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.


the beginning Tuesday, December 21, 2010 | 3

Well, here I am staying up late to see the eclipse and I thought I'd post a quick picture of it I just took. My goal is to still be up in an hour and seventeen minutes when the moon is in it's deepest shadow and should have a redish tint to it. But we have a pretty cloudy night so it may not be too visible that way here.

O, Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree... Saturday, December 11, 2010 | 5

I don't like hiking here - I love hiking here! Friday, December 10, 2010 | 2

Since I was asked why I quit blogging, I thought it would be a good idea to make an appearance. I should be back tomorrow with what has become a little bit of a yearly tradition-a shot of the Christmas tree. I would post it today, but, uh, well, the tree still isn't decorated.

As for today's picture, this is part of the slot canyon at Kasha-Katuwe. I know I've posted a lot from there, but it's just a fascinating place.

a dip in the road Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | 0

starry starry midnight Tuesday, November 23, 2010 | 0

It's late and I'm too tired to upload something here, so I'll just post the same one I did at

a peek through the canyon Monday, November 22, 2010 | 0

looking up the aspen tree Saturday, November 20, 2010 | 0

a plethora of colors Thursday, November 18, 2010 | 2

fallen aspen leaves on an evergreen Wednesday, November 17, 2010 | 0

beginnings of change Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | 0

Fall in Abilene State Park Monday, November 15, 2010 | 5

I was camping there this weekend, and fall has hit and it is RED. The oak trees are all red and beautiful.

On another note, I'm sorry that I haven't posted in several days; I have had a dead laptop and I've been out of town. But, this is my 600th post.

seeing the waterfall over the cliff Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | 2

I don't like this one, but I know others will.

yellow aspens, blue skies in b&w Tuesday, November 09, 2010 | 0

This picture looked too unique in black and white to not post it. But it is too beautiful in color to not post it either. So, I'll just post both.

yellow aspens, blue skies Monday, November 08, 2010 | 3

Stay tuned tomorrow for the same scene with a different look

30 seconds in the park Sunday, November 07, 2010 | 3

the attack dog Friday, November 05, 2010 | 3

This fuzzy little sheep wandered into the wrong yard.

suprise! It's a bradford pear tree again - keychain camera shot Thursday, November 04, 2010 | 3

bradford pear leaves in fall Wednesday, November 03, 2010 | 1

Right after sunrise with the steeple and moon Tuesday, November 02, 2010 | 0

I know I posted this in black and white at the website, but Alison likes it better in color, so I went back into the raw file to make it color.

Go vote tomorrow! Monday, November 01, 2010 | 2

my future underoos at sunset Sunday, October 31, 2010 | 3

creepy angels Friday, October 29, 2010 | 2

It's like a junior high dance Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | 3

Now, stick with me here. You see how the darker bark trees are all on one side of the path and the lighter bark trees are on the other? It reminds me of a junior high dance where the girls are all on one side of the room while the guys are on the other side working up the guts to go ask a girl to dance.

the dodge - taken with the keychain camera Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | 1

I really really really really really love fall Monday, October 25, 2010 | 1

the lamppost - taken with the keychain camera Sunday, October 24, 2010 | 1

the narrow road Saturday, October 23, 2010 | 1

I gave a retro look to this path in Acadia National Park. It reminds me of some of my favorite words from Jesus found in Matthew 7:

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

a beautiful photographer in a beautiful fall setting Friday, October 22, 2010 | 1

goards Thursday, October 21, 2010 | 4

sea cave Tuesday, October 19, 2010 | 2

This is outside of Saint Martins, New Brunswick. This cave is filled with water when the tide is in.

A summer sunrise in the mountains Sunday, October 17, 2010 | 1

unique rock formation Saturday, October 16, 2010 | 1

time to crawl Friday, October 15, 2010 | 3

Yep, crawling under that rock is the only way through here. The gap is about three feet tall, so it's not as bad as it looks.

