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A Message From The Little Robin

It’s funny sometimes where we get our messages from, I’ve said countless times before that God has spoken to me through music so many times, even before I was saved, in fact almost four years before I was saved I was been spoken to through music, I just didn’t know it at the time.

I still get messages through music, song’s I’ve heard so many times can just play at random moments and provoke such an emotion internally that I can be reduced to tears at times.  That was kind of how this blog got started.  I had looked at starting a blog, I had written a few of my earliest posts, but I had mothballed it all and put off doing it, partially out of fear, fear I may expose more of myself that I really wanted to.

Then one morning as I was walking a song came on my iPod which provoked such a feeling inside, one that just prompted that I had to do something, it was time to share my story, stop sitting on it and hiding it away, but share it for others in the hope that maybe just one person may be inspired or even saved by it, that was almost two years ago now, but the messages still keep coming.

Yet this morning I felt I was being spoken to from something completely different.  I make no secret of the fact that this time last week I was feeling empty and dejected, I was losing hope and it took some soul searching to get beyond those dark moments.

So this morning I took a walk to watch the sunrise at the lake, I sat there for a while watching the clouds slowly drift by until the rising sun was revealed.  But as I did so, something caught my eye just in front of my feet.

A little robin had landed at my feet and was quite contently walking around in front of me, merely feet from where I sat.  I stayed as still as possible and just watched as it moved around.  I had my iPhone in my hand and carefully took a few photo’s, doing my best not to startle the little thing.  It hopped across onto the grass where it found a worm and after checking that I wasn’t going to challenge it for it’s meal, it devoured the worm and continued to hop around.

Little Robin

Little Robin

For a few minutes the little robin was quite content to be in my company, when I later moved around the lake and sat down at another position, it even came to me once more.

All morning I kept thinking how this little bird had not been worried about me, it was content and without too much trouble found the food it needed.  So later in the morning I did a bible search for a verse I knew I had read many times and found it.

Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

So what have I been worrying about all week, why lose faith and hope, when this little bird has everything it needs, because the Lord has provided for it, if Jesus says that I am more valuable than this little bird, then the Lord will provide everything I need, all I have to do is just wait on the Lord.

So as I quite often do during Worship practice at Church, I sit down on my camera platform, listen to the band and start writing whatever is on my mind in form of a poem and came up with the basis of the poem “Sunrise & The Robin”.

It’s funny how last week and even yesterday I was writing from a position of emptiness and despair, but today I write from a completely different place, a place of hope and contentment, thanks to my little friend bringing me a word from God.

Oh, the sunrise was great too.

First Signs

First Signs

Through The Gap

Through The Gap

Breaking Beyond The Clouds

Breaking Beyond The Clouds

In The Light

In The Light

The Gathering

The Gathering

The Glow

The Glow

Swimming Through The Light

Swimming Through The Light

Beyond Silhouette

Beyond Silhouette

Between The Trees

Between The Trees

EMBRACE by JAKE HAMILTON
I want to feel Your embrace
I want to feel Your arms around
I want to feel Your heart beating
Next to mine, next to mine

And it’s telling me

It’s all gonna be okay
It’s all gonna be okay
It’s all gonna be okay
It’s all gonna be okay

I want to see You Your face
Want to see who I can be
Want to see what You can see
In the mirror of Your eyes

And You’re telling me

It’s all gonna be okay
It’s all gonna be okay
It’s all gonna be okay
It’s all gonna be okay

And I know, if Your eye is on the sparrow
Than Your heart is on me

And I don’t have to wait
To go to heaven when I die
I wanna go right now
We’re gonna go right now

‘Cause this is the sound of heaven
Invading earth, this is the sound

Sunrise, Steam & Beams

I was scheduled for a sales meeting this morning over in Boston, my lift to the meeting was to be with the Area Director, essentially my manager’s boss, I wasn’t really looking forward to that, I thought he would grill me about work, which after the stresses of last week was the last thing I wanted to discuss.

