Friday, October 19, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Rounding the Harper's Ferry Curve, WV"

"'Rounding the Harper's Ferry Curve, WV"
(C) Allen Pearson
Harper's Ferry, WV is an awesome place to sit and watch trains. That is if you have the patience to sit and wait since CSX uses radio transmissions to dispatch trains and to communicate between the trains and dispatchers. In the mountains, sometimes it's difficult to receive these transmissions. The last time I went to Harper's Ferry, I sat in the car and read a book while waiting for a train. Also, there is a park with a walking path which allows you to get great views of the train going over the bridge and coming through the park.

My dog Noah and I were walking one of the paths when a rock train came through. We were able to watch it from the path. Next time, we are going to take the bridge across the river and see what's on the other side of the mountain.

If you are interested in prints of any images shared on this blog, please feel free to contact me.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"For I know the plans
I have for you,
declares the Lord,
plans for welfare
and not for evil,
to give you a future
and a hope."

- Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday's Thought!



The Only Thing You Have that God Wants
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life
 for My sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39

We have nothing that God needs. Think about that. If I were to give God my riches, I couldn’t make Him richer. He owns everything. If I were to give God my wisdom, I wouldn’t make Him wiser. He is the all-wise God. If I were to give God my power, I couldn’t make God more powerful. He is omnipotent.

God wants only one thing from His children—our hearts. If we pray to God without giving Him our heart, we are mocking Him. If we preach without giving God our hearts, we are preaching in ignorance.

God is saying to you today, “Give Me your heart.” How will you respond?

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers and to learn about salvation, please visit Assurance of Salvation.

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word



"Love is patient and kind; love does not 
envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not 
irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice 
at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 
Love bears all things, believes all things, 
hopes all things, endures all things."

- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


(C) Allen Pearson

Over the past several weeks, I have been listening to or watching bits of the news and sometimes even discussing it with friends. I usually avoid the news because it sometimes stresses me. Also, it seems, the news is full of violence which isn't very beneficial to me.

The political news over the confirmation these past few weeks has repeatedly brought a thought to my mind. Not political thoughts, but another thought of more importance. The thought which came to mind repeatedly is, "How thankful I am that Jesus Christ has forgiven me of my sins, my wrongs, and the like. In God's eyes, I am forgiven."

Jesus forgiving me of my sins doesn't mean that there is no consequence, nor can I go out and do it again and it's not a get out of jail free pass either. It means that He has forgiven me and given me the gift of eternal life in Heaven with Him.  Though sometimes it's hard to do, I am supposed to forgive myself and move on. If I need to make amends to someone, that should be done too.

The amazing part of this is Jesus doesn't come back to me, after I've asked forgiveness, and say "Hey- remember when you ......" or "Are you going to do that again?" or "I know what you did, and you cannot escape it, I will tell everyone." He forgives and forgets. Many times, I find that hard to believe, Seems like God should be pointing His Fingers at me. But, it's true and He doesn't.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"Anxiety in a man's heart
weighs him down,
but a good word makes 
him glad."

- Proverbs 12:25

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"An Elderly Woman"
Photo by Todd Cravens on Unsplash

Here lately, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about aging. Not sure why since I am not one for dreading a certain age, like 55 or 60, or often wishing I was something I am not yet or have already passed. I am 55 and am proud to be 55. To me, every day that I wake up, get out of bed and start another day is an awesome experience for which I am thankful. Many people do not make it to this age while others pass it and keep on going. Some people truly groan about the age they have reached and complain about their aches and pains. Not sure why, since they are alive and can enjoy life’s blessings.

This weekend, I caught up with my favorite cousin-in-law. She’s my wife cousin or something along the lines of the family. At 89, she has slowed down a bit but she keeps going at what she can. In the course of conversation, she mentions that she does her best to keep a positive attitude, so her mind stays good. She has some assistance daily, for about 4 hours, but doesn’t want more assistance than she really needs.

I met this awesome lady when she was 67-years-old. At that point, her husband had recently passed away a few years prior. Back then, she was full of energy and running a bed and breakfast type of place to keep herself busy. I noticed that she knew what times of the day made her miss her husband more than other times. Or, when times of the day would make her sad. So, she developed a routine which kept made her focus on other things since she loved her husband so much. I can’t say I blame her as it’s something I would have to do if my wife goes to heaven before me.

