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Just when I think I have a favorite line of note cards, we roll out the next series and I change my mind. Today is for all of you songbird lovers! There are forty birds just waiting to be loaded in boxes. A customer asked yesterday if the boxes of cards could be personalized because she wanted only owls and foxes in her box of wildlife cards. So the answer is YES! Feel free to choose your favorite birds or animals or sunrises or churches, and we'll make up a box just for you. Boxes contain 20 cards and envelopes and sell for $27.50 per box, with an additional $5.00 for mailing. To order, please leave a comment below or message me. We're mailing out our first order on Monday! ... See MoreSee Less

I have a lot of perfectionist tendencies which at times can be burdensome. Then there are other times when it can be a very good thing. I just finished boxing up our first round of note cards, and it made me so happy to see that in this case, my perfectionism was an asset. I LOVE THEM! Yesterday I was so tired of this project after countless hours over the last two weeks, and I wondered why in the world I even considered making handcrafted note cards. And when we say handcrafted, we mean handcrafted...from taking the initial picture to tying the final ribbon on the box, every step is done by hand. We don't just submit our files to a printer and have them printed. We process, print, cut, sort, box, label, and package! Believe me, If pictures of wildlife can look elegant, these do! πŸ™‚ I told Doug that if they don't sell, we'll have enough note cards to last us the rest of our lives, and then our kids and grand kids will have enough for their lifetime as well! So the wildlife series is finished and ready to sell. We'd love to mail you a box or two. Twenty cards and envelopes to a box for $27.50. Please either comment or message me about discounts for multiple boxes, payment, and shipping details. This is a gift that any wildlife lover will be thrilled to receive. ... See MoreSee Less

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Marcy's Photo Journey is offering ON LOCATION photography this fall as a special option for Christmas gifts! If you have a place that has significant meaning (within the east Tennessee area) and want a fine art print or canvas to display in your home or give to a loved one, let us know. We'll be shooting a special spot on the Lee University campus for a customer soon and would love to do the same for you at a location of your choice. NOW SCHEDULING these shoots in order to assure delivery by Christmas...just let us know. ... See MoreSee Less

Marcys Photo Journey is offering ON LOCATION photography this fall as a special option for Christmas gifts! If you have a place that has significant meaning (within the east Tennessee area) and want a fine art print or canvas to display in your home or give to a loved one, let us know. Well be shooting a special spot on the Lee University campus for a customer soon and would love to do the same for you at a location of your choice.  NOW SCHEDULING these shoots in order to assure delivery by Christmas...just let us know.

Cades Cove is a bit overgrown now, and I don't stray far from the road or well worn paths because I'm afraid I might run into a snake. The fall mowing season and prescribed burns will start soon, and the yearly growth cycle begins again. Late summer does have it's own kind of beauty, though. I really love the purple ironweed that stands tall above everything else this time of year, and it's just one more sign that Fall is just around the corner!
"You crown the year with your goodness..." Psalm 65:11
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Cades Cove is a bit overgrown now, and I dont stray far from the road or well worn paths because Im afraid I might run into a snake.  The fall mowing season and prescribed burns will start soon, and the yearly growth cycle begins again.  Late summer does have its own kind of beauty, though.  I really love the purple ironweed that stands tall above everything else this time of year, and its just one more sign that Fall is just around the corner!
     You crown the year with your goodness...      Psalm 65:11

Just in time for gift season! Marcy's Photo Journey is happy to announce our five collections of boxed note cards that are now ready to order! We'll be featuring one each day over the next few days, so that you'll be able to have a good feel for what they're like. Inspired by a favorite scripture (Lamentations 3:21-23), our signature series is entitled "New Mornings, New Merices," featuring early morning photos of some of our favorite places. The cards are printed on fine art linen paper and present beautifully. Each box contains 20 cards and envelopes and sells for $27.50. If you want more than one box, the price drops to $25.00. We're happy to mail them to you (or someone on your gift list) for postage cost, which varies according to location. If you were happy with the quality of our calendars, you're going to love the note cards! If interested, please message me to order. ... See MoreSee Less

