Posts Tagged ‘wedding’

I love to take pictures and some of my all time favorite photos are the ones taken while facing  into the sun.

You never really know what you’ve captured on your camera when you’re shooting into the sun but occasionally, if everything is just right you might end up with one or two sun spots. 

 I have always loved these!

But a few month ago I saw a TV program about ghost hunters and it has forever changed the way I look at my photos. 

The ghost hunters talked about the circles of light that sometimes show up on photographs.  They believe that some of these are really ‘orbs or spirits and they had quite a few photos to back up their theory.

Spooky – ain’t it?  It just about sacred my socks off!

So now I take a second and third look at my photos – always evaluating what I see. 

Take this photo for instance…

This was taken while I stood inside the weathered remains of an old one-room school-house. 

Now I know the building is in bad shape and there are lots of cracks and openings where the sunlight comes through.  Heck, the lumber is so rotten you could throw a cat through any of the walls but it still makes you wonder.  What if there were children or perhaps a school teacher who loved this place and have decided to spend all of eternity in the shell of their beloved school. 

Ok – I’m scaring myself again. 

On to the next shot.

Remember this picture from a previous post?

Our garden club toured the Pettigrew Museum in Sioux Falls, SD.  I took a picture with my camera the same time the gal next to me took this one.  My photo shows nothing out of the ordinary but hers has this funky blue light on the front porch. 

I have to admit I did have an uneasy feeling while we were inside the museum but at the time I just chalked it up to being inside a beautiful but very old building.  I changed my mind when I saw her photo.

This gives me the willies and makes my hair stand on end!  Yikes – that mental image is pretty frightening too.

And then there are the photos from the wedding last summer.  Surprisingly there are 5 or 6 shots with orbs in them. 

Here’s the newlyweds coming down the aisle while being showered with oats instead of rice – the last of their wild oats so to speak. 

They’re horse people…  It’s a horse thing.

OK, if I look at this photo and think ‘ghostly orb’ above DJ’s head, I think of Grandpa Bud.  DJ and his grandfather had always been buddies until Grandpa passed away the year before the wedding.  I would like to think that Grandpa was there for the wedding and to be with DJ.  Besides, Grandpa always did like a good party.

But where is the sun coming from you ask?  I heard you – you were thinking it.  You can’t fool me.

 Actually the sun was pretty close to being at a 90 degree angle, straight off the right shoulder of the person taking the photo – so maybe it’s just a sunspot.

OK, I can go either way on that one but then we come to this photo…

Here’s a photo of the beautiful bride coming down the stairs inside the house.  Check out the orb on her left shoulder.

Sure there are windows in the house – there’s one in the bedroom right behind her but it’s pretty well blocked by a wall, a door and  people.

Maybe this is one of Dani’s relatives – come to see her on her big day.  Notice how it’s close to her heart.  Does that mean anything?  I don’t know but it’s a nice thought.

And then, as if one orb here and there isn’t enough, look at this photo.

Check out all those orbs above the crowd.  It’s hard to see just how many there are in this shot – but there’s a bunch.

OK, lets look at this scientifically. 

  This photo was taken while everyone was having a great time dancing and enjoying the beautiful evening. 

1.  Looks like water droplets on the lens or maybe dust specks.  That’s what I thought at first but the photos taken before and after this one are fine and it wasn’t raining – it was a beautiful night for a wedding.

  2.  What about sun spots?  This was taken facing almost straight west but the sun had already slipped behind the mountain before the dance even started so I don’t buy that theory either. 

3.  There are thousands and thousands of white Christmas lights strung all over the garden.  Maybe so, but it just doesn’t seem that the orbs are really ‘organized’ or coming from a specific place – they’re everywhere.  Big ones, little ones, bright ones, dull ones all intermingled – kind of sounds like a typical family doesn’t it?

I really don’t know what caused all the ‘orbs’ in this shot.

