Location: Oliver, British Columbia, Canada

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Spotted Lake Photo Hike

Barb, Mrs Miles

I am so blessed to have the friends in my life that God gave me. Barb is one of those blessings.
As most of you know, Barb got a new camera for her birthday from her sweetheart of a husband.
I think she is still riding ten feet off the ground because of this. To make a long story short, Barb knows my passion and joy for photography. So out of the blue this week while chatting with her, she told me of how she and Miles both decided to bless me beyond measure. This blessing came in the form of her old digital camera. I have the freedom to use this HP camera until I can afford to buy my dream camera. It's not that I didn't have a camera, in fact, I have many SLR film cameras and one point and shoot digital camera. The problem came for me was the lack of sharpness and a good zoom on my digital camera. I would be frustrated when I would be out on the field and see something that my little 3x zoom could not pick-up. Needless to say, Barb and I are both flying high.
I spent such a wonderful day with Barb and the camera. We went to a very special lake called Spotted lake. I know Barb has a link on her blog giving information on this lake so I won't go onto the history of it here.
So I just wanted to share some of the pictures I took of the lake and my special friend Barb, or as you may know her as Mrs. Miles.

“[Imitating Christ's Humility] If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”- Philippians 2:1-2

Today's passage is from the New International Version.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Bike Path Adventures

Gail rescuing one of the locals

The scene of the crime

A few times a week, my good friend Gail and I often take a trek down our local bike path that runs a long the river in our town. We often see some amazing wildlife, and we often get to meet the locals that are out for their daily strolls. Well, this week was one adventure I was not counting on. Gail and I have been admiring the awesome sunsets that we have been having the last few days. These sunsets are a brilliant orange. The smoke in the air from a few forest fires burning across the border bring out the sunsets brilliant color and beauty. I have been wanting to get some pictures for awhile, but for what ever reason, I would leave the camera at home or on Gails table at her home. This was going to be it, this was the evening, so I made a point to take the camera and finally get those pictures I have long waited for. As we strolled down the path we came to the spot where the sun set would look the best. At this location there is a scenic pond with bow rushes and other plants that make it all the more special. I decided to be brave and move my way down a little bankment to get a better view and angel for my award winning shot. Well not quite, the camera was not exactly co-operating and showing the colors of the sun in a way that was pleasing to my eye. On the way back out of mud and mire as I was climbing my way up the bankment, I felt this large bug slam at high speed into my chin, I thought what the heck was that. I felt it again and again, then a pain like a hot searing poker being stabbed into my chin caused me to scream. Poor Gail I wonder what she was thinking. Then I look down, another attack on my arm, a large black hornet stings again, I try to brush it away before the stinger injects more venom into my skin. I glance up to my right, there I see it, a large angry swarm of hornets getting ready for the big one. I was not about to stick around for that, so I darted up the bankment as fast as I could to safety, waiting for Gail to show me some sympathy. What I won't do for a picture. I must have whined and whimpered all the way home. Poor Gail, the things she has to put up with me. The funny thing is, the very next day I almost called her to go for a walk and try it again. Today I'm recovering nicely, the stings are now at the itchy and swollen stage, but I will survive.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”- Philippians 4:4