"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land..." Psalm 63:1 ... See MoreSee Less
So much suffering. Disturbing news on every hand. Stressed and troubled. We not only need to pray, but also TRUST. Thank goodness, we know that God is our hope and our strength. So comforted that His mercies are still new every morning! ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful words and beautiful photo.
Find myself kind of hating to see June leaving us soon. It's such a beautiful month in our area before things start drying up a bit and the lush greens lose their vivid color. Hope today brings blessings to you and yours! ... See MoreSee Less
Good morning! Rhododendron time in the Smokies is always a treat, and it's happening right now. I love the exquisite beauty of these huge blooms that can be found along streams and creeks in wooded areas. And they're especially nice with a touch of morning dew. Have a happy Tuesday! ... See MoreSee Less
When I'm at a loss for a photo of the day, sometimes I just go back to this day a few years back in my picture library and choose an image from that day. This one was taken in 2016 when our family was otherwise occupied on Father's Day, and Doug and I decided to go to Cades Cove for a picnic. We climbed over the horse gate on Sparks Lane and walked back to the large tree in this picture, spread our blanket, and had a memorable picnic together. As I look back just four years ago, it seems that life was so much more carefree and happy then. I find myself yearning for such days... ... See MoreSee Less
Great blue herons are fun to watch and fun to photograph. Sometimes they almost look like water ballerinas, and I've laughed out loud more than once when I've spent time in their presence, so I hope at least one of these makes you smile! Happy Tuesday. ... See MoreSee Less
Not sure who comes up with all of these designated days, but I just heard that today is "Nature Photography Day," so of course I had to find a favorite photograph to feature on this important occasion! It was an early morning in Cades Cove, and the pea soup fog was making visibility very difficult. I couldn't decide who was more surprised as our eyes locked on each other...this handsome buck or me! ... See MoreSee Less
Whe. I posted the weird holiday today, I almost tagged you 😁
Thinking about PEI this morning and the fact that it looks doubtful that we'll be able to visit this year. I'm very thankful that things have been so busy lately and there hasn't been a lot of time to just dwell on disappointments and discouragements due to so many life changes over the last few months. This photo is one from a few years ago at a much more carefree time. Doug and I were out roaming around Prince Edward Island, and life was so good. Life is still good, but so different now. Learning, changing, adapting, adjusting, and growing...all good things that help reestablish priorities and allow us to hear God speak and show us more clearly how He orders our steps through this ongoing journey. Hope everyone has a glorious week-end. We're looking forward to seeing our granddaughter Madelyn baptized this Sunday! God is good all the time...
with Rachel Wielfaert Frazier ... See MoreSee Less
I know exactly what you are going through and I feel your disappointment and discouragement. I'm already missing all of the people I've gotten to know who live in my vacation spot. I've been wondering what God has planned through all of this Covid stuff, but it is in His hands. I began a new job then was laid off two months later. I am still waiting to hear when I might return, and am also expected to begin college in the fall based on this new job. A lot of anxiety and fear, but also learning to trust Him. I need to get back into photography to help keep my mind off things I think! Thank you for your encouraging words!
We enjoyed our visit there in 2017. Beautiful place! And I loved seeing Green Gables! 😊
I came so close to giving up Marcy's Photo Journey when the tornado on Easter night ruined 100 of our gallery images. But I remembered the example of my parents, and then Doug and I teaching our children to keep working and see things through. I remembered my daughter, Rachel, covering her notebooks with "Never give up" and "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" as she struggled at times with challenges growing up. So I felt like I owed it to my loved ones to keep trying and plod on I did, but my heart wasn't in it any longer. I was going through the motions. I know I'll never be a great photographer, but I'm enjoying it again, and sales have really been looking up lately. Just received notice that I sold this image on Fine Art America today...my largest one yet! Saying all that to remind you to take heart and keep on doing what you feel God has called you to do, even in times of discouragement. I want to keep taking pictures, and it's my hope that my photography can be a source of joy or encouragement to others. Rachel Wielfaert Frazier Douglas Wielfaert ... See MoreSee Less
Missed you tonight. The beauty you bring into my world through your pictures let me see places I will never go. Thank you
You are such an inspiration Marcy...not just through your photography but by your words. Never know who you are touching for Christ!! ♥
So glad you hung in there!! I know Brandon and Melody are, too!
