Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jesus

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.

And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6-7


A Christmas Wish

Wishing you a Joyous Christmas and a 
New Year of Peace and Happiness.

Dan, Kay, Danny and Olive


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tough Guy?

This dude looks pretty tough, eh? He’s not. Not even close.

This image may have been reality if the City of Refuge had not been in his future. He was born into a life of homelessness, fear, and abuse. He is now a resident of the City of Refuge Children’s Home in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. He lives a life of love, learning, and spiritual growth.

He deserves an Academy Award for his performance in the photograph above. We were playing a game my son and I came up with years ago. We call it, Happy Face, Sad Face, Mad Face. This is his mad face. A pretty good mad face…but a total fake. A big-time fraud. Check out the real deal below:

Yes, he's a charmer and a bit of a class clown. And he could probably sell ice cubes to an Eskimo. Don’t be surprised if he grows up to be a leader of his country one day. He is an amazing little fellow. And he's being raised by an amazing team of people that are now his family.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Good Day

One thing is for sure. When you’re a kid and have really dirty feet, you’ve had a good day. It’s a natural law of the universe. I’m not sure what happened prior to this footprint landing on the wall, but you can bet it was all good.

As a parent and photographer, finding a dirty footprint on the wall requires prioritization. What is my first priority? Get the shot. Second priority? Get the perpetrator.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Fifteen Seconds of Peace...

Fifteen seconds of peace during 60 minutes of chaos.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Barred Owl

I decided to take the "back way" home one night after work. As I drove along, I could see a large bird sitting on a fence post up ahead. I slowed my car as I approached it. I assumed it was a hawk, but as I got closer to it, it turned its head toward me and I knew in an instant - it was an owl. WoW! A Barred Owl. He stood nearly two feet tall. I think owls are magnificent creatures. This is the first owl I have ever seen in the wild. Did I have a camera with me? Of course not. What an idiot. I know better. I was instantly reminded of a quote I heard NYC-based photographer, Jay Maisel, say (in-person at a conference I was attending), "It is very difficult to capture a great image if you do not have a camera with you."

No kidding.

The next day - I decided to go home the same way I went home the previous night. Same fence post. Same owl. No camera. What a supreme idiot.

The next day - I decided to go home the same way I went home the previous two nights. I HAD A CAMERA! Duh. Near the same fence post...in a small tree...CLICK. We stared at each other for nearly ten minutes. I probably fired off thirty shots before he got bored with me and flew. I was delighted to get the shot, but I was even more excited about simply seeing him in all his splendor…3 straight nights.

I've not seen him since. Maybe he knew he gave me what I wanted…finally he could move on. He taught me something in the process. I carry a camera with me every single day. You should, too.

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Christmas Gun

This sign appears every year around this time. Nice. Just in time for Christmas. I'm thinkin' this isn't what Jesus had in mind.

I'm just sayin'...

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Whirlybird

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008