One of my favorite photos from last weekend in Charleston!
PS: I know I haven’t mentioned it at all this year, but yes, I’m starting a new 31 Days series (a post a day for the month of October – the link will take you to last year’s series), and I will be introducing the topic tomorrow.
“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere … For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!”
On this day last year, I was in Athens as part of a seminary class on Paul’s New Testament Letters. I took this photo from the Areopagus (Mars Hill) where Paul told the men of Athens about the one true God that they had previously been worshiping, and even built an altar to, as “the unknown god” (see Acts 17:16-34).
As I said last year, walking in the footsteps of Paul on this trip, and especially in Athens, brought out the depths of Paul’s ministry in a whole new way as I witnessed the places where he had been intensely working, selflessly serving, compassionately ministering, fiercely loving, fully living, and boldly proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I just sat here in my office/writing space/study for far longer than can be considered appropriate trying to figure out what in the heck I should post for this week’s official photo of the week. You would think by week 22 I would plan a little better, but apparently not. I traveled with my family to Northern Virginia / Maryland for a wedding over the weekend, and while I do have a handful of photos from the occasion, none of them seemed quite right for the photo of the week.
But as I considered why I started this whole exercise to begin with, I was reminded that I had two main goals in forcing myself to use my camera for this photo of the week project:
1) to continue learning about & stretching my ability in photography
2) to take more photos of life as I see it
I prefer to use my dslr (I shoot with a Canon 50D for those who are curious) for the photo of the week as it pushes the limits of my technical know-how and I hesitate to post instagram photos (which I almost exclusively shoot with the camera on my phone) as that somehow seems like cheating.
But this week’s photo of the US Air Force Memorial near the Pentagon in Arlington, VA is from my instagram feed because although it’s not a great technical photo (I mean, it was taken from the interstate through the window of a moving vehicle), it just plain better represents life as I see it and my love for Washington, DC. And I’m finally okay with that…at least for this week.
Palm trees, the ocean, architecture, sweetgrass baskets, history, southern charm, rainbow row, battleship gray, balconies, steeples, horse-drawn carriages, the market, battery park, and endless stories … just a few of the things I love about Charleston, SC.