Saturday, July 22, 2006

Mwangaza Choir

Diane and I had the distinct pleasure of attending a concert this week in Ladera Ranch. The Mwangaza Choir is touring parts of the United States to raise money for schools, orphanages and clinics back in Uganda. They started their journey here in the US arriving in Texas in February of this year. Their travels have taken them to TN, GA, TX and now California. They return home to Uganda at the end of August.

This was organized by a gentleman that has been to Uganda several times and has gotten involved with the African Renewal Ministries who sponsor the choir. It was well attended and very well supported. And while we look at the excess that resides in Orange County and see so many negatives, it was nice to see the other side of Orange County that isn’t portrayed in the media.

The smiles, like the one on this little girl, were genuine and touching. You just couldn’t help but be touched by the expressions of joy on these children's faces. It was a blessing to have been a small part of the evening.

Check out the web site if you want to learn more.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Finally, A Web Site

Well, it’s finally up. After weeks of messing around I finally have a website to talk about. I’m still not sure what I intend to do with it but here it is. If you have any comments I would love to hear from you.

Check it out at www.larrydhayden.com. It’s an old server that I directed to this domain name. I’ll have it changed later in the year.

This was done in iWeb. I’m not a designer and should really leave this sort of thing to a professional. Once they employment issue is resolved I’ll do so, but until then, I hope you enjoy.

This image was taken last year on a business trip to Seattle. I was experimenting with water images and tried some out of focus shots. It takes some practice to get the correct amount of focus to make it look right and this is the only image that looked right to me. Maybe it was the blur, maybe the lack of sharpeness but I never really felt like I got what I wanted. I just kept trying.

I think I had read something on the trip up that made me experiment more, but I don’t recall what it was. I need to work on the tendency to stop shooting if I don’t think I’m getting what I originally envisioned. This was one of those occasions where I went out and just let my mind go and to see what would come of it.