What an adventure it was to travel to England and see the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. The precision and sound of these wonderful soldiers stirs the heart and imaginations of people around the world. I stand there in awe as they play favorite tunes of all eras and the stately marches of pomp and circumstance. Then I remember that these men are also defenders of their country and homeland. While traveling on the train from Cambridge to London, I was able to talk to one of these men and I was so impressed by his devotion to music and country. His humble nature intrigued me as he told me about his military career. It was a joy for this American to stand silent and take in the Changing of the Guards. This is a must see when you travel to London.
There is Always Hope! In our world today, people are looking for something to grasp hold of and make life more meaningful. We look for it in many things, activities, and substances. Hope is always there like an anchor. This picture was taken at the Abbey of Gethsemani in the spring. The Anchor is used to secure ships in storms and provide a strong grip to prevent the ship from drifting away. Our anchor, Jesus Christ, does the same for us as we face the trials and storms of life. Daily we are to have hope in his strength and power. "We have this hope as an anchor of the soul, firm and secure." Hebrews 6:19
This picture was taken in the early 90's in Kentucky. As always I was driving around the countryside and I happened upon this GP38 L&N engine parked at a depot. After taking several pictures from the front I drove around to take another angle and found this shot of the engine barely in view from the trees and bushes. At this time the L&N railroad had gone through several mergers and was the on the way out. I was lucky to get this picture as in the near future all of the previous railroads of the CSX Corporation were painted with the CSX colors. This was taken with my Minolta 35mm camera.
There is nothing better than driving through the country side and seeing and old farm house. These old homes are in abundance in the south. I remember as a kid driving through South Georgia and seeing these simple homesteads off in the distance. Many were vacant and mere shadows of their former selves. However, to me, they were spectacular displays of times gone by were play, hard work, and good food made up a simpler time. This home was taken in Virginia. The fields of grass draw you to the simple wooden frame house with chimneys on both ends. I can imagine snow covering this field and kids sledding down the hill until the end of day. This picture was taken with my 35mm Minolta camera.
Five years ago I had the priviledge of traveling to Scotland. I was able to travel south of Edinburgh and look at the ruins of five abbeys. These ruins are magnificent displays of art and beauty. This shot is from Melrose Abbey and much of the Chapel is still intact. I went to one of the transept areas and gave glory to God through song. The sound was awesome and I wondered what it would have looked like back in 1590. The stone work and carvings are a testament to the craftsmanship involved in creating these pieces of art. This shot was taken around mid-afternoon.
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