A quick post this Christmas day to share just a few blessings from above on this wonderful day. God speaks in Nature ❤
This was the first Christmas I can recall in my 41 years in Kansas that thunderstorm watches were in effect and the temps were in the 50s. Though the wind blew and the rain came, at the end of the day, God shone through.
These photos were taken about 30 minutes before sunset. I had been inside all day, enjoying time with my family, opening gifts, playing ping pong, my hubby cooked an air fry turkey(you have to try it! AMAZING!) and just chillin’ with the fam…. I felt the need to get with nature late in the afternoon and took off in my pj’s, yes, I was in my pj’s ALL DAY… LOL. That’s just how we roll on a relaxing day at home on Christmas…. I digress…
Within 15 minutes of leaving the house the skies changed, drastically. It was absolutely breathtaking. What a blessing, truly a gift from God. If you notice the barn photo, the shadow casting on the barn is a cross, it lined up perfect, it was from a telephone pole from behind me, something that usually annoys me in my nature photos, not this time, definitely felt it was meant to be seen and left.
Anyway, enjoy and be blessed by God’s beauty. ❤
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy your family and friends.
The Barnes Family (Yep I took our own family photo 🙂 Tripod and remote clicker! ❤ )
This fall our family decided to head for the mountains. The 7+ hour drive from central Kansas can be a bit boring going though western Kansas and Eastern Colorado… can we say F L A T? lol. This was our families first trip to Colorado together. My husband and our youngest had never been. We absolutely loved it and the trip was definitely worth it! The adventure hikes at Twin Lakes and up to Beaver Lake, the smell of spruce, the crystal clear waters of the Eagle River and the fresh mountain air are something I will soon not forget. Even though we were visiting at the weird in between seasons, where the leaves had almost all fallen and the snow had not done much of anything yet, it was still absolutely breath taking.
These are a few of the images I took on the trip to capture Colorado. Most of our time was spent around, Beaver Creek, Avon, Vail, Twin Lakes and Glenwood Springs.
I can’t wait to go back!! Enjoy!
A beautiful Kansas summer afternoon with sunflowers, burlap, barns and boots. Morgan and Lody are probably the most laid back couple I’ve ever met. No stress, just go with the flow and what a beautiful day it was. Morgan and Lody had their closest friends and family join them in an outdoor celebration at Sunny Side Pumpkin Patch in Assaria, KS. With hay bails for seats and wooden hearts to sign for the guest book, the details were just perfect for this young hardworking Kansas couple who we can now call Mr. & Mrs. Black. Congratulations to both of you. I wish you many many years of happiness. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your blessed day. Blessings.
A fun sibling session before big brother went off to college. As much as these kiddos can get on each other’s nerves, they do truly love each other. We laughed a lot, were extremely goofy and had a beautiful sunset for some great silhouette shots, AND lots of hugs and kisses too!! Good luck in school this year to all of you! ❤
So excited for wedding season to start! This was taken last night after the wedding rehearsal. Congratulations Jeffery and Calisa! Praying today is full of love, peace and joy!
As I’ve lived in Kansas my whole life I have never seen a tornado until this past May. It completely took my breath away. As my mind was wrapped in amazement and fear, it was such a strange moment, a humbling moment and something I will never forget. Below are the photos of the storm cell going over Abilene and below them is a video of the actual tornado that I saw.
Kansas has experienced quite a few wild fires this spring which as caused a lot of damage to crops as well as some lost buildings, bridges, etc.
But in the eerie pink smoke filled skies I chose to see blooms, budding, new beginnings, regrowth… Finding beauty from ashes…. Praying for the many families effected by the fires.
After many, many, many, many, many (I could go on forever) hours of culling through numerous photos I have finally compiled a group of my favorite nature photos that are now available for purchase through my printing website. This is over 3 years of work and I will continue to add more photos as the months go on. So for anyone interest in purchasing my prints here is the link below!
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Everyone of us has something that rejuvenates and awakens our spirit, mine is nature. I remember staking out sunsets as a kid. I remember looking at flowers and butterflies with my mom. I remember bird watching with dad.
I love nature. Traveling to other parts of the country and the world have always been a dream of mine. As you can imagine my husband knows my love for nature and photography. For my 40th birthday we took a trip to Kauai, Hawaii! Thank you honey! ❤
Below are some thoughts and photos from this amazing blessed experience that I will never forget. I hope you enjoy! God Bless!
Thoughts of majestic beauty and an overwhelming realization that we are so tiny in this big big world. A whale looks like an ant from 35,000 feet. I look over the horizon at sunset, from the plane flying over the Pacific ocean and I see a rainbow of colors putting the sun to rest for the night. I think of this amazing God who created all this and I am humbled. As the sun rose the next morning to greet us in Princeville, Hawaii, I was about put to my knees. Tears flowed freely as I rotated 360 degrees to view all that was around me. Every corner, every curve, every flower, bird, cloud, mountain and ocean wave was perfect.
It had to be the closest thing to heaven I’ve ever seen.
Not one photo I took could truly give you the experience. This island, this place is special.
On day 2 we hiked up and down the mountain side on Napali Coast close to Hanalei. It was a difficult hike but so worth it! The view was breathtaking.
I have rambled long enough so I present you with a small collection from my very large collection of memories from Kauai, Hawaii.
One of the most surprising things on this island was the chickens, yes chickens. They were not pets or farm animals, they were wild birds just like any other wild bird!
If I had to pick one photo from the 1700+ pictures I took, it would have to be the stars over Princeville Beach. The stars were amazing, as was everything.
I hope this fines you well. Thank you for taking time to check out my Picts 🙂