Just in time for gift season!  Marcys Photo Journey is happy to announce our five collections of boxed note cards that are now ready to order!  Well be featuring one each day over the next few days, so that youll be able to have a good feel for what theyre like.  Inspired by a favorite scripture (Lamentations 3:21-23), our signature series is entitled New Mornings, New Merices, featuring early morning photos of some of our favorite places.  The cards are printed on fine art linen paper and present beautifully. Each box contains 20 cards and envelopes and sells for $27.50.  If you want more than one box, the price drops to $25.00.  Were happy to mail them to you (or someone on your gift list) for postage cost, which varies according to location.  If you were happy with the quality of our calendars, youre going to love the note cards!  If interested, please message me to order.Image attachmentImage attachment

We're taking orders on this beautiful art piece, "Old-fashioned Christmas at Covent Market," through next Saturday. If you live near Grit $ Grace Market and would like to see it in person, the large version is displayed on an easel in the store. It's available in two sizes, large (30 X 33) and medium (23 X 25), priced at $175.00 and $125.00. If you're not close enough to visit Grit & Grace, place your order by leaving a comment below or sending me a message. We ordered two of these a couple of weeks ago, and they've already both sold, but we still have time to place one more order and have them back before you start your Christmas decorating! This piece looks amazing above a fireplace or dining room sideboard. We can have it shipped directly to your front door from our canvas supplier. ... See MoreSee Less

Were taking orders on this beautiful art piece, Old-fashioned Christmas at Covent Market, through next Saturday.  If you live near Grit $ Grace Market and would like to see it in person, the large version is displayed on an easel in the store.  Its available in two sizes, large (30 X 33) and medium (23 X 25), priced at $175.00 and $125.00.  If youre not close enough to visit Grit & Grace, place your order by leaving a comment below or sending me a message.  We ordered two of these a couple of weeks ago, and theyve already both sold, but we still have time to place one more order and have them back before you start your Christmas decorating!  This piece looks amazing above a fireplace or dining room sideboard.  We can have it shipped directly to your front door from our canvas supplier.

As I've worked on our boxed note cards over the last few days, I've noticed that bluebirds seem to be the bird I most love to photograph. It's difficult to choose precisely which birds to be included in the set of cards because I love them all!

"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" Mathew 6:24

Have a splendid week-end, and keep in mind that our heavenly father takes care of us...no matter what!
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Love these and your finches are beautiful too.

Beautiful...

Sooo pretty

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SOLD! We were able to make a customer's vision come to life with this special order canvas! Would love to do the same for you. πŸ™‚ ... See MoreSee Less

SOLD!  We were able to make a customers vision come to life with this special order canvas!  Would love to do the same for you.  :)

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Good morning!  Enjoy your Sunday...

Yes, I'm definitely rushing the season, but when you've been working on Christmas cards for the last few days, it's hard not to share one or two! Designing cards hasn't ever been my favorite task, but it's been so enjoyable this time, and I can hardly wait to get the new stock of greeting cards in Grit & Grace. We're happy to ship cards to you with a minimum order of 24 cards. If interested, ask about multiple pricing. ... See MoreSee Less

Yes, Im definitely rushing the season, but when youve been working on Christmas cards for the last few days, its hard not to share one or two!  Designing cards hasnt ever been my favorite task, but its been so enjoyable this time, and I can hardly wait to get the new stock of greeting cards in Grit & Grace.  Were happy to ship cards to you with a minimum order of 24 cards.  If interested, ask about multiple pricing.Image attachmentImage attachment

Earlier in the week I was reminded of this verse from Psalms that I hadn't thought about in a long time. It brings wonderful comfort to me in this time of frequently feeling overwhelmed with everything that's going on around us. The photograph was taken a couple years ago when I took a long day, daylight to dusk, and went to the Smokies by myself. It was late November, and most of my day was spent along the Middle Prong of the Little River in the Tremont area of the park. I remember climbing up and down banks with my tripod with some difficulty after my recent hip surgery and thinking that Doug would not be happy if he could see what I was doing! ... See MoreSee Less

Earlier in the week I was reminded of this verse from Psalms that I hadnt thought about in a long time.  It brings wonderful comfort to me in this time of frequently feeling overwhelmed with everything thats going on around us.  The photograph was taken a couple years ago when I took a long day, daylight to dusk, and went to the Smokies by myself.  It was late November, and most of my day was spent along the Middle Prong of the Little River in the Tremont area of the park.  I remember climbing up and down banks with my tripod with some difficulty after my recent hip surgery and thinking that Doug would not be happy if he could see what I was doing!

