From Fear To The Peaceful Moment

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Tranquility In Yellow 90521” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Soft light falls gently across my Appalachian Mountains as the afternoon drifts into evening. The day is still very warm but with the ebbing of the season the night is cooler than it has been. September brings the end of August’s rage and the cooler days beckon the call to wander through the mountains seeking solitude. The tall fall flowers sway as the bees and other pollinators accept the invitation to come and feed. The solitary bees seem to do the lion’s share of the work. After searching through internet images I’ve decided that the one in tonight’s Feature Image is a leaf cutter bee although the specific species it is I’m not certain on.

I’ve mentioned before that for a long time I was terrified of bees. A bad experience with European Bald Face Hornets as a child left me with a phobia for anything with wings and stingers. The fact that I now see bees as a symbol of peace and tranquility is the result of my adult self forcing me to push the environment on my tolerance to be near them. Even now to point where I can be calm and allow huge Carpenter Bees and evil looking Mud Daubers to fly up to me and satisfy their curiosity. The presence of more docile bees like the leaf cutters has actually become a bit of comfort to me.

The opposite of fear isn’t bravery. Bravery is actually action in spite of fear. No the opposite of fear is a combination of love and knowledge ( fear is oftenboundtoignorance). Knowledge gives us the framework to apply love and love gives us a reason to move forward in any plan to act. And it’s my love for the natural world that gives me an appreciation for all the wonderful bees on my mountain. Everything in nature was created for our benefit. Even the challenges.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Flowers Or Thorns?

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Thistle 90521” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The door of the big blue truck opens and I’m greeted by the jarring of grasshoppers as I step out onto the single lane road. The Light breeze is warm and balmy but without the humidity of the past few weeks. The harsh sun and thick air of mid to late summer is about as popular with me as the frozen depths of winter. But the as the sun lowers its arch cooler days approach. I noticed that the thistle is now in bloom and that is a signal to me that changes are coming.

As I study the texture of the thistle I find myself with a choice. The beautiful spray of pinkish red to purple flowers flowers are airy and lighthearted but they’re encased with prickly spines that fobid a touch. The paradox became do I see them as the beautiful bloom or as the foreboding thorns?

Often in life we’ll be faced with a duality. Objects, situations and even people ( especially people) are a mix of positive and negative aspects. How we see things depends on our focus. If we want to change a situation we first have to change how we see things. Some people would advise us to accept the thorns, ignore the pain of the prickly thorns and focus on smelling the flowers. Others of course would advise that the sweet scent is beyond our grasp and that we just have to learn how to live without smelling this time. But it’s a false choice. As humans we’re gifted with something that most creatures have only in small amounts. Creative reasoning. We find that we don’t need to choose between pleasure and pain if we adapt. We still need to be cautious but we can either use a tool such as a stick to draw the flower in close enough to enjoy or we can simply gently hold the stem between the thorns. Either way the point is that there’s always more opportunity than we see on the surface and we can often find a way around the negative.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

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Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

Finding The Best Version

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Blue Winged Wasp 90121” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The warm sunshine washes over my little slice of Appalachia and fills the mountains with life. I love technology but it often gets in the way of living. I think about what my ancestors might be doing on a day like this. I know that they worked hard and that a lot of days there was pressure to put away stores for the coming winter but I also think that there was more peace in doing so. There was more personal benefit to labor and so each moment had less demand for production beyond basic needs. A wise person once encouraged me to change my perspective on life and consider that we don’t pay for things with money but with the finite time given to us. This was a life changing thing for me and aside from other things I began to realize that this was the secret of the great achievements in history. It was the time that inventors had leftover from meeting basic needs that gave opportunity for planning and making. It was time spent in deep reflection that revealed profound truth to ancient philosophers. Plato wasn’t born with a copy of The Republic in his hands. Susan Catherine Koerner Wright didn’t deliver two boys and an airplane. There’s no doubt that these people didn’t make great sacrifices to bring their creations into being but the time they had to develop themselves in the process was there. This is why I always want to encourage you to find your moment of tranquility each day. It’s in that simple moment when you can remove yourself from the distractions of modern life that you can be who you were truly meant to be. And I believe you have greatness in you. We all have different talents and such. Not all are going to be the greatest in history at whatever that talent is but we can all be the greatest version of ourselves and that is a level of mastery worth reaching for.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

Growing Where You’re Planted

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Faith In Struggles 71721” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The large stone guards the boundaries between asphalt and forest. The summer storm has delivered a refreshing quench to the thirsty life that clings on in the unlikely spot. Or perhaps it’s not really as unlikely as it would seem to be at first glance. The stone was placed by man. A barrier to keep the cars out of forest and the forest out of the parking lot. But the wind delivered the spores and the rains helped them grow and the moss conquered a new frontier. Now the stone holds water with the help of the moss and its symbiotic fungus. It not only holds the moss but the fungus mines that stone in enough excess that the ferns also found a home. And then the tiny seed of an elm took root as well. It’s long been said that we should grow where God plants us. This sounds like an impossible task at times but when I see the beginnings of a tree as large as an elm grow on what was bare rock just a few short years ago then I know that if he plants me in an unlikely place that he knows for sure there’s more there than meets the eye. That spot is prepared ahead of time with us in mind. No, it’s not easy at first. There’s going to be struggles and times when the rain doesn’t fall or that it falls all at once and the river threatens to wash us away. But if we just hang on one day we’ll be holding that rock in place. If the little elm can make it until it’s roots reach the soil below it is possible that it could completely envelop the rock and both will unmoved in its season.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

A Few Scattered Thoughts From The Heart Of The Forest

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Heart Of The Forest 60921” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The forest path brings me to a certain spot where sunlight Breeches the thick canopy and illuminates the life contained among ancient boles. Small fairyflies float effortlessly in sunbeams while the birds teach their children the songs of their ancestors. Somewhere in the distance I hear the hooves of a deer retreat deeper into a world unseen behind thick rhododendrons. Sudden movements among fronds gives away the chipmunk that is scurrying for the comfort of his tunnels. For a moment I remove my shoes and feel the cool damp moss of the forest floor. As I close my eyes and sample the wind it brings me the scent of the earth mingled with the blooms of the rhododendrons. The warm rays of the sun wash over me and gently drive away the worries of the modern world. Outside the voices that come through technology with their many different concerns about things beyond control would pull us away from what is important. But they can’t come here to the heart of the forest on the high mountain. I open my eyes and see the heart shaped leaves of the redbud. It’s beautiful bloom has long since fallen and the pea like pods have not yet formed. It is at rest and gathering energy to grow its fruit. All life has this cycle. A period of spectacular glory that shows the possibility of what may come and a period of waiting for the fruit to develop. In the modern world we have gotten used to everything being now. Instant messaging, up to the moment news cycles and such. Have we forgotten the importance of quiet time? It’s in those periods when nothing seems to be happening that the miracles are developing without fanfare. I think of the character “Miracle Max” from the Princess Bride saying that you should never rush a miracle man or you’ll get rotten miracles. ” What was said in jest there was a deeper truth than intended. It takes time to for the fruits of our efforts to develop and just because we don’t see it right now doesn’t mean we failed or that God has failed us. As mortal beings our perspective of time is very narrow. But if we could see it from outside of our perspective we could realize how quickly things are actually happening.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

Click the link below to jump to the Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe.https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/guide-to-mewe/embed/#?secret=GJGnIQEVHc

Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️