Reflections of Creation

One of the greatest things that God has given humans is the ability to see beauty in the world around us. I have never noticed my dog stop and stare at the beauty of a forest or the incredible colors of a sunset, but these things have the ability to stop me in my tracks in wonder and awe. This website is my attempt to capture some of the beauty and glory of an indescribable God by capturing reflections of Him that I see in His creation.


stars and stripes Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | 1

candle Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | 0

a sunset through the tree Monday, April 28, 2008 | 1

a chuckanut bonus Sunday, April 27, 2008 | 5

Here is a bonus picture from Chuckanut Drive which is just about 20 of the coolest miles of highway you'll ever see.

the winding road Sunday, April 27, 2008 | 0

Yellow Submarine Saturday, April 26, 2008 | 1

The Yellow Submarine is the 1980 Indy 500 winner, and you can see it at the petroleum museum in Midland, Texas.

the black and white road Friday, April 25, 2008 | 1

a quiet night Thursday, April 24, 2008 | 2

a snowy outlook Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 3

I'm sorry about missing yesterday; I just forgot. Since I will be seeing snow in a week, I thought I'd put up a snow post. Next Wednesday, I'll be in Juneau who had a big avalanche last week. They lost part of their hydroelectric power grid and are going to have to rely on diesel generators for power for the next two to three months. Since their utility bills are expected to quintuple over that time, I hope that we'll all be praying for them.

Also, today is one of the days that I have crossed over to the dark side: I did some work on this picture before posting it. I did some high pass sharpening and some brightening of edges and added a little grain as well to give the sky some texture. I think it turned out well, but I don't think I'll make a habit out of altering pictures like that.

happy bear Monday, April 21, 2008 | 4

I know what this guy's happy about-the Dallas Stars win. Ten minutes ago they beat Anaheim to go onto the second round of the playoffs.

Bring it on, san jose or colorado!

more vines Sunday, April 20, 2008 | 1

vines Saturday, April 19, 2008 | 3

nighttime trees Friday, April 18, 2008 | 1

eeeehhhhh Thursday, April 17, 2008 | 2

I sorta like it, but I'm far from loving it. I'm posting it because I'm down to about 20 shots I like and so I am in danger of running out of decent pictures before we get back from Alaska (we leave a week from tomorrow).

This picture has a very narrow "depth of field" to it, so the leaves and petals in focus are in the middle of the picture. Since the leaves and petals closest and farthest from the camera are out of focus, this makes this picture look somewhat abstract. I know sometimes you guys like pictures I don't and I figure some of you will really enjoy this picture simply because of the great color in it. Wait, did I just call purple/lavender a great color? I need to go do something manly now.

Speaking of being gone on vacation, there is a new feature blogger is testing which will let me go ahead and schedule posts in advance. So, even though I'll be away from internet for a week, you will still get a new picture posted everyday.

hint of red Wednesday, April 16, 2008 | 4

logs and ducks Tuesday, April 15, 2008 | 1

I've always liked the way waves look in b&w (click picture for larger view)

gas and jail Monday, April 14, 2008 | 4

amazing clouds Sunday, April 13, 2008 | 2

This picture was taken a few minutes after this one from march 24th. The dark cloud on the right in this picture is the same cloud found on the right hand side of the march 24th picture. While the cloud is dark in this picture, it was mostly white a few minutes before as you can see in the march 24th picture. It's amazing how much light changes depending on where the sun is shining; a cloud will appear light one minute and yet dark just a few minutes later. Nice job, God!

That's what this blog is about -- seeing the amazing creativity of God found just by observing nature. Of course I reserve the right to occasionally throw in a non nature shot every once in a while ;-)

anyone know what kind of flower this is? Saturday, April 12, 2008 | 3

barbed wire Friday, April 11, 2008 | 1

Here's a photography tip for you: the best time to take color pictures is in the first couple of hours after the sun rises or before it sets. The sun is in such a place where the shadows are long, and your pictures have much more depth to them. For those times when you are taking shots in the middle of the day, I have great luck shooting in black and white. Normal mundane items take on a life or their own, and there are not as many nuances of color so the shadows you really need for color photography is not as essential. This shot was a shot taken in raw format and then the white balance of the camera changed to monochrome.

museum store Thursday, April 10, 2008 | 0

pines and aspens Wednesday, April 09, 2008 | 4

The lens flare at the top center bugs me, but that's okay. :-)

shadows and limestone Tuesday, April 08, 2008 | 2

birds Monday, April 07, 2008 | 1

just a light Sunday, April 06, 2008 | 2

watering time Saturday, April 05, 2008 | 1

busy busy busy Friday, April 04, 2008 | 2

I'll give you two pictures today since I missed a picture for yesterday (dsl was down last night). Here are two shots whose backgrounds are too busy in my opinion; I tend to like simpler shots with something to draw your eye in, and this doesn't happen with these.

This shot is a digital shot which was on a very sunny day. I was able to underexpose it to get that great sky color (while also using a polarizing filter). The bottom shot is a film shot I took using a borrowed camera a couple of years ago.

my dad's sign Wednesday, April 02, 2008 | 2

I'm trying to picture my dad wandering around craft shows to find the perfect sign to hang from the back porch. And believe me, that's a funny image to have in your head. So, I doubt my dad found this sign, but I know he'd tell you that it's true (even if my mom bought this and made him hang it up).

Just kidding, Mom.

albuquerque and volcanic rock Tuesday, April 01, 2008 | 2

I experimented with something tonight-some high pass sharpening on a duplicate layer and then faded it out to about 30% visible. It's a subtle change, but it looks nice. Seeing the snow on the west mountains over there is making me wish for cooler weather (it's been in the 80s here).

Reflections of Creation

the most important part of this website

I enjoy photography and I always find myself wanting more time to be outside with a camera. The idea of posting my pictures was born out of the love for my wife, Alison (, who hates it when I do not take my days off. This website, reflections of creation, is a way to force me to get out of the office from time to time and putting me outside where I love to be. While a creative outlet for me, I hope this is an encouraging site for you, and one which helps point you to the Creator of all this beauty around us. God is so much bigger and amazing than we could ever imagine, and He loves you and me! What an amazing thought! He loves us so much that He was even willing to let His son, Jesus, die as a sacrifice for us. That fact is more beautiful than any picture you will see on this website. I hope you know Jesus, but if you do not, please email me or go to Thanks again for coming and stop by again soon.

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