Finding myself wondering if we'll ever travel again! Fond memories of our Alaskan adventure have been coming to mind a lot over recent days. Unforgettable scenery that seemed to go on forever, plenty of uninhabited wilderness, and abundant wildlife...it's all there to make this land so appealing to a nature lover like me. ... See MoreSee Less

Finding myself wondering if well ever travel again!  Fond memories of our Alaskan adventure have been coming to mind a lot over recent days.  Unforgettable scenery that seemed to go on forever, plenty of uninhabited wilderness, and abundant wildlife...its all there to make this land so appealing to a nature lover like me.

As I sit here in my living room full of canvases waiting to be taken to Grit & Grace (12 that I can see from my chair and a few additional ones in the kitchen, not in my line of sight right now), I'm wondering if we may have gotten carried away a bit with our enthusiasm for the new season! Doug framed eleven yesterday, and that was after doing a full day's work at his "day job!" Once we get these in the gallery and clean up our house, I told Doug we're due for a nice rest. Today's feature is a classic fall photo of the Cades Cove Methodist Church as viewed from Rich Mountain Road, and it's headed to Grit & Grace in a few hours. I love this one so much that I plan to order another one to hang above my fireplace! It looks perfect in Doug's handmade white frame. ... See MoreSee Less

As I sit here in my living room full of canvases waiting to be taken to Grit & Grace (12 that I can see from my chair and a few additional ones in the kitchen, not in my line of sight right now), Im wondering if we may have gotten carried away a bit with our enthusiasm for the new season!  Doug framed eleven yesterday, and that was after doing a full days work at his day job!  Once we get these in the gallery and clean up our house, I told Doug were due for a nice rest.  Todays feature is  a classic fall photo of the Cades Cove Methodist Church as viewed from Rich Mountain Road, and its headed to Grit & Grace in a few hours.  I love this one so much that I plan to order another one to hang above my fireplace!  It looks perfect in Dougs handmade white frame.

Taken in western North Carolina at the peak of fall colors, today's feature is one of eleven canvases that we're taking to the gallery in Grit & Grace Market tomorrow. If you're looking for a gorgeous fall landscape, there's a really nice selection right now. All of the calendars for which we've received payment have been mailed, so if you've haven't yet gotten yours, it's on the way! If you plan to pick up your calendar, either at our home or at Grit & Grace, this week-end would be a great time to do that. Thanks to all of you who took a chance on our first calendar. So many positive comments...all are much appreciated. ... See MoreSee Less

Taken in western North Carolina at the peak of fall colors, todays feature is one of eleven canvases that were taking to the gallery in Grit & Grace Market tomorrow.  If youre looking for a gorgeous fall landscape, theres a really nice selection right now.   All of the calendars for which weve received payment have been mailed, so if youve havent yet gotten yours, its on the way!  If you plan to pick up your calendar, either at our home or at Grit & Grace, this week-end would be a great time to do that.  Thanks to all of you who took a chance on our first calendar.  So many positive comments...all are much appreciated.

