I had serious bicycle accident in July and haven’t done a blog post since. It feels great to get back into photography! I took this shot of my office and then looked at this week’s photo challenge. Thought it fit the bill well. In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. Hebrews 1:10 (NIV)
Song for my verse
Pet for my cat
Wheels for my trip
Train for my track
Clean for my mess
Star for my play
Feet for my dance
Sun for my gray
Race for my car
Ball for my game
Boat for my sail
Last for my name
Brand for my cards
Laugh for my tears
Go for my slow
Balm for my fears
Kiss for my lips
Joy for my heart
Have for my hold
Till death do us part
I fell in love with photography because I see God’s face in nature as I peek through my lens. I’d like to create a photo book of all the beautiful sights I’ve captured of His creation. I think this photo would be a good cover for that book, so I’m submitting it for the Cover Art photo challenge.
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature,
and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
Hebrews 1-3 (ESV)
Jumping into the Fray of this week’s photo challenge is the Eisenhower Tunnel, the highest vehicular tunnel in the world at an elevation of 11, 158 feet and the longest US mountain tunnel at 1.6 miles long. 60 miles west of Denver, it runs under the Continental Divide and cost 260 million dollars when it was built 40 years ago. It is a monumental feat of engineering.
After you pass through the tunnel and start the downward trek toward Denver, there are numerous signs like the one below, warning truckers of the dangerously steep climb down the Rocky Mountains.
Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world
Even from everlasting to everlasting
You are God
My “Object” for the photo challenge is a beautiful wall sconce from the West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick, Indiana. One doesn’t think of Indiana as a place of elegant beauty but this hotel is one of the most exquisite places I’ve ever been.
More than just beautiful, a spirit of peace emanates throughout the magnificent atrium. Guests lounge in European furniture and soak in the ambiance, which was especially wonderful as she was dressed in her Christmas finest.
The French Lick Hotel, just minutes away, is more famous with its casino, but if you want style, grace, and class, stay at the lovely West Baden Springs Hotel.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4-7 NIV
Who needs Harry Potter when you have The Drake Dragon to protect you? This menacing creature graces the famous Drake Hotel on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. With his piercing eyes, bat wings and frightening fangs he represents power, wisdom and astuteness.
Built in 1919 and refurbished in 1993 this hotel is one of the finest in the United States. Visitors include British aristocracy, American Presidents, and A list Hollywood celebrities. On Christmas Day we had Holiday Tea in the lovely Palm Court with cucumber sandwiches, scones, tiramisu and other delectables. A harpist played Christmas music as we dined. Isn’t it lovely?
I longed to click my camera non-stop but that would have been uncouth, so I only snagged a few shots. It was a beautiful treat provided by my wonderful brother. If you are ever in Chicago, stop by The Drake, it is well worth your time! Afternoon tea is from 1:00-5:00 daily.
I pray your Christmas was sweet and beautiful. If not…a Savior was born for us. He can change the quality of your life in the twinkling of an eye. He did it for me and He’ll do it for you. For more about my story, click here.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
He is the Messiah, the Lord.
Luke 2:11 NIV
Other amazing places…
Rangeview One, my office building in Loveland, Colorado for the One photo challenge. Standing proudly behind is Longs Peak, the 15th highest peak in Colorado at 14,259 feet. Many days I stand amazed at how blessed I am to work at this beautiful location.
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men,
the Man Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 2:5 NKJV
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is about as “grand” as you get, so I have chosen it for this week’s challenge. F.O. Stanley, creator of the Stanley Steamer car, built this hotel in 1907. Probably more famously, it was the inspiration for Stephen King’s book “The Shining”. Recently, the Big Thompson Canyon road up to Estes Park was repaired after our historic, 1,000 year flood in September, so I was able to visit and snag this shot.
He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.