In a couple of days I’m flying out to California to spend some time photographing with Rob. I look forward to being with my friend and to seeing some new places. I really do enjoy visiting new sites. I find more meaning, however, in returning to familiar places over and over again.
From my childhood the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been a very special place to me. I have wonderful memories of family vacations there. By the time I got into photography eighteen years ago I lived in a location not far from the Smokies. As often as I could I made my way over there to photograph. I now live further away than I did so I don’t get there quite as often but I still try to go when I can. For some reason, the Smokies feel like home to me.
Recently I had the privilege of producing a DVD on the Smokies with the wonderful musician David Arkenstone. It features my images and David’s original music. As I have watched the DVD it has brought back so many memories of times I spent in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With each viewing I have to thank God for creating such a beautiful place and also for giving me the privilege to experience it all these years.
I like to think of this new DVD as a visual testimony to God’s marvelous Creation. There is nothing overtly “Christian” about the DVD but I still hope it will prove to be a blessing to others. Bach wrote his music for the glory of God and I sincerely hope my photography can be used for His glory as well.
If you, or someone you know, would be interested in purchasing a copy of the DVD, they can be ordered at David’s website: www.davidarkenstone.com. The DVD also comes with a CD of the music featured in the DVD.