Miller Wedding – A Sneak Peek

I had such a great time photographing Tim & Cassie’s wedding day. It was such a fun day! Moffat Hall at Grace Baptist Church & Cedar Land Event Center were great venue’s. Tim & Cassie, thank you so much for having me document your beautiful wedding day.

End of an era …

On Tuesday, many missed out on the last Symphonic Band and Brass Choir concert for Professors Pagnard and DiCuirci at Cedarville as they presented their end of the semester concert.  It was a great concert & fun to document an end of an era.

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Day 4 – Grand Canyon / Hermit’s Trail

Tuesday was another great day for hiking in the Grand Canyon.
I asked Sean O’Donnell to give his perspective & thoughts of day 4.


“The fourth day of our trip began a little later than some of the previous days.  Since we were staying near the Grand Canyon, we were able to sleep in a little bit.  Once we got to the canyon, we went to Mather Point along the rim.  There, Dr. Whitmore gave a lecture on the geology of the Grand Canyon.  He spoke on the Bright Angel Fault, which we could see clearly from the overlook. We could also see the Great Unconformity, the Greatest Unconformity, and where both come together between the Vishnu Schist and the Tapeats Sandstone.”

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Dr. Whitmore holds a short lecture at Mathers Point.

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Dr. Whitmore gave a short devotion and read Psalm 18 to the class.

“Dr. Whitmore then proceeded to read and speak on Psalm 18, about God’s glory and righteousness.”

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A view from the top of Bright Angel Trail.

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A nice sunny hike down Hermit’s Trail.

“Afterward we went to a Grand Canyon visitor center and bookstore. From there we drove to Grand Canyon Village, walked a little down Bright Angel Trail to view some Coconino injectites, and then boarded a bus which took us to Hermit’s Rest.”

“We hiked down Hermit’s Trail all the way to the base of the Coconino Sandstone (several went farther down the trail). Those of us in the Sed/Strat class then began to measure the Coconino Sandstone again from the base up. When we arrived back at the top of the canyon, we were able to enjoy a nice cup of coffee and the view from Hermit’s Rest.”

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The students some formations in the layors before starting to measure the Coconino Sandstone.

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Calvin enjoys the view after walking further down the trail.

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Dr. Whitmore, Calvin & Nolan look at more lizard tracks in the Coconino Standstone.

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“After getting back to the hotel from dinner, some of us made use of the hot tubs, and then went to get ice cream at McDonalds. We stayed in McDonalds for a few hours talking about everything from theology to politics. When it was closing time, we left and went back to the hotel lobby and continued our conversation. About a half hour later, a Coconino County Sheriffs Deputy came into the hotel and began to talk with us because he was bored. It was midnight before he left and the rest of us went to bed.”

Day 1 – Sedona, AZ

It was a long day! Started out at 4am meeting the group on campus & heading to the Dayton Airport for a 6:30am flight to Denver and then on to Phoenix, AZ. Big airports on busy days mean lots of lines everywhere you go. We finally got our 2 large vans from Budget and headed to Sedona, AZ. After getting out of Phoenix, we stopped at In & Out Burgers. It seems to be tradition when heading out west on geology trips.
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We pretty much headed straight to Lizard Head & got our day packs together. It was about an hour walk up to the top with several stops along the way to look at the view and catch our breath.

We wondered around the top for about an hour and then Dr. John Whitmore had a few minutes together at the top before heading back down. The walk back down was quicker but not all that easier.

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We headed to the hotel, checked in, found a Thai restaurant next door to the hotel & all headed for nice well deserved night of sleep!

Geology Sed Strat Spring Break DAY 3

Dr. Whitmore met with the class just before we headed out into the field for the day. Dr. Whitmore reviewed formation names of the layers that the class was going to measure.

Dr. Whitmore met with the class just before we headed out into the field for the day. Dr. Whitmore reviewed formation names of the layers that the class was going to measure.

After arriving at the Skull Creek area, the students immediately got to work measuring layers while Dr. Whitmore & Dr. Snelling went off on their own making observations and taking notes on layer formations in the area. I followed along for awhile and found myself on top of a small ridge. I came across two Juniper Cedar trees, one alive & the other dead. I found this image very intriguing.

After arriving at the Skull Creek area, the students immediately got to work measuring layers while Dr. Whitmore & Dr. Snelling went off on their own making observations and taking notes on layer formations in the area. I followed along for awhile and found myself on top of a small ridge. I came across two Juniper Cedar trees, one alive & the other dead. I found this image very intriguing.

Dr. Whitmore brought the students back together to review the mornings layer measurements.

Dr. Whitmore brought the students back together to review the mornings layer measurements.

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There's always time for a group photo.

There’s always time for a group photo.

You can see the students & Dr. Whitmore off in the distance taking measurements. The students worked hard throughout the day measuring the downward slope as well as the side they were standing on.

You can see the students & Dr. Whitmore off in the distance taking measurements. The students worked hard throughout the day measuring the downward slope as well as the side they were standing on.

After lunch back at the van, I took a walk up another ridge.  From the top, you can barely see the students working in the distance. (circled)

After lunch back at the van, I took a walk up another ridge. From the top, you can barely see the students working in the distance. (circled)

While taking measurements, students find and examine dinosaur bones trapped in siltstone layer.

While taking measurements, students find and examine dinosaur bones trapped in siltstone layer.

At the end of the day standing by the van, you can see the ridge I climbed to the top.

At the end of the day standing by the van, you can see the ridge I climbed to the top.

Saturday at Au Sable Institute

In the morning after breakfast the group got together and Dr. Paris & Jon Becker explained to the class how the temperature & oxygen readings would be gathered.

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We headed out to several areas on the lake and used an auger to cut holes through the ice. They proceeded to lower the temperature & oxygen props 1 meter at a time and collected data along the way. Three measurements were taken, one along the shore at 20ft, at a depth of 45ft & then out toward the middle of the lake at 65ft.

Standing out in the middle of the lake collecting data

Standing out in the middle of the lake collecting data

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One would think we are ice fishing but we are collecting scientific data.

One would think we are ice fishing but we are collecting scientific data.


CU on the lake.

CU on the lake.

The majority of the day was spent outside, although the sun was out it was cold with the high of 18 degrees. The wind out on the lake did not help in any way.

In the afternoon fter collecting the data, Jon Becker input it into the computer and graphed it out, explaining the students and showing them how it was done.

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In the evening after dinner and a small break, the students got back together and Dr. Paris discussed the results of the data collected. He showed them with the data collected how temperature increases with depth while oxygen decreases with depth.

Camp Electric – Sunday night concert

On the opening night of Camp Electric in Cedarville, Rend Collective Experiment took the stage and lead the camp in worship before the evening concert.

It was rock night with The Letter Black starting off the night & Disciple continuing the frenzy.

The Letter Black represented well …

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After a short break, Disciple came out and rocked the house.

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I’m looking forward to the other concerts this week.