The Year in Pictures: 2014

 In Fred's Blog, Photography

Happy New Year. Some of you know I enjoy taking pictures – and then finding something to say. Here are twelve from the year that I hope will provoke some thoughts.

Fred Smith
Fred Smith is a graduate of Denver University and Harvard Divinity School. He spent several years as teacher and administrator at Charlotte Christian School and The Stony Brook School before co-founding Leadership Network with Bob Buford and serving as President for 12 years. Fred is the Founder of The Gathering, an international association of individuals, families and private foundations giving to Christian ministries. Fred will tell you his true vocation is that of a Sunday School teacher and it is this role for which he would most like to be remembered. Fred and his wife, Carol, have two grown daughters and a son-in-law. They also have three well-loved grandchildren.
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  • Jennifer Carson
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    Did you take all of those? Wow!! Beautiful

  • Fred Smith
    Fred Smith
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    Yes…and most of them with an iPhone. Thanks, Jennifer

  • Kim
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    Truly beautiful both the words and pictures!

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Kim. It was good to see Tom last month.

  • Carolyn Novick
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    Nice way to awaken the senses on this cold and rainy day …
    amazing photos with thoughts so well partnered!

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Carolyn. It was fun to do and we’ll probably do it again at the end of 2015.

  • Mark Petersen
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    Exceptional – love the quotes along with the photos…

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Mark! It took longer than writing something as usual but it was worth it.

  • Ralph Doudera
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    Thanks for sharing, I do a lot of photography of the beach in Costa Rica and put together a calendar for friends. Yours would be good for that with your quotes especially meaningful to read for an entire month. Maybe I should think about doing that with some significant scriptures….

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Ralph. I’ve been thinking about starting with small cards or thank you cards, etc. It would be fun.

  • Paul Park
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    Fred, I feel like I learned a lot about you seeing the world through your “lens.” It’s a world that appreciates small beauties, quietude, solace, spirituality amidst nature, and ordinariness in people. Thank you for sharing.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thanks, Paul. Yes, there is probably more about me in those images than I imagined! I appreciate your comment very much.

  • Lorie Farrar
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    Beautiful AND insightful. I’m glad I’m on your list. I appreciate you.
    L

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Well, we are glad you are on our list as well!

  • Jacquie cardone
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    These quotes/thoughts are quite beautiful! Thank you for slowing me down today.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Jacquie! This was a good experience for me as well. It’s why I like the iPhone!

  • Kelly Michaels
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    Fred,

    These photos are amazing and touched my heart today. The quotes are beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Kelly. It was actually fun to think about putting quotes and pictures together. I had to leave out lots of dog pictures!

  • Marcia Garrett
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    Fred!!!
    Every picture is so captivating, so mentally and emotionally engaging, so very, very engaging…
    Each word paired with each picture is a picture frame to each picture!
    Sharing is special when ‘it’ comes from Fred Smith…

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Marcia!

  • Dot Beck
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    I love these pictures, Fred, and the quotes! Keep snapping.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      I will keep snapping for sure, Dot. I’m planning on having my own product table at the next conference. Cards, luggage tags, posters, etc.

  • David Spence
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    People who love naughty dachshunds have the added benefit of being practiced at extending grace to sinners.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      I want to say yes to that. I really want to believe that!

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