Joe Is a Jesus-lovin, picture takin fool from banks, oregon. His other hobbies include climbing, hiking, fixing his vanagon, and pretty much anything slightly dangerous or far from the ground.

With an enormous love for life and people, joe brings a smile to everything he does. this blog is a small glimpse of his view on the world and the things created in it.


Poor But Not Poor

Poor But Not Poor

“You normally have to be bashed about a bit by life to see the point of daffodils, sunsets and uneventful nice days.”
— Alain de Botton

I laughed when I saw that quote. I laughed because it feels very true to me, in a metaphorical sense. I mean give me a break - daffodils don't have a point. But beautiful things in our lives tend to go a little more unappreciated when things are going great.

However - when life is frustrating, and you're broke, and you were just kicked out of your house, and you had to re-do a photoshoot you screwed up which now took your entire weekend, and your car suddenly needs a new transmission you can't afford, and you've only had one day in a month to relax, and you're Just. So. Drained. - All of a sudden, that sunset has more meaning that it ever did before. Now, it's not just something pretty to look at. It's that pick-me-up you needed. It's the answered prayer for something, anything, to go good. It puts the warmth in your chest when you kinda just feel hollow, erases all your problems, and makes you feel wealthy with happiness.

To the average person, it was just a pretty sunset. But to me, it was so much more. So, so much more. It helped remind me that all these stupid problems are nothing when compared to the vastness of God's love for us.

My last evening at the Richardsons.

Liquid Gold

Liquid Gold

The Beach and a Wedding

The Beach and a Wedding