Archive by Author: James

Banana Advice

We learned an interesting lesson. It has to do about the biological structure of a banana in relation to its environment. We almost didn’t post this but then decided we should because we didn’t want anyone else to make the same mistake! It’s very applicable at this time of year too. So here is our advice: Don’t leave green bananas […]

A Record breaking Bike ride

Saturday, February 3rd set some new records. First, we woke up to the coldest morning of the year and of the winter season. Hovering at 8°F., the frigid weather formed ice on my eyebrows from the condensation of my own breath. But the freezing temperature was not the only record of the day. When the temperature had […]

A Great Ministry

For a summer job last year, I worked for a funeral home in town run by Mr. and Mrs. Greathouse. They were unable to do most of the manual labor of keeping up the property, so I was able to serve them by weed-whacking, mowing, weeding, trimming bushes and so forth. By the time the […]

What’s Really There

Despite its beauty and extraordinary singularity, snow can be rather difficult to take pictures of, especially while it is still snowing. Cameras are quite delicate. Water ruins delicate equipment. Snow is just another form of water. In other words, you can’t take many pictures until the snow stops. In my situation, because the temperature hovered […]

Winter Art

The first snow this year of any significance fell on January 9. After snowing an inch or so in the morning, the clouds thinned and it appeared the day would be rather dull. However, come late afternoon, a sudden darkness of clouds came in and within a few minutes, it began to snow again. By […]

Christmas Impressions

Christmas is one of the most enjoyable and challenging seasons to photograph. The feelings of peace, coziness, anticipation, and reverence are the invisible impressions I strive to create in my final works of art. This rarely comes by accident but is achieved through experience, forethought, and creative deliberation. Here are the highlights of Christmas 2006. […]

Christmas ’06

This Christmas is one I hope never to forget! Everyone was here, from David to Donald to Dad. No one was missing. Even Grandma and Grandpa Brannon were able to spend the whole day with us. Mom and Dad really went out of their way to surprise us too.  They purchased very useful gifts which we as […]

Deer Hunting

“Temperatures are staying low. Light enough to shoot by 6:45. Snow flurries between 8:30 and 9:00. Breezy. Lots of rustling in the leaves from critters out and about… now that sounds different!” In the next few seconds I experienced the thrill of what hunting is all about. A nice sized four point buck was trotting […]

Thanksgiving Celebrations

The Thanksgiving season this year was full of celebrations for us. Because the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day Robert would leave for the Philippines on a mission trip, we decided to celebrate a few days early. Grandpa and Grandma Brannon came over to celebrate with us. Michael and I had just got in from Indianapolis a few days […]

Cooling Down

On the 11th of November, Life Focus 14 came to a close. As a way to cool down and be refreshed after seven weeks of serving, all the leaders took a relaxing trip up to the Northwoods Conference Center for a few days. The second day we were there, it snowed; at night, you could […]