Don't give up ma'am! I enjoy your photography. And one day, hopefully soon, I'll own one!
Thanks, Susan. I always appreciate your comments!
A much needed boost this week-end when we sold two large elephant images to the same buyer on Fine Art America! I did a little research and discovered that there are 23,388 elephant photographs for sale on the popular decorating site, so you can imagine my shock when someone chose two of mine. Thanks to the customer from Richmond, Virginia! ... See MoreSee Less
Yay for another sale on Fine Art America! A handsome yearling was wet from eating his fill in the dew laden blackberry bushes of early morning, and I happened to see him as he was sleeping it off in a nearby tree. This photo was taken just as he woke up to see a gathering crowd under the tree, with everyone looking his way. It's always been one of my favorite bear images. ... See MoreSee Less
Recently sold on Fine Art America! This is the first floral image that I've sold, so it was kind of special. When I took this shot in Cades Cove last year, I waded out in the middle of this field on Hyatt Lane that was full of gorgeous wildflowers of all kinds. It was difficult walking because there were no paths, and the growth was very dense. You can tell by the picture that I squatted (as low as I am able) to take the shot. A couple of days later, an incident was reported about a person in this location being bitten by a copperhead. Until that time, I had not even considered snakes on those hundreds of days that I took pictures in the Cove, and I literally got sick at my stomach when I heard about it. I am terrified of all snakes, not just poisonous ones.
I apologize for dropping the ball lately on my daily feature photos, but things have been so busy that I'm having a hard time keeping all of the balls in the air right now. Work has begun on the calendar, and I can already tell that's going to be a fun project for me. (It's still not too late if you want to add your order to the list.) May was our best month yet as far as sales, both online and at Grit & Grace. and for that I am very thankful. Once again, I appreciate all of your support! We're on this journey together... ... See MoreSee Less
True peace can only be found in Jesus Christ, the peacemaker. May we all seek to love him more passionately and know him more fully. ... See MoreSee Less
I'm usually one who sticks to decisions already made, but it looks like this time is going to be an exception. Several more people have told me that they wanted to get in on the 2021 photo calendars, so it looks favorable now to go ahead with the project. I'll make a list of all of you who said you wanted one and hold you to it! 🙂 Hopefully I'll be able to sell enough to cover my investment with a little to spare. Meanwhile, maybe some of you could help me out by checking with friends and family to see if we can round up a few more orders. They will be Cades Cove/Smoky Mountains and will sell for $25.00. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
Marci, please put me down for one!
Put me down for 4....great gifts ❤️. Direct me where to pay.
Happy to announce the sale yesterday of this personal favorite, "Seacow Head Sunset," in a large 24 X 36 canvas! Just a reminder, that we make it very easy for you to purchase our prints and canvases online and have them mailed right to your door. If you ever see something you're interested in, don't hesitate to ask about the options. We'll be happy to give you a quote through private message, but you are under no obligation to purchase. Also, we guarantee 100% satisfaction with all of our work, so if it arrives and you are disappointed in any way, we'll gladly refund your money or send you another product. ... See MoreSee Less
There just wasn't enough interest in the photo calendar, so that project has to be put on hold for now. Thanks to all of you who responded! ... See MoreSee Less
So excited to announce another custom order sale of two 16 X 24 canvases! A huge shout out and thank you to Norm Blanton of Saint Augustine, Florida for his interest in Marcy's Photo Journey. This was Norm's second order this month! ... See MoreSee Less
Just sold in a large canvas format! The buyers chose the image, scripture, and font for a customized product. I love to be able to do personalized orders, making it possible for buyers to have one-of-a-kind art in their home. Thank you, Tony and Michelle Charles, for your order of "Sparks Lane, Frosted Beauty." ... See MoreSee Less
Response has been mediocre so far on the feeler I put out yesterday concerning photo calendars for 2021. Because I will be doing a high quality product and therefore investing substantial time and money into the project, I would have to have at least 50 people who would commit to purchase them this fall. So far we have less than twenty interested. I'll make a decision on this Monday evening, so be sure to weigh in before then if you want to order one and haven't already done so. They will be large, approximately 12 X 18, and cost $25.00. I can certainly ship, but would have to pass that cost on to those who need shipping. So far Smoky Mountains/Cades Cove seems to be the most popular option according to initial feedback. ... See MoreSee Less
I would love one!