Thankfully we spoke about everything but, mainly about our kids and the hours they spend on computer games and our own experiences when we were young, it was quite an enjoyable chat in all honesty.  The sales meeting wasn’t that bad either, nothing I hadn’t heard before, there were a few people who enjoyed the sound of their own voice, but once again in all honesty, not that bad.

This all meant a change in schedule, I needed to be at work a little earlier than usual, so I decided to get up early, get ready for work and catch the early sunrise before I had to be at work.

I’m glad I did, the effects of the sun lighting the steam as it rose from the lake was very intriguing.

SUNRISE

First Sign

First Sign

Eye On The Blue

Eye On The Blue

Beyond Silhouette

Beyond Silhouette

From Between

From Between

Partial Eclipse

Partial Eclipse

STEAM

Igniting The Steam

Igniting The Steam

Steam Of Orange

Steam Of Orange

Rising Glow

Rising Glow

Highlights

Highlights

Risen Illumination

Risen Illumination

BEAMS

First Beams

First Beams

Reaching Across

Reaching Across

Beyond The Leaf

Beyond The Leaf

Rays Over The Blue

Rays Over The Blue

Double Beams

Double Beams

FREE by SHERWOOD
Something’s wrong
Wrapped up in mourning for far too long
Sunken eyes tracing the pavement and crooked lines
Paint us with crosses and sleepless night

And hope to be free
We just want to be free
Hope to be free
Who’s gonna set us free?

Overgrown
All our mistakes are deceives we’ve sewn
Is it time? I saw the stones rolling back their eyes
Holding their breath until they see the light

It ought to be free
We just want to be free
We just want to be free
Who’s gonna set us free?

With our golden hair in silent sway
We’ll be home when brother finds his way
With our golden hair in silent sway
We’ll be home when brother finds his way
With our golden hair in silent sway
We’ll be home when brother finds his way

With our golden hair in silent sway
We’ll be home when brother finds his way
With our golden hair in silent sway
We’ll be home when brother finds his way

Awake With The Sunrise

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

For the second day running I was up and out before 5am, ready for a long walk and to see yet another sunrise.

It may be the same sun, but it’s definitely a new day and different sky, but yet another great sunrise.

As long as the sunrise is different each morning, no day will ever be the same, there to be embraced.

Sky Ribbons

Sky Ribbons

Over Deep Blue

Over Deep Blue

Alone In The Blue

Alone In The Blue

Highlight The Clouds

Highlight The Clouds

Frayed Within The Waters

Frayed Within The Waters

Creeping Through

Creeping Through

Breaking The Horizon

Breaking The Horizon

Between The Blue

Between The Blue

Through Morning Leaf

Through Morning Leaf

Above The Trees Beyond

Above The Trees Beyond

Across The Blue Waters

Across The Blue Waters

I love this song, it’s hard not to.

ANGELS ON THE MOON by THRIVING IVORY
Do you dream that the world will know your name?
So tell me your name
Do you care about all the little things
or anything at all?
I wanna feel, all the chemicals inside
I wanna feel
I wanna sunburn, just to know that I’m alive
To know I’m alive

Don’t tell me if I’m dying
‘Cause I don’t wanna know
If I can’t see the sun, maybe I should go
Don’t wake me ’cause I’m dreaming
Of angels on the moon
Where everyone you know
Never leaves too soon

Do you believe, in the day that you were born
Tell me do you believe?
Do you know, that every day’s the first
Of the rest of your life?

Don’t tell me if I’m dying
‘Cause I don’t wanna know
If I can’t see the sun
Maybe I should go
Don’t wake me ’cause I’m dreaming
Of angels on the moon
Where everyone you know
Never leaves too soon.

This is to one last day in the shadows
And to know a brother’s love
This is to New York City angels
And the rivers of our blood
This is to all of us
To all of us

Don’t tell me if I’m dying
‘Cause I don’t wanna know
If I can’t see the sun
Maybe I should go
Don’t wake me ’cause I’m dreaming
Of angels on the moon
Where everyone you know never leaves too soon

You can tell me all your thoughts
About the stars that fill polluted skies
And show me where you run to
When no one’s left to take your side
But don’t tell me where the road ends
‘Cause I just don’t wanna know
No I don’t wanna know

Don’t tell me if I’m dying
Don’t tell me if I’m dying

I Get To See This, Because I’m Free

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: FRAY

One of the greatest things I enjoy most these days is seeing a great sunrise.  When I was drinking, I had no thought of getting out of bed in the morning, I would sleep as long as I could and hide in my own home, behind the close curtains, not letting the outside world see the real me, the hopeless addict.

