When I first heard Martin O’Malley

Martin O'Malley

I first heard former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley when he spoke at the California State Democratic Convention in 2014. His remarks sounded like a presidential stump speech and I suspected then that he had plans to occupy the White House. My suspicion was confirmed when I opened the newspaper this morning.

Yes, I still read a print copy of our local newspaper – some days.

According to the Associated Press, “O’Malley plans to announce his presidential intentions on May 30 in Baltimore.”

Of the three announced candidates, O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Hilary Clinton, my support goes to O’Malley. Though Clinton may still have the best shot, from a sheer momentum standpoint, at getting the nomination, O’Malley would be the better pick to lead this country into the future. And, I am not convinced Hilary can win a general election. Of the three, O’Malley is our best shot at keeping the White House.

Yes, this goes against the majority thinking of the party, but the majority is rarely correct.

This is my photography blog, so I’m not going to say any more about the presidential race in this post. You can see the rest of my pictures from the 2014 CA State Democratic Party Convention on Flickr.

Technical Stuff

For anyone interested in the technical data this photo was made with a Canon 60D with a 18-135mm lens at 120mm, f/5.6, shutter speed 1/60, ISO 800. The camera was handheld using only the available stage lighting.

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Barn at Sunrise

Barn at Sunrise

There is just something about a barn at sunrise. I drove by this barn several times before seeing the shot I wanted. The sun was just barely above the horizon and the ground fog had not quite burned off. Great conditions for this early morning shot. The filtered light coming from the side has nice glow, and I like the transition in the sky from gold to blue. It’s going to be a beautiful day.

Early morning reminds me that each day we get a do-over, a chance to make whatever we messed up in previous days right. The failings of yesterday can be shed and new opportunities await. There is just one requirement. No wallowing in yesterday’s mud allowed. You have to rise up with the fresh dawn to a fresh start. You have to press on.

The small group Bible study I am a part of has reached Romans 5 in our study this week. So, this verse also comes to mind when I think of do-overs:

“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:2b-4)

A new day, a new hope. That is what I see in each sunrise. Putting behind past sufferings and persevering to strengthen my character and give a brand new hope.

What do you see in a sunrise? How does a new day, a do-over, affect you?

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A Mother’s Hope

Wondering what to do for Mother’s Day? Of course, you want to honor your mother and you will probably send her flowers or take her out for a nice brunch after church. Here’s something else you can do that will truly honor your mother and bring hope to another. Sponsor a child in Jesus’ name.

To help you understand the impact this can have on a mother read this blog post and watch the video.

If you would prefer to give a one-time gift consider these great ideas for Mother’s Day.

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How Competition Powers Consumer Choice

Everybody likes choice—whether it’s chocolate or vanilla, paper or plastic, coffee or tea, we all like getting what we want. And that’s what energy deregulation is really all about. In a deregulated marketplace, customers have the right to choose their energy provider, resulting in more options, lower prices and better service as companies compete for your business. But it wasn’t always that way. Here’s an informative infographic from Ambit Energy that explains the history of deregulation and what it means to you.

To find out how you can take advantage of energy deregulation, save money, earn free energy, and earn free vacations visit http://ranmar.myambit.com or email me at savemoney@randybayne.com. Business opportunities are also available.

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Another Egret – Photo of the Day


Another egret. This time at Yosemite Lake in Stockton. Unlike most egrets I encounter, this one seemed determined not to give up a prime fishing spot. These birds are not known for letting people get very close. I suppose that the ones around here, midtown Stockton, are used to people walking around the lake. With the delta coming right into our back yard the opportunities to see wildlife in the city is fairly good and I try to remember to take my camera when I walk the dog.

Mornings are best. There are very few people in the park. Perhaps one or two other dog walkers and a fisherman or two. It is quiet, and the wildlife is most active in the early morning and late afternoon. Great light too.

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