Autumn's light Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | 2

About my skies Tuesday, October 12, 2010 | 2

I want to address something about the pictures from the last couple of days - both here and over on the Autumn Challenge website. The last couple of days I have posted some pictures with some crazy blue skies. Nobody has asked me about that, but I want to take a moment to explain. So, by unpopular demand, I want to explain why my skies are darker than other people's skies. There are a few reasons why this is the case. As a test subject, let's take this picture from a couple of days ago:

1) Something that most people do not think of is that the sky gets bluer and darker the higher you are above sea level, and this picture was taken at around 9,000 feet. That's over a mile higher than where I live and where a lot of my blog readers live.

2) I underexpose my pictures by about a 1/3 of a stop. What does this mean? The picture is slightly darker than it should be, but the colors pop a little more.

3) Did you notice how the upper left hand corner is darker than the rest of the picture? That's because of a filter I am using called a polarizing filter. This filter screws onto the front of my camera lens, and its purpose is to remove reflections. This means the colors become more saturated-both the sky and the leaves. So, that helps to darken the sky. Polarizing filters only work if you are facing away from the sun. This lens is a wide angle lens, and the sun is to my right. So, that's why the sky gets darker as you go to the left - the sun is to the right and the polarizing filter only filters away from the sun.

As an aside, when I first got this lens, I immediately put the polarizing filter on it. I thought there was a problem with the lens when one corner like this would be dark. I finally figured out it was because I was getting so much sky with the wide angle lens that the sky itself was changing shades of blue due to the polarizing filter. The polarizing filter is the big reason why my skies appear darker than they probably should.

4) The time of day you take your picture makes a big difference. the couple of hours after sunrise and before sunset give great light to take pictutes in. Pictures taken in the middle of the day do not look the same based upon the harsh sunlight.

an old bridge Tuesday, October 12, 2010 | 5

This great bridge was built in 1926, and since I had uploaded this in response to a question over at the autumn challenge, I decided to go ahead and show it here as well.

swimming with a buddy Monday, October 11, 2010 | 1

fall in cloudcroft Saturday, October 09, 2010 | 4

through the trees Friday, October 08, 2010 | 4

dr pepper: good for life Thursday, October 07, 2010 | 2

sort of a repost Wednesday, October 06, 2010 | 1

I decided to mess with a picture I've posted before, so I guess it's technically a repost. This is Acadia National Park from the air.

green grass and a greenish headstone Tuesday, October 05, 2010 | 1

On an early morning donut run....mmmm....donuts Monday, October 04, 2010 | 3

I also want to remind you to see another daily picture from me (and a lot of family) everyday in October over at I should be posting different pictures at each blog, although I really liked yesterday's post there. So, you might be seeing it in a few days if I can't restrain myself.

Blue and green are not fall colors! Come on fall! Sunday, October 03, 2010 | 1

About the Autumn Challenge Friday, October 01, 2010 | 3

Earlier this week, my family began to challenge each other into going out a taking a photograph everyday in October. We wanted accountability to take pictures and we wanted a chance to really get out and enjoy fall. A few days later, we have a new website and lots of excitement about beginning the Autumn Challenge today. We will all be posting the pictures we take on that website. Since October starts today, you should be seeing pictures there by tonight.

So, head over to and see the pictures and join in!

this thing is huge - it just looks small in this picture Thursday, September 30, 2010 | 2

a new york city bridge Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | 5

Autumn challenge 2010 Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | 1

Okay, here's the challenge that was put out to me yesterday: take a fall related picture everyday in October. So, I hope to rise to that challenge and hope you will too. There is a special website where I will be showing these pictures everyday, so I'm not sure what I will do here. Keep reading, and I'll let you know on Friday where you can see and even take part in the autumn challenge.

a cloudy sunset Monday, September 27, 2010 | 4

a beautiful photographer Sunday, September 26, 2010 | 2

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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