a photoblog of God's handiwork.

Archive for October, 2010

Learning to see, again

As a child and through much of my life I remember truly experiencing and appreciating the natural beauty of wildlife, flowers and landscapes given to us by our Creator.  Somewhere along the way, despite living in the nation’s most scenic state – Montana, I nearly lost my ability to appreciate the scenic beauty all around me.  Perhaps is was the mad rush of a hectic work schedule.  Maybe simple complacency because I saw it everyday.  Whatever the reason, it seemed that I traveled the countryside with blinders on, only focused on the destination.

A couple years ago, after many years of being chided for not having any hobbies, I purchased a digital SLR camera.  At the time I didn’t really have a particular subject in mind that I intended to shoot, but a number of years earlier I was mildly enthused with photography and thought this might be something I would enjoy again.  At the time I had no idea what I was getting into!

Some of my first shots were of the family pets; dogs, cats, chickens, goats, deer,…okay, they’re not normal pets for most people, but for us they are as normal as the sun rising in the east.

Sabrina; one of the 2010 crop of kids

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Welcome to His Creation!

Since taking up photography as a hobby a couple years ago, I have considered various options for sharing images, as well as my thoughts and experiences while capturing them.  Managing websites is something I have experience with, but wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to that again.  Over the past several months I have perused a number of photography blogs, both good and not so good.  It wasn’t until I this afternoon when I had a little time to kill while my truck was being worked on, that I spent a couple hours at Barnes and Noble browsing through photography books and stumbled on a book about WordPress.  The author, David Busch, has written several photography books that I have found very useful, so I sat down and spent a little time with “David Busch’s Quick Snap Guide to Photoblogging with Word Press.”

Seemingly a cheap and easy way to get my feet wet in this segment of social media, I decided to give it a go.  I’m not sure how often I will be updating this blog, primarily because I have a lot to learn about how this thing works.  At the least I intend to make weekly entries, including a favorite image or two from my travels.  I find the uniqueness and diversity of God’s natural creations fascinating, and hope to share with you my passion and appreciation for His Creation.