Peeper Dee #261

Inspired by Biodork by Xina

I’m posting Xina’s picture on the top, because I like the idea that one submitter inspired another. So cool.

Keep in mind, I arbitrarily choose placement. The top picture is one I like, but you should always find your favorite yourself.

Please note that just below the fold are two photos from Becky F. I missed posting her 260 with the rest.


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speedy day in paradise


Today I blogged less than usual, which may be the case for a while.

Our schedule is busy through October, and I imagine that it’s going to keep me from posting too much content here.

Some of you are relieved. Others of you, won’t care. Still some of you might even send me a check out of gratitude.

The above shot is from a wedding I shot recently with Bill Whitmire.

Love it.


Photography I love

I wish I wish I wish I wish I wish I had the imagination and foresight to do 10 images as good as the ones that Manuel Archain‘s does.

For instance, I remember having a similar vision as the one expressed below.

The distance between idea and expression is vast. I love that.

Check out more of Archain’s shots here.

I recently saw a photoshoot where a guy made photographs of people’s arms wearing expensive watches. Only the arms were severed at the mid-wrist and they were laying on meat packaging you’d get at the butcher.

You can see some here.

I need to sit down, write some ideas down and do stuff like this.

Love the inspiration!


The documentary movie called Buck

Last night, Tina and I watched the documentary called, “Buck,” about a cowboy horse whisperer named Buck Brannaman.

The movie was good. Tina loves horses. The story was fast and entertaining.

I can recommend it to you.

One thing that struck me was Buck’s background. His father was a violent drunk, and beat Buck and his older brother severely and often.

Buck used his past to determine his future. He made every effort to become a calm person with — not only the horses — but his family and the people with whom he worked. He made a strong case for remaining calm, firm with out sharpness, jovial without exaggeration.

I wished I would have seen it before I wrote this post on how out-of-control FOX News personalities and those on CNN are. They would do well to learn a thing or two from calm reporters and analysts rather than projecting impending apocalypse on every time the President blinks his eyes.

The movie also made a great case for adopted parents, and showing how awesome they are to kids like Buck. It made me want to buy a huge house and foster 10 kids.

Gosh, wouldn’t it be great if we could afford that. Wow.

One standout moment in the movie was when Buck’s adopted mom, really just his mom, told Buck’s favorite joke.

Below is the version closest to the one she told, but there are variations of it on the Internet.

Long ago, when sailing ships ruled the sea, this captain and his crew were always in danger of being boarded by pirates from a pirate ship.

One day while they were sailing, they saw that a pirate ship had sent a boarding party to try and board their ship. The crew  became worried, but the Captain was calm.

He bellowed to his First Mate, “Bring me my red shirt!”

The First Mate quickly got the Captain’s red shirt, which the captain put on. Then he led his crew into battle against the mean pirates. Although there were some casualtiesamong the crew, the pirates were defeated.

Later that day, the lookout screamed that there were two pirate vessels sending two boarding parties towards their ship. The crew was nervous, but the Captain,  calm as ever, bellowed, “Bring me my red shirt!” And once again the battle was on!

The Captain and his crew fought off the boarding parties, though this time more casualties occurred.

Weary from the battles, the men sat around on deck that night recounting the day’s events when an  ensign looked at the Captain and asked, “Sir, why did you call for your red shirt before the battle?”

The Captain, giving the ensign a look that only a captain can give, explained, “If I am wounded in battle, the red shirt does not show the blood, so you men will continue to fight unafraid.” The men sat in silence. They were amazed at the courage of such a man.

As dawn came the next morning, the lookout screamed that there were pirate ships, 10 of them, all with boarding parties on their way. The men became silent and looked to the Captain, their leader, for his usual command.

The Captain, calm as ever, bellowed, ‘Bring me my brown pants!!!’

What does a “NO” from God really mean?

It pains me to be reminded that I believed this very thing as a Christian.

Think about it. There are several scriptures that say, “Ask, and you shall receive.” There are no caveats for agreements or how god says, “Not now” things are going to lead to something better.

The bible doesn’t say that his timing and vision aren’t your vision.

And despite the bible’s clarity, apologies must be made left and right for why god is such a letdown.

These kinds of things didn’t lead directly to disbelief, but they heavily contributed.

God clearly doesn’t have the same vision that I ever had, so with lots of good luck –like so many people have — and lots of hard work, like so many people do, I got here.

Am I where I want to be? Not really.

So I’m pushing further.

I’m not waiting for my prayers to be answered.

I’m making them get answered.

I suggest the same to you.

The time you spend on your knees, that’s more time you could be out getting stuff done.