I can’t remember any moments of the lady’s complaining. Seems she never did. She focused on the positive and the good things in her life. Often, that was what the family was doing and how good life is. At nearly 90, she is still doing it. Whether now or when she was younger, she always smiled and had a cheerful tone in her voice.

So, I am not worried about aging. I am not afraid of the future or what may come my way. While, in my human existence, my body might get ill or whatever, myself- my soul or being, is afraid. God is in control of the future and me.

Another blessing of being a Christian is looking back and seeing how God has been taking care of me throughout my life. He has never failed to guide my steps in the right direction for what His Will was for me.

If you would like to learn more about Jesus Christ and God’s Plan of Salvation for you, please visit Peace With God.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Railroad Photography! "As the Freight Rolls Through!" #RailSafetyWeek

"As The Freight Rolls Through!"Art of the Freight Car Series, 2
(C) Allen Pearson

Capturing freight cars rolling through town has gotten to be one of my favorite aspects of photography. I enjoy watching the trains and finding the art in the scene as it happens.

Whenever I am photographing, I remind myself of the rules of the railroad. It doesn't matter if I am photographing Norfolk Southern, CSX, Union Pacific, the rules are the same. Stay off the railroad tracks! Stay off railroad property! Not only is it dangerous to trespass, it is against Federal law.

Remember your actions as a photographer are seen by others whether through images, online, or printed copies. If you photograph in illegal locations, you will be giving other photographers, young and old, ideas which could lead to trouble for them.

The "As The Freight Rolls Through" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Railroad Photography Gallery.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

#railsafetyweek

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Rail Safety Week! September 23-29, 2018, Attention Photographers!

Railroad
(C) Operation Lifesaver, www.oli.org

Whether taking selfie-photos, photographing children, animals, graduation, prom night, family portraits, and even railroads, or trains themselves, it is illegal and very dangerous to use the railroad tracks as a background for your photography.

Stay off the tracks! Keep you and your clients off the tracks. For more information on Operation Lifesaver, please visit, www.oli.org.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word


Deer
(C) Allen Pearson

"But I will sing of your strength,
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love
in the morning. For you have been to me
a fortress and a refuge
in the day of my distress."

- Psalms 59:16

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"The Passing Light"
Photo by John Westrock on Unsplash

He Will Make All Things New
by Max Lucado

Make 2 Peter 3:13 one of the building blocks in your foundation. It reads, “In keeping with God’s promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” God has promised to reclaim his creation. He is a God of restoration, not destruction. He is a God of renewal, redemption, regeneration, and resurrection. God loves to redo and restore.

“I am making everything new!” he announced in Revelation 21:5. Everything new. The old will be gone. Gone with the hospital waiting rooms. Gone with cancer. God will lay hold of every atom, emotion, insect, animal, and galaxy. He will reclaim every diseased body and afflicted mind. I am making all things new! This is God’s promise. And because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope is unshakable!

Interested in learning more about God's Gift of Salvation for man? Please visit Peace With God.

Reprinted by permission of Max Lucado.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson


"For we do not wrestle
against flesh and blood, but
against the rulers, against
the authorities, against the 
cosmic powers over this
present darkness, against
the spiritual forces of evils
in the heavenly places."

- Ephesians 6:12, ESV

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday's Thought!



"Storm Clouds and Lightning"
(C) Photo by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash
Hurricane Florence
by Allen Pearson

My week began on a curious interesting note.  Maybe even a bit stressful. Maybe even frightening or scary. I heard the weather forecasters on the radio and TV and read on the internet and email blasts that doomsday was coming with this incoming Hurricane. All of this while the storm is still making waves in the Atlantic and hasn’t come ashore yet. Not to mention, there was quite a bit of uncertainty to where the storm would actually come ashore.

With the threats of a “monster” storm and “will be devasting” and my own assessments of the weather maps, it’s possible the storm would come to Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. area though not real likely. However, since I have an awesome wife, a dog, and a cat, I needed to prepare or at least make plans to prepare later in the week.

As the week the progressed, it seemed the storm was getting scarier and more frightening by the minute or by the forecast. I made plans to pick up a few items at the store, made sure we had plenty of food and treats for the dog and cat, double-checked my supplies of AA batteries for my weather scanner and a few other necessities.

I didn’t pay strict attention to the weather mid-week. It looked like, to me, that the storm probably would not come ashore in Virginia though we might get some of the remnants which isn’t that unusual since we are experiencing rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane, maybe Tropical Storm, Gordon.

