Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cement Plant Shoot

Photo Shoot at the Cement Factory

Recorded some images at an amazing facility with colemedia recently.

Photo Shoot at the Cement Factory

The dominating feature of the plant was a huge metal tube. I was told that inside the tube walls there is 9 inches of brick and still the heat coming off the tube was intense. temperatures inside were 1500 to 2700 degrees!

Photo Shoot at the Cement Factory

The large tube is a rotary kiln used for pyroprocessing cement!

Photo Shoot at the Cement Factory

We focus on stills and video of the procedure used to blast the dust produced during process! Fire and blasting air inside the stack! Dramatic stuff for sure.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Owls 2016

This year's Owl family!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Anclote with Old Friends

Anclote with friends

Capt. Scott facilitated a spectacular adventure for all of us childhood friends today! Our destination was Anclote Key!

Anclote with friends

It was a beautiful day to be on the water!

“All about us, in earth and air, wherever the eye or ear can reach, there is a power ever-breathing itself forth in signs, now in a daisy, now in a wind-waft, a cloud, a sunset; a power that holds constant and sweetest relation with the dark and silent world within us. The same God who is within us and upon whose trees we are the buds, if not yet the flowers, also is all about us, inside, the Spirit; outside, the Word. And the two are ever trying to meet in us; and when they meet, then the sign without, and the longing within become one light, and the man no more walketh in darkness, but knoweth wither he is goeth” (Thomas Wingfold, Curate, Ch.82) George Macdonald

Anclote with friends

The eldest of the Miller brothers was in town and it was his visit that precipitated the adventure. On the boat were Capt. Scott, the Miller brothers, the younger of the miller brothers was accompanied by his two sons and then there was my brother and I!

Anclote with friends

You and I are the offspring of God. The one and only Creator of all that there is. In Him alone is love and only through a return to Him in complete surrender do we have fellowship with each other! This fellowship is good and true and is a shadow of the fellowship ahead of us in the kingdom to come.

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.  Ephesians 4:1-7 ESV

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Louisa Macdonald Letter to Her Son.

Luisa Macdonald to her son Maurice
From Altoona Pennsylvania February 16, 1873
Six years later Maurice died, Maurice Macdonald 1864-1879

My dearest Maurice, I was very sorry I could not write to you on the 7th of February, my darling, precious little son-you are not forgotten by your father and mother….

People that love each other can't be very far off each other, thought a great sea comes in between them. Love joins us, doesn't it, dear boy? When you are thinking of me you have got me, and when I think about you I know you are mine. I know God gave you to me and so you are mine; and I can think of your dear face and the loving little kiss and the loving little way you have of doing things for me: that brings you quite close to my mind, and then my heart holds you very tight when I get hold of you so!....

But all of your life God will be nearer to you than I can ever be, and He can help you more than Papa or I ever can. You are more His even than mine. We may often mistake you, or be so far away that we cannot look at you just the minute you want something; but God the great Father will never misunderstand you and He is always near you and helps every time you call to HIm. Even when you only wish you could speak to Him, He will help you speak- making you want it. So dear darling Boy, you must take care not to send Him away, but ask Him to come into you more and more...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Little People Principles

Principles for training up children.
From the Vicar's Daughter By George Macdonald

The marvel to me is that so many children turn out so well. After all, I think there can be no harm in mentioning a few general principles laid down by my father. They are such as to commend themselves most to the most practical.

And first for a few negative ones.

1. Never give in to disobedience; and never threaten what you are not prepared to carry out.

2. Never lose your temper. I do not say never be angry. Anger is sometimes indispensable, especially where there has been anything mean, dishonest, or cruel. But anger is very different from loss of temper.

3. Of all things, never sneer at them; and be careful, even, how you rally them.

4. Do not try to work on their feelings. Feelings are far too delicate things to be used for tools. It is like taking the mainspring out of your watch, and notching it for a saw. It may be a wonderful saw, but how fares your watch? Especially avoid doing so in connection with religious things, for so you will assuredly deaden them to all that is finest. Let your feelings, not your efforts on theirs, affect them with a sympathy the more powerful that it is not forced upon them; and, in order to do this, avoid being too English in the hiding of your feelings. A man's own family a right to share in his good feelings.

5. Never show that you doubt, except you are able to convict. To doubt an honest child is to do what you can to make a liar of him; and to believe a liar, if he is not altogether shameless, is to shame him.

6. Instill no religious doctrine apart from its duty. If it have no duty as its necessary embodiment, the doctrine may well be regarded as doubtful.

7. Do not be hard on mere quarrelling, which, like a storm in nature, is often helpful in clearing the moral atmosphere. Stop it by a judgment between the parties. But be severe as to the kind of quarrelling, and the temper shown in it. Especially give no quarter to any unfairness arising from greed or spite. Use your strongest language with regard to that.

Now for a few of my father's positive rules.

1. Always let them come to you, and always hear what they have to say. If they
bring a complaint, always examine into it, and dispense pure justice, and nothing but justice.

2. Cultivate a love of giving fair-play. Every one, of course, likes to receive fair-play; but no one ought to be left to imagine, therefore, that he loves fair-play.

3. Teach from the very first, from the infancy capable of sucking a sugar-plum, to share with neighbors. Never refuse the offering a child brings you, except you have a good reason, — and give it. And never pretend to partake: that involves hideous possibilities in its effects on the child. The necessity of giving a reason for refusing a kindness has no relation to what is supposed by some to be the necessity of giving a reason with every command. There is no such necessity. Of course there ought to be a reason in every command. That it may be desirable, sometimes, to explain it, is all my father would allow.

4. Allow a great deal of noise, — as much as is fairly endurable; but, the moment they seem getting beyond their own control, stop the noise at once. . Also put a stop at once to all fretting and grumbling.

5. Favor the development of each in the direction of his own bent. Help him to develop himself, but do not push development. To do so is most dangerous.

6. Mind the moral nature, and it will take care of the intellectual. In other words, the best thing for the intellect is the cultivation of the conscience, not in casuistry, but in conduct. It may take longer to arrive; but the end will be the highest possible health, vigor, and ratio of progress.

7. Discourage emulation, and insist on duty, — not often, but strongly. Having written these out, chiefly from notes I had made of a long talk with my father.