Lonely by Dave Hileman

This cypress tree is along the James River but in an inlet at the end of Flying Point Bridge Road on the south side of the James between Surry and Hopewell. A land that time forgot. 


Edgy by Dave Hileman

Another photo from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument - again, not a National Park site, but huge and in the news recently. Lots in interesting canyons and cliffs. Found this tree having on to the edge of one cliff. 

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Slot by Dave Hileman

Located in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (not National Park Service site) in Southern Utah this huge area of canyons and mesas and few people is fascinating. CJH and I drove to this slot canyon on a dirt road that went several miles - a portion along a steep cliff yet well worth the effort. 

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Nest by Dave Hileman

This is an Orchard Oriole's nest high on the underside of a palm of some sort. You can just *barely* see the baby bird peaking out of the top. Orioles build a distinctive sort of bottle shipped nest. 

"The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will hover over Jerusalem and protect it like a bird protecting its nest. He will defend and save the city; he will pass over it and rescue it.” Isaiah 31:5 NLT


Welcome to the Season by Dave Hileman

So, with the Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg - even though I am far away, the Christmas Season officially starts. So, in lieu of my shooting fireworks at CW, I offer this shot from last week of several trees lit at a local shopping area. I dragged the camera with a slow shutter speed. 

“‘And this is the sign from the Lord to prove that he will do as he promised..." Isaiah 38:7 NLT


Creepy?? by Dave Hileman

Exploring Raleigh with my grandson, we came upon these larger-than-life-size silhouette figures on the grounds of the old mental hospital. Not sure how I felt about them. So, I have them in the "kinda weird" category. 


Mitt's Grocery by Dave Hileman

On a two lane road in the middle of Tennessee, west and north of Nashville is this little store, Mitt's. It also says on the old Pepsi sign, Spot Cash. Not sure if that was another name before or after Mitt or the policy of the business, no credit. Anyway a bygone era when you would buy most or all of your supplies at this type of small grocery. 


100 by Dave Hileman

My mother would have been 100 today. I am traveling and do not have access to other photos so this one of her with her first grandchild, Geof, from 40 years ago will have to suffice. 


USS BATAAN by Dave Hileman

Cindy and I were privileged to attend a Change of Command ceremony in Norfolk last week as Captain Brad Busch assumed command of this impressive ship. Just back from deployment it will undergo some repair and refurbish before heading out again. 


Sign of the Times by Dave Hileman

Not sure if this business is still open.I love the photos peaking out of the windows and the sign is simply wonderful. Plus how cool are those colors? I need to find out if that is for sale if the shop is closed. Walking around small towns leads to great discoveries. 


42 by Dave Hileman

Movement Christian Church opened on October 22 in Knightdale, NC, my 42nd new church involvement. Bobby Wallace is the lead minister. This Sunday's Scripture is found in the photograph!



You have seen the movie.. by Dave Hileman

...now the actual interior of the Deloran that was used in Back to the Future, on display at the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles. We are now 2 years and five days past the future date when Back to the Future went forward from the 1985 time. 


Home Built by Dave Hileman

I watched as these stand up paddle boards glided along the shore near Tiny's boat a couple of Saturday's ago along with Dennis (Wandering Lensman web site for more photos and information on Tiny). Talking with the men I found out they built them and that they were very stable, more even than your standard kayak, according to the fellow that built this one. Looks like fun, love to try that sometime soon. 


40 & 41 by Dave Hileman

We helped to begin two more congregations, Encounter in DC and Collective in Frederick, MD. Both opened in September. I was only at Encounter, and that is Joel preaching the first sermon that morning. Both had very good initial crowds and well-prepared staff and volunteers. 

"So encourage each other with these words." 1 Thessalonians 4:18 NLT


No Idea by Dave Hileman

I have wondered what this art installation was intended to represent since they installed it on the grounds of the NC Museum of Art. (I did read the sign!) I still have no idea  - but I did get to watch a group use it for a choreographed dance. That was interesting and the girls were working hard. So someone found a neat way to use it, so maybe that is the point.