While working this week and partially paying attention to the storms, I got to thinking. With all the frightening terminology, like “frightening,” “horrific,” “devastating,” or “monster,” repeated on every weather forecast, why am I not panicking, running to Costco and buying everything I could possibly ever need and then some and then running for cover?

For me, it’s because God is in Control. If I needed to prepare for the absolute worst of storms, God would have impressed on my heart what needed to be done. He would provide the wisdom to do what needed to be done in the storm too. Also, my faith in God provides confidence, comfort, and peace, because I know without a doubt He is in control and is His Will. Just as He is in all parts of my life.

If you are frightened or scared or needing a friend to love you, please visit Peace With God to learn more about God’s Plan of Salvation for man.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Colorful Frieght" - Art of the Freight Car Series, 2

"Colorful Freight"
Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series, 2

(C) Allen Pearson
"Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series" is about the beauty of art found on the trains roaring by or the landscape by the railroad tracks, and items found around the railroad tracks.

I hope you will follow my work at Allen Pearson's Photo's - Railroad Gallery and by subscribing by email to receive blog posts by email.

The "Colorful Freight" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Railroad Gallery.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Seek the Lord
and his strength;
seek his presence
continually!"

- 1 Chronicles 16:11

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remembering September 11

Flag
"USA Flag"
Photo by David Beale on Unsplash

Today, I take a step back away from my photography to fly a flag in honor of the victims and their families killed in terrorist attacks on September 11. Also, I am saluting all the First Responders who immediately went into dangerous situations unlike any other where they could have been seriously hurt maybe killed to rescue those in danger.

For me, the day will always be remembered as I wondered whether I would see my wife again. She had to travel by metro subway from Washington D.C. to Springfield, VA near my office. Cell phone services were jammed so I prayed we would connect. We did. The "Kiss and Ride" lane at the metro never looked so good!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Billy Graham"
(C) Allen Pearson

Have You Responded to Christ?
by Billy Graham

Jesus loves you so much that if you had been the only person in the world, He would have died for you. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Jesus laid down His life for you. And then something else happened. On the third day, He rose again. He is alive! And someday, the Bible says, He is coming back.

Let Him come and change your life. He will give you a new love for everyone. You will be concerned about your neighbor. It will make you a new father, a new mother, a new boy or a new girl. I am going to ask you today to receive Christ. Say today, “I am willing to turn from my sins; I want Jesus in my heart.”
Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, 
Thank You for valuing a relationship
 with us so much that You gave Your life
 to save us from sin. 
Please deepen my understanding
 and appreciation of this great gift, 
and take my life and use it for Your glory. 

In Your Name. 
Amen.

To learn more about God's Plan of Salvation and repentance, please visit Peace With God!

Devotion used by written permission of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Rejoice in hope,
be patient in tribulation,
be constant in prayer."

- Romans 12:12, ESV

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Candles Burning"
Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

Who Are You Burning Your Candle For?
by Dr. Adrian Rogers

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit 
do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Romans 8:13

We preachers are fond of saying, “Get right with God. You may die!” It is far better to say, “Get right with God. You may live!” The greatest joy in life is living for Jesus. Why waste more time? There is a life to live.

Friend, the best thing that you can say about a life lived without Christ is that it is a wasted life. Billy Sunday, a revival preacher from the 1920s, said that the deathbed repentance is “burning the candle of life for the devil, and then blowing the smoke in God’s face.”

If you are not saved, it’s not too late for you to be saved. If you want to be saved--wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you’ve done, Jesus wants to save you. Repent and believe and you will be saved.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers and to learn about salvation, please visit http://www.lwf.org/assurance-of-salvation.

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Cat Photography! Cat Resting

Cat
"Cat Resting"
(C) Allen Pearson
Several years ago, when I began photographing dogs for PetConnect Rescue to help them find "Forever  Homes," I began adding cats to the mix. Mostly because my wife loves cats and wants to see them find "Forever Homes" too and because I love my wife. She and our first cat taught me how to love cats!

"Cat Resting" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit My Cat Gallery.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"The steadfast love of the Lord
never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness."

- Lamentations 3:22-23, ESV

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


"Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, United States"
Photo by Cristofer Jeschke on Unsplash
Choosing Your Destiny
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him…" - Mark 10:21

I want to talk with you today about one of the most tragic pictures in Scripture. Jesus had just told the rich young ruler that he must sell all his possessions and give to the poor in order to follow him. The man went away brokenhearted because he was clearly unwilling to do what Jesus required.