We're expecting the arrival of several canvases today, including the two images in today's post. Doug is in the process of preparing frames, and we'll be taking them to our gallery in Grit & Grace Market on Saturday. Meanwhile, it's been a very busy week of mailing out calendars and working on Christmas cards. The days are flying by as we look forward to cooler weather and taking some new pictures of this year's fall season. If you don't live nearby, you can still purchase our artwork. We are happy to ship! ... See MoreSee Less

Were expecting the arrival of several canvases today, including the two images in todays post.  Doug is in the process of preparing frames, and well be taking them to our gallery in Grit & Grace Market on Saturday.  Meanwhile, its been a very busy week of mailing out calendars and working on Christmas cards.  The days are flying by as we look forward to cooler weather and taking some new pictures of this years fall season.  If you dont live nearby,  you can still purchase our artwork.  We are happy to ship!Image attachment

"Sparkles on the Lake," taken at Lake Junalaska, North Carolina is coming to our gallery at Grit & Grace Market soon! I'm loving getting to order several fall images and already thinking ahead to some special things in store for Christmas. ... See MoreSee Less

Sparkles on the Lake, taken at Lake Junalaska, North Carolina is coming to our gallery at Grit & Grace Market soon!  Im loving getting to order several fall images and already thinking ahead to some special things in store for Christmas.

Good morning! This is the day that the Lord has made, and I intend to rejoice and be glad in it. How about you join me? ... See MoreSee Less

Good morning!  This is the day that the Lord has made, and I intend to rejoice and be glad in it.  How about you join me?

JUST ORDERED! Three more beautiful fall canvases will be added to our gallery soon, completing our new fall additions. That will make a total of TEN stunning, brand new, large canvases and give you a wonderful selection of options. If you've been by our gallery recently and loved any of our summer lighthouse or Alaska canvases, now is the time to get a great deal on those. Take 15% all remaining summer canvases so we won't have to store them until spring! And while you're checking out Marcy's Photo Journey's new artwork and sales, don't forget to pick up your copy of the Great Smoky Mountains 2021 wall calendar. They sell for $27.50 (unless you pre-ordered), and our quantity is quite limited. For anyone who follows our Photo Journey page and does not live close enough to visit the gallery in Grit & Grace Market, we will gladly ship to your home. ... See MoreSee Less

JUST ORDERED! Three more beautiful fall canvases will be added to our gallery soon, completing our new fall additions. That will make a total of TEN stunning, brand new, large canvases and give you a wonderful selection of options. If youve been by our gallery recently and loved any of our summer lighthouse or Alaska canvases, now is the time to get a great deal on those. Take 15% all remaining summer canvases so we wont have to store them until spring! And while youre checking out Marcys Photo Journeys new artwork and sales, dont forget to pick up your copy of the Great Smoky Mountains 2021 wall calendar. They sell for $27.50 (unless you pre-ordered), and our quantity is quite limited.  For anyone who follows our Photo Journey page and does not live close enough to visit the gallery in Grit & Grace Market, we will gladly ship to your home.Image attachmentImage attachment

Found this sweet little bluebird as I was going through some old pictures yesterday and was reminded of a couple of passages in the Bible that mention birds. I especially love Matthew 6:26: "Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they?" Immediately after that, Psalm 104:33 popped into my thoughts: "I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live." Hoping all of you have a song on your heart today. But just in case you don't, you may want to watch and listen to one of my favorites www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqRME_Ho6rI. I guarantee it will lift your spirits. It seems like FOREVER since our choir sang "The Goodness of God" in a Sunday morning church service, but His goodness is still running after us. Praise God! ... See MoreSee Less

Found this sweet little bluebird as I was going through some old pictures yesterday and was reminded of a couple of passages in the Bible that mention birds.  I especially love Matthew 6:26: Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much better than they?  Immediately after that, Psalm 104:33 popped into my thoughts: I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.  Hoping all of you have a song on your heart today.  But just in case you dont, you may want to watch and listen to one of my favorites https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqRME_Ho6rI.  I guarantee it will lift your spirits. It seems like FOREVER since our choir sang The Goodness of God in a Sunday morning church service, but His goodness is still running after us.  Praise God!

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Love that song!! Started my day off right hearing your choir's voices singing this so beautifully!!