Since God set me free from that pain, I get to get up early, leave the house in the dark and walk into the light of the day, to watch the beauty of some great sunrises.  Today was no different, the sun turned the frayed edges of the clouds, firstly deep red and then to gold, an amazing scene I could never see from behind the curtains I made my prison walls.

Into The Reflections

Into The Reflections

Frayed Red

Frayed Red

Gold to Red to Blue

Gold to Red to Blue

Fires Of Red

Fires Of Red

Edges In Red

Edges In Red

Fading Red

Fading Red

Bridging Red To Gold

Bridging Red To Gold

First Signs

First Signs

Skies In Gold

Skies In Gold

The Centre

The Centre

Gold On Reflection

Gold On Reflection

Hidden Gold

Hidden Gold

Tips Of Gold

Tips Of Gold

Morning Branches

Morning Branches

Gold

Gold

Light Of The Morning

Light Of The Morning

THIS AIN’T HOME by SEABIRD
With every lie you told
You dug a deeper hole
You should know I’ve been down that road
I can show you where it goes
If you wanna know, it won’t lead you home

And why would we cry for your soul when you’re made of gold?
And why would we lie when you know that this ain’t home?

I know you’ve been afraid
That’s why you stay awake
All night and sleep through the day
Hoping to find a hand you can hold
Before you grow up and grow old

And why would we cry for your soul when you’re made of gold?
And why would we lie when you know that this ain’t home?
Everyone needs a hand to hold onto
Everyone needs a place to come home to
Hope you find a song to remind you
Everyone everyone…

And why would we cry for your soul when you’re made of gold?
And why would we lie when you know that this ain’t home?
Everyone needs a hand to hold onto
Everyone needs a place to come home to
Hope you find a song to remind you
Everyone everyone…

And why would we cry for your soul when you’re made of gold?
And why would we lie when you know that this ain’t home?
Everyone needs a hand to hold onto
Everyone needs a place to come home to
Hope you find a song to remind you
Everyone everyone…

Yeah this ain’t home

So please baby please
I’m begging you to show me
That you still believe that I won’t end up lonely
And please baby please
I’m begging you to help me…

Back Into The Old Routine

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

For the second day running I managed to get out walking once again.  There was an unforeseen delay in getting out, I’ll explain more about that later.

It was another great walk and yet another great sunrise, although it wasn’t as long a walk as yesterday, it was long enough to work through the reason for my delay.

Beyond The Grey

Beyond The Grey

Early Glow

Early Glow

Bringer Of Light

Bringer Of Light

Golden Blanket

Golden Blanket

Eye Of The Horizon

Eye Of The Horizon

The Light Beyond

The Light Beyond

Between Horizons & Clouds

Between Horizons & Clouds

Contrasting

Contrasting

Breaking The Clouds

Breaking The Clouds

Hazy Skies

Hazy Skies

Daylight

Daylight

TAKE HEART by HILLSONG UNITED
There is a light
It burns brighter than the sun
He steals the night
And casts no shadow
There is hope
Should oceans rise and mountains fall
He never fails

So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again

In death by love
The fallen world was overcome
He wears the scars of our freedom
In His Name
All our fears are swept away
He never fails

So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again

All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

All our failure
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome
All our heartache
And all our pain
God our healer
He has overcome

All our burdens
And all our shame
God our freedom
He has overcome

All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

All our failures
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome

God our justice
God our grace
God our freedom
He has overcome

God our refuge
God our strength
God is with us
He has overcome

Back In The Stride, Well Sort Of!!!

Despite an inner battle when my alarm went off at 5am, I almost gave in, turned it off and went back to sleep, but after a battle of a few minutes, I managed to drag myself out of my pit and get dressed.  Finally for the first time since New Year I got myself out to see the sunrise.