Do you know what Jesus did next? He did nothing. He didn’t cajole him and say, “Oh, come on back. I’m sure we can negotiate something.” He let the man go.

This young man who had it all lost it all in an instant. He might have become a mighty preacher or used his wealth to the glory of God. He could have laid up treasures in heaven! But none of those things happened.

Now you have a choice to make too. You can choose to follow Christ and to be with him forever or to be separated from him for eternity. Jesus will not force you to follow him, and he will not change the terms of salvation. You come to Jesus on his terms, or not at all!

Right now Jesus is looking at you and loving you. And he invites you to turn loose of anything and everything that would keep you from following him.

Pick up your cross. Follow him, trust him, believe him and receive him into your heart right now.

JESUS WILL NOT FORCE YOU TO FOLLOW HIM.

To learn more about following Christ, trusting Christ, believing Christ and receiving Christ into your heart, please visit PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham, New Life in Christ.

Devotion used by written permission of PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the
springs of life."

- Proverbs 4:23, ESV

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Beach
"Top Sail Beach, North Carolina"
(C) Allen Pearson

I just returned home from a week at the beach. A quiet natural beach, Topsail, NC. It is one of the most beautiful beaches on earth. I was surprised to find the ocean water was blue. Yes, blue. The last time I'd been to a beach on the Atlantic, the water was browner than it was this past week.

Our drive to Topsail, NC, was anything but eventful. We had ridiculous traffic for the first few hours of travel and a few really powerful thunderstorms which caused us to get off the interstate to safety in the later hours of our trip.

"View from the Car Window"
Photo by Charlie Deets on Unsplash
When we got off the interstate to get out of the rain monsoon, we found the roads to be flooded really bad, probably a foot or two. However, we needed to get to safety as it was still raining really hard making it difficult to drive and see where we were going.

We did our best to get to the parking lot of a gas station and quickly realized we needed to change locations as the rains weren't subsiding and the fire hydrants we saw along the road were quickly disappearing. We determined we could get across the street to the other gas station safely if we acted quickly. As we surveyed our surrounds and where we thought the road might begin and began our journey. My wife was driving our Subaru Forester so I was confident we could make it without any trouble and breathing a prayer wasn't out of the question and done with a precise request of "Lord. please get us through safely" and a huge "Thank You LORD!" when He did. However, the situation would have been dangerous if we were in a sedan or smaller vehicle so be wary of flooded roads in vehicles as we saw a few "almost" attempts which would have been dangerous if they proceeded.

Our vacation was really great. It was really quiet. That is after I determined the noise I was hearing was the ocean and not the local traffic as it would have been back home. We went to a few local establishments for dinner, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Hospital Center, Surf City, NC, the Tiki Water Tour, and the beach several times.

I loved the beach. Noah and I walked it several times. It wasn't crowded and the people were friendly. We had to be aware of the Sea Turtle nests and to stay away from them. Disturbing a nest would be a federal crime. We saw one nest but kept our distance as Noah's hound qualities and traits are always in excellent form. One of the purposes of our trip was to see Sea Turtles born and head to sea. As I walked the beach, I couldn't help but be amazed at the beauty of God's Creation along the seashore. I see it quite often back home near the mountains with all it's trees and green but I don't have the opportunity to see the shores.

The week seemed like a weekend. Not even a long weekend. I guess it's the problem with aging, the days get faster and faster and faster, and well, faster.

Storm
"Lightning Storms"
Photo by Leon Contreras on Unsplash
As we headed home, it was sad to leave the beautiful island of Topsail. I wasn't cut out for the large beaches with all the fun hoopla but the more natural beaches like this one. Our drive wasn't as eventful as the drive down. We had traffic and plenty of it and a few rain storms or thunderstorms but not like the ones on the trip down.

The storms got me to thinking. Life is full of storms. Whether it's weather-related like snow, rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes or the loss of a loved one, a loss of a friend, a loss of a job, a bad car accident and this list can go on and on. In my life, I've been through many storms. Some of them weather-related while others, like losing my family or many health issues or the loss of my brother-in-law and mother-in-law, are sad life events which happen as they do.

Through life's storms, I've noticed that God has been there all along. He's helped, comforted, calmed, and helped me through those rough times. He never failed. He never let me down. He never failed to show up at the right time just when I needed Him. Even without, at the time of the event, asking Him. It's an amazing journey which I wouldn't change for anything.

If you would like to learn more about the Christian life, becoming a Christian, becoming a follower of Jesus, please visit Peace with God.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"For while bodily training
is of some value,
godliness is of value
in every way,
as it holds promise
for the present life
and also for the life to come."

