Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Treasures of Snow Job 38:22

Job 38:22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? . . .
1. Free Exercise while shoveling it - no need to do hundreds of push-ups today (although I might) and ?
2. Water that will flow slowly into the water tables filling our wells
3. Nutrients that will nourish the ground so vegetation will grow
4. Adding to the water cycle when the snow melts and flows into the rivres and sea. Ecclesiastes 1:7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

Psalms 148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
Thank you Lord for the beautiful snow -

Most importantly - so I have a white paint table to paint pictures to my bride :-D

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Favorite Green Smoothie - Blentec - Vita Mix

Favorite Green Smoothie - Blentec - Vita Mix
Great way to start the day - 
  • 1 Cup water
  • Handful of spinach - I use organic baby spinach from Costco (very sweet)
  • 2 tablespoons of ground flax
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • Stevia or Agave to taste 
  • Blend these together before adding the next ingredients
    • This ensures the above items are liquid
  • 1/2 banana
  • chopped pineapple
  • apple
  • strawberries (I use frozen in the winter)
    • ice - to taste
Variations to this is to substitute almond or coconut milk for the water.
Or use other frozen fruit (I use the frozen fruit mix from Costco often).  

For a unique taste - add a handful of pecans and raisins to the mix.  

Depending on the amount of water used, this will make two 'meals'.  I like to make this in the evening and it will be chilled and ready for the AM.  Therefore, I do not need to make any noise in the house in the morning.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Buttermilk falls High School Senior Portraits - Beaver County PA - Portrait Photography

Buttermilk falls High School Senior Portraits - Beaver County PA

Black and White Senior Pictures
Continuing with all of the possible portraits in and around Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County, PA.

This is a portrait taken 'above' the actual falls near a beautiful country church.

The light was nearly perfect and I wanted to capture a peaceful portrait for this High School Senior's family. 

This is one of my favorite portraits from the shoot.  To me, it is a timeless, very peaceful black and white that she will be able to show others many years from now.  I utilize this pose often when shooting all types of portraits.  From children to high school senior portraits, to brides, it is one of my all time favorite poses to use.

Maybe because this pose reminds me of youthful dreaming and life pondering.  :-D

I remember the days I would read mystery novels and day dream about the novels and their outcome.  

The next pose is along the railroad tracks that run above the falls.  there is a slight step that enables the subject to stand on with the sun to their back.  Lighting was with a reflector from the sun behind the subject.  I love the look of this black and white portrait which captures her beautifully. 

Black and White Senior Pictures Hopewell

Buttermilk Falls is located in Beaver County along route 18 and near PA turnpike.
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tilley Winter Hat - Photographer and Travelers dream

Tilley Winter Hat

Winter clothes with style
Over a few winters, I kept eying up this hat.  I first saw the 'summer' version at an airshow a few years ago.  I saw this great stylish looking lightweight hat on a photographer and asked him about it.  He proudly stated it was a Canadian made Tilley hat.  He was a Canadian photographer visiting Pittsburgh and was photographing Wings over Pittsburgh with his dad.  I started to investigate the hats and every time I decided to purchase the hat, I said no for one reason.  The price - ranging from $80 - 100 caused some concern and combined with the fact that I couldn't find one locally, I kept hesitating on purchasing one.  

In late 2010 and winter fast approaching, I decided to order the Tilley winter hat (not the same hat that the Canadian photographer wore).  I measured my head per the instructions on their site and then the next decision.  Gray and black or all black.  I decided on gray and black and waited for my order to arrive.  I opened the box with tremendous anticipation and immediately tried it on.  I looked in the mirror and could not believe how stylish the hat looked.  Especially comparing the look to my normal winter look.  Beanie and/or a ball cap.  Neither were stylish and I was very tired of the beanie look.  Not only was this hat stylish but it was comfortable and very warm.  

Over the past few months, I wore the hat in many different conditions and never leave home without it.  I have wore it in sub zero temperatures to 60 degrees while in Mexico City (January 2011).  The hat has ear flaps and in conditions over 30 degrees, they are warm enough.  However, since most of our winter was below 30, I needed something to keep my ears warm.  I added black ear muffs and my winter outfit was complete (at least for my head).

The hat is warm but not too hot.  It is water resistant causing rain and snow to repel from it.  If you wear glasses, then you understand how happy keeping snow off glasses makes me.  It has a band on it that keeps the hat on your head in strong winds and the ear flaps also cover the forehead if desired. 

The hat comes with a tremendous guarantee and warranty.  

Expect a wide range of comments concerning the hat.  They range from how stylish it looks to hey Indiana Jones, to 'whats next, a stove top hat'.  Regardless of the comments, I 'love' the hat and ordered a light weight version for spring.  

I highly recommend the hat and will report on my other hat after I wear it for a few months.  

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