Archive for November 2014

Memories   2 comments

ShirleeOne year ago this morning, November 30, 2013, sometime between 3:30 and 5:15am my wife, Shirlee, left this world to spend eternity with her Jesus. She is free from pain and suffering. For the past year she can walk, talk and breathe. She is with her beloved son, David, her sister, Jacqui, and her parents and other friends and family. She has been joined this year by two of our best friends, Al and Helen. Questions have been answered. All doubts are gone. She is at peace and so am I.

Of course I miss her in so many ways. Our morning conversations, sharing Lions football games, Bible reading, holding hands as we prayed together, laughing at the antics of our big, black Lab, Duke and the little Cheagle, Buster, as they would roll around on the floor, play biting. I miss sitting on the back deck with her on warm summer mornings drinking coffee and watching the birds as they came to the feeder. I miss going to church together, being in the choir together, singing together. Yes, there are so many things about our life together I miss, but I am okay.

My wedding ring is still on my finger. My heart still belongs to her. I write her notes every night, sharing my day with her. She is still my best friend, my soul mate.

I thank God every day that He took her home to Heaven when He did. It was the best healing for her. We still share smiles. She is smiling down at me as I smile up at her. Someday we will be together again. I have no doubts about that. We spent the first 17 years of our lives as friends and the last almost 11 years as husband and wife. We were in each others minds for the 45 years in-between even though we had lost touch. Then God brought us back together. So, if God did that down here, I have faith that at His time He’ll bring us together again. So I’m okay to patiently wait until then.

Posted November 30, 2014 by hwilliam in Photography

My Main Street In Autumn   Leave a comment

P1180035-1stedit-upload Autumn’s the mellow time. – William Allingham

By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer. – Helen Hunt Jackson

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
― Lauren DeStefano, Wither

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – [Indian Summer]” ― William Cullen Bryant

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”
― Ansel Adams

I am no Ansel Adams nor would I wish to be. I am me, full of fears, insecurities, what-if’s and doubts. I am also me, full of hope, happiness, optimism, why-not’s and excitement. As Popeye said, “I yam what I yam, and that’s all what I yam.” Yet I do feel the awe, the feeling of beauty, the knowledge that now and then I’m somewhere “just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”

I am a lucky man. I get to live in the woods, near a couple of little lakes in West Michigan. I get to see the seasons as they change, each one with its special touch to the landscape. I get to sit at my computer and look out the kitchen window into the depth of the woods each day. And I get to make photographs.

I do not propose that all the images I make are works of art. I do not know that even one out of a thousand images will adequately express what I want the viewer to see, to feel, to enjoy. But, I keep on making photographs. I keep on trying to express the beauty of my landscape to others. And sometimes, yes sometimes, I succeed.

Posted November 4, 2014 by hwilliam in Photography

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