds in a build-up of stormy and dramatic skyscapes.such a treasure: wide open prairie …

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on golden {prairie} pond ~ an april montana morning

morning ~ indeed, it was a frosty one, just last week.  but you wouldn’t know it from the warm glow of that glory sky.i caught only a glimpse of it from my city windows… but my soul beheld what it could be… so, still in my pj’s, i pulled on the necessities: socks, shoes, a coat, and grabbed my camera.ahhh yes. …

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happy easter!!

i was thrilled… not just to see buds on the apple trees, but to see these branches… and in celebration of this awesome day of Alleluia!“why… do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is Risen! just as He said.”He  Is Risen ~ He is Risen Indeed!!! “one of {London’s} reference points in the city …

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the timeout room ~ spring 2014

hello ~ spring!spring? really?  i think so…  i think!  at least there are buds on the tree branches!   it’s coming.  it’s coming!  of that i am sure… with mud… and mud puppies!  me?  i’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging lately, and slowing down to take in…  we have a spare room at work, which functions as …

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tender mercies ~

hi there friends, i ventured out into the bitter cold morning today a few minutes before i went into my office. to see what i could see along a stunning {and stinging} cold, wintery morning along the river.to thank God.to embrace the bitter cold, and rejoice in the magnificent glory of the Creator.and be glad for warmth. for love. for …

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the joy of hollyhocks ~

hi friends ~ so i’ve been scouring the neighborhood on my way to work, hoping to find hollyhocks, but more importantly, to find access in which i could photograph them.  shouldn’t seem so tough.  and it’s not, really.  it’s just a matter of seeing.  and timing.  and light.  after all, it’s a short season.  and the days are getting noticeably …

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Snowy Mountain High ~

Helllooo! It’s a pleasure to bring you some photography shots of beautiful, blue, cold… Montana this past weekend.  We stopped at friend, Jane’s place, on our way home from church services on Sunday, and as Brian was whipping her snow blower into shape, I was getting into my own whipping,  trekkin’ through the snow, just tryin’ to stay the course …

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Dancing With Bright Eyes

The latest.  A paintstik background, rubbed with numerous rubbing plates, and lots of different colors overlapping each other on some hand dyed fabric you’re not sure what do with! Let the paint dry, and heat set it with an iron. Add a curved border. Add a little bit of couching.  Use several yarns!  Why not? Use a pretty batik backing …

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A Sweet Spot

“Be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs.  God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time.”   1 Peter 5:6 (The Msg) A sweet spot in my garden; photo by Leslie McNeil June 2011 Daisy inspiration from my flower garden.  Thank you, God for your DAILY inspiration.  Your timing is perfect. (Applause! in …

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My SYMPHONY

“My Symphony”   by Wm. Henry Channing illustrated by Mary Engelbreit in this charming little book: To live content with small means; To seek elegance rather than luxury,  and refinement rather than fashion;  To be worthy, not respectable;  wealthy, not rich; To study hard,   think quietly,  talk gently,  act frankly;  To listen to stars and birds,  to babes and sages,  …