You can sign me up for three if you make an order
From Cades Cove this past Wednesday. The Cove can always be counted on to put on a beautiful spring! ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful photos 😍
Seriously considering producing a wall photo calendar for 2021. Most other photographer friends who do this tell me it's best to take orders, in order to get an idea of response before taking the plunge and making the investment. I would order a few additional ones, but I would love to have some idea if this idea is worth pursuing before I go any further. I'm thinking the 12 X 12 inch size and need to know how many would be interested. If interested, would you prefer Cades Cove/Smoky Mountains or Barns or Wildlife? Does anyone besides me even use these anymore? Depending on the quantity I ended up ordering, I'd probably need to sell them for $25.00. I'll need to make a decision on this soon, so I would appreciate your prompt feedback! ... See MoreSee Less
Cades Cove/Smokey Mtns.
The Lee University campus is rather quiet at this time of year, but everything looked so beautiful when I was there getting a few new images one day last week. First time I had really been up close to the clock tower...great addition to the Lee campus! ... See MoreSee Less
Just in case you haven't heard, there's a huge sale on everything taken in Tennessee at our Grit & Grace gallery through today. We've loaded the space with images of Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains, wildlife, birds, local lakes, rivers, etc and removed almost everything else for this sale. It only takes us one short hour to drive down from Knoxville, so I'm hoping others from our area may do the same. Canvases and framed art are reduced and priced individually. All prints, loose and matted, are now discounted by 35%! ... See MoreSee Less
Totally spontaneous and unplanned, and as usual, I come across as rather goofy, but check out our video posted yesterday on Grit & Grace Market that tells of our huge sale this week-end. Always calm, cool, and collected, Brandon Miles holds it all together and does a great job! (When did I start flailing my hands around so much and develop such a southern accent?)
www.facebook.com/GritandGraceMarket/videos/576313146323304/ ... See MoreSee Less
It appears that there are at least a few Cades Cove and Smoky Mountains fans out there who might be interested in the huge sale going on at Marcy's Photo Journey this Friday and Saturday. In order to make room in our gallery for new work, we are substantially discounting current inventory that is on site. ALL CADES COVE and SMOKY MOUNTAINS artwork of any size will be reduced by 35%! So if you've seen something that you're considering that falls into that category, put Grit & Grace Market on your to do list for this week-end. Also, if there's an image you want and you would prefer a different colored mat, just ask. We would be happy to put the work in another mat of your preference, if it's one we currently have in stock. Remember that all of our prints are printed on high quality, fine art papers in either a metallic or canvas finish, and we guarantee 100% satisfaction on every product we sell. Hoping to see you at Grit & Grace! (Sorry we cannot apply this discount to special orders.) ... See MoreSee Less
Good morning and happy Mother's Day! I'm thrilled to get to see my family today. We're all going to car church together and then planning to enjoy being outside in the same general space, still avoiding close contact and being cautious. It's the first time we've all been together since Christmas! Sadly, I can't see my mother who remains strictly quarantined. Yesterday when I spoke to the hospice nurse, he indicated that Mom continues to decline and is eating very little, sleeping most of the time. She has difficulty communicating on the phone, so I probably won't even get to hear her voice. So this day is a bittersweet one, full of emotional extremes. I thought of this image and decided to share it today because it gives me assurance that God is enough. It was taken at the top of the highest mountain in Tennessee, Clingman's Dome, at first light, long before the sun popped from behind the distant ridge. What would I do without His grace and mercy? ... See MoreSee Less
I’m so sorry about your Mom. But happy you get to be with family. Enjoy your day.
I’m sorry Marcy. If you dressed in scrubs etc. would they let you see her? My heart hurts for you.
