The Wonder of Macro

When I have a momentary break in the craziness of life or just when I need a break from all the craziness, I snap a macro lens onto a Canon and head outside. I’m not quite sure what it is about it, but macro, more than any other kind of photography, is magical. Maybe it’s the complexity in the simplest things. Maybe it’s the challenge of creating a masterpiece from a single object. Or maybe it’s the wondrous discovery of things I could never see before.

Whatever the case, it seriously amazes me.

With a regular landscape lens on my camera, I would have to seek out dazzling heights, brilliant lighting, or breathtaking contrast to get the same story and depth in a photo. It’s all about finding just the right angle, just the right lighting, just the right subject.

With macro I can just look right in front of me. Anywhere. Anything. Find the simple and zoom in. There’s a world of beauty and complexity in there.


“The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

-Psalm 19:1 (ESV)

“It is the glory of God to conceal things,
    but the glory of kings is to search things out.”

-Proverbs 25:2 (ESV)

12 Days of Christmas | Day 5 | Christmasy Aesthetics

Hello faithful followers of Faith on the Farm! 😉

I’ve never really done aesthetics (in the blogging sense) before, but it’s always sounded so cool! So I decided that today I should do some Christmasy aesthetics and pictures!!!

I came up with 4 different categories to start with: All The Colors, Red, White, and Green. This should be lots of fun! The first ones of each category are mine and the rest are from the free Pexel library.

First…let’s do White.

Now for Green!

Red next.

Yay!! Now for all the rest of the colors, all together. So pretty much like everything I couldn’t fit into red, white, and green.

And that’s about all! See ya tomorrow for some Christmas traditions. It’ll be lots of fun.


Song of the Day: Beautiful Star of Bethlehem by The Lindsey Family

This song is so much fun and has such beautiful harmony!!


“For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”

-Isaiah 9:6 (NASB)

*Some of the photos in this post belong to me. Please don’t steal them without my permission (in which case it would no longer be stealing).

It’s Definitely Spring

Hello everyone!

I’m here to brighten your day with cute pictures of adorable baby animals.

On the farm, spring officially arrives when the babies start to arrive… or that’s how it feels. Once calving is in full swing, I know it’s definitely spring, whether the calendar says so or not. And by the time you are reading this post, the calendar does, in fact, agree with me.

This spring has been really, really exciting around the farm! You know, even without the whole Coronavirus thing? Some of the exciting has been not a happy sort of exciting, but a lot of it has!

Did you know?

The chance of a beef cow having twins is around 0.1% That’s one in a thousand!

And, yes, that’s one of the exciting things. We’ve been raising cattle for over 10 years now, and we’ve never had twins born. So we figured they’d have to come sometime.

Well, actually, we did get a pair of twins born last year, but unfortunately, they didn’t survive. That’s why cattle ranchers don’t want twins. It’s much better to get one hale and hearty calf than two dead ones.

It’s not like that for all animals, but for cows, they were kind of made to have 1, and in rare cases, 2. So it’s not something you hope for.

This year, however, we got twins. Not just twins, but two healthy calves, one a boy, and one a girl. They’re adorable. Now that’s exciting!

I didn’t manage to get pictures of them together. Sadly. But I got a lot of pictures of calves and somewhere in there, the twins appear. Separately of course. I think. And I don’t even really know when pictures they are in. I’ll probably ask my younger siblings.

So without further ado, here are the pictures.

**[Prepare for cuteness overload]**

Click on them if you want to see it bigger!

The momma cows really, really didn’t like me getting pictures of their calves. But they were in either the calf shelter area (of limits to the big cows) or sleeping on the other side of the fence. In one case, a newborn was in with his momma in a separate pen, because they’d had a little bit of a rough start. That momma cow was REALLY, REALLY upset about me taking her picture. But I got one.

The momma cows on the other side of the separating panel for the calf shelter area, also did their best to bellow and warn me of their wrath. Didn’t really keep me away, but I did take a picture of them carrying on, so there.

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The calf I found sleeping on the other side of the fence was actually a bit of a miracle. She was really, really, groggy or she would have run right away to her momma as soon as she saw me. But no, she let me get right up to her.

