Dakota's Nature Photos

Sunday, October 31, 2010

As the Lily Among Thorns

In case you've ever wondered, picking an appropriate verse for my inspirational photos is always a difficult task. I thought I'd decided on John 10:28 as the theme verse for this shot, but reading the text of the above passage made me change my mind very quickly. I hope you like this final version.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Friday, October 29, 2010

When Lightning Strikes

I went on a short walk through our woods today and came across this tree that had apparently been struck by lightning. From the looks of the "stump" in the upper-left corner, I don't see how anything but lightning could've caused it to fall.

And You Hath He Quickened

I was outside early this afternoon, and this leaf really caught my eye. In comparison with the other leaves around, it was enormous in size; yet what made it stand out in this photo was not its size, but its color. In light of this, I have to say this may be my favorite fall photo I've taken so far this year.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

As Rivers of Water in a Dry Place

Hiking through the mountains after heavy rains, all of the water collected in this creek bed and flowed beautifully through the forest. It lasted for more than a mile, and all along the way you could see smaller streams flowing over the rocks and through the leaves, eventually making their way here, joining together, and forming this most beautiful piece of scenery.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wings of Eagles

Here's a look at my newest inspirational photo. I love this picture because it shows some of the beautiful rocks, landscape, and wildlife that our God created. The Scripture from Isaiah adds a different feel to the shot, and gives a somewhat majestic tone to the picture as a whole, in my opinion.

Monday, October 25, 2010

*NEW* Photo Slideshow

I hope you’ll enjoy this video with some of my pictures set to Chris Tomlin’s, “You Do All Things Well.” If you’d like to watch it in full screen, you can post the video link (which appears at the end of the slideshow) into your browser and watch in on Youtube. Anyway, I hope you like it!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Country Farm House

For some reason, I think this looks like something you would see on a puzzle. On the other hand, however, I would certainly feel sorry for the person who had to put together the hillside! That would sure take some time.

And in case you were wondering, no, this isn't my house.


Though it may not appear that way, these rocks were 100% natural. There was a small cliff side, and apparently it had deteriorated over time leaving hundreds of these rocks layered neatly beneath it.

Nature From a Different Perspective

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Covered Bridge

Fall leaves are only colorful for a few weeks out of the year, and I'm having a blast trying to get as many shots as possible before winter settles in. What do you think? 

Loving Fall?

While yesterday’s picture was for those who are missing spring weather, today’s shot is for those who love fall and are soaking up every minute of it. I got tons of great nature photos today, and this is the first of many you’ll be seeing from today’s outdoor adventure of mine.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Missing Spring?

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For some, the sight of leaves changing and the gust of a cold breeze brings great happiness and a strange yearning for hot chocolate. Still yet others would rather enjoy the beauty of spring all year ‘round and experience nature at its fullest, picking wildflowers in their spare time. If you are such a person, then this photo is for you. Fall stole away these gorgeous flowers which grew alongside our road without any coaxing whatsoever.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Moon & Streetlight

Is it just me, or does this photo remind you of Narnia?

Flower and Clover

I really like the way this photo turned out. The flower really sets the shot off, and the 4 leaf clover in the corner gives it that finishing touch.

4 Leaf Clover

It gets on my family’s nerves that I’m able to find these things so easily. When I decided I’d like to have a photo of a four leaf clover earlier today, it took me about 3 minutes to find this magnificent specimen. Years ago, I found 17 of them in one hour’s time. No joke.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Landscape Panorama

You might have noticed that this picture is unusually wide. That’s because this is actually two pictures combined into one, forming what’s called a panorama. Unlike back in the days of film photography, panoramas are easy to make if you have the proper software. Simply take your shots, tell your program which photos you’d like to combine, and in a matter of minutes you have a state-of-the-art panoramic photo. By the way, if this landscape looks somewhat familiar, that's because it's the same view seen in the “God’s Living Room” photo from a few days ago. This has to be one of my favorite places on God’s earth.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

My First Sunset Photo

We went to a Civil War reenactment last month and I was privileged to see this magnificent sunset. I think my camera’s sunset mode captured the moment quite nicely.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I don’t know about where you live, but acorns have been plenteous where I am. It’s almost so bad that you have to bring an umbrella outside to keep from getting hit in the head by them falling from the trees.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Whosoever Will


I was thinking earlier that I hadn’t created any inspirational photos in a while, so I pulled out this picture and combined it with Revelation 22:17. I thought the two went well together.

Nature in Action

Daddy Long Leg and Walking Stick

I was lucky enough to get this shot of a Daddy Long Leg killing a Walking Stick Bug. While it isn’t exactly pleasant, it’s about as nature as you can get.

Monday, October 11, 2010

God’s Living Room


 If you are a photography enthusiast like me, you know what it’s like to go back and look at some of your old photos. There are occasions where I can take 100-200 pictures in a single day, and it is nearly impossible to carefully consider each one once I return home. Thus they usually end up on a picture CD or stored somewhere on my hard drive until a day like today when I look at one of them and remember some of the great shots I’d forgotten about. Here is an example of what I’m talking about.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Scenic Lake

Here’s a picture I took back during Labor Day weekend. I’ve always like it, but it took me until tonight to actually take the time to mess with it.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Mallard Ducks

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I went fishing this evening, and the park where we were at had dozens of ducks. Even though I came to fish, I couldn’t keep myself from getting a few shots of these beautiful creatures. As it turns out, photography was the only area I had any luck in seeing as I didn't catch anything.

As you'll notice, I experimented a little bit by fading the edges of this shot. Of the many books I've been reading on photography, one photographer suggested it as a means of keeping the viewers' eyes from wandering away from the main subject. That is, it reminds us of what we're supposed to be looking at! Anyway, I thought it turned out pretty neat. Besides that, I think this picture just turned out pretty cool all the way around.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Waterfall and Fern

I thought it was really neat how this fern grew right next to the waterfall. I’ve been there a couple times this year, and it has been there both times. It’s such a peaceful place.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

Hide and Seek

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Just to give you an idea of how well the grasshopper in my last photo blended in with his surroundings, see if you can spot it in the above photo. It’s pretty tough. Comment if you can find it, but don’t spoil it for anybody else by telling where it is!


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I was fascinated with how well this grasshopper blended in with his surroundings. Though we only seen two that day, I’m certain their were many more right under our noses!