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Peace

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Well, this has been one crazy day.  Here in Illinois, we had massive storms and tornados pass through.  Very strange for mid-November, but you never really know what Midwest weather will bring.  It seems to change by the hour.  The storms left so much devastation.  In just my area, I believe I heard that more than 300 homes were leveled.  Please keep these families in your prayers, and if you'd like to donate funds to the Red Cross to help, you can find information here.

After the stormy weather today and the recent events in the Philippines, I crave some peace.  Sitting by a sea, walking through a garden, feeling the sun on my face, or hearing the soft, gentle sounds of nature sound mighty good right about now.  You agree?  Do you have a favorite place that you like to go to wind-down?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!  I gathered up a few (very) random pictures from around the globe that just ooze 'serenity' to me.  So let's take a relaxing look... 

California

California

Michigan

Michigan

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Hampstead Heath, London

Hampstead Heath, London

Paris

Paris

Elephantine Island, Egypt

Elephantine Island, Egypt

Clouds over the Midwest

Clouds over the Midwest

Illinois

Illinois

If you want to bring a little serenity into your own home, you can find these prints for purchase at the Etsy shop.

Antelope Canyon

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Once when visiting Arizona, I was able to go to the gorgeous slot canyon known as Antelope Canyon.  I had the great privilege of exploring the canyon with the Native American family that now owns the land.  After a very(!) bumpy ride through the desert in an old truck, we reached the canyon and the family led me into this amazing natural wonder. As we explored, they explained the names that had been given to the different rock formations.  While they spoke, all of the scenes around me seemed to take on a life-like quality.  I could clearly see the "dragon" and "man's face" they spoke of.   

Antelope Canyon is a photographer's dream.  My hosts let me borrow their tripod and I snapped away on my film SLR.  Film allowed the colors and gritty feel of the canyon to shine through.  My guides climbed the rocks and perched themselves high above - and just watched me work.  After doing what felt like gymnastics to get the perfect shots, I was reluctant to leave the canyon.  What a magical, inspiring place.  I'm so thankful to my hosts for allowing me to experience this natural wonder in such an intimate and personal way!  

Entrance to the canyon

Entrance to the canyon

Deep within the canyon

Deep within the canyon

"The Corkscrew" or "Man's Face" 

"The Corkscrew" or "Man's Face" 

The walls of the canyon almost looked lunar

The walls of the canyon almost looked lunar

 "The Dragon"

 "The Dragon"

To purchase a print of these images, visit the Etsy Shop here

Peace in the Desert

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

I'm so glad that I was able to escape to Arizona last fall for a quick trip and some R & R.  We went at the perfect time - very few tourists and a bonus of unseasonably nice weather every day.  It was so amazing to be at these enormous natural wonders without anyone else around.  What a great way to be reminded of how big the Creator is and how little we are!  It was so peaceful - I think I could have just sat and taken in these sights all day!

Painted Desert

Painted Desert

Red rocks of Sedona

Red rocks of Sedona

A forest of Ponderosa Pines

A forest of Ponderosa Pines

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon at dusk

Grand Canyon at dusk