Springtime at HQ

At 5:45 this morning, I jumped out of bed excited about a photo venture Allen Parfitt and I had planned to a local train yard. But alas, it was not to be; due to an unexpected turn of events, the venture had to be called off. Well, instead of being disappointed, I used the morning to go on a photo venture of my own, right here on the Headquarters campus.

Delicate flower detail
The detail of a delicate flower graced with water-droplets,
accentuated by the defused light of a partly-cloudy sky.
Earthy textures A view from the top Peculiar
Abstract shots from a neighbor’s garden.

Great depth of field = wide aperture + long focal lengh + close proximity.
Deep depth of field is achieved by combining a wide aperture,
a long focal length, and close proximity to the subject.

Bursting with lifePurple water-droplets
Watch where you focus; it’s the place to which the eye goes first.

Mallard landing

1/200 sec, ISO 800, f/8.0; an exposure
barely fast enough to catch movement in low light situations.

The Production Center as seen from "The Marsh"A mallard in flightShould I get in the water or not?

A fellow photographer let me borrow her 70-200mm L-series IS lens: an asset without which most of these pictures would not exist.

Swimming by

Let the wildlife come to you; it may take a long time, but if you wait quiet and still, you become part of the landscape before which nature displays.
Marsh Sparrow (I think)

“O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast
thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.” (Psalm 104:24)


  1. Allen P. May 17, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    Beautiful, James! Thanks for sharing! I am glad you got to get these even though we could not go to the train yard. How does June 6th sound?

  2. Esther May 17, 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    Breathtaking! Photography must be so much fun!

  3. Donald May 17, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    That was very rich for “Option B”! Praise the Lord. Also, for me, it brought back some great memories of when I had the chance to see nature’s display there at Headquarters.

  4. Daniel May 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    I oohed and aahed especially loud over pictures 2 and 6. They make you feel like a Lilliputian or one of the Little’s in Robert and Michael’s old stories!

  5. chad May 19, 2009 at 3:53 am #

    Thanks for sharing these pictures James! Your creativity and gifting helps me appreciate God’s creation all the more. what a wonderful God we serve! His beauty is displayed in the small details of life..

  6. Michael May 19, 2009 at 6:02 am #

    That’s great that you were able to get some action shots! That one of the Mallard landing is amazing! The few chances I’ve had to try to catch birds in flight make me really appreciate those!! I think my favorites were pictures 2 and 6 like Daniel. Truly the earth is full of His riches!

  7. Robert May 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm #


  8. Crystal May 19, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    I think it’s neat how you caught reflections of all the animals in the water, including the mallard in flight. I think I like pics 1 & 6 the best.

  9. Jenny Wilkes May 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm #

    I really like the one of the Mallard flying off.

  10. James May 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm #

    Wow! Thank you all for your encouragment. I hadn’t the slightest idea the day was going to turn out the way it did. It was kind of cloudy and dull for most of the time. I almost turned back once before getting the last few shots. Praise the Lord; who knows how he will be able to use these photos in the future.

  11. Dad & Mon June 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    Spectacular pictures – they were fun to look at.
    Wish you were here to photograph our roses before the deer and beetles get to enjoy them.
    God is a God that gives us Choices with Consequences. You made a good choice with the result of good consequences!

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