In fact, I wasn’t even planning to go take her picture, but I needed to get through the gate she was sleeping against. In the end, I just climbed through the fence because I didn’t actually want her to wake up. She was just too cute.

Here’s one of her sleepy, groggy, pictures.

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Isn’t she just adorable? This is like the closest you get to a baby calf! Like at all! It was pretty cool.


If you would like to see more baby calf pictures and hear some tips about photography calves without upsetting their mommas… well, check out this post.


Actually, cows are not the only thing having babies around here. We have baby goats too!!!!!! Four of them actually.

[Don’t bother asking how many calves we have around here. The answer is “I don’t know”. We’ll probably have another one in a few minutes 😉 ]

As for the goats, we’ve got one set of triplets and one single!

As is customary, they each have a lot of names. For instance, the single was first named Blackie, but he isn’t quite black, so he was also called Blackjack (after Black Beauty).

He has also been called Big Boy for a while because he’s a lot bigger than the triplets. Now he’s unofficially called Uncle because his mom is the mom of the mom of the triplets, which makes him their… uncle. Weird, I guess, but not really.

As for the triplets, I’m pretty sure their names are officially Sandstorm, Teddy, and Sage.

Teddy and Sage are identical (at least in their pattern), and Sandstorm is the odd one. Which is why I suggested we change Teddy’s name to Basil to match Sage, but I got overruled. BUT IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE!! Oh, well.

For fun, I call Teddy “Roosevelt” just to be a tiny bit rebellious. I also don’t think Sandstorm matches, but they named him like 3 seconds after he was born and I don’t have a better name, so once again, oh well. After all, it kind of matches. Yes, it mostly matches.

Sage is my favorite. HE’S SO TEENSY!!!! And cute. And completely adorable. Even more in person than through pictures. And I think his name is kind of cute even if I didn’t come up with it.

Enough semi-ranting about kid names.

Time for the pictures. Hooray!!!

**[Prepare to melt with cuteness]**

This is Sandstorm. I actually really like how this picture turned out.

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He’s very handsome, isn’t he? Oh, by the way, all four of them are boys. Yep. All four.

This is Teddy, aka Basil, aka Roosevelt. Yep, Roosevelt kind of matches him. More than Basil, I guess.

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And [most of] the rest of the pictures shall be solely devoted to Sage. Also known as “Sage-y Baby” (’cause he’s tiny).

This is Sage playing on me. Oh, also, I forgot to mention that Sage is the most friendly and cuddle-iest baby, and is also bottle-fed.

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Isn’t he cute? And doesn’t he look so much like a mini version of Teddy?

More cuteness.

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Ahhh *melts with cuteness*

This one shows a little bit better how tiny he is. His brothers, Teddy and Sandstorm, are playing in the background.

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And some more.

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Oh, I forgot Blackjack. Or Uncle. (Or Blackie or Big Boy for that matter). He’s in the foreground in the picture above, but it doesn’t provide a very good view of him.

So here’s one more picture.

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He also had a collar on that was way too big for him in that picture. So yeah. Pretty cute.


“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
And whose trust is the LORD.
For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.”

-Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NASB)


God bless and keep you all! Have a peace-filled rest of your weekend. I will be praying for you all, and I mean it.

Once again, God be with you!

 

BIBPC 7 Final Category and Valentines Day

It’s another really rainy, grey day around here.

It’s soaking wet outside, and feels rather dark inside.

Which made it a bit of a challenge to take my picture for the final category of BIBPC 7.

This weeks category is Colorful. Easy for some, but not so easy on this particular day.

In my family Valentines Day is one of my favorite holidays, mostly because of all out family traditions. I love holiday traditions, don’t you? 🙂

The night before Valentines Day, my Dad will come home with flowers for all of us girls. On the actual holiday we (aka myself) make a colored rectangular paper box for everyone in the family, each with their respective names on them. Then whoever wants to decorates their individual boxes and the boxes are set on the counter and begin filling up with sweet notes and candy-like items. Finally at dinner, everyone’s box is placed on or beside their plate. We set them aside while we eat our dinner and then everyone looks through the sweet notes and sometimes eats a few of their treats. I love watching everyone see all the little surprises in their boxes! It’s my favorite part.

