To Serenity and Prayer
"And their kindly portals beckon
To serenity and prayer,
Valiant children of the promise,
Pledged to sacred service there."
- Holy Temples on Mount Zion, #289 LDS Hymnal (https://www.lds.org/music/library/hymns/holy-temples-on-mount-zion)
Be Ye Clean
"What a wonderful thing it will be if someday you can stand before the Lord and say, 'I am clean.'" (President Gordon B. Hinckley, April 1996)
Oh May My Soul Commune With Thee
In this world there are places of spiritual refuge. The Oakland California Temple is one of them.
The Moody Earth
This hillside next to the beach in San Francisco seemed to showcase some of the moods of the earth - the vibrant foliage contrasted with the muted colors in the fog. I love nature!
Monument to Eternal Love
The purpose of the temple is to extend the eternal love of God to all of his children, living and dead, through covenants and ordinances. The San Diego, California temple at twilight.
Salty Water at 1/1600th of a Second
I love shooting waves. The shape and the movement of the water intrigues me.
Portrait of a Pelican
Winter in Newport Beach
Not everyone wishes for a white Christmas. :)
"...behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe"
"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world." — 3 Nephi 11:8,10
The Oakland California LDS Temple.
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Water below and water above. The Pacific Ocean from Southern California.
Earth's oceans - a remarkable and important part of our planet. Happy World Oceans Day.
Light, sand, water - and a seashell.
The tide went out and the ocean began exposing its secrets...
Wide Warm Beaches
It was a beautiful beach day in Southern California. Looking at this image, I can feel the warm sand on my bare feet, the cooler ocean breeze, the sound of the surf and the seagulls. I love the beach. :) These little sand mountains came from a heavy rainstorm the day before. I have happy memories of time spent on these beaches when I was a child.
Even If You're Small
These tiny flowers (about 1 cm wide each) were blooming at 200 ft below sea level in Death Valley National Park in California. Tiny flowers at the lowest place in the United States - far from a lofty platform, but they made me smile anyway.
"Everything that occurs in the temple is uplifting and ennobling. It speaks of life here and life beyond the grave. It speaks of the importance of the individual as a child of God. It speaks of the importance of the family and the eternity of the marriage relationship."
- Gordon B. Hinckley
The Newport Beach California LDS Temple
The Years Are Short
The days can be long, but the years are short. I couldn't resist capturing this moment as a father and his daughter gleefully played in the sunset.
Lost At Sea
Can you imagine losing your love to the vast, impenetrable ocean? I tried to make this fit the mood of the title and hark back to a time when the ocean was even more of a mystery than it is today.
The Emptiness of the Sea
The sea is full - of water, of life - but at the same time, it's incredibly empty.