Christina Parker Photography

"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

What a view! Day 31, 365 Photo Project, ~May 29, 2011 May 29, 2011

  “A photographer without a magazine behind him is like a farmer without fields.”  ~Norman Parkinson

Beautiful sight that these farmers create with their farm equipment.  How is it possible that they can stay within the lines, as they create their field of dreams!  

I love the sights from airplanes.  I love flying, especially the take offs, and the landings!   I also find I love the concept of everything being really small, like an assortment of lego pieces, waiting for my creation or placement.  Looking down, I see the new playgrounds, the perfectly planted trees, the semi trailers lined up, as well as the train cars.    I love hotwheel cars, as our cars appears so little like them, when up high.   I love viewing the swimming pools in yards.    It makes me feel like playing some sort of computer game like civilization, where I can create my own world.   As, I look around at the familiar surrounding as we descend and realize the many people I know, and where they live, and what the buildings are where, it gives me a better understanding of the world from above.   That our creator, our Heavenly Father, looks upon our whereabouts, he’s bound by the natural laws, that he can’t always interfere in  causing natural consequences  not to harm us and he respects our agency.  How else would we learn, if we didn’t have hardships, trials, or have the opportunity to work together and serve.    He overlooks us all,  as we interact with each other, and he knows us all so well,  as he looks upon us in our travels where ever we may go and do!  Christina

 

February’s Birthstone Amethyst February 28, 2009

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 Variations of the violet tone quartz.  It is most commonly found in volcanic rock in Brazil.  Zambia is one of the places that creates the most rock.  It can be found only around Nova Scotia, and around Ontario in Canada.  In the USA, it is found around the Lake Superior Region, Amethyst mountain inTexas, National Yellowstone Park, and around North Carolina.

If you are born in February, then you are usually familiar that your birthstone is the Amethyst.  A purple tone of quartz.  Ancient Greeks and Romans, wore the amethyst as a belief that it would prevent intoxication, and interesting enough, wine goblets used to be carved from the amethyst.   

In recent studies, it shows that Iron and Aluminum in complex ways, make up the colour of the amethyst.  When heated it can turn yellow like citrine, and is consider to be “burnt amethyst”

Mohs scale: 7

 

January’s Birthstone Garnet January 31, 2009

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Garnet like a pomegranate

The seeds of a pomegranate fruit, show how deep and red a garnet is, and possibly is related to a garnet because of the colour, shape, and size.    Garnet comes from the Latin word “granatus,” meaning “grain” or “seed.”   Moh’s hardnes is 6.5-7.5.  The mineral’s luster is considered to be glass like.

Garnets species are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless. The rarest  the blue garnet, discovered in the late 1990s in Bekily , Madagascar. 

Pure crystals of garnet are used as gemstones.  Garnet sand is a good abrasive that is used in sand blasting, or mixed with water, can also be use to cut steel with water jets.

First mined in Sri Lanka over 2,500 years ago, the garnet is also found in Africa, Australia, India, Russia, South America; and in the United States, in Arizona and Idaho.  Although most commonly known as a red gemstone, the garnet comes in a variety of other hues, including muted yellows, vibrant oranges, rosy pinks, lime greens, violets, brown, black and colourless – an artist palate of colours.  This diversity is due to unique combinations of elements within each particular gem, such as iron, calcium, and aluminum.  

The garnet continues to be the protective gem of journeyers. A gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one’s safe travel and speedy homecoming.  It is my birthstone, but far from being only a winter gem, the garnet, with its brilliance and multitude of colors, can be appreciated for any season.

 

Birthstones January 30, 2009

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Each one of us, has a birthstone, depicting the month of when we were born.  Some believe that the tradition of the birthstones came from ancient bibical days.  As Aarons’ breastplate had 12 stones inlayed in it, which were set in four rows across with three stones.  Each respresented a son of Israel.  These were the stones:  Sardius, topaz and carbuncle * Emerald, sapphire and diamond * Ligure, agate and amethyst *  Beryl, onyx and jasper .

Early Christians assigned birthstones to represent each of the apostles.

Others believe that each birthstones are mystical and have special healing powers, where the birthstone was either worn or grounded up and swallowed.  

In the 1500-1600 century, those in Poland believe that you were to wear the current birthstone for each month, as then the powers of that birthstone were heighten, therefore you were to own a set of 12, one for each month!

Others believed that there is a special birthstone you wear depending on the day of the week that you were born.

If I gave you a quiz, would you be able to know where birthstones belong to which month? 

Here is a poem that reflects the  Gregorian Birthstone 

             By her who in January was born
             No gem save garnets shall be worn
             They will ensure her constancy
             True friendship and fidelity.

The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear.

By her who in March was born
No gem save Bloodstone  shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear,
lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.

Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet, flower month of May
And wears an Emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and a loving wife.

By her who in June was born
No gem save Pearls shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lover’s doubts and anxiety.

Wear a Peridot or for thee,
No conjugal fidelity,
The August born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved; alone.

A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind.

October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know,
But lay an opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

Who first comes to this world below
In dreary November’s fog and snow,
Should prize the topaz amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.

If cold December gave you birth
The month of snow and ice and mirth
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate’er you do.

 In 1912, the Jeweller’s of America Association assigned each month a birthstone, which is known world wide.  Almostly exactly to  the Gregorian Poem, March is aquamarine, and December is blue zircon.

Birthstone jewelry is still popular today, you may see it in the form of little people figures with birthstone bellies that dangle from a chain, or in a ring, representing the birth of children in the family.   

Do you like your birthstone or do you wish you had a different one?