Finally breathing just a little easier about my latest project. When I announced that I was going to do a 2021 calendar, I was a little naive about just what the project entailed. I only knew that I wanted a first class product in a good size and based my pricing on what other similar ones were selling for online. However, I was painfully aware that $25.00 for a calendar is a lot of money and didn't want anyone to feel that they were not worth the money. As I started researching printing options, many companies were investigated before finally discovering only one that offered the large 12 X 18 size I wanted. Of course, they were going to cost me a little more than I had hoped, but I didn't want to cut any corners and produce something that I couldn't be proud of. And then there was the task of selecting the pictures for each month! Variety was important...some landscape, some close ups, some a little on the artsy side...something for everyone! I pondered over each month, but finally made the hard decisions. Once it was on order, the real worrying began. What if it didn't live up to everyone's expectations? Here I had 75 orders, and may very well have many unhappy customers. Well, they just arrived, and I am so thrilled with the result! Good quality paper, beautiful color, and perfect size for a nice wall calendar. As soon as I receive payment through PayPal or check, I'll get them in the mail. It's $25.00 plus $5.00 postage, if you want it mailed. Otherwise, just contact me to make arrangements for pick up. On Wednesday, we will be putting about 25 calendars in our gallery at Grit & Grace, where they will sell for $27.50. Now I wish I had ordered more... ... See MoreSee Less

Finally breathing just a little easier about my latest project.  When I announced that I was going to do a 2021 calendar, I was a little naive about just what the project entailed.  I only knew that I wanted a first class product in a good size and based my pricing on what other similar ones were selling for online.  However,  I was painfully aware that $25.00 for a calendar is a lot of money and didnt want anyone to feel that they were not worth the money.  As I started researching printing options, many companies were investigated before finally discovering only one that offered the large 12 X 18 size I wanted.  Of course, they were going to cost me a little more than I had hoped, but I didnt want to cut any corners and produce something that I couldnt be proud of.  And then there was the task of selecting the pictures for each month!  Variety was important...some landscape, some close ups, some a little on the artsy side...something for everyone!  I pondered over each month, but finally made the hard decisions.  Once it was on order, the real worrying began.  What if it didnt live up to everyones expectations?  Here I had 75 orders, and may very well have many unhappy customers. Well, they just arrived, and I am so thrilled with the result!  Good quality paper, beautiful color, and perfect size for a nice wall calendar.  As soon as I receive payment through PayPal or check, Ill get them in the mail.  Its $25.00 plus $5.00 postage, if you want it mailed.  Otherwise, just contact me to make arrangements for pick up.  On Wednesday, we will be putting about 25 calendars in our gallery at Grit & Grace, where they will sell for $27.50.  Now I wish I had ordered more...

Something a little different for this morning...spider art! For those who will be picking up their pre-ordered Great Smoky Mountains 2021 calendar at Grit & Grace Market, we've had an unexpected delay in delivery. It's looking like they will not be there now until the middle of next week. I'll keep you posted!
Have a great week-end...
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Something a little different for this morning...spider art!  For those who will be picking up their pre-ordered Great Smoky Mountains 2021 calendar at Grit & Grace Market, weve had an unexpected delay in delivery.  Its looking like they will not be there now until the middle of next week.  Ill keep you posted! 
 Have a great week-end...

Happy to announce the recent sale of this image, "Classic Stone Barn, Tennessee," as a special order in a large, framed canvas! Thank you, Jackie Zelickman! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy to announce the recent sale of this image, Classic Stone Barn, Tennessee, as a special order in a large, framed canvas!  Thank you, Jackie Zelickman!

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2 months ago

Marcy's Photo Journey

Just ordered the long awaited calendars! This project was a lot of fun, but more work than I had anticipated. All you get to see is the cover, but I think you'll like it. If you haven't placed your order yet, now would be the time. The wall calendars are 18 X 20, spiral bound, and feature my photos from the Great Smoky Mountains and Cades Cove. They sell for $25.00 each, plus $5.00 for shipping. We had a wonderful response to our initial appeal for orders. Although I did order a few extra ones, I won't be doing another order until this time next year. If you'd like one, let me know, and I'll add your name to the list. They should be here within a week and will also be available in our gallery at Grit & Grace Market! ... See MoreSee Less

Just ordered the long awaited calendars!  This project was a lot of fun, but more work than I had anticipated.  All you get to see is the cover, but I think youll like it.  If you havent placed your order yet, now would be the time.  The wall calendars are 18 X 20, spiral bound, and feature my photos from the Great Smoky Mountains and Cades Cove.  They sell for $25.00 each, plus $5.00 for shipping.  We had a wonderful response to our initial appeal for orders.  Although I did order a few extra ones, I wont be doing another order until this time next year.  If youd like one, let me know, and Ill add your name to the list.  They should be here within a week and will also be available in our gallery at Grit & Grace Market!

