April 07, 2012

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Happy Easter!

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday—the day we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection from the dead and ultimate triumph over evil. I’m looking forward to church tomorrow. What a great God we worship!

The above blog header doesn’t have a whole lot to do with Easter. It’s a picture I took during heavy cloud cover up on the mountains. I love the picture. But this header photo is being replaced by the new Easter header, which will become a blog post when I replace it. But for now, I am posting a photo of spring apple blossoms, signifying the life giving power of the resurrected Christ.

Let the whole world rejoice! He is risen - indeed, he is risen!

Aleut (Sugpiag):

Kriiiiistuusaq Ungwektuq! Pichinuq Ungwektuq!

Albanian (Tosk):

Krishhti Unjall! Vertet Unjall!


Crist aras! Crist sodhlice aras!


Al Maset’h ahm! Hat’em ahm!
and El Messieh Kahm! Kakken Kahm!
and Al Maseeh Qam! Haqqan Qam!


Kristos Tenestwal! Bergit Tenestwal!


Christos harjav i merelotz! Orhniale harutjun Christosi!


Khristos Uvoskros! Zaprowdu Uvoskros!

Chaucerean Middle English:

Crist is arisen! Arisen he sothe!


Helisituosi fuhuole! Queshi fuhuole!


Gaydolk folkwoot leew! Ta koksut folkwoot leew!

Church Slavonic:

Christos Voskrese! Voistino Voskrese!

Coptic (Egypt):

PiKhirstos af tonf! Khen o methmi af tonf!

Coptic (Sahidic, not the Bohairic dialect which is the Coptic church's liturgical language):

Pchristos aftooun! Alethos aftooun!


Kristus Vstal A Mrtvych! Opravdi Vstoupil!
and Kristus vstal zmrtvy'ch! Skutec~ne~ vstal!


Kristus er opstanden! Ja, sandelig opstanden!


Christus is opgestaan! Ja, hij is waarlijk opgestaan!

Eritrean (Tigre):

Christos Ten-si-OU! Ba-Ha-ke Ten-si-OU!


Kristo Levig^is! Vere Levig^is!


Kristus on Oolestoosunt! Toayestee on Oolestoosunt!
and Kristus on surnuist ülestõusnud! Toesti ülestõusnud!


Christos T’ensah Em’ Muhtan! Exai’ Ab-her Eokala
and Yasous Taustwal! Aown Tasous Tanastwal!


Kristus Nousi Kuolleista! Totisesti Nousi!


Le Christ est ressuscité- il est vraiment ressuscité!


Erid Krist! G'deya! n erid she!

Gaelic (Irish):

Tá Criosd ar éirigh! Go deimhin, tá e ar éirigh!
(Phonetic -- Taw Creest Ereen! Taw Shay Ereen Guhdyne!)

Gaelic (Scotch):

Tha Crìosd air èiridh! Gu dearbh, tha e air èiridh!
and Hah Creeist air eh-ree! Goo jeh-ruv, hah eh air eh-ree!

Georgian (IveroPontian):

Kriste aghsdga! Cheshmaritad aghsdga!


Christus ist auferstanden! Wahrhaft auferstanden!
and Christus ist auferstanden! Wahrlich erstanden!
and Christus ist auferstanden! Wahrhaftig auferstanden!
and Christus ist auferstanden! Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!


Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!


Ua Ala Hou ‘o Kristo! Ua Ala ‘I ‘o No ‘oia!


Ha-Mashiah qom! Be-emet qom!
and Ha Mashiyach qam! Ken hoo qam!


Krisztus feltámadt! Valóban feltámadt!

India (Spoken in):


Christu Uyirthezhunnettu! Theerchayayum Uyirthezhunnettu!


Krisuts Telah Bangkit! Benar dia Telah Bangkit!


Cristo e’ Risorto! Veramente e’ Risorto!

Iyaric Patwa (English dialect used by the Rastafarian subculture of the West Indies):

Krestos a uprisin! Seen, him a uprisin fe tru!


Harisutosu Fukkatsu! Jitsu Ni Fukkatsu!


Kristus Sampun Wungu! Saesto Panjene Ganipun Sampun Wungu!
and Kristus Sampun Wungu! Tuhu Sampun Wungu!


Kristo ni muriuku! Ni muriuku nema!

