Close up Shots at Nuvali

Due to rains and other concerns, my wife and I were not able to do our regular morning brisk walk at the Nuvali Lakeside Picnic Grounds this past week. But yesterday, we were back again doing our regular exercise for our health’s sake. I’m now a senior citizen haha!

I usually take snapshots along the way as we walk and for a good number of times now, I used my smartphone. But somehow, I just could not get a good close up shot with my smartphone. Maybe it doesn’t take good close up shots or maybe I still don’t know yet how to do that since my phone is still new and I’m still discovering what it can do.

So for yesterday’s shots, I brought along my old reliable Panasonic Lumix GX1 compact camera and attached to it my 20mm lens. This is a micro four thirds camera and the 20mm lens is somewhat equivalent to the normal 50mm lens of a regular, standard camera. I was pleased to to get some good close up shots. Here are some of those shots. Just click the image to zoom in.

In the Sweet By and By

I’ve heard the term “In the Sweet By and By” since I was a young boy but I have never really taken the time to find out what this was all about. I knew it was an old hymn but I really didn’t know much about it until now.

Last night, as I attended the wake of my aunt who died a few days ago, this hymn was sung by the sisters and cousin of the deceased. No doubt they knew the hymn very well because all of them are choir members in their Christian church. They sang the song in acapella and I was touched by how they sang it and the lyrics of the hymn really inspired me. It was a fitting song for the occasion.

I found out later on the internet that this song is entitled “In the Sweet By and By” and it was written by Sanford F. Bennett in 1868! That’s one and a half centuries ago! The lyrics are quite simple but it’s really inspiring for those who hope, wait and trust in the Lord for their salvation. It gives hope and encouragement for people to carry on, despite life’s challenges, difficulties and even in the face of death.

May I share it here:

In the sweet by and by  (Sanford F. Bennett, 1868)

There’s a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.

In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blessed;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.

To our bountiful Father above,
We will offer our tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of His love
And the blessings that hallow our days.

Here’s a short video during that evening:

Songs do touch the heart. And old hymns from centuries ago make it even more meaningful. Wouldn’t you agree?

Brisk Walking and Photoshooting at Nuvali

Due to my health condition, my wife and I visit the Nuvali Lakeside Picnic Grounds at least twice each week for an early morning brisk walk in the hope that it will help improve my health somewhat. It actually feels good when I’m able to have my morning exercise.

Nuvali Lakeside Picnic Grounds

The place is really quite nice and it has lots of scenic spots which I can’t help but take snapshots of. I guess I’ll never get out of this habit of taking snapshots wherever I go. Every time my wife and I go there, I always take snapshots and short videos. It has become a habit. If I have the time, I will gather all those shots and make it into one album and share it here in my blog site. For most of my recent shots (photos and videos), I’ve been using my Sony Xperia (F3216) smartphone.

Let me share a video which I took today at Nuvali.