- 1 Timothy 4:8, ESV

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Billy Graham
(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Has He Made Your Heart New?
by Billy Graham

The Bible gives us this glorious promise: God will give you a new heart. If you will come to Christ and surrender your heart to Him, God says, “I’ll take out the old heart. I’ll put in a new one.” An old heart will not do. He must give you a completely new heart. God doesn’t just patch you up when you come to Him. The Bible says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

And in Ezekiel 36:26, the Bible says, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

Would you like to have a new heart? Change the whole direction of your living? Change your whole moral life? Change your affections? Surrender your life to Christ and have Him give you a new heart.

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You that You love us so much that You sent Jesus to the cross to pay the price for our sins so that we can be made new—heart, soul and all—for all eternity in and through Him. 
In His Name. 

Amen.

If you would like to learn more about surrendering your life to Christ and having Him give you a new heart, please visit Peace With God.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, King James Version. Adapted from “Spiritual Heart Disease,” by Billy Graham, Decision magazine, February 2018.

Devotion used by written permission of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wednesday;s Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson


"If the world hates you,
know that it has hated me
before it hated you.
If you were of the world,
the world would love you as its own;
but  because you are not of the world,
but I chose you out of the world,
therefore the world hates you."

- John 15:18-19, ESV

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Lightning
"Lightning Strike!"
Photo by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash
A few days ago, I was busy working in my studio on my writing when I realized I needed to work on my photography for a while. I’d been so busy writing, posting, social media, and some gardening chores thrown in, the time had gotten away from me.

I recently photographed a PR event for a local dog rescue at an assisted living/memory care place. As I was going through my images, I noticed the clouds beginning to gather forming a storm. I enjoy storms and have a magnificent view of the skies as they go through the area plus they darken my studio a bit making it easier to work. I didn’t pay much attention to it as it was just another summer storm coming in. This summer, though, it is a bit odd as we have had no rain much less thunderstorms. Good, we need the rain so maybe I can quit watering my plants every day.

As I began going through the images I was quickly distracted when I realized the storm was going to be more severe than I realized. The rain began and quickly turned to a very heavy rain with the winds blowing. As the winds blew and the rains began to almost come down in a straight line, I began wondering if a tornado might be in the making as the winds seemed to be getting stronger and rains heavier.

I went back to going through my images to be processed periodically looking out the window keeping an eye on the storm. Then, suddenly, it happened. A bolt of lightning strikes the ground across the field from my house, not as far as that description made it seem. A little closer, it might have hit the power lines a little further away, a home might have been struck. WOW! Truly amazing!
"Lightning in the Skies"
Photo by Leon Contreras on Unsplash

The lightning strike reminded me of my boyhood days sitting on the porch at my grandmother’s house during a thunderstorm. A train was supposed to be coming and we thought it was really cool to sit on the porch watching the storm while waiting. May not have been the wisest idea and my grandmother repeatedly reinforced it wasn’t.

After my grandmother went inside, I stayed on the porch to watch the storm and wait for the train. Within seconds, a bolt of lightning hit the rail of the railroad track closest to the house. The bolt bounced up and down on and off the rail for as far as I could see. Even the train signal flickered with the strike.

At that time, I didn’t think much about it. After all, I was a curious kid thought, whether I knew it or not, nothing was going to hurt me! Of course, I was wrong as it certainly could have! Now that I am around 45 years older, I am more contemplative and analytical, probably some cynical and sarcasm thrown in too. I’ve thought several times about that incident and the more recent one realizing my life could have been over in a flash. Literally.

I got to thinking more and more about that point. In both instances, if the lightning had been a little closer, I would have been seriously hurt, maybe even killed. Am I ready for what could have come next? Yes, I am. As a Christian, I know that when I die, my soul will go on to live with Jesus in Heaven. It's not over. I’m not at the end of the line. I’m headed to heaven. It’s a blessed assurance that I was given when I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was a teenager.

The wisest and greatest decision I have made in this life was when I became a Christian those many years ago. If you would like to learn more about the Christian life and becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God,

Friday, August 3, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Green Light! GREEN LIGHT!! GREEN LIGHT!!!"

"Green Light! GREEN LIGHT!! GREEN LIGHT!!!"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
"Green Light! GREEN LIGHT!! GREEN LIGHT!!!" is dedicated in loving memory to my brother who passed away several years ago and my grandmother who did the same a year before him!