Kpelle (Liberia, West Africa):

Korai aa mu su Saa-yeei! Toya ma, E mu su Saa-yeei!


Kristo Gesso! Buhar ha sho Nay!


Christus Resurrectus Est! Vere Resurrectus Est!


Kristo Ajukkide! Amajim Ajukkide!


Pinglapese—Kreis Isadar! Oh ketin kalowehdier!
Palauan—Kristus a mla mekiis! Ngiima dingar!
Chuukese—Kristus a manaau sefan! A fokkun manan sefan!
Carolinian—Lios a melau sefal! Meipung, a mahan sefal!
Chamorro—La'la'i i Kristo! Megahet na luma'la' i Kristo!


Jesu Kristi Ebiliwo! Ezia o’biliwo!


Christ daaztsáádéé' náádiidzáá! T'ááníí, daaztsáádéé' náádidzáá!


Christus er Oppstanden! Sandelig Han er Oppstanden!


Khristus Zmartvikstau! Zaiste Zmartvikstau!


Cristo Ressuscitou! Em Verdade Ressuscitou!

Quenyan (Language of the elves in J.R. Tolkien's writings):

Ortanne Laivino! Anwa ortanne Laivino!

Romanian (Vlkah):

Hristus A Inviat! Adeverat a Inviat!


Khristos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!


Kristo'pastitaha, Satvam Upastitaha!


Hristos Vaskrese! Vaistinu Vaskrese!


Kristus vstal zmr'tvych! Skutoc~ne vstal!


Christos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!


Cristo ha resucitado! En verdad, esta resucitado!


Kristos Ame Fu Fuka! Kweli Ame Fu Fuka!
and Khristos amafafouka! Kwaeli amafafouka!


Kristus är Upstånden! Ja Han är Sannerligen Upstånden!


Meshiha qam! Bashrira qam!
and Qom Msheeho (men qabro)! Shareeroyith qom!


HristosDiril-Di! Hakikaten Diril-Di!


Kristo Ajukkide! Kweli Ajukkide!


Khristos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!


Atgyfododd Crist! Atgyfododd yn wir!


Eybershter undzer iz geshtanen! Avade er iz ufgeshtanen!


Ukristu Uvukile! Uvukile Kuphela!

Project 365+ Day 2

Day 2 of my Project 365+

I decided to use my long telephoto lens today—a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS lens. I actually never made it past my front porch before I saw these adorable birds looking for food around our neighbor’s bush. The bird in this picture really seemed to want his portrait taken. I guess he heard about my project.

I obliged him.

April 06, 2012

Project 365+


have always enjoyed going out on photo expeditions looking for odd things. At various times I have headed out with my camera looking for pictures of common things taken so closeup that it is hard to identify them, pictures of contrasting light and dark, pictures of complementary or contrasting colors, candid pictures of people touching, crying, and showing various emotions, and pictures of unique architectural elements. That kind of focus on a specific topic of interest always seems to unleash my creativity.

But today I came across a concept I had not heard of before—Project 365. This project is a commitment to take at least one picture every day for a full year. There’s even a web site dedicated to this project [365Project.org]. I liked the idea, but I’m calling mine 365+ because I know I won’t be able to limit myself to just one picture per day.

It ought to be fun.

So today, during my lunch break, I headed out into my yard to get the first of 365 straight days of photography. I wanted to up the ante, so to speak, so I also limited myself to using my Canon EF 80mm f/1.8 fixed focal-length lens. It’s a great lens, but the lack of a zoom makes me carefully consider the shot, rather than just twisting the zoom dial until the picture is cropped properly in the camera. I hope you enjoy these. I enjoyed taking them.

My son’s tire swing with our beautiful flowering Dogwood tree in the background
The Dogwood is the Virginia State Tree and one of my favorites. This is a closeup of the Dogwood flowers
These flowers are from our apple tree. The peak of color for the blooms was almost a week ago, so the flowers are not nearly as plentiful. But everytime a breeze blows, the whole backyard looks like it’s snowing because of all the white apple petals in the air.
Dandelions are weeds, but they’re beautiful when they’re flowering. This one is just under our apple tree and is surrounded by apple blossom petals.
This tree is actually in our neighbor’s yard. I love the deep red leaves.