I always try to make some sort of surprise show up, and this time, while people were shopping or in other rooms of the house, I made heart-shaped snickerdoodles and snuck them into everyone’s boxes. My mom found out a little earlier then I intended as she was filling the boxes with treats of her own, but as it is very difficult to bake something without everyone knowing, I consider it quite a successful surprise.

Only problem: I’m currently fighting/getting a sore throat, which, it happens, doesn’t go so well with candy. So I’ve eaten like one piece so far and probably won’t eat anymore until I’m done being sick. A forced lesson in self-control, I suppose.

Because colored paper boxes cannot be taken outside into the rain to be taken pictures of, nor can anything be photographed inside the house when it is this dark, I decided the only thing I could get a colorful picture of for this category, was the “roses” (this year they were actually red carnations).

Here’s my entry for “Colorful,” it’s about the most colorful I could get it!

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Thank you Daddy, for the flowers!

What do you do for Valentines Day? (And yes, I know I don’t have comments enabled, but you could always post about it on your own blog.)


“For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”

-1 John 3:11 (NASB)


 

Fun with the Goats & BIBPC 7 Category 6

**Warning: Cute goat pictures ahead. **

Hello everyone!!!

It was really rainy again… then the sun came back!

So I decided to go out and get some shots of the goats. Unfortunately…. no babies yet. There might be some soon though.

A miniature baby goat would have been perfect for this weeks prompt from BIBPC:

Gentle.

But as I said… no baby goats yet. So I had to stick with bigger but fluffy goats.

I’m not sure if you remember this little girl?

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Well, that was last year. She grew up a bit.

This is her now.

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She looks almost like a sheep… except for the unmistakable goat-like head.

She’s actually a Nigora, which is a cross between an Angora and a Nigerian Dwarf (which is what all our other goats currently are).

Goats sure are funny critters. And they are a lot of fun to photograph.

I won’t show all the photos I got but here are a few.

I usually shoot on manual, but I was having a bit of trouble getting it just right on the white fur, so I shot mostly on aperture priority for those of you who know what that means. 🙂

When you look at them all together it sure does look like we have a lot of goats! I don’t even remember what our current tally is.

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I kind of like that photo. 🙂

This little cutie has such pretty little blue eyes. I forgot her name. I think they might call her Sunflower, Goldilocks, or Goldie or something. Pretty sure they call her more than one thing. 🙂

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Don’t you love that vibrant blue? Ahhh, I spent so much time trying to capture just the right blue. It looks so pretty though.

And finally, my picture for BIBPC 7 Category 6, Gentle:

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It makes me feel so happy looking at it!!!! She looks so happy, so fluffy, and so gentle!!! She seriously looks like a sheep in this photo. But I promise you: she really is a goat. A Nigora goat. (Ever heard of Mohair? Yeah. That’s were that stuff comes from).

(Here’s the small one):

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I love how the lighting went, too. 🙂

Alright, I better wrap up now!

I hope you are having a great week and that my pictures of cute goats brighten you day!

Have a great Valentines day!


“They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs;
You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.”

-Psalm 65:8


 

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*All photos in this post and anywhere on this blog belong to me and cannot be used without permission. BIBPC counts as permission.

**All scripture quotations are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted.

A Surprise (aka BIBPC 7 Category 5)

Looking at Megan’s prompt for the week over at BIBPC 7, I was a bit dismayed.

The word was “Surprise.” How am I supposed to do that? The rain was dragging on all week, making it perfectly impossible to photograph anything but grass, dirt, and grey skies. Which is anything but a surprise. So I was going to make an attempt at convincing one of my siblings to make a surprised face and let me capture it. Then that fell through….so I was like…what next?

Nobody is having a birthday right now. No surprises. Nothing surprising. Really just…rain.

But then….

I had a surprise. Remember the grey skies and rain I spoke of? Yep.

The sun came out.

