Summer Portraits

While walking home after work these past few days, I’ve been surprised at how quickly evening approaches. It’s hard to believe that summer is almost gone. But before it leaves completely, let me post a few of my favorite summer portraits.

Wildflower lineup The way some flowers line up on their stem allows room for creativity in how you focus your image. This was the best of many perspectives.

Wet leaf It’s amazing just how fascinating the thin leaf of a Tiger Lily plant can be! You just have to capture it in the right way, and at the right time. I was up at 5:00 in the morning for this photo shoot.

Sky Lilies Day Lilies bloomed relatively late around here this year. These I shot in early July but they were still around for a while afterward. The different perspective is what makes this image more than just a picture of flowers.

Delicate petal This is another picture of a Day Lily that I really liked. It took a few trys to get the focus just right, but the result was worth the effort.

Forest amble There is nothing like taking a hike in an old-growth forest after a fresh rainfall. As soon as I saw this old stone bridge in Hocking Hills State Park, I knew a good picture was on the way.

Smiling daisies Believe it or not, these little Daisies were growing next to a big, ugly, blue dumpster. The beauty of photography is being able to take out all distractions and focus on what is normally overlooked.

The days are shorter and the nights longer. Meanwhile, the temperatures gradually fall. Summer is past and I feel the thrill of the changing seasons; I’m looking forward to capturing God’s creation this autumn!


  1. Robert September 12, 2008 at 10:29 pm #

    Beautiful, James!

  2. Jonathan DeSeno September 13, 2008 at 12:22 pm #

    nice pics

  3. Allen P. September 15, 2008 at 8:34 am #

    Great shots, James! I hope I get more time to practice my photography after I graduate. I especially like the bridge picture. It would be a good calendar picture!


  4. Esther September 16, 2008 at 9:05 pm #

    So beautiful! Praise the Lord for the relaxing feeling you get when you sit back and admire his incredible creation. And you’re pictures have given me a chance to do that even though I’m stuck in a big city. But like you said, there can even be beauty by a dumpster! A great encouragement to look for the good and find it!

  5. Daniel and David September 18, 2008 at 10:48 am #


  6. Joshua September 19, 2008 at 4:37 pm #

    It ceases not to amaze me how a simple scene like maybe a bridge, flower, or piece of grass can take on new dimensions & bring such awe & wonder with a little thought, forsight, & time.

    May we always take time to see things from the perspective of our Creator.

  7. Donald September 19, 2008 at 8:20 pm #

    Those were some great shots James. I was impressed with the thought that you had included the right amount of subject matter compared to background. It must be great to experiment with that.

  8. Kendalyn K October 11, 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    What beautiful pictures! It is such a privilege to capture just a little of the breathtaking beauty of creation and publish it for others to enjoy and reflect on the Creator. Thanks for sharing!

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