Sunday, July 7, 2013

The First Person




















The first person I must KNOW is myself.
The first person I must GET ALONG with is myself.
The first person to CAUSE me problems is myself.
The first person I must CHANGE is myself.
The first person that can make s DIFFERENCE is myself.
The first person I must LEAD is myself.

Some of the good thoughts shared by our gentle pastor today from John C. Maxwell's book, Winning With People. 
I plan to think on them this week and to continue to enjoy our garden's mid-winter joys....


Photographic note - all photos were taken this weekend with my Canon DSLR+50mm lens+ Raynox snap-on super macro conversion lens.


Sharing at Orange You Glad It's Friday, Tina's Weekend Flowers.


50 comments:

diane b said...

These are absolutely beautiful photos. A good message too.

Catherine said...

Your photos are just stunning Karen and those words so powerful and so true, thank you:)

Giga said...

Zdjęcia są przepiekne, godne podziwu. Pozdrawiam.
The photos are beautiful, admirable. Yours.

Gina said...

Gorgeous photo, great message!

Marco Luyken said...

Hey Karen,
What a beautiful shots. Great with the softly and brightly colors. Well done!!

Many greetings,
Marco

Dave said...

Lovely flower photos Karen. Orange is one of my favourite colours - Dave

Cristina Ferreira said...

Dificil escolher a mais bonita, estão belissimas as fotografias.

HANS-PETER ZÜRCHER said...

Wow, ganz fantastische Macros...

Grüsse aus der Schweiz

Hans-Peter

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Wow! These are so beautiful! Just GREAT!

Best regards from the Netherlands,
Gert Jan

Patchwork and Play said...

Stunningly beautiful photos! thank you for sharing them with us!

eileeninmd said...

WOW, gorgeous flowers and images! Have a happt day!

✿ chica said...

Lindas fotos e palavras! beijos,tudo de bom,chica

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Your mid-winter garden is beautiful! These are lovely shots, and the words shared by your pastor are food for thought.

Beth said...

The photos are beautiful, and the message is too!

ally said...

Really powerful words Karen - they'll be with me this week for sure
Your photos are stunning - and your garden must be too - great work!!

geanina said...

Great photos! :)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Awesome macros and inspiring thoughts.

Silvina Soave said...

Una belleza esta serie, espectacular!!
Abrazos

Sylvia K said...

Exquisite flowers and colors and wise words as well! A great way to start my Sunday! Hope you and your family are ready for a new week! Enjoy!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Beautiful words and pictures. Thinking on them too

amanda | wildly simple said...

Oh, My Stars! These are gorgeous, Karen!
I'm curious what kind of lens you use for these.
Stellar photography, and just beautiful subjects.
Great lesson, too.

Shirley said...

Thank you Karen for showing us what your eye see's in every photo. I am amazed at the beauty of flowers, children, and nature..
and your words are something to remember every day we live...have a wonderul week ahead..

Filip and Kristel said...

Great macro's and many bright colours.

Greetings,
Filip

Elise Lea said...

Beautiful pictures to a simple yet powerful message. Thanks you for sharing! I love these snippets you share from your pastor as well as the photos!

Barb Brookbank said...

Such beautiful, dreamy images...

Lisa said...

Such beautiful images you've captured here, Karen! I love the light and composition in #2 & 4, and the beautiful bokeh in image #4. What type of flower is that? Fun how you captured little critters on the flowers too and framed them so perfectly! It's so nice that you still have flowers to photograph even in winter. :)
Good thoughts today from your pastor too. Sounds like it might be a good book to look into.

Anita Johnson said...

I am extremely impressed with your $80 snap on lens. My macro was stolen last year...I wish I had known how well this worked before I replaced my expensive one. )o:
The depth of field (or should I say lack of it) is wonderful!

Garima said...

Wow!!!
These clicks are so beautiful :)

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Beautiful macro shots. How beautiful they are! And very interesting words.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

Lisa Gordon said...

I really like this, Karen, especially the third one. These words are definitely ones to think about. Often.

These photographs are just gorgeous! So much beautiful summer color.

A very Happy Day to you!

Joy said...

Awesome pictures and words:)

Tony said...

Good series, now you're in the winter season, because it seems spring .... nice flowers .. some with breakfast .. Cheers Tony

Sarah Jane said...

Stunning pictures and a lovely post too Karen! Sarah xx

Jenni said...

wow the photos!

flowersandhome said...

Such true words. Thanks for sharing them here.
Beautiful flower pictures; mid winter? It looks like summer. I was glad the African Daisies here finally opened their flower leaves again this week. They love the sun that finally arrived.
Marian

Georgianna said...

Hi Karen,

Wow, gorgeous, gorgeous photos! I am super impressed with your macro conversion lens.

And the sentiments you shared are so valuable and worth being reminded of. Thank you very much for that.

Wishing you a great week ahead!

Seeing Each Day said...

Sorry for the delay in reply to this post - but I have to shout a confirming 'yes' to your message. It is so true - SO true. But a lesson that I don't think is always emphasized to the young. I've been watching this show recently which involves women (celebrities, but not for promotion of their movies, shows etc ) , and the interviewee sometimes ends with the question 'what would you tell your 14yr old self?'. I think my list to my 14 yr old self would go over a page and would definitely include what you've highlighted today. Thanks, Karen.

Rosemary said...

I've never read this quote before, it is brilliant; simple, powerful and so true.

hydeeannsews said...

I often wonder why I took on 7 children when I haven't mastered myself.My only explanation is that God gave them to me and they are helping refine me.

A wondering star said...

What a wonderful post!
I love your beautiful flower photos.
Thanks for the powerful text!

maria said...

Amazing captures. Thank you for sharing these on OYGIF.

Luna Miranda said...

fabulous macro shots--all vibrant and beautiful.

Bromeliad or Ginger?

Gunilla Bäck said...

Stunning shots!

Ida said...

Your flower shots are outstanding and beautiful. Enjoyed all of them and the inspirational quote as well.

Bi Ti said...

So beautiful, I love them all :).
Thank you for visiting our poppy field in Provence. Have a great weekend!

Linda said...

Gorgeous pictures!

Hazel Ceej said...

Love the quote. And what a lovely shot of a gorgeous flower!

Hazel

Liza said...

Amazing captures.

Red ginger

veredit - isabella kramer said...

Karen, your photos are really breathtakingly, taken with so much sensitivity and love for nature!!

and I love the message

warm hugs from
isabella

Jeanne said...

Stunning shots Karen, and such powerful and true thoughts on the FIRST PERSON!

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