When I was growing up, one of the exciting parts of my summer was going to West Virginia to see my grandmother.  She lived across the street from two railroad tracks which were part of the Chesapeake and Ohio and Baltimore and Ohio railways. Of course, for me, trips to Grandmother's house were made more awesome because of being able to sit on the front porch in a swing and watch the trains go by! I had a front row seat for every show.

When my brother and I went together to visit Grandmother, when we heard a train coming, we would holler as loud as we could, "Train! TRAIN! TRAIN!!" Whenever we went out front if the red signal had changed to green, we would holler, "Green Light! Green Light!! GREEN LIGHT!!!" so the other, and everyone within hearing distance, would know a train should be coming soon.  Of course, for two young boys that began the longest hour or so in our lives! It's no wonder my grandmother didn't like the two of us to stay with her without our parents!

"Green Light! Green Light!! GREEN LIGHT!!!" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Railroad Gallery. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson
"You are
my hiding place
and my shield;
I hope in your word."

- Psalms 119:114, ESV


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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson
"Jesus said to her, ' I am the
resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in me, though 
he die, yet shall ye live, and
everyone who lives and
believes in me shall never die.
Do you believe this?'"

- John 11:25-26, ESV

Do you believe this? I do. I have to admit, sometimes since I cannot see God or Jesus, I have to wonder about Christianity. However, every time that I have wondered or questioned, my inquisitive analytic mind is shown a reason to believe and a reason to learn more.

Am I perfect? Though I would like to think so, I have to be honest and say I am not, never have been and will only become perfect when I go to heaven. Jesus accepts us as we are, not as we think we should be. 

Interested in learning more about God's Plan of Salvation for man? Please visit Peace With God.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Garden Perspectives! "Pink Splashes"

"Pink Splashes"
(C) Allen Pearson
As I was processing this image, the brilliant vibrant colors of the Dahlia gets my attention and it's difficult to believe the colors in this image are real, not Photoshopped or otherwise edited.

As I enjoy the flowers in my garden this season, I can easily spend quite a few hours photographing the flowers, bugs, and various natural elements of our world.

If you do not own a macro lens, I encourage you to invest in one and begin exploring another awesome world of photography.  Before you invest in a lens, be sure to read about the many lenses available. I prefer a 1:1 Macro lens as it allows me to get almost on top of a bug or flower creating an awesome experience.

"Pink Splashes" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Garden Perspectives Gallery. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

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#macrophotography

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


"Wealth"
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

What do you value most?
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, 'You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.'

--Mark 10:21

I love reading the Scripture. Perhaps you and I have that in common. But I especially love the end of the Bible, because it has a happy ending. And in the end there will be no more sin, no more suffering, and no more Satan! 

But, of course, not every story in Scripture has a happy ending. In fact, the rich young ruler, as he’s commonly known, didn’t find the happy ending he had hoped for. In fact, he’s one of the few people who, having encountered Jesus, left worse than he came.

You see, by all natural standards this young man was a tremendous success. He was popular, powerful, and had great possessions. But when he asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life he was stunned by Jesus’ reply.

Jesus told this young man that he still “lacked one thing.” And to find it he would have to rid himself of all his possessions. The Scripture says the young man walked away sorrowful.

Listen! There is nothing on earth as important or as valuable as eternal life.

You don’t have to walk away from Jesus sorrowful, not if you’re willing to let go of the world and follow him.

THERE IS NOTHING ON EARTH AS IMPORTANT OR AS VALUABLE AS ETERNAL LIFE.

To learn more about God's Plan for your life, please visit PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham, New Life in Christ.

Devotion used by written permission of PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham.

"Bible"
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Friday, July 20, 2018

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern Gets the Green Signal in Belvoir, VA

"Norfolk Southern Gets the Green Signal in Belvoir, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved 

One of my favorite places to photograph trails is in Belvoir VA. When I was first learning about great places to photograph trains, my friend said he was going to take me to Belvoir. I immediately thought about Fort Belvoir which isn't open for the general public to go watch trains if they should go through there.

Why do I like Belvoir? Sometimes, you get to see two trains while waiting for one. This westbound train was waiting on a siding for another train to go east. Once the westbound went through, it wasn't long that the eastbound geared up to go through. A train gearing up means it will be moving slower so you can photograph all you want and get some images you can't get from a fast moving train.

"Norfolk Southern Gets the Green Signal in Belvoir, VA" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Railroad Photography Gallery.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

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