June 25, 2012
Robert D. Johnson, Utah
This picture was taken in Logan Canyon while on a hike to Jardine Juniper Tree. It is estimated the tree is over 1,500 years of age. And of course hiking with a camera has many photo advantages.
I hike to enjoy nature, enjoy the companionship of my wife, and enjoy capturing nature, knowing the earth was created for man to enjoy and pay tribute to the greatest Artist in the universe, who has organized and created nature for the enjoyment and recreation of our souls.
In meeting people on nature hikes, they seem to be more friendly, relaxed, and inspired by its grandeur. Vision is a great gift for us to savor.
June 11, 2012
Lisa Talbert, Maryland, “Did You Think to Pray?”
Last year, when I was visiting my son and his young family, they asked me to do a photo shoot of them. We grabbed their little white rocking chair to use as a prop. We took it outside and placed it on the lawn. My two-year-old grandson immediately sat down while his parents, who were standing behind me, began coaching him to get him to look up, smile, wave, and so on.
My son asked Zerin, my grandson, to fold his arms next. He did, and because he was taught that when you fold your arms it means it is time to pray, he also bowed his head, closed his eyes, and began praying out loud.
I love this photo. I put it on my desktop computer with the title “Did You Think to Pray?” It is a constant reminder to me of the importance of prayer in our lives. Sometimes we wake up and rush right into the day, get distracted, and realize later that we forgot to pray. The words of the hymn come to mind:
Ere you left your room this morning,
Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ, our Savior,
Did you sue for loving favor
As a shield today?
Oh, how praying rests the weary!
Prayer will change the night to day.
So, when life gets dark and dreary,
Don’t forget to pray.
June 4, 2012
Lorie Burningham, Florida, “A Day at the Beach”
I grew up in Utah and lived in Boston for 18 years. The first summer my husband and I lived in Florida, we lived a block from a beautiful beach near Jacksonville. Our friends invited us to go see the Blue Angels, which were performing in the skies off the beach. That was something that sounded awesome—especially since we could stand in the water and watch! As we walked down our boardwalk to the beach, I noticed someone's bicycles leaning against the railing. Since the beach is always pretty much empty, it caught my eye. I realized after living here for a while that bikes on the beach are a normal occurrence. We love riding our bikes at low tide and enjoying God's creations.
I'm a professional photographer who loves not only pictures of people but of scenery as well.