Thursday, January 1, 2009

Pictures Worth Thousands of Words ...

This awe-inspiring photo was taken by my friend, Marty Kittrell, of Vicksburg. Marty is one of those rare people who is blessed with the God-given talent of "seeing pictures" in his mind before he captures them with his camera.

Marty discovered my blog a few months ago when he came across a post I wrote about Vicksburg, and has been a source of inspiration and encouragement to me in my photographic endeavors ever since. I'm excited that Marty has recently become a member of the blogging community and has created a beautiful blog called, simply enough, Marty Kittrell. Marty introduces himself by saying:

"I see photos wherever I go. I frame them in my head in an instant. This is not a talent shared by all, I have figured out. I consider it a gift from God. And so I use it for His Glory ... by capturing the beauty of the Vicksburg area. I am just the messenger.... I regret that I have never had a lesson in photography, but that doesn't matter. To me, photography is the art of observation and not the application of technology." [I love that!]

Marty's pictures are a testament to his many God-given talents and do, indeed, capture God's Glory in its Highest. The word awesome is overused these days, but that is the only word that comes to mind that truly describes Marty's work. His pictures are, indeed, "worth thousands of words," and I hope you will visit Marty and treat yourself to a relaxing and inspiring tour of his photo gallery.

Here is just a preview of his work ...


Stacey said...

Happy New Year!

Marty's photos are beautiful. I will definitely go visit him.

The Quintessential Magpie said...


These are phenomenal photographs! I'll be sure to pay Marty a visit, and your photographs are pretty phenomenal, too!

Matter of fact, I love your photographs and your blog, and I feel blessed to call you my friend. To that end, may all the blessings of 2009 be yours.

Wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Sheila :-)

salmagundi said...

Thanks for sharing Marty's photos. They really are awesome!!! Sally

Leigh said...

AMazing work! As a photographer myself, it is always a treat to see someone else's work. I am a bit of a collector of photography sites, very inspirational and educational. For 2009- that is a great start-learn from others, no matter who they are.
That is what life is about.
I am off to check out marty's site.
Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Janie, oh how lovely I will definitely visit. You might also like Mary over at Little Red House, her shots are amazing and she is such a nice person !!!

Kathy :)

ps I don't know if you care for James Patterson (love him) I am reading Cross Country ~ so far an excellent read....and I also got Bill O'Reilly's new book, just thought I'd share :)

southerninspiration said...

Oh, I will definitely go see his work if he shoots pics of areas near my hometown! Thanks...and Happy New year!

southerninspiration said...

ps......who designed your blog? I am currently in re-design mode and I always love the look of yours! Is it something you do yourself?

Pat@Back Porch Musing said...

These photos are absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for sharing these and telling us about Marty.

Happy New Year!!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

WOW! These pictures are amazing! Your friend certainly has a true gift!

Wishing you many blessings for the new year! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Janie! So soft and peaceful your new look! I didn't realize you had music on yours or I would have warned you personally too! Haven't been on computer; my husband outsmarted the virus but it is a nasty one to get rid of! I will be music-less needless to say!!! I will check out your friend, his pictures are outstanding what you've shown! Hope your new year is going well! Sincerely, Jeannette

beth at aunties said...


Thanks for sharing Marti's inspiring work with us. He truly does have a gift.

Your Photography is also pretty special. I love your gentleness, your spiritual side, humor and your gift of love which comes through each of your posts. I too feel blessed to call you friend in this world of blogging.

Blessings of Joy and Happiness to you and your family this coming year. Avery is a charmer:)
Happy New Year Janie!


Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Janie,
I visited his blog and plan to keep up with him! He does take some wonderful photos!

Pat said...

Hello Janie

I came by to wish you a very happy new year!

I enjoyed seeing Marty's amazing photograhs and will certainly visit his blog --than you for the link. I received a new camera as a Christmas present and I have a lot to learn about it.

Your new blog format is so lovely!

Hugs, Pat

Tamara Jansen said...

wow those pics are gorgeous!!!

Happy New Year and many blessings in 2009 :)

ksarra said...

Hi Janie, the photos are soul-stirring. Just beautiful... Hope your New Year is filled to overflowing with wonder and happy times!

Judy said...

Thank you for introducing us to Marty...his photographs are truly "awe-inspiring" and I will definately check out his blog.

Blessings to you and yours!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

No doubt he has an "eye"!!! A gift from God being used that way. Sweet :)

Jon said...

Glad you gave a "shout out" to Marty Kittrell who certainly deserves it. I have long had one of his sites listed on my sidebar of favorites. I am glad to see that Marty has joined the Blogger community. Creative and interesting people like you and Marty make me proud to call Vicksburg my hometown, and I appreciate that y'all share your special photo and writing talents via your online blogs and sites to showcase the beauty and positive aspects of the Vicksburg area. Keep on keeping on...and I thank you both very much.

Jon at Mississippi Garden

Kitty Scraps said...

Good Morning!
Thanks for sharing such gorgeous photos with us. You're right, he has a God given talent and I wish I could take photos like his!