Lake Memories

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Sunset Over Summersville Lake 50821” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Old Sol sinks slowly behind the mountain turning the waters of the lake to liquid bronze. The night birds begin their lullaby from unseen perches and all that’s missing is the dancing lights of fireflies along the shore. The cool May air is still in the fading light. The ancients spoke of twilight as the meeting of two worlds. The waking world needs no explanation but the dream world that lives under the cover of the velvety night sky is a place of wonder. Time loses all meaning here and the memories of the lake come forth to blend into the now. As I gaze across the water I see the time when a large log had beached itself beneath the cliff in the distance and I with a group of friends all managed to balance ourselves on the log and row it around the lake like a giant canoe. There was at least a dozen of us all moving in sync. I can’t speak for the others but I had Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant song running through my head the whole time. I thought that the movement of our arms resembled the oars of a ship as we slipped the log through the water. It may or may not have been against the rules to leap from the cliff in those days. But we did it anyway. I spent a lot of time climbing the rocks and cliffs around the farm. I figured I’d be good at it since I had a little Native American in my ancestry and was quite confident on the narrow ledges but that confidence evaporated the first time I jumped in the lake. I knew there were rocks beneath the water because even though I could see where they were in winter we swam around and double checked before jumping. We climbed up to trail and decided to jump but when my turn came around my legs got all wobbly and that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you look down from a high place begin to grow. Climbing a rock or walking around the edges was a lot different than purposefully flinging yourself into the air. But on the third attempt I managed to override my instincts and leave the earth behind. A jump from a high rock into a deep lake is nothing like the high dive at a pool. You have more time to absorb the feel of gravity pulling you into the void of space. For a moment I begin to wonder if somehow I’d broken gravity as I continued to fall. Things would be flying off into space and it would be all my fault because my large frame was just too much for the laws of physics. But then I finally hit the water and began to sink. I thought, “Aw man! And I was just getting the hang of flying too.” At first the water was warm from the sun but it got colder and I realized that the fall had plunged me deeper than I expected. I couldn’t just float to the top likeat thepool. I’d have to pull myself up. Which wasn’t really all that hard and before I knew it I was on the surface.

Such jumps are definitely illegal now. Some people have pushed the envelope too far and become injured and a few have died from jumping into the wrong spot or from too high and not understanding that above a certain point hitting the water is like hitting cement. But the experience taught me that a calculated risk has its rewards and I jumped from that spot every chance I had. It became a personal victory for me that in later years enabled me to take more calculated risks when playing it safe would have held me back from the reward.

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.

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Just Beyond The Horizon. Ponderings of Summer

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Homeward 50821” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The big blue truck coasts to halt on the edge of the Summersville Dam. In spite of the cool evening I have the window down just enough to enjoy a little fresh air. I’ve been in the shelter of my mountain for a while and even though it brings me great joy to live among the trees and birds I do miss the open sky and all the glory of the setting sun. As I haphazardly park the truck in the empty lot of the scenic overlook my attention is drawn to the curve of the dam. It’s in this spot that the evening drive into the west seems to merge with the sky and end in some mythical place where anything is possible. In my memories it’s the land of eternal summer. I close my eyes and I can see brightly colored tents in the campground and the evening fires are beginning to flicker. The boats are are lined up along the shore of the campground and the smell of coffee brewed in an old fashioned percolator mingles with the aroma of roasted marshmallows. The children who have spent all day swimming in the lake are telling tales about the giant catfish on the bottom and dare the unbelievers to just stick their toes in the water if they doubt his existence. The challenge is usually met with excuses of not being able to see snakes on the water’s edge. The older kids are sitting around their own fires and listening to the soft rock of the 80s and trying to work up the nerve to speak to that special person of interest. If only summer never ended! Eventually the fires become embers and the music on the radio is replaced by the crickets and frogs providing the background while whip-poor-wills give the melodies. And in the late hours while counting the stars over the water two hands join in an unspoken conversation. This is the mythical land of eternal summer and anything is possible.

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.

