Chris Johnston Photography

Chris Johnston is a landscape photographer and photo educator in South Louisiana.

Feeling God's Pleasure

Yesterday morning as I was drinking my coffee I looked out the window and I could see a dark fire in the sky to the East. I went outside and the sky was a beautiful range of yellows, reds, and magenta. The combination of the early morning light, and its reflection and diffusion through the clouds, had created a light that had pink quality too.  It was almost magical, and I stood there for several minutes admiring this beautiful sight.

Something occurred to me while doing this...the only thing keeping me from doing what I want with my life is me. It's not God, it's not my circumstances, or the money in the bank, it's me. I've been trying so hard to figure out how to be a professional landscape and nature photographer and everyday I'm trying to figure it out I'm missing opportunities like this awesome sunrise.   I can shoot locally and already do (but not consistently enough). I can blog (I have journalism degree). I can create products that people want (I have a marketing degree). What I need to do is create them and do it consistently. 

In the movie Chariots of Fire, there is a scene where Eric Liddell says, "I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure." Substitute photograph landscapes for run and you have me. I don't just like shooting landscapes and nature, I feel God's pleasure when I'm shooting them.

Agkistrodon piscivorus - the Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin. This one was photographed at Jean Lafitte National Park - Barataria Preserve Unit.