Tonight, the sky lit up. My eyes, my soul, my being is quenched in observance of this awesome site. Words cannot describe the majesty and glory of His design.
Last month, I spent eight days in Ukraine. I was there with a group of eight from an Indianapolis-based local church. Our church has a partnership with Kiev Theological Seminary (KTS). I was blessed and honored to join this team. We spent time with the staff at KTS and got to know some of the students. We also took part in teaching English at some of the church plants in the area.
The eight days were loaded with activity, but we were thankful to get at least one day to tour Kiev. Most memorable was visiting the Lavra, which to the Orthodox faith, is equivalent to Rome for the Catholics. Other sites we toured around Kiev were the WWII museum and The Motherland Monument.
We took part in a mini-VBS type event in a small village about 45 minutes south-east of Kiev. Kiev is a modern European city with public transportation, the 8th largest city in Europe, but you don’t have to go very far from Kiev to get a feel for how life used to be. I was able to walk around the village and capture scenes of everyday life. I was thankful to find a bakery there, serving very fresh, moist, chocolate-filled croissants and amazing cappuccinos.
The food is quite amazing there. The land is quite fertile; everywhere you look, you’re surrounded by rich, dark top-soil. It’s not difficult to grow amazing food in Ukraine and I did my part by eating plenty of borscht, sausage and Ukrainian chocolate. In fact, I brought home a suitcase full of it. I’m trying my best to ration it, but it’s not really working out so well.
When I get more time, I’ll post more photos from the trip. I hope to return there soon. It’s an amazing, interesting country. The people, sites and way of life are something that has left a mark on my heart. I will never forget it!
Here are a few photos from Kiev, the Lavra, around The Motherland Monument and the small village.
The last few nights we have had amazing art in the sky, provided free of charge. Check these out.
Here are a few more photos to close out the year. The leaves were great this year. A short trip to Eagle Creek Park and a few epic sunsets. Now winter is here, which means lots of gray, cold and possibly a lot of snow. There’s beauty in winter and I look forward to capturing some of it! 🙂
This truly is an incredible time to pull your camera out and capture the beautiful fall colors. It’s our job to simply study and enjoy this art that arrives as a free gift once a year. I love using a 70-200mm lens to compress the scene and create drama. Here are a few I shot today on a late afternoon walk.
Two hours north of Pittsburgh, there are many scenic spots off the beaten path, that are amazing locations for landscape photography. Here are some recent examples I captured over the July 4th weekend. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend getting lost in these beautiful green hills. Better yet, visit during the fall for an exceptionally colorful experience.
Beautiful sunset behind storm clouds. Snapped this photo at dusk as the storm passed.