Saturday, December 31, 2011

Birds on the Beach

Least Tern and Pigeon on Florida Beach
A photo of two least terns and a pigeon on Daytona Beach Florida.
Photo By Joshua Kirton
Other Photos in Daytona: Sunrise, Daytona USA, and Snowy Egret

Friday, December 30, 2011

Duck to the 9th Power

Most people see children and think of multiplying the population, while I think in exponents. Just imagine these ducklings having eight or nine of their own little ducks and those ducks having eight or nine of their own.  If a duck can reproduce after 20-24 weeks, some ducks can have their own babies the year they are born. This means that these nine ducks assuming that half are male and half are female over ten years can produce about 5^10 ducks or 9765625 ducks. The mallard population is an estimated ten million breeding individuals. This means that ten years ago there were fewer than 12 ducks, and in another ten years there will be 9.77x10^66 a number so large that it has no name. This is roughly 1.40x10^57 times the human population today.
"University of Hawaii tried to guess how many grains of sand are on the world's beaches. They came up with 7,500,000,000,000,000,000, or seven quintillion five quadrillion grains of sand." This is less than the population of ducks will be in ten years. If you thought politics was messy things are about to get a lot deeper in here. You may have to adjust for small effects like eggs that never hatch, ones that get eaten, ones that hatch and get babies get eaten, and various other incidents in which ducks get eaten. So if you follow my math then you will see that ducks now pose the biggest problem for over population seen in the history of man kind, or at least in the last ten years since the population increased from about 12 ducks to ten million of just mallards. So save us all and have a roast duck for dinner, and do not be fooled by their fluffy cuteness they are trying to out compete us for our backyard pools. My calculations may have a slight margin of error, so you may want to do the calculations yourself and post any results that you may find.
Post By Joshua Kirton
Photo By Aaron Kirton

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born
Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth "

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Empty Playground

A stark contrast from the busy summer months when the kids surround this piece of playground equipment.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

double rainbow Utah
Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?

Lyrics "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
Photo By Aaron Kirton
Other Photos by Aaron:
Feed My Sheep
Springing up into Everlasting Life

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Snowy Shack

What once was a home is now a dilapidated old shack on the corner of a busy intersection, known as the “crossroads”. I have passed this place thousands of times, on my travels, never giving it a thought- until one day last Christmas when it snowed.

Teri-kai, photographer and owner of:,,,

Another Post By Teri: Clingman's Dome

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Feed My Sheep

Sheep in Southern Utah
"12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
15 ¶So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep." (John 21: 12-17)
Let us go forth feeding those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. Give succor to those in need, relief to those who suffer, and knowledge those those who seek it.

Photo By Aaron Kirton

Other Photos by Aaron: Not in the Fire and The Price of Freedom

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

River of Water

Photograph of River Water Splashing
This is really more of a stream than a river, but you get the idea. I took this picture in Rock Canyon in Utah.
By Joshua Kirton
Other Photos of Water: Home Sweet Home and Be Still

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Turtle Power

red ear slider
Haven't you ever wondered what it would be like if there really were four turtles that are five and a half feet tall wondering the sewers of New York. I imagine that we would see more pet being introduced to toxic ooze than we currently see, and we would probably have invented the word's biggest rat trap for Master Splinter. I imagine that Michelangelo would have a facebook page, and Donatello would have joined anonymous. My guess for Leonardo is that he would have attended Dave Ramsey's Entreleadership meetings, and Raphael would still be mad at the world.
For those of you who do not know what a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is, I am sorry for your deprived lives, I hope things improve for you.
By Joshua Kirton

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Old Truck

Old Truck up on jacks in Olney Texas
I had some fun with my photo editor. Can you name what was done to this picture? Any way I like the small town feel that this picture has. Probably because it was taken in a really small town, Olney Texas.
By Joshua Kirton
Other Photos By Joshua: Bear Lake Wild Flowers and Parable of the Sower

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

Smith Canyon South of Lava Hotsprings Idaho
Christmas time is upon us. Snow covers many parts of the country and we all get together with family and friends to remember the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. Try not to get lost in the hub bub of the season and take a minute to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, redemption. Christ was born into this world to make us clean much as this snow. Isaiah wrote of the cleansing power of Christ's atonement, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18). Remember that just because it is beginning to look like Christmas it is up to us to make it feel like Christmas by remembering the true meaning of the redemption of man kind.
Post By Joshua Kirton
Photo By Beau Johnston taken Smith Canyon south of Lava Hotsprings, ID

Another Good Post: Family Focus

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Monday, November 28, 2011


A dish of Perogies
This is one of my favorite meals. Perogies! Here is the recipe for those of whose mouths are watering.
Annie Kirton

Another Picture by Annie Kirton: Windmills

Friday, November 25, 2011

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Clingman’s Dome

Clingman’s Dome is in the Great Smoky Mountains, TN

Everyone needs a place they can go to clear their head, speak to God and listen to His advice. This is one of those places. High above the mountain peaks, with plenty of room to find a lone hiking trail, Clingman’s Dome is in the Great Smoky Mountains, TN. The views are breathtaking and the wildlife abundant. Bring your camera, some good walking shoes, and a healthy respect for black bears. You won’t be disappointed!

Teri-kai Photography

Other Posts to check out: Duck, Duck, Goose and Not in the Fire

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Red Stone Face

 Red Stone Face St Augustine Florida

The saying says a picture is worth a thousand words. I am often curious what those words are. What words does this face say. I think they may be solemn, but encouraging once pondered. They may be words or wisdom from the ages, or words of reproof. What ever the words are let me know what this has said to you.

