Monday, February 28, 2011

Thankfulness and Gas Works

Last night was quite the stormy night here, and so I felt like posting some things I am thankful for. 
I am thankful for...
a warm house.
Cars that get me from A - B warmly
My loving wife
Getting to live in such a beautiful part of the world
Friends that recommend friends to us for photos.

On Saturday Deb and I went to Gas Works because we are going there in a few weeks for a engagement photo shoot.  We wanted to scout it out a little, since it has been a while since we have been there.  It was cold, snowed and windy, but it was still a good time.  We saw an Eagle flying, but it was snowing too much to have the camera out at that time.  It was so windy the tripod couldn't keep the camera perfectly still for these night photos. 

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Deb and I took these portraits the other weekend. These ones are a little small the full size images the eyes really stand out. Pretty awesome.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Beautiful Sunrise

Got up early to watch the sunrise while we were on Whidbey Island.  So beautiful.  Its amazing to watch throughout the year as the sun moves north every day and then south in the fall. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Soaring Eagles

While we were on Whidbey we saw 6 Eagles total. The 2 yearlings and 4 mature ones. On Saturday afternoon the 4 mature ones were out soaring, it was pretty awesome to watch.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Eagle yearlings

This weekend we had a fabulous time on Whidbey Island.  On Saturday we saw 2 Eagle Yearlings flying out over the sound.  Pretty sweet.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Full Moon

Friday was a full moon, and it was so beautiful.  Here are some pictures that I took that night.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

G.K. Chesterton

I bought G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy after last weekending listening to a lecture on it.  I don't really know what I expected starting to read this book. The lecture was quite good, but having picked up this book and read the opening couple of chapters, I am quickly becoming a fan of Chesterton.  Who would have guessed that he wrote this over 100 years ago, it is just as practical and applicable to today's society.  Let us dig into some quotes.

The second chapter starts out with a conversation he had with his publisher.  The publisher believes that if a man believes in himself he will do just fine.  And I love the response.  He basically tells the publisher that he knows where he can find people that believe in themselves, they are in the insane asylum.  They truly believe they are a cup or king, and no amount of arguing with them will convince them otherwise.  We have made a world where most of us are taught to believe in our selves, we have exchanged God's truth for a lie and worshipped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. (Roman's 1:25).  We have been taught to worship the parts as if they were the whole.  That's not to say that we should never believe in ourselves, I don't think, I think it is to remember the Truth, and our place in it.  For the Truth shall set us free, the lies, shall bind us up. 

When Christendom has been shattered (which he would say it has been), all the sins and "vices" are let loose to do evil, but worse he says.  "The virtues are let loose also (when religion is shattered); and the virtues wander more wildly, and the virtues do more terrible damage (than vices)...The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wondering alone."  We see this all the time in our society.  We try to keep Christianity out of the public world and we wonder why the world is falling apart.  We see people wanting to help, but in their eagerness to help they avoid the truth and end up doing more harm then good.  We see the Christians trying to spread the truth of the Gospel, but it has a hole in it (Richard Sterns has a good book by this title).  They try to spread the truth without any love, or mercy and end up spreading hate and contempt.  They teach Christ gets you into heaven, but doesn't/shouldn't change your life.

"A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed."  He then goes on to mention that we are "on the road to producing a race of men too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table."  Has he been sitting in classrooms around the country? Where some kids are taught that it doesn't matter what your answer is to the multiplication problem, it just matters that you all agree (not every school, but some schools).  Has relativism been so prevalent for so long?  If it feels good do it (doesn't matter what the truth says).  There are absolutely no absolute truths, what is true for me may not be true for someone else.  These are things people say, today, and this is the very thing Chesterton is trying to combat here in Orthodoxy.  We are supposed to keep truth in its place, truth by definition has to be true always, otherwise it was never true.  If we won the game, that is the truth and it cannot be taken from us.  Ever.  It doesn't change the next day when the loosing team decides to say that they won.  Can you imagine a group building a boat and they all come to a consensus that it will float, even though it has more holes than Swiss cheese?  That is crazy, but we wouldn't want to hurt their feelings with the truth. 

(In defense of organized religion) "Man, by a blind instinct, knew that if once things were wildly questioned, reason could be questioned first...In so far as religion is gone, reason is going."  This may be the weakest quote I have chosen, however, I think that it is true.  We live in the information age, but not the reasonable age.  We do things that are politically correct, not because they are the right thing, but because no one should get offended.  Reason has been thrown out along with religion in the marketplace of ideas.  We do things that aren't going to hurt someone in the short term, even though they may be deadly (at least really damaging) in the long term. 

