Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Among the dusty surroundings and trash that surrounds it, is one solitary flower brightening up the scene... alone...
If only the same could be said about us. In the midst of the dreary world that surrounds us we can "brighten the corner where we are". That wherever we are there is a smile, thought it may be... alone...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Miracle 2

I don't think this miracle requires much explanation.
For those of you interested, this is the new Zapopan assembly arrival, CloƩ Victoria Salomon Gallardo.

Friday, February 25, 2011


This picture is full of miracles. First, if you recognized this as the head of a sea turtle, that's a miracle in itself. But there are others too. The fact that I was able to get a picture this sharp while focusing manually in pich darkness is a miracle. This turtle was laying eggs, that in itself is a miracle, but also the fact that we were able to see it is a miracle.
This picture has so much detail that I had to let you all see it full size. Just click on the picture so you can see all the details.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Guest photographer: Amanda

This is another special post on the Joel Thiessen Photography blog. This picture was taken by a friend called Amanda. After some of her recent travels, she sent me this picture. When I saw it, I knew it would go on this blog. This photo is very interesting because of the angle at which it was taken. One of the ways to make photography unique and interesting is by taking it at angles not usually captured by the human eye. This angle makes the viewer feel small, magnifying the wonders of God's creation.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Something New

I wanted to start off this new year a little differently than normal. While our minds are on new things, a new year, new resolutions etc. I wanted to think a little about new life.
A short while ago, I had privilege I never thought I would have. While we were on the beach last December, I was able to see a sea turtle lay her eggs in the sand. It was something quite unexpected when my uncle came up to me and told me that if I wanted to see something interesting, I should go down to the beach where a turtle was laying her eggs. After a quick trip to the room to get my camera, we headed down to the small gathering around the turtle. When we got there, there was just enough light to see a black mass that almost blended in with the sand in the dark. So, doing the best I could in those conditions, I started taking pictures of this unusual sighting.
After about 15 minutes of standing there with minimal motion from the turtle, some started getting bored and leaving. But suddenly, she started moving up and down, back and forth, using her back flippers to fill her hole. Then, she started moving around in circles to abandon the site leaving a well camouflaged area. Soon, she headed down the 20 meters to the water, and got washed away by the waves into the ocean.
Returning to the hole, the official was diging out the eggs. Up from a 2-foot deep hole he pulled out 83 turtle eggs.
After a bit of inquiring by some english-speaking tourists, the official (who did not know english except for a few words) proceeded to clarify (through something like 20 questions) that they were definitely not going to be taken to a hatchery, and assured that they were indeed going to be eaten. Immediately he told the mexicans in spanish that it was illegal to eat them and that soon the authorities would be there to take them to the hatchery. After having this clarified, the astounded english-speaking tourists were greatly relieved that the eggs of a species in danger of extinction were not going to be fried for some well-paying tourists!
After this was over, all we had were the pictures and the great feeling of seeing something out of the ordinary along with the hope of new life for the new year.