By Joshua Kirton

Other photos by Joshua: Mountain Goat and In the Beginning

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Saturday, November 19, 2011


Street performer playing accordion while his dog wears sunglasses
This treat of a picture was taken in ST. Augustine, Florida while there with my family. You can often see various street performers there. Some have more distinct personas than others, and other have more talent. This guy was not high on the talent scale, but was still entertaining. Just goes to show it is not what you are selling, but how you sell it.
By Joshua Kirton
Other Interesting Posts: Brown Anoles and the Meaning of Life, Happy Valley, and What Today May Bring

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Springing Up into Everlasting Life

fountain and a tree in black and white
"10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:10-14)
Photo by Aaron Kirton

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

As the Fog Rises

Fog on the mountain side as the sun rises
If you are a night owl like myself, you may have missed many beautiful things that take place just as the sun begins to rise. From time to time, I take trips to the mountains where I force myself out of bed before the light of day so that I can capture these magical moments, like the fog lifting into the trees and the sun beginning to light the mountains.

Teri-kai Photography

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Framing a Flower

Flower: I didn't do it I promise. I was framed.
FBI (Flower Bureau of Investigation): Come on pansy own up to it. Next thing you'll be saying it was ivy.
Flower: Give me a break! It was my bud. Leaf me alone.

By Joshua Kirton

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Mountain Goat

Mount Timpanogos Utah Mountain Goat
This picture was taken on the trail from Sundance up Mount Timpanogos. There are herds of mountain goats that wander the area and I was able to capture this picture.
By Joshua Kirton
More By Joshua: Family Focus and Iguana

Thursday, November 3, 2011


 There is something wrong in the neighborhood. Give them a call go ahead, but wait. Only if you need ghostbusting in North Central Florida. I found this little gem when I was out shopping last year with my wife. All I had with me was my cell phone camera, but was still able to get some good shots. Enjoy the laugh.
Ghostbuster car

Ghostbuster Phone Number

Ghostbuster's car

Another shot of the Ghostbuster Car

Sign for Ghostbusters of North Florida

Post By Joshua Kirton

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

More From Diamond Fork

This photo was taken in Diamond Fork Canyon, in Utah. Like I have said before this is one of my favorite canyons. There is a lot to see and do.

Photo By Joshua Kirton

More from Diamond Fork: Poetic Beauty and To Grandmother's House we go.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Duck, Duck, Goose

Duck, duck, goose is a beloved children's game and the subject of this post, so here's a duck!
Black and white duck
Then another duck!
Mallard Duck
And a Goose!

A goose with an orange bill
Well that is enough of my humor for most people. So enjoy the pictures.

Post by Joshua Kirton with help from Aaron Kirton

Other water birds: Snowy White Egret and Eastern Great Egret

Monday, October 31, 2011

Brown Anoles and the Meaning of Life

Brown Anole or Cuban Anole
The Brown Anole is a native to Cuba and considered an invasive species in the US. This picture was taken outside my apartment in Florida. He is a cute and quick little guy. I doubt that he is aware that he is not wanted. To him the world is just bug and branches; sticks and stones. Oh to be oblivious to the implications of our existence, oh wait sadly most of us are.

Thought this ignorance is bliss for an animal of limited cognitive capacities, I find comfort in knowing: Who I am, Where I came from, and Where I am going. There is a child's song called, "I am a Child of God"(free mp3) sung by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints. It succinctly states, "I am a Child of God and he has sent me here... teach me all that I must do, to live with him some day." Those few short phrases respond to questions posed by men searching for meaning for centuries all contained in a child's Sunday school song.

By Joshua Kirton

More on life: Family Focus

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Not in the Fire


"11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small  voice." 1 Kings 19

Photo By Aaron Kirton

Another Post By Aaron: The Price of Freedom

Friday, October 28, 2011

Purple Sunset

The thing about sunrises and sunsets is that there is no end to the colors that show up. I haven't seen many green sunsets, but that doesn't mean it can't happen (correct me if I'm wrong). This purple sunset was taken in Gainesville, Florida. One drawback to all the trees is that it is hard to find a good place to shoot a sunset. However I was able to catch this and several others through the trees.

This picture reminded me of a great quote by C.S. Lewis, "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." More about Christ

By Joshua Kirton

Other posts with the sun: Sunrise in the great Smokey Mountains, Sunrise in Daytona,  and Windmills

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sunrise in Daytona Florida

Sunrise in Daytona Florida
This picture was shot in... You guessed it Daytona, Florida. The beach is a funny place. It is where people go to relax by burning of the top layer of their skin with ultra violet radiation.

I think the early morning on the beach was my favorite time. The temperature was nice, and there were few people out.

As for photography if you shoot enough sunrises and sunsets you will catch a good one. There are a lot of tricks for getting the best shot and color possible. HDR looks good, but you can't have any motion in the picture because it is actually multiple pictures merged and you need a software package that can merge it for you. With long exposure single shot photography you can miss some of the color, and short exposure you get shadows. Just keep playing with it until the sun is to high or set. The experimentation is half the fun of photography.

By Joshua Kirton

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Black Bear

Black Bear
This “little” black bear is about 100 lbs or so and probably has about another summer before he’s out on his own. He was eating berries in a tree. After a couple of minutes or so, he climbed down to watch me curiously as I took photos. I didn’t see Mama Bear around anywhere but there was plenty of evidence on the ground that she was close by. I quietly took my photos and then I went back down the trail before his Mom came home.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Power, Love, and a Sound Mind

Bear Lake Utah
"7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;"
2 Timothy 1:7-8

Photo By Joshua Kirton
Taken at Bear Lake, Utah

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunsets and Simple Things

Sunset in Gainesville Florida
"6 Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
7 And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls." Alma 37:6-7

Photo By Joshua Kirton

Another Good Post: The Parable of the Sower