I’m glad I did, I managed to catch the sunrise at the lake, which was a delight to see, then I continued on up the cycle track for a great eight mile walk.

My coordination issues continued, I found that if I turned my head to the left whilst walking, my feet made me drift off to the right, if I looked right, it felt like I was walking on loose rocks, I couldn’t find my footing, if I looked left then right, it was like I was trying to do Riverdance, but very badly.  I actually find it quite funny now, I found myself amused by it all, rather than stressed by it, I think that’s a good sign, my quirky/weird sense of humour seems to have returned, big time.

Although I found it all amusing this morning, I did have a few issues with it all later in the morning, but more on that later.  For now I will share this morning’s sunrise with you all.

Orange Into Blue

Orange Into Blue

Beneath The Radience

Beneath The Radiance

Glorious

Glorious

Ripples In The Sunlight

Ripples In The Sunlight

Touching The Glow

Touching The Glow

Facing The Daylight

Facing The Daylight

Water's Glow

Water’s Glow

Radiance

Radiance

Light Of The World

Light Of The World

Illumination

Illumination

Reflections In Silver

Reflections In Silver

IRIDESCENT by LINKIN PARK
When you were standing in the wake of devastation
When you were waiting on the edge of the unknown
And with the cataclysm raining down
Insides crying, “Save me now!”
You were there, impossibly alone

Do you feel cold and lost in desperation?
You build up hope, but failure’s all you’ve known
Remember all the sadness and frustration
And let it go. Let it go

And in a burst of light that blinded every angel
As if the sky had blown the heavens into stars
You felt the gravity of tempered grace
Falling into empty space
No one there to catch you in their arms

Do you feel cold and lost in desperation?
You build up hope, but failure’s all you’ve known
Remember all the sadness and frustration
And let it go. Let it go

Do you feel cold and lost in desperation?
You build up hope, but failure’s all you’ve known
Remember all the sadness and frustration
And let it go. Let it go

Let it go
Let it go
Let it go
Let it go

Do you feel cold and lost in desperation?
You build up hope, but failure’s all you’ve known
Remember all the sadness and frustration
And let it go. Let it go

2, 852 & 863

So it’s day 2 without the anti-depressants and once again so far, so good.  I had a couple of minor headaches earlier in the day, but nothing too bad.  As I walked home I had a couple of “dizzy spells”, mainly if I turned my head quickly or stepped heavily, but once again, nothing I couldn’t cope with.

I had a walk up to the Sports Centre and popped into the karate class, my assistant was covering this evening, I had a chat with a few people and decided to walk home.

On the way back I thought about taking a walk up the cycle track and taking in the sunset, but then seemed to talk myself out of it.  But the closer I got to home, the more I found the resolve to force myself to take that walk, I’ve been putting it off all year, making excuses not to get out and walk, to catch a sunset or sunrise, so I decided to take the walk, I’m glad I did, the sunset was great to see.

Light Upon The Wheat

Light Upon The Wheat

Slipping Behind The Horizon

Slipping Behind The Horizon

Evening Sunset

Evening Sunset

Setting

Setting

Light On The Horizon

Light On The Horizon

Golden Blue

Golden Blue

Below The Clouds

Below The Clouds

Across The Fields

Across The Fields

Last Goodbye

Last Goodbye

I’m glad I found the strength to stop taking the easy option and take a walk this evening, now I hope I can do the same in the morning, get back into my old routine and find the time to walk and find some peace.

PURSUIT by JESUS CULTURE
Strip everything away till all I have is You
Undo the veils till all I see is You

Strip everything away till all I have is You
Undo the veils till all I see is You

I will pursue You, I will pursue Your presence
I will pursue You, I will pursue Your presence

I’m pressing in to You so do not pass me by
I’m breaking through the boundaries
I will not be denied

I will pursue You, I will pursue Your presence
I will pursue You, I will pursue Your presence

Open my eyes, search me inside
I cant live without Your presence
I can’t live without Your presence

Spring Sunrise, Part 2

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

I didn’t walk as far as I intended to today, but it was good to be back out for the first time since New Year.  No new aches or pains to report, so far!

