23 October 2006

Picture of Peonies at Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University

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Several months ago, my friend Phil Johnson visited my home and noticed a picture I took in Scotland of Eileen Doonan Castle, which I'll publish on this blog soon. He was taken by the photo and remarked that he didn't know I was artistic.

I felt somewhat awkward by his remark since artistc isn't a term I feel worthy of owning. There are others far more capable.

When a boy, I learned ceramic painting from my mom and dad. They were both certified teachers and several pieces of my mom's work grace various homes. As a boy, I entered ceramic painting competitions and won several awards at the shows. I even made some good pocket money selling my work. But upon leaving home for the military at seventeen, I haven't painted.

Recently, I've begun to focus more on photography. I'm far from adept, but learning. Interspersed with other posts, I'll publish photos I enjoy and feel deserve shared.

The first is this photo of peonies. In 2003, My son Ben competed in the Odyssey of the Mind World Championship at Iowa State University in Ames after winning regional and state competitions. Proud parents, we spent the week in Ames to cheer Ben and watch the competition. Ben's team placed 18th in their class.

While in Ames, we enjoyed meeting a distant relative, as well as seeing the sites in and around Ames. We were quite pleased to discover Reiman Gardens, a beautiful gathering of lush plants, wonderful flowers and stunning butterflies. The picture is my favourite peony shot. Enjoy.


Anonymous said...

2003 !!!

I log on to your Blog spot daily to gather the spiritual crumbs from your table and while it is undoubtably a nice picture, and the achievement is impressive, I sense a certain amount of writers block if you have to go back to 2003.

Lets have a disection of Calvinism or a reconciliation of dispensationalsm and covenant theology or perhaps a thundering judgement on the fleshpots of Tooting.

On a serious note your scribblings are appreciated.

Doug McMasters said...


Glad you visit. Crumbs indeed. If you're looking daily for nourishment from the meager faire available here to date, then I must apologize for starving you.

I'm unpacking my life and library at present in a new place of ministry in London. Soon, I'll be serving more nourishing meals.