Monday, July 18, 2016

Right Place, Right Time

There was plenty of action at the Stafford County 4-H beef show Friday night. With cooler temperatures and a storm brewing to the west, the cattle were restless. The 4-Hers dealt with skittish steers, setting them up and resetting them, no matter how ferociously the 4-Hers rubbed the bovines' bellies with the show sticks to try to keep them calm and in place. 

But the real action was outside the arena. A rainbow arrived about the same time our neighbor girl and her boyfriend got engaged. How is that for timing!?
I'm rarely happy with rainbow photos, but it was beautiful in person!
After that, I left the breeding beef show and walked across the street from the fairgrounds. With all the storm clouds, I knew the sunset was going to be one I didn't want to miss.
As I walked to the west with camera in hand, someone said, "Hey, Kim! You can't start your fair photos for next year yet! This fair's not over!"
Edited with HDR treatment
But I think I just might have gotten a head start. The sky was too beautiful to ignore.
I'm used to having hay bales, windmills and trees in the foreground of my sunset shots. It was a treat to be able to highlight the co-op and the Stafford Depot. I love being at the right place at the right time, don't you?
With all the ugliness in the world, it's easy to get discouraged. It seems that every newscast is filled with more hate and unrest. That's why it's so important to look for the beauty. Especially look for it in people - those who are like us and those who are not. Like shifting skies at sunset, our perspective can be changed if we look for the beauty around us.

A Time to Think

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.
And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.
–Maya Angelou, author and poet

A Time to Act

Pray and release your worries.

A Time to Pray

Oh, Lord, teach me to remember You in all things, every day of my life.
Email devotional from Guideposts.


  1. Wow! These photos are amazing! Championship quality for next year's fair!

    1. Thanks, Cindy. There truly is beauty all around us, but some nights, the sunset is spectacular!

  2. The photos are beautiful. And I do have to agree with Cindy - you have your entry for next years Stafford Fair. My favourite is the one at the station. It is an amazing photo, specially with the reflection in the windows.

    1. Yes, if I can remember I have it a year from now, it will definitely be one of my entries. Thanks, Lynda!