What is it that recharges you? It might be your hobby, an activity, your faith, a place, a person or even your work. It’s likely more than just one of the above.

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One of the four R goals of my sabbatical time has been to recharge. While planning for the sabbatical some twenty months ago, I took some time to think about what filled my tank and charged my batteries. Several things came to mind: Connecting to God, time with my wife Linda, travel, nature, adventure and photography.

All of these rejuvenating activities were then intentionally planned and scheduled into the four-month sabbatical period (May-August 2014). Since I love photography, nature and adventure, I planned an event that would encompass all three into one activity—participating in a photography workshop at Glacier National Park.

I could say so much more about this particular experience. But here’s the short version.

4DG_3418Five days with five other guys who are also passionate photographers. (Thanks Dave, John, Phil, Ranjit and Tom!)

Learning from a professional nature photographer, Joe Rossbach. (A great teacher!)

Enjoying the incredible views and vistas of the Rocky Mountains along the Montana/Canadian border.

Hiking up mountain trails in Grizzly territory to find seldom seen lakes.

Four o’clock alarm settings to catch the pre-sunrise light.

Afternoon photo production instruction and review of our images of the day.

Seven mile evening hikes to catch the reflections of the golden post-sunset glow over a remote lake.

And so much more!

untitled-3711While physically drained by the limited sleep and loads of physical stamina needed for carrying our equipment up precipitous mountain inclines, I was extraordinarily filled by the experience. It was an exceptional time of recharging for me. Filled to running over.

So, I am sharing a link to some of my captures from those five days in Glacier. I do hope they will somehow inspire and fill you for just a few moments today. Enjoy! Glacier Park Photos (Click on individual photos to see larger image).

P.S. If you’ve been following our sabbatical photo-journal, here are the links to my two other sections of photos that I’ve recently updated.

Sabbatical: Europe Photo-Journal

Sabbatical: North America Photo-Journal

 

3 responses to Sabbatical: Recharging

  1. Cris Crider on August 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM Reply

    Oh my!! I’ve just spent the past hour with a fixed smile on my face while viewing all 149 photographs! What an amazing adventure for the two of you! Thank you so much for making these photos available to us.

  2. Teri Ziegler on August 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM Reply

    Dennis, these are just glorious (as in bringing God the glory His creation deserves! ). Just seeing the photographs make my heart skip a beat; I can only imagine what it would be like to actually be there in person and capture the awe on camera for yourself and others to see forever. You and Linda are so worthy of these amazing experiences you’re having. Gosh, you’ve seen enough to last the rest of your life. Although knowing you guys, there will be many more adventures!

    • Dennis Gingerich on August 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM Reply

      We are blessed beyond measure, Teri!

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