Five inspirational images have sold this week! Just finished this one yesterday. It was taken from Clingman's Dome at sunrise just as fall colors were beginning to show themselves in the mountains. Have a great week-end and rest in the assurance that our redeemer lives! ... See MoreSee Less
Marcy's Photo Journey loves to capture scenes from around the world and bring them to you. We make an effort to not only find those iconic images of foreign lands, but also seek out the out-of-the-way spots that convey the culture and personality of the places we visit. With hundreds of images available, there's a good chance we have just what you're looking for! All images can be customized to the size you need for your wall space. We're happy to ship, and we're now offering a 20% on all images through Mother's Day. The world is closer than you think. Contact us for the unlimited possibilities! ... See MoreSee Less
Well, I'm admitting today that it's been a very long two weeks for me, and it has nothing to do with quarantine, COVID19, or social distancing. Two weeks ago, we heard that 100 of our best images were totally lost in the Easter Sunday tornado. Although my resolve and determination told me that it wasn't going to affect me negatively, it bothered me more than I ever could have imagined. And then I was upset with myself for being upset over something so trivial in light of all that's going on right now. I didn't think there was any way that I could be enthused again about photography, especially regarding our gallery in Grit & Grace Market. It seemed like such a daunting chore to get it all set up and going again after such a devastating loss. I wanted to give up and move on. But Doug wasn't convinced that we should, so I plodded on, going through the motions, but deep inside I knew it would just never be the same for me. I guess sometimes the "fake it 'til you make it" philosophy works. We will open once again on Friday with a brand new look, and I finally feel enthused about the idea of a fresh start. There's no way that we could afford to replace all that we lost, but we'll go forward with what we have and see what happens. Still haven't felt like picking up my camera and doing any shooting, but hopefully that day will come. Thanks for listening! I hope many of you will be able to come by Marcy's Photo Journey in Grit & Grace soon and see our new look.
I'm featuring two versions of this image as today's photo feature to get some feedback. One is the original photo and one has been enhanced with a digital painterly application. Do you have a favorite? ... See MoreSee Less
Marcy my heart hurts for you. It took so long to get started and then to do it all again, I cannot imagine. However I’m believing that His grace will have something special in store for you. It’s okay to be upset as I would be concerned about you if not and perhaps pinch you real hard to see if you felt it! You have so much beauty to share from places many of us haven’t been or never will go so please continue. Love you and Doug.
I like the original. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.
What happened at ur store?
The top photo has greater definition. I think I like it a little better. Keep pushing on.
I’m glad you will be able to start back up soon.
I like the top one.
Yes, first one
I’m going with door number 1. 😁
Number 1 😄
Close to home...
Spring is something to behold where I live! I know everyone thinks their home state is the best, but just hang around here during a Tennessee spring, and you'll be convinced.
Unfortunately, along with our natural beauty and idyllic spring days, sometimes there's a price. On Easter night a tornado ripped through northern Georgia and southeast Tennessee, an all too common occurrence this time of year. People were killed and homes were destroyed. Somehow this year with our country under siege from the corona virus, the violent weather compounded an already sad spring.
We heard on Wednesday that our photo gallery in Grit & Grace Market sustained damage from the Easter tornado. Although it was bad news, I consoled myself with the fact that we're alive, we don't have the virus, our home is safe and secure, and after all, it was just a bunch of pictures.
Yesterday, however, when we went to Cleveland to assess the damage and clean up, I was unprepared for the overwhelming sadness I would feel. We lost exactly 100 pictures. Each one represented a memory story to me. Sometimes I think it's weird how I remember such details about each one. All I have to do is look at the image, and it all comes to mind. As I looked through the huge stack, now soaked with water and ruined, I realized how much of my life is in those pictures. And then I got aggravated at myself for feeling sad when many around me have it so rough right now. As I went to bed last night, I told Doug that my desire was gone for photography. I didn't want to do it anymore.
This morning I forced myself to get out with my camera and drive around in the Tennessee countryside in an attempt to feel that desire again. I thought a lot about the fact that I felt such sadness about a pile of pictures when there was so much suffering all around me. I felt selfish and undeserving of my blessings.
Shortly after I got home, a friend called and encouraged me about my photography. She didn't know about what had happened with the tornado damage or that I needed some confirmation as to whether or not I should even keep shooting. With God's help, I want to always maintain the right perspective. If my work can somehow inspire or encourage or lift others up or allow them to see God's beauty all around us, then I need to continue. But I will no longer grieve about the lost work. There are more sunrises and seasons and travel adventures to be had! ... See MoreSee Less
I think that you are still meant to continue to share God’s beauty. This is purely peaceful. I can’t help but feel His peace as the sun breaks through the clouds and His creation rejoices in the stillness. You encourage me!
Oh, Marcia please don't ever give up on your photography, you have a gift.