2 months ago

Marcy's Photo Journey

We arrived in Chincoteague Island, Viriginia on Sunday after a long 650 mile drive on one of the hottest days of the year, checked in to our hotel, hopped back in the car to explore the island a bit before dark, and finally came to our room around dusk. As we went out on the balcony to check out the view, this is what we saw. Too tired to set up tripods, dig out equipment, and get a first class photo, we opted instead to grab a camera and take a few shots, all the while figuring that this sunset was typical of what we would be treated every night this week. We were so wrong! Four nights later, and we still haven't had anything close to this one... ... See MoreSee Less

We arrived in Chincoteague Island, Viriginia on Sunday after a long 650 mile drive on one of the hottest days of the year, checked in to our hotel, hopped back in the car to explore the island a bit before dark, and finally came to our room around dusk.  As we went out on the balcony to check out the view, this is what we saw.  Too tired to set up tripods, dig out equipment, and get a first class photo, we opted instead to grab a camera and take a few shots, all the while figuring that this sunset was typical of what we would be treated every night this week.  We were so wrong!  Four nights later, and we still havent had anything close to this one...

2 months ago

Marcy's Photo Journey

Tennessee's own Bald River Falls can be a wonderful place to cool off on a hot July day. In case you haven't heard, we are featuring 50% off all of our double matted fine art prints in our three smallest sizes through the first of August. Contact us for more details on sizes! ... See MoreSee Less

Tennessees own Bald River Falls can be a wonderful place to cool off on a hot July day.  In case you havent heard, we are featuring 50% off all of our double matted fine art prints in our three smallest sizes through the first of August.  Contact us for more details on sizes!

2 months ago

Marcy's Photo Journey

Summer can be so lush and beautiful, but it really starts to wear on me about this time of year. I'm already yearning for a touch of that "fall feel," and it seems especially far away since we've not been able to go anywhere else this year to escape this east Tennessee heat and humidity. Hope all of you are well and making the most of whatever your situation is right now. Happy Wednesday! ... See MoreSee Less

Summer can be so lush and beautiful, but it really starts to wear on me about this time of year.  Im already yearning for a touch of that fall feel, and it seems especially far away since weve not been able to go anywhere else this year to escape this east Tennessee heat and humidity.  Hope all of you are well and making the most of whatever your situation is right now.  Happy Wednesday!

2 months ago

Marcy's Photo Journey

Last year on this day we were photographing wild horses high atop Pryor mountain, Montana. This morning I made reservations for Chincoteague Island, Virginia, where hopefully we can get some more wild mustang images! I guess because I love horses so much, I thought that the wild horse images would be good sellers, but I was totally wrong as we still haven't sold our first image taken that day. But they are incredibly fun to photograph... ... See MoreSee Less

Last year on this day we were photographing wild horses high atop Pryor mountain, Montana.  This morning I made reservations for Chincoteague Island, Virginia, where hopefully we can get some more wild mustang images!  I guess because I love horses so much, I thought that the wild horse images would be good sellers, but I was totally wrong as we still havent sold our first image taken that day.  But they are incredibly fun to photograph...Image attachmentImage attachment

2 months ago

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"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

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

3 months ago

Marcy's Photo Journey

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

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!

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Beautiful words and beautiful photo.

3 months ago

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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

Find myself kind of hating to see June leaving us soon.  Its 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!Image attachment

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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

Good morning! Rhododendron time in the Smokies is always a treat, and its happening right now. I love the exquisite beauty of these huge blooms that can be found along streams and creeks in wooded areas. And theyre especially nice with a touch of morning dew. Have a happy Tuesday!Image attachment

3 months ago

Marcy's Photo Journey

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

When Im 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 Fathers 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...