Now to get ready to take the kids to see the Muppets movie at the cinema!

Highlighting

Highlighting

Spring's Rays

Spring’s Rays

Beyond

Beyond

Beyond The Branches

Beyond The Branches

Beyond The Web

Beyond The Web

Across The Waters

Across The Waters

Morning Swim

Morning Swim

Graceful

Graceful

Sun Bathing

Sun Bathing

Morning Bath

Morning Bath

INTO THE OCEAN by QUIETDRIVE
I know trust, I know fate, I know lust*
I’ve lived to tell the tales
Many years pass me by, leaving me alone with wasted time

The arrow flies, just as fast as time
As I watch it fly, the sunset fills my eyes, oh

Throw myself back into the ocean, and I’ve lived to tell the tale
Throw myself back into the ocean, but it wouldn’t take me back
No it wouldn’t take me back

I don’t trust, I don’t hate, I don’t lust anymore
Since I was left behind
Consciously I’m awake, I don’t sleep anymore since god erased your life

The arrow flies, just as fast as time
As I watch it fly, the sunset fills my eyes, oh 

Throw myself back into the ocean, and I’ve lived to tell the tale
And I’ve lived to tell the tale
Throw myself back into the ocean, but it wouldn’t take me back
No it wouldn’t take me back

My father said you did your best
You tore your soul out of your chest
He said he made the same mistake
My mother wept, she told me son
I’ll let you cry but just this once
Because I made the same mistake

Throw myself back into the ocean, but it wouldn’t take me back
No it wouldn’t take me back

Spring Sunrise, Part 1

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

Luckily for me I have this Bank Holiday Monday off work, although I will have to work the next one later this month.  But having not been out for a long walk since New Year, I decided it was time to get back out.

It was a good choice, the early sunrise was definitely worth getting up for.

Spring Reflections

Spring Reflections

Etched

Etched

Line

Line

Clouded Surface

Clouded Surface

Breaking The Cloud

Breaking The Cloud

Dividing The Cloud

Dividing The Cloud

Morning Light

Morning Light

In The Burning

In The Burning

Eye On The Horizon

Eye On The Horizon

Broken Line

Broken Line

Sky Lines

Sky Lines

On A Wire

On A Wire

YOUR LOVE IS A SONG by SWITCHFOOT
I hear you breathing in
another day begins

The stars are falling out
my dreams are fading now, fading out

I’ve been keeping my eyes wide open
I’ve been keeping my eyes wide open

Your love is a symphony
all around me
running through me

Your love is a melody
underneath me
running to me

Your love is a song
the dawn is fire bright
against the city lights

the clouds are glowing now
The moon is blacking out

I’ve been keeping my mind wide open
I’ve been keeping my mind wide open

Your love is a song

With my eyes wide open
I’ve got my eyes wide open
I’ve been keeping my hopes unbroken

Spring Morning

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

So far here in the UK the spring hasn’t been that great, thankfully as we have reached the May Bank Holiday, the spring seems to have finally arrived, which made for a pleasant walk to work this morning.

Tree Lined

Tree Lined

Crossing The Sun

Crossing The Sun

Pathway

Pathway

Reflective

Reflective

Morning Swim

Morning Swim

Alone

Alone

Single Track

Single Track

Beyond

Beyond

FIVE CANDLES (YOU WERE THERE) by JARS OF CLAY
A promise or a dare 
I would jump if I knew you’d catch me 
Staring over the edge 
I can’t tell if you’ll be here for me 

I close my eyes and make a wish 
Turn out the lights and take a breath 
Pray that when the wick is burned 
You would say that it’s all about love 

You were there when I needed you 
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open 
You were there when I needed you 
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open 

You were never here 

I remember you said 
Love was more than your good intentions 
Empty boxes on the floor 
Things I never asked you for 
I pray that when the wick is burned 
You would say that it’s all about love 

You were there when I needed you 
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open 
You were there when I needed you 
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open 

I can’t see the promise of 
Excuses you fall upon 
I pray to God not holding on 
To things you’ve left undone 

You were there when I 
You were there when I 
You were there when I needed you