One of my favorite photographs
from my trip to the Biltmore Estate are these dainty little flowers, which I almost did not photograph. As I was
going though the hot houses, I was behind "my schedule" of getting
where I wanted to go and almost did not go down the aisle these flowers were
on. Glad I did:)
Location: The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina
This is the proud mommy or daddy song sparrow I have been watching at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Both parents have been busy gathering bugs and insects for the baby birds near the Mountain Laurel hotel.
As I was editing this photograph last night for today’s blog, I listened to my I-pod. A song came on I never heard before, so I began to delete it. I stopped and decided to
listen to the song anyway.
I don’t know how the song got
on my I-pod. I know when I was coping songs to it, I accidently added more from
a few albums than I wanted. But, this was different. I looked at the album
names, and it did not match the others. I honestly don’t know how it got on
there—but then I do.....JESUS!
lyrics of the song resonated with me and confirmed the answer I was looking
for. Yesterday, I asked the Lord to tell me to stop if He wanted me to quit trying
to publish a book I felt He wanted me to write and publish. Then I heard the
lyrics to Josh Wilson’s song titled, “Pushing Back the Darkness.” Here is his video:
I went to Josh Wilson’s YouTube page and watched a video trailer. The very last words of the song on the trailer stated, “I refuse to sit around and wait for someone else to do what God is called me to do myself. Oh, I could choose not to move, but I refuse.” Here is John's video titled "I Refuse"
I asked people to pray in my last blog post for God's will to be done while I was at a writers conference this week. I think I got my answer!
This is the cover for the book I painted I feel the
Lord wants me to publish. The painting is of Jesus showing Himself to me one
day in the clouds as I was lamenting over my mom's terminal Illness. You can go
to my blog I wrote a while back to read my seeing Him in the clouds that day.
"Southern Distinction Magazine - My First Published Piece"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
My first published piece, WHERE THE HUMMINGBIRDS ARE HIDING AND HOW TO FIND THEM IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT, was published in the Southern Distinction Magazine, Volume 3:2 of 2015.
The article is about how to find the hummingbirds in their natural habit. I wrote about "my" ruby-throated hummingbird known as Mufasa who for the last three years has returned to the State Botanical Garden. He sits on the same branch of a weeping cherry tree which is his throne.
It is amazing to see him come back year after year. Same tree, same branch, knowing he has traveled to Central America and back each year.
His throne is in the very back of the Garden where there isn't an abundance of flowers. He was in for a surprise this year as his throne was pruned because the tree is dead.
The Hummingbird Trail at the
State Botanical Garden of Georgia is now open! What a better day to re-open the
trail than on National Public Gardens Day.
There are only a few
ruby-throated hummingbirds in the Garden right now so viewing is sparse. Peak
times to view the hummingbirds are July and August. Trail maps are located in
the Visitor’s Center and trail markers are located throughout the Garden to
identify where the hummingbirds are perching and feeding.
Best viewing recently is at
marker #7 if still in bloom. Wait patiently up to 15 minutes at a marker for
the hummingbirds to come. Happy viewing!
This photo was taken last year
while I was at the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference. So much beauty
there—such a neat place!
I will be attending the
conference again in the near future and would love your prayers as I continue to seek
the Lord's will with a book I wrote about my mom's death and my photography
book. Thank you!
Location: The Ridgecrest Conference Center, Ridgecrest, North Carolina