Staying close to home with daily features. On a beautiful morning last summer, I went over to the site of our new church and took a few pictures around the grounds. This one is a favorite from the morning. Hopefully, it won't be too much longer until we can worship in our new building. We were supposed to have our first service there on Palm Sunday, but are now in a holding pattern... ... See MoreSee Less
Promise we'll be moving on to something different after Easter, but I've really enjoyed the journey back to some of the amazing churches I've seen. The three features today are all from France, taken in July, 2017. Can you tell I love repeating arches? 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Loved seeing all the cathedrals in France, we were there in '89. At that time, a beautiful place but really rude people.
Oh my. I bet seeing in person was beauty overwhelming
They are fantasticly beautiful.
Two Holy Week images on this Good Friday. The first depicts the agony of Christ as he faced the cross, and was taken at the Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain. The second, Christ on the cross, hangs in the Cathedral of John the Baptist in Savannah, Georgia. From completely different parts of the world, but together conveying the somberness of this day as we consider the ultimate sacrifice offered for the sins of the world. My sins... ... See MoreSee Less
So Doug and I have visited cathedrals in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, and Savannah, Georgia. 🙂 An interesting observation is that out of all of those places, Ireland and Scotland definitely stand out as having much more color in their interiors than the other countries. Today's images are from Galway Cathedral in Ireland. Notice the bright green color of the dome ceiling! So Irish...
The third photo is a beautiful stained glass window located above the magnificent pipe organ. Someone was playing the organ while we were there, an unusual treat. I love to hear pipe organ music. ... See MoreSee Less
Today's Holy Week feature takes us to Mainz Cathedral in Mainz, Germany and was taken in July, 2016 when Doug and I were there. I thought this crucifixion piece was exceptionally beautiful with its delicate details and soft colors. I'm also posting a picture of the exterior of the 1000 year old cathedral and one of a lovely hallway of repeating arches that I especially loved. Our time in Mainz was way too short (less than 24 hours), but I'm so glad we had a chance to visit this very nice German city located along the Rhine River. ... See MoreSee Less
We visited this basilica, San Michele in Foro, in Luca, Italy two years ago right before Easter. The church was very simply decorated for Holy Week with purple draping and flowers. Today's feature is the altar area of this beautiful church. I'm including a candelabra that was nearby.
I'm also posting one of my favorite images, which also happened to be taken here. I was standing in the shadows in the back of the church and observed a young man come in, head right up front to the altar, light a candle, and pause for a few seconds before going on his way. Although I've seen similar scenes in many other places, my heart was touched by this one. It's entitled "Piety," and recently won first place in a contest on Fine Art America. ... See MoreSee Less
Marcy's Photo Journey is included in this live event ... See MoreSee Less
REMINDER REMINDER REMINDER REMINDER
Marcy's Photo Journey will be one of the featured vendors on the Grit & Grace facebook live event at 1:00 this afternoon. BIG DISCOUNTS are offered during this event! Buy a matted print of any size and receive another one free. Or buy a canvas or framed print and receive an 8 X 10 or 11 X 14 double matted print (of your choice) FREE!! We will ship to out of town buyers for a flat rate of $15.00 for prints or $20.00 for canvases and framed prints.
This is an interactive event, and you will be able to ask questions and participate. It's almost like being there! ... See MoreSee Less
As of this morning, Grit & Grace Market is closed because of local governmental requests due to the corona virus. BUT Brandon and Melody have come up with a great alternative to still allow our customers to shop and purchase. Each day at 1:00 pm, they will be hosting a facebook live event, featuring a different theme. Today's event is highlighting kitchen and bath items. So plan to settle in under your afghan, feet up in that cozy recliner, and enjoy some shopping from the comfort of your home. All you need is a paypal account! Marcy's Photo Journey will be featured with the ART and PHOTOGRAPHY group on Friday at 1:00, and we've lined up some big sales for that event. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who live far away to participate. Plan now to join us and have some fun!! ... See MoreSee Less
Today's feature was taken on our visit to Hydra, one of the Greek islands located not far from Athens in the Sardonic Gulf. Just a colorful and cozy corner that we passed as we enjoyed strolling the narrow cobblestone streets.
I've been trying to think of all of the good things about having this time of slowing down that we're all in right now, and I've come up with several positives. At least I have plenty of time to got through the many photos that I took in New York and Greece! See if you can come up with at least five good things...it will help all of us if we can see the glass half full rather than half empty right now!
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:1-2 | NIV | ... See MoreSee Less