Breakfast With Friends

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Breakfast With Friends 122320” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The new light shines down through bare branches bringing joy to tiny hearts. The crisp morning fills with the morning chorus. It doesn’t come suddenly but instead they wait to be touched by the waking sunshine as it spills over the mountains. If you listen closely you can hear the morning coming closer to the window before the light falls onto the sill. As my heart listens to the happy voices that come from the surrounding forest I make my way to the coffee pot and prepare breakfast. But today I change the routine just a little as I sit quietly at my desk and watch the window. One by they come to the meal prepared for them. The black capped chickadees take turns at feeder white the others continue their part in the song welcoming the return of the sun. And as I quietly enjoy my morning coffee I’m greeted by a newcomer to my window. I believe that she’s an immature female because of her coloring but the only thing I know for sure right now is that she has non- breeding colors. As the winter (climatic winter) fades into Spring she will molt and show us the bright yellow that we’re used to seeing on our lawns throughout the warm weather. So far the Cardinals have been reluctant to try the new feeder and prefer the ones that out on the line.

Image Titled “Female Cardinal 113020a”.

The Cardinals always seem to work as a team when she’s not brooding. They take turns watching over each other and guardian against predators. The male was just outside of the range of my lens but I did my best to bring him in a few days earlier.

Image Titled “Male Cardinal 112520a”.

I’m really surprised that he sat still long enough for the photo. He’s a particularly twitchy bird.

Image Titled “Just Missed It 121720”

The encounter with him a few days ago was “almost” an amazing shot! Oh well, he’ll be back to let me try again. Sometimes we have no choice but accept that nature has a mind of its own and doesn’t want to cooperate. I’d there is no challenge then there’s no opportunity for growth. Which brings me to my failed attempt to photograph the Christmas Star. Last night we did have a second chance to capture a once in a millennium event. However, I’ve learned that astrophotography is a little more challenging than I thought. And while I did manage to document Jupiter and Saturn in the same sky it didn’t really turn out as planned.

Jupiter And Saturn In Near Conjunction 122220

I’ll have plenty of time to study up and practice for the next celestial event.

I most likely will not have a post for Christmas eve or Christmas day ( which would have been a Forage Friday post) but I’ll be back on regular schedule next week. Until then good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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The Winter Solstice 2020

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Evening In Blue 50520” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Night falls early for me in my little home between two mountains. It falls even earlier tonight because of the solstice. The longest night of the year. But tonight was also supposed to be very special. A once in a millennium event took place approximately 45 minutes after sunset. The Christmas Star reigns in the heavens above. Traditionally the sign that lead the Wise Men to Seek Christ. How much is tradition and how it may have played out in history may be a little different. Often history is idealized in the official record. Having read the book of Enoch I know that a portion of it describes in detail the movement of the planets and predicts celestial events such as the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn but that’s just astronomy. It took a leap of faith to see that as a sign to embark on a journey that most likely took 3 years to complete. Planetary alignments happen occasionally but in order to be the “Christmas Star” it has to be in the right season and the right place in the sky. The next time these planets will be in conjunction is in March 15th of 2080 and then not again until August 24th of 2417. So a conjunction is special but the Christmas Star is extremely special. In fact the next actual Christmas Star is not set to occur until December 25th of 2874. With such a special event in my lifetime of course I had to attempt to add this to my portfolio. But alas, the notorious West Virginia cloud cover cast its veil over my mountain. A literal wet blanket spread out as far as the eye could see. My wife and I sat in the big blue truck listening to rain hit the windshield in the dark. And so tonight’s Feature Image to represent the longest night of the year is actually from last winter. I have a chance to catch the Christmas Star over the next few days if the weather breaks and the sky clears so I haven’t given up. And I did learn a lesson from the experience. A lesson of faith. You see, all those years ago the Wise Men saw a star and set out to seek the Messiah without knowing if they would actually find him. They didn’t need to see the miracle in order to know it took place.

Faith is acting without seeing and yet knowing what the outcome will hold.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Christmas 2019, the New Light

Hello friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Christmas In A Small Town 121117MR” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article. Unlike most of the photos on my blog it is a mixed reality image because it has been augmented beyond what my eyes actually saw.

I’ve been making reference to the “New Light” over the past several days. As I mentioned a few posts ago my world view encompasses multiple interpretations of what I observe.

  • The natural view which is a straightforward understanding of the physical world and it’s occurrences.
  • The philosophical view which is little “life lessons” not of a spiritual nature.
  • The spiritual view which are things that I think God is trying to teach me.

Sometimes all 3 come to me at once and sometimes they come at odd times. Sometimes there’s only one or two views that present themselves but generally speaking there’s always something to be contemplated. Such is the case with the holidays and the solstice.

I believe that the Gospel of Christ was first written on nature. All of the natural events in our world ( which in my view includes the whole of the physical universe) are foreshadowing the story of Jesus. The world was born in darkness as told in the first 3 verses of the book of Genesis. I equate this with the ages before Jesus and the winter solstice with the night before Christ was born and the creator of the universe inhabited an earthly body to bring us life.

St John chapter 1 verse 4 teaches us that Jesus Christ is our light and source of life

We don’t really know for certain what day or season Jesus Christ was born in. There’ good evidence for December based on the details of when the shepherds would have been in the field. But the symbolism of a world in darkness receiving light was the important thing.

When we think about the symbolism of light we generally think about ” enlightenment” relating to a deeper understanding of the deep things concerning God’s nature and ultimate truth. But if you search it out the light of the sun symbolizes God’s grace. Or in other words, the unmerited favor of God. A gift that mankind did not and could not earn but which we desperately needed.

So, to tie it all together. We are celebrating the gift of grace through the coming of Jesus Christ at a time when the symbol of grace is rising higher in the sky. The actual date of His birthday is not as important as recognizing the gift that was given.

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Lloyd’s Lens Photography.

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The New Light 2019

Hello friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “First Light” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The darkness lingers in the “hollers” of my Appalachian Mountains as the shadows claw at the landscape and struggle to maintain their grip on the world. But with the first ray of the new light they lose their grip and start to shrink away back into the ether.

The morning sun has awoken at long last and with renewed vigor begins it’s work clearing the darkness from all it surveils. The light doesn’t simply wash over the earth as the darkness does. It pierces through the land breathing life into all of creation.

This wrestling match between the light and the darkness will continue for the next several weeks but nighttime’s fate is sealed. The light has returned.

When I noticed the seedhead of the wild Clematis (AKA Old Man’s Beard) being illuminated by the rising sun I knew that I wanted to save it for tonight’s feature image because the light just seems to fill it. Not shine through it but actually fill it to the point that it almost disappears.

The light really does fill everything it touches. The range of the light that we see is reflected but light is more than just what we see. Those invisible rays are penetrating deep into the seeds making them to be fertile. Just because we don’t really see the light doesn’t mean that it’s not there.

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