"Akin to these, is the false theory of progress, which maintains that we alter the test instead of trying to pass the test."  I love this quote so much.  How often do we see this in our society.  Kids pushed to the next grade, even though they have no mastery of the last grade.  Kids are failing to graduate, so let us lessen the standard, and not worry about teaching them better.  After all, taxpayers want to see high graduation rates, it doesn't matter that those that graduate can't balance a checkbook or do anything. 

These great quotes are just in the first three chapters, which is all the further I am at this point.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Awesome Eagle

The other day on my way home, I saw the eagle, so I quickly grabbed my camera and ran out and got some shots of it. I was as close as I've been to an Eagle in a long time and I had the 70-200mm lens from school, so I could zoom in nice and close. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Deception Pass

On our way home from Orcas, we stopped by deception pass, because we were like 5 miles away, and its such a cool place.  Deb took all these pictures, this was a great time. 

"None of us feels the true love of God till we realize how wicked we are. But you can't teach people that - they have to learn by experience. " - Dorothy L. Sayers 
Romans 5:20(b) - "But where sin increased, grace increased all the more."   It is only when we realize that we are sinners that God's grace can really work.  

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Beer and Burgundy

I think that this quote was one of the best in a weekend full of great quotes.
"We should thank God for beer and burgundy by not drinking too much of them." - G.K. Chesterton.
Earl Palmer mentioned this quote, while talking about how to get the same 'high' one has to have more of the indulgence every time.  Eventually, if it is not contained it will consume the person.  There is a line that gets crossed from enjoying alcohol to becoming an alcoholic.  There is a similar line in all things in life.   There is a need for moderation in our life for all that we do, so that it doesn't consume us (C.S. Lewis calls this Temperance in Mere Christianity).  The problem with moderation is that everything in our society tells us to have more.  TV/movies are always pushing the boundaries.  Everything wants more and more of my life, and it is only my responsibility to stop pushing the boundaries.  What are some things in my life that I let control me?  What are some things that could control me?  Have I given them over to God? 

Here are some more pictures from this weekend (Deb took all of these).
The other ferry passes within a stones throw of this sailboat.

I got to drive the ferry!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Here are some pictures from yesterday.  Flowers make such a great subject I think. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Orcas Island

This weekend we spent the time at WinterFest on Orcas Island. It was a blast.We got to spend some good time with some great friends and take a lot of pictures. 
WinterFest Speaker this year was Earl Palmer, and he spoke of 4 defiant traditionalists.  Karl Barth, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Sayers and C.S. Lewis.  In the coming months (as I get the opportunity to read more of their writings) there will be more quotes and information about them.  Two things stuck out to me.  1 it is important to be well versed in what one believes and 2 that those four people were full of whit.  They were smart and funny. 

I leave with a quote from G.K. Chesterton. More will follow:
"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."

Friday, February 11, 2011


No, not the books or the movie.  I've never read them or seen them, the only thing I know about them is that they take place near Forks Washington. 
Anyway, I have been hoping for a while to catch the nice twilight lighting just after sundown.  I have seen lots of great pictures where everything is a nice royal blue.  A week or so ago, I went down to take pictures of the sunset and hoped to stay long enough to see it, but I had to get home because we had other plans, last night we had no other plans, so I went down right as the sunset, and waited just a little bit to get these pictures (about as long as it takes the ferry to go from Kingston to Edmonds).  I think they turned out pretty awesome, and sometimes that's all that matters.
(Like always, you can click to view larger).

Thursday, February 10, 2011

More Eagle Shots

The other day I went down to Edmond's Beach because it was a very windy day and I wanted to see if I could get some cool shots of the waves.  When I got down there I spotted an Eagle, but he was already far off and flying further away (and I only had my 50mm lens, no zooming in for me).  After a little while I started walking home when I looked straight up and saw it.  He flew over toward the south side of the ferry, and I so I followed him.  He landed on a post out in the water and I got a few pictures, but he was just a little speck (50mm isn't very close).  So I walked to the fishing pier to see if I could be closer there, then he flew within a 100 feet of me.  Pretty awesome.  Still wish I had the 70-200, these are cropped so he appears closer than the full image.  But if I had the 70-200, I could have made him fill the frame almost.  That would have been sweet. You should be able to click the photos to view larger.