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Life Thru the Lens 44/52... finding fall

Fall is my favorite season of the year. From the cool crisp days, to the whisper of the leaves as they tumble to the ground, fall brings solitude to my soul.

Fall is the season that brings a tangible meaning to the word hope in my life; it is no coincidence that the Creator who splashes the earth with color would chose to begin our new journey in this season. 

#findingfall on Lisa.Kerner... click through to see more on Instagram.

#findingfall on Lisa.Kerner... click through to see more on Instagram.

And so, during the chaotic stress of transition I began to seek out fall, to find hope. When my mind wonders to the unknown of our future... where we will we live next? when will we find a new job? what will our new life look like?... that is when I choose to be purposeful in the hunt for the evidence of faith. 

A waterfall cascading among the turning leaves. 

Mustard yellow marking the bark of the change of the season. 

A river gushing with the rush of color.

The echo of the rustle of the pines in the wind.

The smell of new rain trickling down the needles of the giants standing guard over the river. 

Hope comes in many forms, if you have the faith to see it. 

Life Thru the Lens

1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

 

I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Our World TuesdayTexture Twist,  Wednesday Aroudn the World, Check Out That View and Sweet Shot Tuesday

Life Thru the Lens 40/52... just a little crazy

You know the feeling when you wake up on Monday morning with the thought that you have already forgotten something. Agh, well guess what happened to Life Thur the Lens this week? Yah, you betcha, I totally forgot about it among the boxes that we are unpacking from storage (after staging our house to sell) only to be repacked in the near future.

Life Thru the Lens took a back seat to the process of double, no triple, backing up all my photos, which is painstakingly slow.  I have them backed up on a cloud that, you guessed it, will erase all my content if I am not linked up for 30 days. And, guess what, our internet service will be sketchy over the next few months. I am secretly looking forward to the lack of service. I have a pile of books all ready to read. In the mean time, I am sweating trying to figure life out. 

I am posting over at Instagram. Some of you will remember that I usually have a Capturing Blessing prompt for the month of October, but with everything that is going on in our lives, I could not get things together to host it again this year. Instead, I am #findingfall all on my own. You are more than welcome to join me. My goal is to post a photo every day of the evidence of fall around me. 

Life Thru the Lens

1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

LTTL...15:52... a photography confession

So, my big confession. I did not take one photo with my big girl camera this month. Honestly, I didn't even realize it until I went to make my "A Month in Review" collage. Some months seem to flutter by, the days rambling into one another, until it is all done. It's during those months that I tend to ride the wind of life and just be. It's good! It's good to live life sometimes, instead of documenting it. 

Life Through the Lens

1. Share us your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

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lttl 11:52... a week of sunsets

The sunsets have been fabulous this year. I mean practically-every-single-night blazes of glory. I had this brilliant idea to give you a week of sunsets. I took one on Sunday night, missed Monday because I was busy walking The Wonder Dog, and then it began to rain on Tuesday and hasn't real quit ever since until Friday when it pulled out of our neighborhood for a wonderful weekend. LOL! Isn't that life.

And then, I had this other idea that I would have a color of the month challenge on Instagram, because I am into red right now... or, well, I was into red for about two weeks. I was terrific the first week, I even featured a photo of a fellow party goer, and then... yep, I realized what am I doing? I do not have time for this, and really I'm not into red as much.

Samsung s5

I always seem to have these great ideas, and then they putter out one way or the other. I think the entire transition out of being a homeschool mom and into being..... {crickets, crickets, crickets}.... well, yah, has left me a bit for a loss.

Samsung s5

I have these brilliant ideas of what I think I want to "do" with my life next and then you got it... fear, fear, fear... pops up its ugly head and I begin to question, and panic. You'll notice my store still stands vacant! (Although I am working on it) I also have a pretty good handle on how I would want to run a photography business, but then again, well ummmhmmm I just sit. Crazy, I know.

Part of it is a real lack of commitment. Part of it is fear, am I good enough? Part of it is... well, I am not absolutely positive this is what I want to "do" with my life.

samsung s5

I also feel this real need to cherish every single moment of these next two years; my two babies are growing up. Blue Eyes will be 18 this year and Dreamer 16. One will be a senior the other a junior, so theoretically I only have two years left of being a momma. Oh, I know I'll always be a momma, but the real target in life, with your kids, is to let them spread their wings and fly so that the two of you can enjoy the view together as adults. I've seen this transition with others in my life and it is not always an easy one, so I am working at a graceful entry into this new realm we are heading towards. Most of all, I do not want to betray the moment with them by being so consumed with what to do with my life next.

