I admit: this post is completely random, and I’m OK with that. A few nights ago, a friend and I were discussing how much we want to go to New Zealand. When I studied abroad in 2009, I met and befriended a few Aussies and New Zealanders. They are some of the nicest, most hospitable and enjoyable people to be around. After talking with them about our cultural differences, I added New Zealand to my personal list of top destinations to visit before I die.
I found these pictures with a simple Google search. I wish I could claim I took these photos, but maybe in a few years I will have some personal work to report!
New Zealand is an island-country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Some of the top things to do in New Zealand include hiking, cave-exploring, white-water rafting, whale-watching, wilderness cruises and helicopter rides, to name a few.
Check out this website for all the details: New Zealand
With the weather being so lovely outside, I can’t help but crave the outdoors. One of my favorite outdoor adventures is hiking and camping. I honestly don’t get to do it nearly as much as I would like, but I hope to change that in the future!
Fall Creek Falls is one of the best and closest places to hike near Nashville. With 20,000 acres, Fall Creek Falls is considered one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America!Fun fact: I love climbing on rocks.This picture was taken in the fall. The leaves at Fall Creek Falls are absolutely stunning.Do you have any favorite spots you like to go hiking? Let’s hope this weather is here to stay. 🙂
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is shrinking. I chose to base this entry on some of my favorite shots throughout the few years I’ve adopted photography as a hobby. Meet one of my best friends: Ben Jenkins. We have been friends since eighth grade; he is a Studio Art major at Oklahoma Christian University. We have the same camera and whenever we happen to be in the same city at the same time (which is a rarity these days), we embark on photo adventures.
There’s my brother. Although this image makes him look like a chain-smoker, he certainly is not. I took this photo one day at Percy Warner Park. Converting it to b&w was a must.
I love Nashville. This is one of the best shots I’ve gotten of the skyline. I took this photo last fall semester when my Ethos Photography House Church went downtown for a photo-taking party. If you’ve lived in Nashville for a few years and still feel like you don’t really know the city, go explore. We live in a very diverse city, full of good music, original restaurants, top-notch shopping and picturesque parks.
What is your favorite aspect of Nashville?
Last summer, I had the beautiful opportunity to travel to Ghana, West Africa for a few weeks with a team from Lipscomb. I had previously been on mission trips to Honduras, Mexico and Ft. Worth, Texas, but this was my first destination where our main focus was on building/maintaining relationships.
We worked and stayed at the Village of Hope, an orphanage and school for hundreds of kids.
This was one of the most impactful and enriching experiences of my life. The kids, house parents, teachers, administrators and citizens in Ghana are some of the most hospitable, generous and genuine people I have ever met. Throughout the year, I have kept in touch with my Ghanian friends through Facebook, phone calls and letters. I love them with all my heart. I can’t wait to go back this summer! I have been reflecting on this verse this week so I figured I’d share:
“The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched
land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a
spring whose waters never fail.”
Have you had any similar experiences? If you could travel to one place in the world to spread God’s love, where would you choose?
A few weekends ago, my parents came in town to see my brother perform in Arcadia. Matthew (my brother) often encourages me to take my camera with me everywhere I go. Here are a few random photos I took in his backyard…and one of him, of course.
Robert Brault once said, ” Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
Seize the day!
Have you had any experiences recently that simply just made you feel more alive?
I really love the outdoors. Maybe you’ve noticed. If there’s one aspect of this earthly life that makes me believe in the power of God, it is through the beauty and majesty of the world He has surrounded us with.
“The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for God has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.” –Psalm 24:1-2
The summer before my freshman year at Lipscomb University, I had the opportunity to go on Wilderness TREK with the youth group I was a part of.
TREK is a rugged six-day adventure in the mountains of southern Colorado. Trek includes backpacking, hiking, rappelling, devotionals, solo times, a climb to the summit of a 13,000 or 14,000-foot mountain, and, if you prefer, white water rafting. It is specifically designed to challenge young people (14 – 19 years of age), adults, and families of all ages to discover self-confidence, self-esteem and personal faith.The trees completely overwhelmed me. Yet, under their shade, I felt secure. On our “summit day,” we had to begin hiking at 3 a.m. This picture was taken when the sun was rising over the mountains of Salida, Colo. We made it to the top! TREK was one of the most mentally, emotionally and physically challenging experiences I’ve ever had. There’s nothing quite like being 14,000+ feet above civilization.
This passage from Psalms sums up my feelings perfectly:
“Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are great. You are clothed with honor and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment. You stretch out the heavens like a tent, you set the beams of your chambers on the waters, you make the clouds your chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind, you make the winds your messengers, fire and flame your ministers. You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken. You cover it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.” -Psalm 104:1-6
When/how do you feel closest to God? How can we do a better job of being good stewards to His creation?
By spending three months in Europe last fall, I became partial to certain cities. One of my favorites was/is…(drumroll please) VENICE. Or Venezia, if you want to embrace your inner Italian. Here are some of my favorite photos I took during my short weekend in Venice.
If there’s one thing you probably know about Venice, it’s the canals and (romantic, but cheesy) gondola rides.
Imagine gliding slowly down the narrow canals in a gondola on a moonlit night to musical accompaniment. Sounds like a movie, right?If there’s one thing you should know about me, here it is: I love people-watching. I really like this photo I captured of a father and daughter feeding some birds outside of a cathedral in Venice. They were surrounded by thousands of tourists, yet they seemed completely unaffected. What a beautiful moment for me to witness. Venice is a photographer’s dream. Beauty is everywhere…literally. The people are striking, the architecture is intricate, the canals are bountiful and the food is simply irresistible. I adore Venice, in all its magnificence. If this post has convinced you it is a must-see, let me warn you to save your shekels. Italy is expensive but (undoubtably) worth the splurge.
What is your top destination in Europe? If you’ve been before, what city did you grow to appreciate the most? Viva La Venezia!