Dazzled by the Glory

Several times a day I pass across the stone patio on my way between street and front door. Sometimes I am aware of the beauty that surrounds me in the bobbing heads of blossoms. Other times I don’t even notice the gentle sway of fairy wands responding to the breezes upswept off Puget Sound. I am too busy so the catch phrase goes and everything washes out of focus balancing on the periphery of my next agenda item.

Grass and flower

Yesterday, I grabbed my camera after reading an article by Darlene Hildebrandt on blurring depth of field in backgrounds by using a standard kit telephoto lens.  I reached for my kit lens, Sony 55-200mm, which I rarely use, mounted it on the camera body, set my f-stop for 5.6 and ventured out my front door to see what I could see. There might not be any people willing to have their portrait made, but I knew there were flowers close at hand always ready for a portrait. Now to slow down and focus.

Blurred anemone

Funny how holding a camera slows one down to discover a bee in mid air.

bee in mid-flight

And then I turned my lens on the Japanese anemones chaotic in their ruthless advance across my postage stamp sized garden caught in the mix between sun and shade. Some blossoms, wide open, held their little heads high, while others, round globes of promise, waited their turn.

anemone 2

My heart danced until I noticed the pathos of the one gathering its own fallen stamen.

anemone 3

For the next several hours I either teetered on the stone wall peering down at these colorful dancers on stems or I crouched down from the patio below and aimed upwards. When forced to step back inside and prepare dinner, I had 588 images on my card and a bit of a kink in my neck! All but the first few images are from that extravaganza of largely unnoticed pirouetting color just steps beyond my front door.

I discovered the black-eyed Susan’s about three meters beyond made a great backdrop for anemone portraiture.Anemone 1

After dinner I sat down with Lightroom 5 to do some post processing of my favorites. A couple hours later, eyes bleary with focusing, I stood up to retire for the night. My heart fluttered with the glory of God I beheld in the majestic dance of Japanese anemone. I had succeeded in blurring the background, but more than that I had experienced a visual worship experience. I had indeed seen the glory of God right out my front door. I was reminded that what we see here on earth is but the delicate fringe of his excellent majesty.

anemone 4

In looking at this next image I thought of the words penned by St. Paul. “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created:  things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible….He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16,17.

anemone 5

I could have spent more hours in my garden Cathedral yesterday, but the sun dipped and duty called.

This morning I have renewed determination not to allow hurry and inattention to blur God’s whisper through creation. This is my quest.

Marlee Huber ~ For Your Flourishing Life!

About Your Flourishing Life

As a child, Marlee Huber loved to ramble through gardens sampling juicy berries and delighting in the heady fragrance of roses. As an adult, she thrills at maintaining a country garden in the foothills of the Washington Cascades. Something happened in 2012 that changed everything for Marlee. She followed the love of her life as he bicycled across the continent from their home in the NW to his brother's home in the Virginia. Ninety days later she came home and has never been the same. After photographing the backroads and hamlets across America--all on auto, she came home and took an online photography course, read dozens of books on technique and vision and stepped out into a new career. Her passion is coaching young people to discover their brilliance. She calls it Life-Themes Coaching and during one nearly half-day session, she unpacks what makes you brilliant and one of a kind. Then she matches the discoveries with a photography session where she tells the story of your life with her camera. In her personal life, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother delighting in her flourishing family!
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2 Responses to Dazzled by the Glory

  1. lifestreamsflow1 says:

    You are a TRUE BLESSING from GOD!! I enjoyed your Gallery today and am glad to have found you here on Word Press. I need to get back to blogging again myself!! Just busy building my own team amid some changing seasons in the lives of my kids and grand kids! You and I had a Divine appointment some years back as you and your beloved crossed Alabama. So thankful we got to meet this side of Heaven…for surely we will RECOGNIZE one another by the Spirit…when we arrive THERE…some Glorious Day!!

    • What lovely words Sandy. When I first saw your pins on Pinterest, I knew there was something special about you. The colors you posted seemed to be the colors of heaven if I could imagine what that might look like. What a thrill to meet you in person. Best to you, in the here and now and into the hereafter.

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