Monday, January 31, 2011


This video has got to move a body in some way or another. For me, it's a reminder of what an awesome creator we have.

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?

Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?

--Isaiah 40:12

I just read this during one of my devotionals this week and it reminds me of God's magnificence. It has been really helpful during this transitional time of my life to know that life's not all about me. God's helped me realize that he's in control.

I heard today that if we would allow ourselves to come under the submission of God, he will carry you and do the hard work. Much like migrating geese. The lead bird flies effortless as the rest of the flock pulls him along.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Awesome Sunset

I went for a run around University Place this afternoon. I start and end at the Chambers Bay Golf area. I ended at sunset and since I usually travel with my camera in my trunk, I took some time to snap these shots. If you haven't yet paid this place a visit, do it. It's a great place for a walk.

Speedy Clouds

Yesterday the winds created cloud formations atop Mt. Rainier much of the day. I was driving to Costco at noon to pick up a photo enlargement and noticed what was going on up there. I had to take some photos. I had planed to drive to Puyallup anyway, but once I was there I couldn't find the right viewing spot. So I cancelled my original plan and ended up driving to the turn-off to Mowich Lake, about 20 miles from the mountain and took these shots.

I spent close to two ours taking pictures. I thought I'd be resourceful and keep my hazard lights going to alert any passing cars that I was there. However, after I packed and got ready to go, the car wouldn't start. I thought, "Great, here I'm in a remote spot with no cell reception." It wasn't long before I was able to flag down a passing truck to ask if they had cables. He had none. A second car approached. A bearded man reaking of smoke stopped and graciously helped me out. I now remembered that I had my own jumper cables all along, and soon I was on the road, a bit later than I planned. But I did come away with some great shots of the mountain.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wedding Documented

A few months ago I dontated my services for a MOPS raffle. As it turned out, a friend of mine drew the winning ticket. She requested that I draw her daughter and new son-in-law. I was a bit nervous. It gets a bit tricky drawing family members--making sure they resemble the real thing. This drawing is the finished product.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Drive Home

This past weeekend I had the joy of driving home alone from my friends cabin. The air was clear and the snow from last week was still on the ground the entire drive home. This is unusual because rain usually washes away any hope of snowy fun within a day.

Anyway, I drove home along Highway 2--one of my favorite scenic drives. I usually am dashing home to beat the heavy traffic, never wanting to stop and smell the roses as they say. After all, I can't let all those cars I passed on the double lanes catch up up with me once I start driving again and get in my way. However, this ride I actually took the time to stop and enjoy the scenery.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Trip to the Cabin

I’ve just returned from a trip to the cabin of a good friend. For years I have enjoyed the retreat and memories of this place, and truly appreciate the opportunity to share in the friendship and good time.

I got off to a late start, but was able to enjoy a couple of days in the snowy, eastern side of the Cascades. My friends, the Henning's, have a cabin just next door. These pictures are taken of the exterior and interior of their cabin. I’m always impressed with their artistic display every time I pay them a visit. Brad has built most of the furniture and created much of the items literally hanging around.

We experienced an arctic blast this week with night time temperatures below zero. Unfortunately, the existing snow was a week old and a bit icy. But the scene was still a winter wonderland.