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Freedom

 

Soon to be Free

Soon to be Free

This milkweed continues its life cycle only by letting go, returning to the soil to be buried, only to resurrect and bring life again.

 

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.  For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

Galatians  5:13-14

Another Sunday Scene

A Vibrant Look Back is a Vibrant Look Forward

The pleasure of our North American 4 seasons is to know that in looking back you also see what there is to look forward too. The folks with the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge lift our drab winter spirits by having us seek out  cheerful vibrant pictures. I trust I can give your spirit a lift with this Yellow Tiger Swallowtail on early blooming Milkweed. look close and you’ll find a few other hidden finds. For other challenge Photos look here.

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Tiger Swallowtail on Milkweed

A Look Back, A New Look Going Forward.

WordPress congratulated me a little while back on my 5 years of blogging. An automated nod for sure. Ordinaryhiker was my original title for a blog that was to be a nature journal. It is still the underlying identity of this blog. My original blog featured my writings to camp directors and staff; from that came my blogger identity as “making camp”. Ordinaryhiker never took off due to circumstances unforeseen. Primarily recovering from the misadventures of lung surgery.

In March, I decided to blog again as a way to share and get some feedback on my photos, as a new photo hobbyist. Looking for a blog title that sounded photo worthy, I choose Snap Shot. It took off more than I would imagine. In the process, I realized that while I take on a variety of subjects, I am primarily a nature photographer …  the ordinary hiker.

So, with the start of the new year, I am reverting back to being the Ordinary Hiker. Snap Shots by Wm. Roloff Photography. Changes will be on the way, a new gravatar etc.,. Thanks to you all who have made my photo journey such a joy and contributed to my growth.

As my first post of the new year I’m choosing 20 (if I can 🙂 ) of my favorite photos from last year. They are in no particular order but I would be curious to know your favorites.

Happy New Year. Looking forward to the journey. – Bill

Up Close Floaters

Milkweed pods and seeds seem to be natures unlikely fine art. Rather awkward and ugly through the summer, it produces rather intricate fine lines and curves in becoming a floating dispersal system. A creator’s unending creative display.

He does great things past finding out, Yes, wonders without number. Job 9:10

Macro Monday – Monday Milkweed

My last summer Monday. One more hike and bike ride. A few more pictures will be taken then its back to school for me. More importantly, I go back to aid in giving sight to the blind, communicating the light my eyes receive to those who cannot receive light. I looki for new angles and better use of light taking snap shots  along the way. In school I’ll be looking for new words to give color and impressions for meaning to a boy and his blind teacher who do not see.. I’m privileged to be able to enable them to see, they in return show to me that there is much more to life than sight.

I’m also blessed in life to be entrusted with the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ who came to give us light in a world of spiritual darkness.

Enjoy the images, I trust you are as blessed with light in your life.

Monday Morning Macro Hike

I set off to take a morning hike before the heat took over the day. My intent was to find Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar or Chrysalis. I did find two caterpillars and a nice collection of other shots of interest.

My hike was in the reclamation area of the Norma Johnson Center.

Morning temperature 73F, clear skies, slight breeze, light dew. Time 8:30 to 9:30