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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!♥️

Remastering Glory Days

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is remastered from 2018 and titled “September Crossing 91518RM” all the photos found on my website are my original work and are available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Within the past few days I’ve overheard more than one person refer to the “Glory Days” with nostalgia. The intention of course was a longing for the days of youth when life was simple and responsibilities were few. God never intended for life to drudgery and constant tasks. Adam’s job was fairly simple. To oversee a self-sustaining garden and give everything a name. In fact if you read carefully the Garden of Eden was Adam’s charge. There he answered only to God meaning that he authority over the Angels that were within his charge. But that’s a deeper thought for another day. The point here is that his responsibility wasn’t a burden. He was in his “Glory Days”. Of course we know how that ended. He was drawn to the only place in the garden where the authority wasn’t his and he fell from grace through an act of disobedience. He lost his charge and from that day on he was burdened. I couldn’t find the verification on the origin of the phrase “Gory Days” but I always thought it was the days before the fall of mankind. But the words have a slightly different meaning today. We think of it as simply meaning “when things were better”, specifically in the past. The scenarios are different but the basics are usually the same. The athletes long for the days when they mastered the field. Some long to regain the beauty that they once held and even the scholar misses being the head of the class. But is it true that all Glory Days are in the past?

If that’s true then we struggle with the maintenance of yesterday at the expense of tomorrow. According to Newton the whole universe is in a constant state of decline and the best we can hope for is to lose glory as slowly as possible and even then we will eventually fail. According to this conventional wisdom it’s a lost cause. But what if conventional wisdom is wrong. What if your potential for future success was limited only by your perspectives? To return to the biblical analogy for a moment we are promised that the end is better than the beginning and what we see in this world is only a transition and the higher glory is in the future.

John Glenn certainly felt like his first trip into space was a lifetime achievement and that was his glory days but at age 77 he returned to space in a more sophisticated ship. If his focus was only on the past then he might have turned down the opportunity and never had his higher glory. Instead of sitting in a chair somewhere recalling the time when he was great he worked and trained to go beyond his first achievement. All it really takes is to recognize that the finish line hasn’t been crossed yet and move forward. We can remaster our lives in the same way I remastered the Featured Image. By taking advantage of new opportunities ( like new and more sophisticated software) and learning to let go of the past.

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.

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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.

https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/

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=238248269630914251

Lastly, 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 photographer

Thank you again for your support of my page!

Boone Park Sunset 2.17.20

Hello friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Boone Park Sunset 21720a” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

As the clouds break from days of rain the new found light lingers on the landscape. The mighty Kanawha River is still swollen with the runoff but otherwise peaceful. I decided to detour down to Daniel Boone Park on my way home to try and find a few ducks or geese to photograph but they were long gone as the dusk crept over the river. Gazing downstream I see the contrails catching the sun and think about how they look like golden threads in the tapestry of the sky. As my eyes follow those lines to the horizon I find the pool of color that erupts from the broken clouds and spills into the river. For me, mid February to mid March is my season of sunsets. It’s when I get the most opportunity to catch God painting the sky with light. As watched the light fade from view through my lens I felt the calling of my big blue truck telling me to hurry back up the pathway before the light is completely gone. As I near the top of the bank I cast my eyes back to river just in time to see the sunset fade into shadows. A few clicks of the remote and Big Blue opens his eyes to light up the way and bring me in. It’s time to return to my mountain and leave the valley of lights behind.

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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 photographer.

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February Sunset Over Marmet Locks.

Hello friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Sunset Over Marmet Locks 21420” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The big blue truck rolls back to my mountain with unwavering commitment in the evening. The trip requires less use of the headlights every day. For the first time since October I’m blessed to have a beautiful sunset on my journey home. I gently nudge the wheel and move to the side of the road. The only place where there’s enough room to get completely out of the way is across from the Marmet Locks. The series of locks and dams on the Kanawha River make it possible to transport the coal from the mountains to the rest of the world. I arrived at the wide spot just in time to enjoy the sun’s finale for the day as the crimson glow is cast against the rain clouds in a promise of the brighter days ahead.

Hello Friends and thank you for your support of my page. If you have enjoyed the photos or the writings please let me know by commenting and sharing my work on your social media. I also want to invite you to Follow Lloyds Lens Photography on Facebook

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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.

https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/

Did you know that I also do portraits by appointment? If you’re interested in a portrait session either message me on Facebook or Use the Contact form. The YouTube link below takes you one of my slideshows.

https://youtu.be/FDcrY6w8oY8

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! Simplymessage me on Facebookoruse 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 photographer.

Thank you again for your support of my page!❤