{Samsung s5, edited with various edits... Kim Klassen Unscripted at soft light 37% opacity}

Linking with: Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist, Sweet Shot Tuesday, Communal Global, Our World Tuesday, and  app happy Wednesday,

 

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Next week I'll be back with our weekend adventuring of ATVing and why I think phoneography is a legit form of art.

{CHECK OUT our features over at the Pinterest board, there are two again this week :-).}

Life thru the Lens the rules....

1. Share with us your life thru the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone, with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

~I am going to start featuring a photo in my Pinterest Life Thru the Lens... be sure to check it out.

friday randomness: 5 things to capture during each season

We took a hike last weekend. One of our favorite things to do, in the winter, is to traipse down a trail with fresh, unbroken snow.

As I walked in the silence, and traced back the years of our time in Europe, and the trails we hiked in the winter, I realized just how desperately I need, and cherish, the seasons throughout the year. I long for fall and spring, and I re-energize in summer and winter.  Every season, whether you love or hate it, deserves to be documented in it's entirety. Really, it is simple to document the season; it takes five simple steps.

1. Document color. I think it is easy to miss color, especially when you live in a monotone world during the seasons; brown for winter, green for summer, with only spring and fall to yield vibrant arrays of color. And, I am well aware that sometimes it is possible to live in a world that does not even offer a splash of color in the spring, or fall. However, I also think that color can be found in any season, anywhere if you look for it. True, sometimes you have to search color out in the minuscule purple flowers of summer, or the rays of a sunset on the horizon, but color is there if you choose to see it.

2. Document the ordinary. You know, those mundane things that you think will eat you up if your day happens to be the same as yesterday, and the day before that. It is hard during the monotony of life to remember that time does pass, and the years will fill with the changing of the seasons, and before you know it you will be two, three, ten years older, and you will want to remember what life was like two, three, five years ago. So, document the pot of soup on the stove, or the cup of coffee with steam rising from it... or, even document your cute wellies hiding in the snow.

3. Document the loves of your life. Those people, or pets, that live life with you. Document them so that you will have tangible evidence of what life looked like lived with them. Someday, someone will care. Whether that be you in the future, or your kids once you are no longer around, or your grand-kids as they try to explain who you were to their kids.

4. Document living in the seasons. Capture the moments lived that you do over and over: a hike through the woods, a run down the trail, a coffee date with your kids. Document those as well, and document them with the seasons showing. Show the spring crocuses lacing the trail in the woods. Show the new grass beneath the feet of your running shoes. Sit outside with your kids and take a photo of them in front of the brilliantly bright fall foliage. Do not just document life, but document to preserve the seasons. To document in the season it really comes down to changing your perspective.

5. Document the season. In all it's glory, document the season, which means taking a walk in the snow. Standing under an umbrella to capture a spring storm. Donning your bathing suit and taking a dive into the deep end, to snap away at the water, and the ciaos of the pool, on a hot summer day. Swatting away those pesky gnats, as you stop to capture the leaves as they glimmer their colors, on a warm autumn day. It is easy to excuse the season away due to the weather. But instead, embrace the nuances of each season and head outdoors to capture their essence.

BUT STOP... that is not all!!

I read the other day that, "this generation is the most photographed of all generations, but that they will have the least amount to show for it."  {I'm paraphrasing this great article... you should read it.} Why? because we document, and forget. We forget to download those photos off of our phones, and we forget to back them up. We have intentions of printing the family photos we took, but never find the time to do so. And, we throw the discs, and thumb-drives, in the drawer and forget, we forget about our documented lives. Document... but do not forget to print, in some from or fashion, make hard-copies of your life.

And, a February in review, using these thoughts.

Joining Friday Finds, Whatever is Lovely,  and Mona's Picturesque, Little by Little, Friday Unfolded

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Also I have started a Monthly Color Hunt Challenge on Instagram. Head on over there to check out this months color, and to link-up your photos. I'll feature a few every Friday at my Instagram home.