In the Dark

The moments that take my breath away are mostly unexpected

last night

around 11pm

Unexpected lesson, too.

With the right setting and focus, if the shutter is open long enough

there is light and color and beauty

even in almost midnight darkness

so of course after the minor breakdown

things certainly take on new meaning

in light of this revelation

in the dark

is it ever really dark

when we dwell in Christ?

or do i simply fail to see what he sees?

all are SOOC (straight out of the camera) no editing.

Artist Justin Vining-Regionalism Reborn

Remember my post, “Sway–Over the Moon?” Artist Justin Vining has inspired my creativity lately and now, I’ve inspired him!

A few months ago, Justin posted a Facebook message asking for photos of farms. That was all I needed (an assignment!) I just happened to be driving up to Wisconsin to see one of my best friends (Delania) and spend her birthday with her. So I took photos.  Lots of them. I clicked and clicked and clicked.

I think I ended up sending Justin about twelve photos. Probably overwhelmed the poor guy. But. Y’know how I am when I get into something?

He thanked me for the photos, said he loved them and I’ve been waiting ever since to see if he used them and if he did, how they inspired him.

Today I found out! (at least in part!)

This is a photo (my favorite actually) I took while driving. I was safe, don’t give me any trouble, now. I didn’t even look in the viewfinder. Just pointed and clicked. So yeah. I’m that good. 😉

Below my photo is the amazing painting Justin created.

This painting and others are on display at Justin’s second solo exhibition “Regionalism Reborn” at Lala Gallery in Lafayette, IN. Click here for more info. So. That’s where I’ll be Friday night. Cheering Justin on!


Oil on wood. Justin said this is the first oil painting he’d completed that he felt really awesome about. And that makes me swell with pride. For him (and a little for me.) Because, I love being an inspiration. And the reciprocal inspiration here is really quite an amazing emotional experience for me!

**UPDATE** This painting is now mine!! I just purchased it! 🙂

You can see more of Justin’s art for the Regionalism Reborn Exhibit on his Facebook Fan Page.

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The challenge word issued last week that is “due” today is: FREE.

Again with the struggle.


As in free without paying? No cost. Without sacrifice.

Or maybe free as in no boundaries? No rules. No one and nothing holding me back. Able to do as I please.

The creek. Free flowing. But bound by its banks.

A bird. Free as a bird. Flying high, soaring. Bound by gravity.

Me. Free in Christ. My soul full of His love. Bound by spiritual laws until death sets me free.


God is free. No time to reign Him in. Eternity stretched out for eternity. Everything in His hand.

And so how does one photograph God?

Please–pretty please click on the photo to enlarge it.

Phil suggested I get the camera before the icicles fell off the roof. I did. My intent was to capture their odd angles and formations. And so it was. No other objective in sight as I’d already taken a photo earlier of a rainbow on my office wall formed by the glorious sun reflecting off a CD. I was going to write about Noah and the flood and the promise of the rainbow. And stuff.

But I looked at the icicle photos as they came off the camera and I stopped on the one above and I lost my breath for a second. Those sparklies. So so so beautiful.

Did I really take a photo like that?

It’s not the most amazing picture ever taken. Certainly, I’m not claiming to have photographed God.

I let go. That’s what happened. I let go of words and definitions and expectations and rules and boundaries. I let go of thoughts of what FREE really means to me and let go of wanting to impress you with my interpretation of words.

Letting go.


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Next week’s word is: CLUELESS

You have from now until next Monday to take your photo, post it and you’ll be able to link it next Monday. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Also, since the word hope was so challenging for me, I thought I’d give you a head’s up on a month’s worth of words so that I you can have some more time to get just the right shot.

Week #7–Clueless
Week #8–Angry
Week #9–Perfect

pop?in?jay–noun–a person given to vain, pretentious displays and empty chatter.

In other words, blogging. 😉

Isn’t that what this personal blogging is all about? Me. Me. Me. For this photo challenge, that’s perfect. We’re going to dig inside of ourselves and do some “concept photography.”

I’m going to give you a word and you’re going to take a photo of something that describes the concept of the word.

  • You CANNOT take pictures of your kids or your pets for this challenge. Or anyone else’s kids or pets. I know they’re precious, but they make your creative bone lazy. Let’s get outside of the box. Let’s be challenged.

Please leave the link to your post (not the link to your website or blog.) For example:



So–Let’s see your photos for FREE
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