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.


A tribute to the snowiest December Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | 1

I guess snowfall records for Carlsbad, NM have only been kept since 1902, and this year's snowfall is the highest on record - 17.5 inches of snow. That's not too bad for a place that only averages 14 inches in rain a year.

I've got an itchy head Saturday, December 26, 2009 | 0

the capitol Christmas tree Thursday, December 24, 2009 | 0

Noel's other name Tuesday, December 22, 2009 | 2

This has become a yearly tradition-changing it when the parents aren't looking.

have fun throwing your camera around! Saturday, December 19, 2009 | 4

See below for a description of how this is done and a few more pictures.

First off, let me say that I'm sorry I haven't blogged much in the past week. It hasn't been because I didn't want to. I usually blog about 10 at night and then date it for midnight. But almost every night this last week, I fell asleep while getting ready to blog. So, I'm sorry, but I'll give you a bunch of pictures tonight to make up for it.

Alright, now here's the fun stuff; the picture above is a picture of my Christmas tree. I heard about taking pictures this way, and I tried it out tonight on our tree (white lights) and on one at the church (the colored lights). Here's how it works. Take a camera with a manual setting or else put it on a setting where your shutter speed will be about a half second to a second. As the picture takes, just toss your camera in the air. By tossing it in different ways, you can get very different pictures. My favorite toss was the double wounded duck backflip. It made some very interesting patterns.

trying to love fog again Sunday, December 13, 2009 | 1

I've always loved fog, although my love for it has been severely tested this week while it kept planes and myself grounded for 2 days. So, here's a fog picture to help me enjoy seeing fog again.

Ummmmmm...... Thursday, December 10, 2009 | 2

I never EVER thought I'd see these four words together.

another middle of the night snowing shot Sunday, December 06, 2009 | 2

I probably won't blog tomorrow, but I hope to be back on Tuesday.

fall in new brunswick Thursday, December 03, 2009 | 0

the 2 am snow Wednesday, December 02, 2009 | 4

Last night we were forecast to have a big snow, well, a big snow for us. I couldn't pass up the chance to do some nighttime photos of snow falling to the ground. So, I went outside about 2am to start taking pictures, and it was beautiful outside. Between all of the snow falling and the fairly full moon behind all of those clouds, the sky was very well lit; I could have read a book without any kind of flashlight.

This 10 second long picture was taken about 2:40. While you cannot see it, it is snowing pretty heavily at the moment. The snow is just moving too fast to be captured by the long exposure.

Christmas has struck at my house Tuesday, December 01, 2009 | 3

And I took one picture to prove it (since someone demanded proof last year).

roof head - most unexpected Monday, November 30, 2009 | 0

crashing coastline Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | 1

steeple Monday, November 23, 2009 | 0

the yellow background Saturday, November 21, 2009 | 4

The Monteleone Chariot Friday, November 20, 2009 | 1

This is the most preserved and most complete out of all the known ancient chariots in the world (around 300, yet only a half dozen are considered complete). This particular chariot dates from around 530 bc, and you can see it at the Met in New York. This was one of my favorite things I saw there.

bow bridge in central park Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | 0

a Monday bridge picture followup Monday, November 16, 2009 | 1

My mom wanted to know if there were fall colored leaves around this bridge, and there really weren't that many. The best picture I found to show would be this shot from in the bridge. So, there you go, mom.

the 1927 bridge Monday, November 16, 2009 | 2

This was one of those beautiful slightly foggy mornings that was perfect for seeing this 1927 wooden bridge. Alison and I saw three of these older wooden type of bridges in one day while driving around the countryside outside of Saint John, New Brunswick. I think my favorite part of this picture is the birds perched up on the roof.

Paul Revere's grave Friday, November 13, 2009 | 2

ancient glass Thursday, November 12, 2009 | 0

This is part of a stained glass window in a church in Halifax which I love. Jesus is healing this woman, and I love the detail work of her face and hair. This window dates from the mid to late 1800s (and the church building is from 1750). I love thinking about this window having been seen by worshipers for the past 7300+ Sundays.