And I was like, YAY!!!! But, wait, what am I going to take a picture of? The sun? It actually makes for a very boring, although pretty picture.

So I was sitting (or rather standing) in the beautiful sunlight with my camera in hand, about two or three feet from a bird feeder. Wondering what to take a picture of next. And making incomplete sentences.

Then something strange happened. I have sat for a whole hour in front of those bird feeders waiting for a bird brave enough to go to the feeder and stay long enough for a picture. And that was like 10 feet away. And I don’t have a zoom lens, so the pictures I did manage to take where a bit far away.

And then… two or three feet away, a bird came right to the feeder while I had my camera in my hand and STAYED there long enough for a picture.

What a surprise.

So now I present to you my entry for Boring Into Beautiful Picture Contest the 7th, Category Five [SURPRISE!]:

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Thank you birdy! You have a lovely coat of feathers!

Here’s the smaller version:

(If you are on the Reader you won’t be able to tell the difference btw).

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(Isn’t the sunshine beautiful?)

I’m so thankful for the sunshine today and for all of God’s little surprises!

Have a blessed and peace-filled Sunday!


“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden,
The God who is our salvation.”

-Psalm 68:19 (NASB)


 

BIBPC 7 Category 4

Hello everyone, it’s been a crazy busy week. In fact it’s been so busy that I missed BIBPC Category 3, which was sad cause it was a really cool prompt.

At some point I will be posting a more substantial post. I do not have time at the moment, but I will work away at it, and sometime it will arrive. Sometime.

But for today, I just have one thing for you: a lopsided stack of books!

Yep, the photo prompt this week is “Lopsided.” And so I decided to make the most lopsided stack of books possible. And take a picture of it. Funny how hard it was to do both those things. Because a lopsided stack of books… well… it doesn’t stay that way. I guess it’s called gravity.

Here’s my picture, taken just seconds before all the books collapsed onto the floor.

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(smaller version)

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And seconds later…

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This was pretty fun!

Hope you’ve been enjoying these posts as much as I have!

Have a blessed week!


“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

-Philippians 4:8 (NASB)


 

BIBPC 7 Category 2

Hello everyone!  I don’t usually post this day of the week or with this short of a post, but I had a busy week and finally got a really good chance to get a photo for BIBPC 7 Category 2. If you have no idea what this is, see here. (And please, someone join team spring, so they don’t automatically get extra points for having less teammates!)

The prompt is Fast

And this is what I got.

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Mabel was full on sprinting in the snow. 🙂 It’s like the only time she runs, unless she’s got scent of something. A split-second before she was almost leaping through the air. Mabel is definitely fast.

And because sometimes it gives the photo super big, here is a smaller version.

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My photo from last week actually made it to Megan’s favorite of the week, so that’s cool.

My Top Books of 2019 + BIBPC 7 Category 1

Hello everyone! I hope your New Year is going splendidly so far!

This year I read a lot of really awesome books! In this post, I’m going to give you my top 5 books I read in 2019 as well as my BIBPC 7 Category 1 picture.

#1:

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North or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson

As I expressed in a review of the book:

“After the first third of this book, my thought was “Hey, this might even somehow be better than On the Edge Of Dark Sea of Darkness.”

Two-thirds through I thought “Yeah. This is pretty good, but the first one is still better.”

After flipping the last page to find that it was over, I whispered almost inaudibly with a sniff as I reached to wipe the lingering tears from my face “That. Was. Beautiful.”

Yeah. It was really, really good. Do I dare say the best fiction book I’ve ever read? Very, very possibly. Extremely possibly.

In particular, I really love how beautifully the author wove in the strong redemptive theme. It was beautiful. Definitely a must-read. But before you read this one, you must read…

#2:

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness - The Ohio Digital Library - OverDrive

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

And of course, the first book in the Wingfeather Saga comes next. I have heard everywhere about how good the Wingfeather Saga is. Like a lot. But still, I was a little bit skeptical.

I was not prepared to be swept away. This book was incredible (although North or be Eaten is somehow even more incredible)! I love Andrew Peterson’s writing style. This was (and is) a wonderful book.

