Sunday, April 3, 2016

March Birthdays and fun

It has been a few weeks since my last post here. March has been a busy month with birthdays and taking snowflake pictures. My previous posts show some samples of what I have been able to capture this winter. A friend suggested I try to sell some of the pictures online, so I opened a store on Zazzle. It is here:,
See what you think...
It's now time to move to photos of flowers.

Below are some pictures of our fun March days.

Holy Easter was also in March this month. We need the hope and joy brought by Jesus' Resurrection to remind us that this is not our home and that we have to work every day toward our heavenly home. Two dear friends joined our pumpkin in Heaven this March; Carrie, the smiley and caring Rec Center friend left us after battling cancer for many years and young Mackenzie flew to eternal life after a car accident (
Mother Angelica pray for us!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

For your eyes only.... a.k.a. "more snowflakes"

Yesterday the conditions was fantastic for taking snow photos. The snowflakes were large and mostly intact. My hands froze in the half hour it took to get these shots, but it was worth it...

My reflections:
I positioned myself for a picture of a perfect snowflake, when this was hit by another one falling from the sky that literally cut the first one in half.

As I write this note, these crystal beauties have already turned into vapor floating somewhere in the atmosphere. Their existence is so short, yet so beautiful. I think they are trying to tell us to stop and pay attention. Pay attention to the small things, "carpe diem". Pay attention to God's presence. He is around us us just waiting to recognize him.

All these pictures are untouched. While I like the perfect snowflake images on the websites of some professional photographers showing all corners and nothing else around it to distract our eye, this is not what we observe in nature most of the time. So, I prefer these pristine images, which are not computer-altered or averaged even though part of the snowflake may not in focus or may have already started to melt.

It is also interesting to notice the fragments around the snowflake that is in focus. What shall we compare this collection of ice fragments to?

Which one is your favorite?

notice the tiny one in the bottom left corner

cool angle. I have to try this again

Saturday, December 26, 2015

snowflakes - first try

Merry Christmas! We had a white Christmas so I tried my first attempt at snowflakes early this morning. Here are my first results.   Click on them to see them bigger.  What do you think?


uncropped - see below for cropped

same as above, but cropped





I used a Nikon L24 with a 50mm reversed lens in front of it. 14Mpixels and close up setting

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Macro photography

Inspired by pictures of snowflakes I saw online, I am trying my hand at macro photography... These are not touched up. Click on the pictures to see them bigger.
Now waiting for the next snowfall. I have tried to take pictures of snow for many years. This time I may have found the right setup.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

winter wonderland

Chilly Thanksgiving day walk.

Denver in the distance

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A Catholic picture!

I am excited to announce the launch of a website I have been praying about for a long time. I named it “A Catholic Picture” because it reflects my love for the truths of the Catholic faith and my interest for photography. My faith, like a camera, helps me focus on what is true and beautiful. My photos help me appreciate and hold on to the beauty around me.  Faith opens our limited human lives to eternity. In a way, pictures also capture something that is momentary and make it eternal.

I intend to combine my reflections and photos to convey the beauty and richness of the Catholic faith. At times I may provide links to more authoritative Catholic articles and videos.
What to expect? One or two weekly posting with very occasional emails communications like this one. I promise not to flood your Inbox.

If you access the website, you will notice a link for Signup/Login. This is for an area of the website that I plan to launch before Christmas. It will be for members only. As faithful Catholics, our family has struggled for years to find others who not only share our faith, but also our desire for community and friendship. Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have all strongly encouraged us to learn and share our faith with others. This is the New Evangelization. It is my hope that the members-only section of the website will help us develop friendship and faith with fellow Catholics and then reach out to others.   

Please signup for automatic updates, by entering your email in the Subscribe for Updates field at the bottom of the website and let me know what you think.

May God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

All Souls and All Saints Day

The end of October and the beginning of November is an interesting and fun time for our family. Norine's birthday, Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. It's the first time I dress up (sort of) in .... so many years.

And our friend Matt reminds us of the honor we should give to the "multitude of saints" that went before us.