Three days of fall - last one Wednesday, November 11, 2009 | 0

Fall is at its highlight here in Carlsbad. I drove around yesterday watching the breeze blowing the bright yellow leaves off the trees here and remembered how much I love this time of year.

Three days of fall - Day two Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | 1

Three days of fall - Day one Monday, November 09, 2009 | 0

sea caves Saturday, November 07, 2009 | 0

This is a picture of a sea cave in St. Martins, New Brunswick. These are fascinating because they are under water at high tide, but you can walk around in them at low tide.

quack reflections Friday, November 06, 2009 | 0

The fountain Thursday, November 05, 2009 | 1

I saw something tonight that reminded me of walking around parks in New York City, so I thought I'd post one from Central Park. I think my favorite part of this picture is the bird sitting up on the angel's wing. I took this on Alison's point and shoot camera, so I cropped out the left hand side which had the corner of some kind of banner. I did an unsharp mask and posted it. Enjoy (hopefully)

Old Burying Ground in Halifax, Nova Scotia Tuesday, November 03, 2009 | 0

I can do math! Monday, November 02, 2009 | 0

3 youth groups + 400 pumpkins + dozens of teenagers + 6 baseball bats + 5 water balloon launchers + 2 throwing axes + 1 twenty foot tall scissor lift = tons of fun for an hour

the view from 1,000 feet Friday, October 30, 2009 | 1

glider ride Thursday, October 29, 2009 | 0

Alison and I didn't take a glider ride, but we did take a World War II era biplane ride. I've had some people ask me what Acadia National Park looked like from 1,000 feet up, and I'll post a picture tomorrow to show you.

an ancient view at the met Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | 0

a nova scotia bookstore Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | 2

Autumn Leaves Monday, October 26, 2009 | 0

Since I was putting up this picture and calling it Autumn Leaves, I had to listen to the old jazz standard of the same name. I still think my favorite version is the Diana Krall one; the Vince Guaraldi Trio's take on it is nice too while Nat King Cole's recording of it comes in third in my mind. I just love the guitar and more hopeful sound of Krall's version while Vince Guaraldi's is a good one to listen to on a cold snowy night.

Maine is a beautiful state Saturday, October 24, 2009 | 1

a better view of that sunset at sea Friday, October 23, 2009 | 2

Since people liked the sunset picture yesterday, I thought I'd show you the really good one taken that night. I hope you enjoy this one too.

sunset at sea Thursday, October 22, 2009 | 3

a rainy midnight in the upper west side Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | 0

The changing of the seasons Monday, October 19, 2009 | 2

This picture was taken in Acadia National Park about five minutes before I took the picture of the branch with the one red leaf that many you liked so much (posted on October 7th). I absolutely love fall, and this year was amazing getting to see the beginnings of color in New England. It seems like every fall I always listen to the song Every Season by Nichole Nordeman. I've posted the lyrics on here before, sung it in church, talked about it on the church blog and in newsletters, but this year I want to share it with you in this video I saw this week. I hope that this song will help inspire you to look for the ways God wants to work in your lives this fall. He loves you very much.

Every evening sky, an invitation
To trace the patterned stars
And early in July, a celebration
For freedom that is ours
And I notice You
In children’s games
In those who watch them from the shade
Every drop of sun is full of fun and wonder
You are summer

And even when the trees have just surrendered
To the harvest time
Forfeiting their leaves in late September
And sending us inside
Still I notice You when change begins
And I am braced for colder winds
I will offer thanks for what has been and was to come
You are autumn

And everything in time and under heaven
Finally falls asleep
Wrapped in blankets white, all creation
Shivers underneath
And still I notice you
When branches crack
And in my breath on frosted glass
Even now in death, You open doors for life to enter
You are winter

And everything that’s new has bravely surfaced
Teaching us to breathe
What was frozen through is newly purposed
Turning all things green
So it is with You
And how You make me new
With every season’s change
And so it will be
As You are re-creating me
Summer, autumn, winter, spring

going for a swim Sunday, October 18, 2009 | 1

fundy trail parkway Friday, October 16, 2009 | 1

This is the Fundy Trail Parkway visitor center in New Brunswick; this park is gorgeous. You can find out more about it at

a great spot to go sailing Thursday, October 15, 2009 | 5

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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