Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone.

The Upland Christmas Star. A symbolic message of hope,
dedication and perseverance. A message much needed amid
the insanity that we have allowed Christmas to become.

I hope that somehow, each of you have been able to get past the chaos and have been able to spend Christmas with people you care about, reflecting on the season's true meaning - one of hope, grace and joy.

I chose the above photo because of it's symbolism and of the story of it's subject, the Upland Christmas Star. The Saint I Am Married To made the drive over to San Antonio Heights to photograph the star. 

I had seen several T.V. stories on the star and I vaguely remembered seeing it long ago. I knew the back story, one where the original star was destroyed in a firestorm back in 2003, when the Grand Prix Fire ravaged the community and took out over 250 structures. 

I had heard the story of the property owner, who lost his home in that fire, as well as the star and all of his belongings.

More importantly, I knew the story of how that star was rebuilt, through the efforts of the owner and of the community - despite the theft of the wiring and of other hurdles. 

The star remains to this day, providing a symbol of hope to wretches like me. The house where the star stands still has not been rebuilt, but the star shines on. It serves as a reminder that through the birth of Christ, there is hope for all of us.

Merry Christmas.

Thanks for Reading,


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Black Friday In The Land Of The Dirt People

I was up early, but did not get any shopping done. 

Do us both a favor and click to enlarge!
 The sun peeks out from below the horizon.

As soon as I stuck my head outside of our RV, I new it was going to be spectacular. I was able to drive out a little ways from camp and set up my camera before the sunrise began in earnest. By far the best sunrise that I have witnessed in a long time. 

This is not the most beautiful area that we visit, but if I take my time and look around, I can usually capture some beautiful moments. It was a great way to spend the week, exploring the desert and being with our friends.

 100 degrees to the right of the top photo, 13 minutes later. A
small rainbow is visible, a result of the sunrise and virga.

I hope your Thanksgiving was as joyous as ours was.

Thanks for reading,