#3

Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

This was definitely an incredible book and the most powerful book I read this year. If you are feeling stuck, this is the book to get you out of yourself and worshiping God with your life. If you find yourself asking questions like “Is doing this thing really that bad?” or “How far can I go to be ‘kicked out’ or heaven?” that you really need to read this book. Even if you’ve never asked yourself these questions, if you have even the slightest suspicion you might be border-line on being a lukewarm Christian or are struggling to love God as you ought, you need to read this book.

#4

Will Our Generation Speak? : A Call to Be Bold with the Gospel by Grace Mally 9780971940581 | eBay

Will Our Generation Speak by Grace Mally

I loved this book already so much, and finally, for Christmas, I got my own copy. I’m so happy! This book is so practical and helpful for how to share your faith with courage and God’s strength. This is a book I will read over and over again.

#5

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Live Without You by Sarah Grace Grzy

This was such a sweet and beautiful story. I couldn’t put it down! It was thoroughly captivating and engaging. I love this book so much! If you get queasy with the mention of blood, you might be a little sensitive with this book as it does give a bit of the perspective of a paramedic, though. I still loved it.

Now for BIBPC Category 1!

The prompt is “Unnoticed”.

My picture is of an “Un-noticed” notice sign. 🙂

Here is the small version first, then the big version.

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It was pretty fun to get this picture together! I hope you like it!

Have a blessed week!


But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

-1 John 1:7


 

*All scripture quotations are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted

**All photos in this post are taken by myself, and belong to myself, not to be taken for use unless with permission

 

Editing my Photos

Some of you might be curious about how much or if I edit my photos. I like to edit my photos with Photoshop, and how much depends on the how bad the photos was. Here I’d like to quickly show a few examples of before and after.

Last night I was able to catch a few low-lit photos of fall scenery to the backdrop of the hidden, setting sun. I framed most of them so that almost all the screen was filled with sky. However, there were a few that looked rather dismal. For instance, this picture of fall leaves with a giant cherry tree in the far background:

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It’s really dark, and feels kind of blurry. However, I decided to touch it up a bit to show what Photoshop can do.

When I am going through my photos, first I copy all the one I want to edit, out of my memory card file and into a file I have named “Unedited photos”. Then I open them in RAW and begin to tweak them. This is what it looked like after some tweaking:

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The biggest thing I brought up was the exposure. I tweaked the contrast and the highlights a little bit, but mostly I pulled up the whites, to make it look like there was bright light in the photo. Because of the blurry backdrop, I brought down the blacks a bit so it didn’t stand out. Notice I did not touch the clarity even though it was blurry in the back. One reason for this it that pulling up the clarity does not actually fix a genuinely blurry element and I didn’t want to bring it our much. Also, when I tried adjusting the clarity it brought our the edges of the leaves in way that didn’t look good, so I just left it out.

When I’m done tweaking, I hit “Open Object” and unless I want to patch up spots with the clone stamp tool, I go straight to “File” > “Save for Web”. I use save for web because it reduces file size and enables me to upload it to WordPress. This is what it looks like in “Save for Web”

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Typically, I have the quality set to 60 and the larger side of the image set to 2000 px.

Then I hit save and that’s about all.

Here is the final image contrasting with the original image:

And large version of the final image:

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After

Not too bad for how little light it was shot with, but not my greatest photo by far.

Now for some more Before and After shots from last night. Keep in mind that most of them I do not consider great shots.

Black-eyed Susans:

 

Leaves against sky:

Sunset:

Flowers:

 

If you want to see more photos, you can always check out my photos page.

I have a ton of my favorite photos over there.

The cool part about the photos page is you can actually see what settings I took a particular photo on.

To find out what settings I took things on, click on a particular photo you are curious about. It should show up in a sort of slideshow, and then you can scroll down to see the aperture, camera type, shutter speed, and focal length.

Here is a picture of what that looks like:

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Thanks for reading!


I have to admit, blogging has not been number one on my priorities. And that’s fine, just keep in mind that my blog posts might be a little bit on the short side for a while. I appreciate y’all taggin’ along anyhow.

Thanks again!

Have a blessed day!