It was a special night and love was definitely in the air – so  who knows, perhaps there was more than love in the air that night.  

Perhaps it’s something you can’t see or explain.  Perhaps it’s something you have to take on faith.

I believe when we die we don’t just cease to exist.  I believe our body quits but our spirit goes on.

  I also like to think that we will be able to come back from time to time and check up on the people we love.  I’m sure gonna try!

I also believe in guardian angels.  I’ve heard mine –  he swears.  (Maybe I’ll tell you about it sometime).   You might think I’m a little warped, but a swearing guardian angel is actually very comforting to me.  Picture John Wayne with a rusty halo cocked over his cowboy hat and a lot of ‘grit in his gizzard’.  Now that’s my kind of guardian angel.

Who knows?  I can’t prove those circle of light are anything more than sun spots or dust on the lens but seeing photos like this always makes me think anything’s possible.


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We had a wedding at the ranch last August.  Our oldest son, Dalton married a wonderful girl – she’s smart, she’s beautiful, she’s funny and she reminds me a lot of myself – Ha!.  But Dani really is the daughter I always wanted. 

We were a little concerned when they said they wanted to have the wedding at the ranch but we jumped in with both feet and threw one hell of a party.  Even though the house isn’t finished and the gardens were full of grasshoppers – nobody cared.   It was great!!!

Here’ Dani and her bridesmaids – aren’t they beautiful? 

And Dalton and his groomsmen.  They clean up pretty good too.

Brothers and sisters – My baby the Best Man, Dalton, Dani and Dani’s sister the Maid of Honor.

The Stearns family has ranched here for over 100 years so we tried to honor that heritage by including some of the things that have special meaning for us.  The old wagon was used by Dalton’s great grandfather to deliver mail.

The quilt hanging on the end of my garden shed was started by Dalton’s great grandmother, Mae.  His grandmother, Evelyn finished the embroidery and gave it to me to quilt.  The box on the end of the table was full of hankies from my mother-in-laws stash – some had come from her mother, her mother-in-law and who knows who else.  When people signed the guest book, they were encouraged to pick out a hankie to keep and to ‘catch their tears of joy’.

I just loved having a house full of women the week before the wedding.  I have lived in a house filled with men for so long that I had forgotten how much fun girls are.  These gals worked their butts off too helping us get ready.  They strung thousands of white lights, hauled hay bales to build the benches and helped with everything else that needed to be done.  And check out those boots – I love the red ones.  OK, I want to adopt them all! 

We built a special garden for the ceremony.  Dalton and Dani and our favorite neighbor, Paul set posts for the trellis and then we hauled rock…  WE HAULED A LOT OF ROCK.  After work, from April till August we picked and hauled rock from all over the ranch and built raised flower beds all around the 40X80 foot garden.  Did I mention we have rock?  WE HAVE  A LOT OF ROCK!  Dalton welded the cross of horsehoes for above the alter. 

That’s my sister reading the scriptures and having a hard time not crying.  And those groomsmen – pretty serious bunch.  Lighten up dudes – it’s not your wedding. 

This is Pastor Chuck he did the ceremony.  He also married Hubby and I – 25 years ago.  He’s retired now but when he found out the wedding was at the ranch his response was “I’m in!”  He’s a great guy – he hunts at the ranch every chance he gets and especailly likes to help us thin out the prairie dog population from time to time.

We had a friend cook a chuck-wagon feast for everyone.  And it was a feast!  Steaks, potatoes, salads and Grandma Stearns’ secret family recipe for baked beans.  It’s not a family get together unless you have Grandma’s beans.  Clayton and Rhonda cook the best steaks I have ever eaten. 

And then we danced…

and danced some more. 

We danced till our feet hurt and stars filled the sky.  It was a perfect evening.  We’ve decided – one of the best things we ever did for our two boys was to teach them to dance.  Dance lessons for Boy Scouts – I’ll have to tell you about it sometime.

What a beautiful pair of stargazers.

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