Weekly Photo Challengs: Angels, Symbol of Goodness   1 comment


Angels symbolize all things good to me. While typically thought of as female in the modern age, and even in the middle ages, they were male in the Bible. At least, I’m not aware of any female angels in the Bible. I could be wrong, however, as I haven’t read the ENTIRE Bible yet.

If there is anything honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, hopeful, virtuous, lovely, of good report, praiseworthy, we may attribute these qualities to angels — male or female. It is these qualities we must strive to obtain if we are to reach our highest reaches of humanity.

Angels are also protectors and providers of and for those who seek to do God’s will. At least, there are many examples of this in the Bible. And we certainly hear of many contemporary anecdotes of angels coming to the assistance of people in need in many different ways.

“Thou madest him [man] a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands.” (Hebrews 2:7.)

Now, what it means to be “a little lower than the angels” I am not prepared to say, only that with a little effort and a lot of help from God, we can perhaps obtain these qualities that would put us in the presence of angels and make them our friends.

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Angels we have heard on high

Angels we have heard on high

Posted July 11, 2015 by Cris in Cris Coleman, Fantasy, Photography, Photos, Pictures

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Next DOOR Neighbors   Leave a comment


Downtown Altamont, MO is almost a ghost town, although the village itself sports a population of (I think) 209. Yet, the only business it has is a towing service, which has an old tired/retired gas pump out front. The village also has a post office that was almost retired by the USPS, but instead, it was relegated to a part-time service. It also has a fire department.

Altamont had a tire repair/sales business run out of someone’s home, but that has recently retired. If there are any other business goings-on, I am not aware of it.

These old doors were once part of (presumably) two thriving businesses located next to each other, kitty corner from the towing service. One was a grocery store. I am not sure what business the other door belonged to. If I remember correctly, DOOR #2 was the grocery stoer.

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What's behind door #1

What’s behind door #1

What's behind door #2

What’s behind door #2

Muse of Barns   3 comments


Old barns are my first love. I always keep running back to them, although it’s getting harder and harder to find new ones in my immediate area. And it’s not like I can just hop over a barbed wire fence to go onto the property to get different views of them. I’ve already had a truck-load of rednecks (no offense to rednecks) chase me down the street because I was perfectly legally taking photos of a barn from the street apparently belonging to them. No shotgun so far, but I’m not going to press the issue.

The first barn below is one I took a couple of years ago, maybe, followed by two that I took earlier this year after a very powerful flat wind came charging through the neighborhood last summer. These are followed by two photos of a rather neglected old barn somewhere south of Blanchard, Iowa, just into Missouri.

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Pre-flat wind barn

Pre-flat wind barn

There wasn't anything at left of the barn after it was visited by a very powerful flat wind, I believe, last year.

There wasn’t anything at left of the barn after it was visited by a very powerful flat wind, I believe, last year.

Take 2

Take 2

South side

South side

North side

North side

Posted June 28, 2015 by Cris in Cris Coleman, Missouri, Photography, Photos, Pictures

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Roy G. Biv Colors a-plenty   11 comments


Here’s my entry into this week’s photo challenge. Not sure what some of these colors are supposed to be, but here’s my best guess.

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Fall is the second most beautiful time of the year for me.

Fall is the second most beautiful time of the year for me.

One of the nice things about summer is the emergence of the roadside day lilies.

One of the nice things about summer is the emergence of the roadside day lilies.

Even weeds can be pretty.

Even weeds can be pretty.

I think ferns may be the only plant that hides its seeds under its leaves.

I think ferns may be the only plant that hides its seeds under its leaves.

What kind of plane would make tht kind of a trail? Too straight and angled to have been blown around by wind.

What kind of plane would make tht kind of a trail? Too straight and angled to have been blown around by wind.

What a beautiful sight, my grandbaby CC.

What a beautiful sight, my grandbaby CC.

How easily entertained are these young ones—everything so new and wonder to Granddaughter Sofia

How easily entertained are these young ones—everything so new and wonder to Granddaughter Sofia

Posted June 21, 2015 by Cris in Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette (My back yard)   12 comments


Silhouettes come in all shapes and sizes. A sunset is a perfect place for a silhouette. This one was taken from the steps of my back yard as a lark. Which one looks better to you? Or do they all look crappy? :)

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Sunset in my back yard. ©2014 Cris Coleman All Rights Reserved

Sunset in my back yard.
©2014 Cris Coleman All Rights Reserved

©2014 Cris Coleman All Rights Reserved

©2014 Cris Coleman All Rights Reserved

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag (Tread)   20 comments


This photo challenge foregoes the straightforward in favor of the twisting and winding.

One never knows what one can find when traipsing down the old gravel/dirt road that passes my house. So, I grabbed my camera and went exploring, expecting to take photographs of the small wildflowers that line the road’s shoulders.

I was nearly back home, after taking many pics, when I spotted this zig-zaggy tread that I had been walking over the entire time. Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees. Well, anyway, here it is.

Comments are welcome.

Tread ©2014 Cris Coleman All Rights Reserved

Tread ©2014 Cris Coleman All Rights Reserved

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’ (Gardens a’growing, Mittleider style)   Leave a comment


Mittleider garden at the old Kidder school in NW MO ©2014 Cris Coleman All Rights Reserved

Mittleider garden at the old Kidder school in NW MO
©2014 Cris Coleman All Rights Reserved

Mittleider garden at the old Kidder school in NW MO ©2014 Cris Coleman All Rights Reserved

Mittleider garden at the old Kidder school in NW MO
©2014 Cris Coleman All Rights Reserved

This fine-looking garden has resulted from the implamentation of the Dr. Jacob Mittleider method of gardening. Seeds started in grow boxes, fed with a special MIttleider mineral mix, soon developed into seedlings, which were then transplanted into specially created and treated thirty-foot rows. For more information, you can visit Jim Kennard’s non-profit The Food for Everyone Foundation.

Jim worked closely with Dr. Mittleider for many years before the good doctor turned over everything to him. Dr. Mittleider has since passed on.

Jim travels all over the world teaching this important gardening method and promises and is in the process of creating a gardening school in Kidder.

For an overview of the Mittleider gardening method, visit What is the Mittleider Method?

Don’t you wish everyone’s garden looked like this?

Comments are welcome.

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