About the word Shekinah

The word Shekinah (shuh-kigh-nuh) means dwelling. It refers to the visible manifestation of the presence (or Shekinah Glory) of God. A luminous cloud. It is the very presence of God on earth. (see Holy Bible-Exodus 24:9-18)

Monday, May 26, 2008

"Kathryn Albertson Park-Part 1"

Saturday morning I got up early and headed for Boise to take some spring photos of some of the beautiful parks in downtown Boise, Idaho.  Kathryn Albertson Park is one such park.

The park is full of natural habitats for a number of migrating birds and other small animals.  There were many Canadian Geese with their young, and even some deer when we first entered the park.

Below is one of several peaceful ponds in the park, adorned with the spring trees reflecting in the glassy waters.

Stay tuned for more from this beautiful park.............

Thursday, May 22, 2008

"Intro. to the Snake River Canyon"

One of the places near my home that I frequent is the Snake River Canyon and the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.  It's my pleasure to introduce this area to you.  The Snake River actually travels the length of the state of Idaho from East to West, and I've shot from several locations along it's route.  This post will focus on the SW section.

Here, my husband and daughter enjoy some time together as they sit on the wall at the edge of the canyon at Dedication Point, a lookout just off the road.  It's a nice little walk out to the cliffs.   Be sure to read the signs and watch for birds of prey that nest in these cliffs and townsend ground squirrels that are plentiful in the area, and serve as prey for the raptors.

On one occasion, while waiting for the sunset to be ready for me to shoot it and in the absence of birds at the time, I laid on my stomach and got this unusual shot of a stink bug on a desert plant.  It kept putting it's right hind leg out and in as if it were exercising.  I love the way patterns are repeated in nature with this bugs legs almost seeming as an extension of the plant.

The shadows and lighting on the canyon walls are spectacular as the sun gets low in the sky.  I shot this image from edge of the canyon about 20 minutes north of Swan Falls Dam after following a dirt road to the edge of the cliffs.  

In the summer, it gets as hot in this desert as it did cold in the winter months.  Evidence of survival of the fittest and the food chain is scattered around up on the plateau, and turkey vultures soar overhead to serve as a grim reminder of the existence of animals and their demise in the area.

There are some vast views from this lookout that's south of Dedication Point, just before the turn off to drop down to Swan Falls Dam.  The mountains in the distance are the Owyhee range. If you go before sunrise in February, be sure to take proper clothing as the freezing weather along with the wind is quite biting.

I hope you can see from these images, the vastness and beauty of this desert land.  To see more images, click on any one of the images in this post or CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

"A Fresh New Beginning"

I just took this image the other day, as I was admiring the changes that spring is bringing to our yard. Trees budding and getting new foliage, birds singing and flowers beginning to bloom again. Such a welcome sight!

In uploading this picture it has lost much of it's color and effectiveness of the warm afternoon light that was hitting it. I am showing it anyway because I like it and what it represents as the flower petals are just beginning to burst out of the little pods. A fresh new beginning...

Below is the same flower, only in full bloom. This is called a Pink Mist Pincushion Flower (scabiosa columbaria)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"New Feature on Website"

Check out the new photo timeline feature on the Shekinah Photography homepage! This new feature allows you more options when choosing which photos to view.

You can choose:
*By Year
*Your own range of time

If you're a frequent visitor to my website, you no longer have to go into each gallery to see what's new. You can find the most recent by choosing a certain day or date range.

Please check it out and then let me know how it worked for you by returning to this post and commenting.

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