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Welcome to CLIQUE!

I can trace my love of photography back three generations, to the early 1900s and my paternal great-grandfather, Henry Mattson. I have a really cool photo that he took of the old family homestead in Minnesota, sometime before 1910. According to family history, Grampa Mattson frequently took photos of his world - the people and places that he loved.

It warms my heart to know that this love of photography didn't skip any generations as it passed down to me! I am blessed to have such a legacy and I hope to pass it on to my own children and grandchildren some day.

I experience a physical and spiritual thrill whenever the Lord shows Himself in His marvelous creation around us and in the people I meet. My dream vacation would be to spend a year or two just traveling around the US, stopping at little out of the way places and photographing the interesting characters and the beauty of nature to be found along the way - those things that draw me closer to GOD and help point others to Him, too.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Autumn Pix and Texture Tuesday

The other day, we took a drive through Hatcher Pass and on up north to Talkeetna. So much glorious color to see -- it took my breath away... Here are a few of the shots I took that day -- the first image is my entry for this week's TT theme, "Free & Easy - Anything Goes" eDition (Photo must use at least one of Kim Klassen's textures).

Straight out of camera

Unfortunately, I neglected to jot down the various edits I made to these photos -- didn't realize that till just now... I do know that each is cropped to 8 x 10 and each uses the "Autumn Burst" texture from Kim Klassen. The track photo and the Mt McKinley photo both use additional textures, but I cannot tell you which ones or at what blend mode settings.  Sorry.

On another note - I'm no poet, but my emotions and spirit were so consumed with the beauty around me, that I wrote this down --

O Wonder!
O Joy!
O Magnificent Creation!
Who could imagine the beauty to be found in a state of decay?
The LORD --- Master --- Creator --- Artiste
He is the Maker of Masterpieces --- in His gallery hang the colors of death
Blues & Greens, Golds & Reds, Copper & Amethyst
Breathtaking Majesty!
In a world that is destined for destruction - that is rotting under the weight of sin
If such beauty and wonder can be seen so clearly in a dying world...
Can you even try to imagine the colors of LIFE that await us in Eternity?
If our Father-GOD will bestow such vibrancy to something that is not intended to last...
What must  Heaven be like --- what beauty, what wonder, what joy and splendor will we see and experience in the New Earth?
The richness of color and beauty - even intensified 100-fold in our imaginations -
Is nothing compared to the reality we will experience in that day...

O, Praise HIS Holy Name!

~ klb


helena said...

fantastic texturising - love the colours and softness

Ruth said...

a wonderful set of photo's, I really like the first one especially!

Jo Williams Photography said...

Love these, great work. Funny how when we are working we forget to jot down how we get to the end result, I have done this often!

Leah C said...

Stunning scenes!

Sall's Country Life said...

We can only imagine the beautiful scene you captured with your lens that day...your photo gives us the vision, but your words tell us there was so much more to behold! Your editing brought it to it's intended level, very beautiful!

Pat said...

Your photos and poetry are lovely!

fotogran said...

Love your photos and the way they are processed. Great use of texture!

Vickie ~ BGlad Papercrafts ~ WhimseyDimples Studio said...

Love the angle on the train track and the texture work is gorgeous!!
Thanks for sharing your poem as well - will be amazing to see the colors of Life!

Evelyn said...

Your autumn photos are beautiful!

ShonEjai said...

Your photos are composed beautifully, especially the photo of the track. Your colors are amazing as well!