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Does Your Contrast Show

I found  a great app through Geri Centonze’s Art of Mob. In mid-February she profiled John Hornbeck’s app called Contrast. I really liked the look of the images so decided to experiment with it. Here are a few images.

The Lines of our Lives by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

The Lines of our Lives by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

One of the things I love about this app is the richness and certainty of the blacks. There’s no mistaking it for navy or a shade of gray. Likewise, there are some clear lines that definitively guide our lives and choices.

Where Above and Below Collide by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Where Above and Below Collide by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Again, the rich blacks countered by the shiny white of the reflection of sky in water.  Above and below seem to collide on the surface of the water.

Growth by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Growth by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

This last photo has an eerie spider web quality around the sun and sharp focus on the new growth coming from the tree trunk.

Messing with this app made me think about the contrast that Christian behavior is to be.  The I Corinthians 13 love passage is a good example:

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Today we talk a lot about “brand”. This kind of love and other characteristics are supposed to be the Christian’s brand. When Jesus was asked

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

This is the contrast we are to offer. Anyone who’s tried knows that apart from Him we can do nothing. We are the surface of the water upon which the above and below collide.

White Iris in Full Bloom by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

White Iris in Full Bloom by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Ruth Bancroft Garden Visit

The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA is the land of giant succulents. Planted 40 years ago after the walnut trees died in a working orchard, today’s specimens span many varieties and ages. Handy tables underneath expansive shade, winding paths around islands of cacti and human-scale sculptures hidden everywhere make this garden far more private and intimate than other similar undertakings.

If I was a good tour guide I would show you photos of the grounds for a sense of scale and the variety of the cacti. Garden Bloggers Fling and Far Out Flora have done a great job of the first. Master Gardner Betty Holmer and Danger Garden show you the second.

What I’m really excited about is how incredible these plants look in variety of pattern and elements of form:

Cacti from the Ruth Bancroft Garden by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Cacti from the Ruth Bancroft Garden by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

And what I love even more is how amazingly tender and delicate these ferociously spiny and tenacious plants look:

Agave Regina by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Agave Regina by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

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