3 months ago

Marcy's Photo Journey

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

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Terrific! You could share these wonderful photos also on your Twitter twitter.com/marcywielfaert πŸ™‚ I am sure many would love these.

Beautiful herons!

3 months ago

Marcy's Photo Journey

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

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 couldnt decide who was more surprised as our eyes locked on each other...this handsome buck or me!

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Whe. I posted the weird holiday today, I almost tagged you 😁

Incredible!

3 months ago

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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...

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Thinking about PEI this morning and the fact that it looks doubtful that well be able to visit this year.  Im very thankful that things have been so busy lately and there hasnt 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.  Were looking forward to seeing our granddaughter Madelyn baptized this Sunday!  God is good all the time...

with Rachel Wielfaert Frazier

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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! 😊

Beautiful!

3 months ago

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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

I came so close to giving up Marcys 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 wasnt in it any longer.  I was going through the motions.  I know Ill never be a great photographer, but Im 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 its my hope that my photography can be a source of joy or encouragement to others.   Rachel Wielfaert Frazier Douglas Wielfaert

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Missed you tonight. The beauty you bring into my world through your pictures let me see places I will never go. Thank you

So glad you hung in there!! I know Brandon and Melody are, too!

You are such an inspiration Marcy...not just through your photography but by your words. Never know who you are touching for Christ!! ♥

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!

Just beautiful!

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3 months ago

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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

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!Image attachment

4 months ago

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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

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.  Its always been one of my favorite bear images.

4 months ago

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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...
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Recently sold on Fine Art America!  This is the first floral image that Ive 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 Im 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 thats going to be a fun project for me.  (Its 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!  Were on this journey together...

4 months ago

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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

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.

4 months ago

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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! πŸ™‚ 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

Im 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.  Ill make a list of all of you who said you wanted one and hold you to it!  πŸ™‚  Hopefully Ill 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!

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Marci, please put me down for one!

Put me down for 4....great gifts ❀️. Direct me where to pay.

4 months ago

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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

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 youre interested in, dont hesitate to ask about the options.  Well 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, well gladly refund your money or send you another product.

4 months ago

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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

4 months ago

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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

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 Marcys Photo Journey.  This was Norms second order this month!Image attachment

4 months ago

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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

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.

4 months ago

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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

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I would love one!

You can sign me up for three if you make an order

4 months ago

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From Cades Cove this past Wednesday. The Cove can always be counted on to put on a beautiful spring! ... See MoreSee Less

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Love!!

Beautiful photos 😍

Beautiful

4 months ago

Marcy's Photo Journey

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

4 months ago

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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

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!Image attachment

4 months ago

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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

4 months ago

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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?)

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4 months ago

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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

4 months ago

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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

Good morning and happy Mothers Day!  Im thrilled to get to see my family today.  Were 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.  Its the first time weve all been together since Christmas!  Sadly, I cant 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 wont 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, Clingmans Dome, at first light, long before the sun popped from behind the distant ridge.  What would I do without His grace and mercy?

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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.

4 months ago

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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

Five inspirational images have sold this week!  Just finished this one yesterday.  It was taken from Clingmans 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!

5 months ago

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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

5 months ago

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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?
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Well, Im admitting today that its 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 wasnt 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 thats going on right now.   I didnt 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 wasnt 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.  Theres no way that we could afford to replace all that we lost, but well go forward with what we have and see what happens.  Still havent 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 Marcys Photo Journey in Grit & Grace soon and see our new look.
Im featuring two versions of this image as todays 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?Image attachment

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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.

I’m going with door number 1. 😁

Number 1 πŸ˜„

Top one

Yes, first one

#1

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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!
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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 youll be convinced.  
Unfortunately, along with our natural beauty and idyllic spring days, sometimes theres 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 were alive, we dont 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 its 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 didnt 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 didnt 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 Gods 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 Gods 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!Image attachment

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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.

Just beautiful!

5 months ago

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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

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 wont 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...