Saturday, April 6, 2013

Focus on Life 52 photos weeks 13 and 14

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Hi Y'all,

Wow I am so sorry that I missed last Saturday's post for week 13- Have Faith.  Here is what Sally  had to say about the prompt "Have Faith"...

Week 13~ Have Faith

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
                                       ~ Augustine

There are many of us who are religious and there are many of us who are not, but most of us religious or not have faith in someone or something.  A faith that gets us through our day, a sickness or even a death.  Faith is held by each of us, it is what keeps us believing  that there will always be a positive outcome even if we can't see it at the time.  

So my take on "Have Faith" is the Civil Rights Movement in the South.  As many of you know I live in Montgomery, AL one of the places that was a big part of the Civil Rights Movement in the South.

Montgomery is where the bus boycott took place when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the front of the bus to a white male and move to the back of the bus.  Montgomery is where Martin Luther King Jr. preached in the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, which is now named The Martin Luther King Jr. Dexter Avenue Memorial Church.
Montgomery is where the Southern Poverty Law Center is located where citizens civil rights are still fought for today. 
Because of the faith of some very strong people that were willing to stand up and fight for what is right for a human being the United States would still be segregated and we would not have a black man for President, or any other race other than white, or even a woman one day for President.  The struggle is not over, but it is certainly less then it was Sixty years ago.

This is the Parsonage house for the Dexter Ave Memorial Church where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. lived with his wife and two young children.  A black wreath was place at the front door to commemorate  the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.  April 4, 1968.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Dexter Ave. Memorial Church.

The Civil Rights Memorial fountain in front of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Yes, I am thankful for those that had strong faith and fought for the right to be a respected human being, which helped establish the civil rights for all human beings.

Week 14 - Up Close
Here is what Sally had to say about "Up Close"...

The macro shot! 
Start exploring the details of the ordinary up close and
glimpse a world that you may never have noticed until you observed it magnified!  Get up close and personal with the subject of your choice and snap a macro shot!   

How close can you get?

This is a shot of a green tinted Chrysanthemum that was part of an Easter flower arrangement on my Sister's dinning room table.
This is an Bearded Iris that I took while I was on my walk around downtown Montgomery taking the photos of the "Have Faith" prompts.
I enjoy taking close up photos of flowers you never know what is going to be revealed when you get close up. 

Well there y'all have it two weeks in one post.  If you want to see more interesting "Up Close" shots head on over to Sally's blog and check them out.

Happy beading Y'all,



  1. Very interesting Therese, I'm a bit of an MLK fan-girl! I've been to his home in Atlanta and on the park tour, and to the monument in DC (which is very affecting). I was a teen in the 60's and those years were very, very tough. I was devastated when he and JFK and Bobby were killed. I've never been to Alabama, I may have to pay a visit to Mobile!
    Your flower photographs are beautiful as well!

  2. What a wonderful post, Therese. It is amazing how far we've come and how far we have to go.

    I struggle trying to explain some of the race relations to the kiddo and most of the time, she looks at me like I have two heads.

    In her mind, treating someone differently because of skin color is such a foreign concept. Hopefully, it will be foreign to all of us in the future.

    Your macro shots are gorgeous. I love the iris. I don't think I've ever seen a bearded iris and it is just lovely.

  3. wonderful, wonderful post Therese! It is so hard to believe that anyone would think that we are not all equal ... whether that be the color of your skin, your a man or woman, or want equal partner rights. To me that is the spirit of why this country was founded. It's all in how you want to interpret the founding father's words ..."we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal" I would just change that to "all people" :)

    I love your macro shots - just beautiful! and a bearded iris is right up there among my favorite flowers!

  4. Very touching and wonderful post Therese. Thank you for sharing these pictures of your historical city. We can be thankful for the courage of people like MLK who marched for freedom. It makes no sense to me why someone is hated for their skin color, race, religion or choice of partner. We seem to have a long way to go yet! I love the macro shot of the green Chrysanthemum with light illuminating it. Lovely as is the bearded iris.

  5. Therese, this was a wonderful post! You took your assignment and really did something powerful and touching. If we are human than we are equal. I am not sure why everyone doesn't see it that way.

  6. Great Post Therese! We've come a long way, but we still have so very far to go. I can't wrap my brain around everyone not being equal. We all deserve the same things, matter our race, religion/faith, sex, sexual preference, heritage or any thing else,...hope we can keep making progress and get it right; sooner rather than later would be great! ;-) Lovely photos, too. I'm completely smitten w/your first flower one - just wow!!

  7. I love your faith post Therese. Your macro shots are beautiful!

  8. So glad we lived at the time when justice came to so many, but still so far to go.
    And as for your macro shots, I only have one word ~ WOW!

  9. Oh Therese, I really enjoyed your takes on both posts. The history you are surrounded by is phenominal and so true for this prompt. You know how I love macros of flowers too, LOVE that iris! Beautiful!

  10. The Civil Rights movement was an amazing time for our history. It breaks my heart still seeing racism today. It feels like it will never go away but we have certainly come very far!

    Your macros are stunning. I am looking forward to my bearded irises. I think that is another few weeks away up in MA.