Inside a Cathedral

November 15, 2022

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I’m not sure, but I think I got this picture in Canterbury Cathedral.  It was originally a slide made in 1993, but there is something about the light in the picture that appeals to me.  I just wanted to get (and share) a digital version of the image.

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Parking Lot Beauty

October 27, 2022

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I actually got this picture laser year, but I’ve decided it is much too pretty not to use.  We found this beautiful tree in a parking lot down in Cookeville, Tennessee.  We really enjoy seeing the autumn colors in the mountains. but this tree proves you can find God’s glorious colors anywhere.

The Start of a New Day

October 4, 2022

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Many people use vacations as an excuse to sleep in rather than getting up at the usual time.  But when Betsy and I visit Mt. Nebo State Park in Arkansas, we get up earlier than usual.  We head to Sunrise Point before dawn on most mornings, so we can see the start of the new day.  This picture, taken several years ago, shows why we keep going back.  The valley below is still in shadows, while the sky above is ablaze with color.  What a beautiful way to start a day.

The Sky at Devil’s Backbone Overlook

August 23, 2022

Several years ago while traveling along  Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, we stopped at the Devil’s Backbone overlook to taken in the scenery and get some pictures.  In addition to my pictures of the mountains and valley I took some pictures of the clouds in a pretty blue sky.

I decided that I wanted those sky pictures to be ‘special’, so I experimented with trying to get them to look like unfinished paintings or drawings.  This is one of my experiments.

The Walled Garden at Biltmore

August 9, 2022

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Betsy and I are annual pass holders to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  We try to get there several times a year and the walled garden is one of the places we always visit.  I got a picture of the walled garden several years ago when we were visiting the estate for Betsy’s birthday.  I used software to render the photo as a line drawing.  I hope you like it.

Daffodils in Our Yard

March 30, 2022

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Several years ago I took a picture of some of the daffodils blooming in one of our flower beds. While the photograph was okay, I decided to play around with Photoshop to see what I could do with it. I eventually got this image, which reminds me of a pencil sketch.

The Great Wall

January 12, 2022

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I first visited the Great Wall in 1987 as a member of a group of professors who were part of an exchange program with a Chinese university.  On that first visit I climbed to a watch tower above the gate and was able to see the wall  snaking across the ridges of the mountains north of Beijing.  This image was originally a color slide taken all those years ago that I converted to black and white in an attempt to convey the age of the wall.  I hope you like it.

Tower of London

September 15, 2021

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I was looking through some old photos recently and came across this picture of the Tower of London, taken in 1993. We were on the other side of the River Thames from the tower, which gave us a pretty good view of the famous structure.

The original image was taken as a slide, and I had to do some cleanup to remove some of the nearly thirty years of aging that has taken place. But I will admit that I like the result.

A First Glimpse of the Great Wall

May 18, 2021

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I have been trying to find time to digitalize some of the slides I took on my first trip to China back in 1987. I must admit that it has been slow going, whoever said “you’ll have plenty of time to do all the things you want to do when you retire” doesn’t know what he/she is talking about.

Many of the slides are in bad shape, but some can still be worked with. I got the picture above on a slide during a trip to the Great Wall in 1987. We were on a bus north of Beijing, and this was one of my first sightings of the Great Wall. I think this turned out to be a pretty good image — it definitely brings back some nice memories.

A Pink Super Moon

May 4, 2021

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It seems as if we have rain or heavy clouds every time there is a full moon, so we usually can view the full moon through TV weather reports or posts on the internet. But last month there were clear skies during full Pink Super Moon. I was able to get one decent picture from many atempts.