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[Pursue Beauty]

In the few years I have been actively pursuing photography, I began to notice a trend in some of my photos: I adore God’s manifestation of His beauty through flowers.
They fascinate me. It seems humans are not the only species drawn
to this magnificent portrayal of beauty.

“Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”

Song of Solomon 2:12

Many times I have found myself outdoors seeking to capture different landscapes, people, candid moments, etc. All of a sudden, I find myself standing next to (or over) a flower or two. I am like a slave, unable to leave its captivity (in the best way possible) for a few minutes.
I believe that when God chose to create us in His image, He was calling us to pursue beauty and the wonders He created for us to enjoy and explore.
Can you tell how enthralled I am by flowers? Although I love capturing any and all flowers, my favorites are…
Hydrangeas
Lilies
Peach colored roses
Tulips
What is your favorite flower? If you don’t have one yet, I encourage you to seek them out in this beautiful weather we have been given!
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I Left My ♥ in San Francisco

As much as I love traveling outside the USA, I have had a conviction the past few months to explore more cities and states in my own land.

"This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me"

Right?

Anyway. Sorry about that tangent. After I graduated from high school, my dad promised to take me on a father-daughter trip to a U.S. destination of my choosing. I’ve always had a fascination for the West Coast. Therefore, I decided on San Francisco. What a fabulous decision.

Here is the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge. We were able to take a boat ride out on the San Francisco Bay, which allowed us to get a better glimpse of both the Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

One of my favorite memories is from the Japanese Tea Garden, full of native plants, flowers, birds and goldfish. The gardens cover over five acres, and the weather was perfect for exploration while we were there in early August!
What would a visit to San Francisco be without seeing one of the crookedest streets in America: Lombard StreetStreet Performers are everywhere in the city, often known as the “Silver Men.” Here are  a few other attractions we saw during our time in SF:

– Toured the Ghiradelli Factory

-Took a train to Palo Alto, home of Stanford University

-Toured the SF Museum of Modern Art

-Ate in Little Italy

-Explored the Embarcadero and Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market

Can you tell how much I adore this city? I look forward to returning as soon as possible. Besides, who wouldn’t want to take a trip down memory lane and see the Victorian Houses used in the opening credits of Full House?

What is your favorite U.S. city and why? What U.S. city would you most like to visit and why?

European Endeavors.

Last fall semester, I had the beautiful opportunity to study abroad as part of the Lipscomb In Vienna program.

Three months abroad allows for plenty of chances

to capture some rather picturesque places.

Traveling through dozens of different cities and countries

truly fostered in me a desire to appreciate and

delve into the realm of photography.

This photo was taken in Prague, Czech Republic. We were on a guided walking tour of the city.

I really loved the way these branches were framing the city skyline.

Although we were in Prague during the height of tourist season,

it is a magnificent city worth exploring!