I received a 35 mm Ricoh camera as an appreciation gift after I left my first job as a camp program director. As a Christian camp director for 30 years, that camera documented the camp ministry story until digital cameras, video and interns took my place.
I retired from camping 10 years ago and longed to be able to pick up a camera to capture photos captured in my mind’s eye on daily walks, hikes and bike rides. My favorite activity was talking kids on nature hikes and training staff to infuse enthusiasm into these “nature hikes” as opportunities to open the minds of young people to the wonders of discovery.
In my way of thinking, discovery and appreciation of God’s creative world is the beginning of taking care of it. So I’ve never been preoccupied with names and identification (but I do for my curiosity) but focus on the wonder.
I was given a camera this spring to finally let me shoot the photos that come my way. This blog give me an opportunity to share a few of those snap shots.
Things you should know (maybe):
I walk for exercise first, photos are a by-product. No highly structured photo shoots from me.
Although retired, I’m still productive. I am blessed to be an aid to the visually impaired. I enjoy enabling young people and the challenge of bringing light to the eyes of the blind is very rewarding.
I pastor a small rural church on Sundays and am always on call.
I still go back to a camp or two each summer, usually as a speaker to middle school young people. And yes, I go on nature hikes with them.
I have three grandchildren and life is at its best when I’m hiking with them. They keep my eyes open to the wonder of it all.
Thanks for looking in and joining me along the w