Bryan Nowak Photography

Bryan Nowak Photography (@bryannowakphoto)

Georgia-based photographer. Shooting nature, wildlife, landscapes, flowers, barns, beaches, sunsets, stars and more for God's glory.

Website: http://www.onmissionphotography.com/

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CROSSING STREAMS

You can cross streams the easy way (and be dry) or the hard way (and get soaking wet). It's amazing to me that we often choose the hard way over the easy way because, well, it just seems too good to be true.

So many people struggle through life trying to do it their way. Many are convinced they must follow a religion or lifestyle of doing good works and deeds in order to earn their way to heaven and God's grace. The sad thing is if they'd read their Bibles they would clearly see that even our very best attempts to prove our worthiness are as filthy rags before the Lord.

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6)

The "easy way" is to accept the Bridge Builder (Jesus) into your heart because He has already done all that one could possibly do on our behalf to get us safely to the other side. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

Abrams Creek Bridge
Cades Cove, GSMNP
(c) Bryan Nowak

CROSSING STREAMS You can cross streams the easy way (and be dry) or the hard way (and get soaking wet). It's amazing to me that we often choose the hard way over the easy way because, well, it just seems too good to be true. So many people struggle through life trying to do it their way. Many are convinced they must follow a religion or lifestyle of doing good works and deeds in order to earn their way to heaven and God's grace. The sad thing is if they'd read their Bibles they would clearly see that even our very best attempts to prove our worthiness are as filthy rags before the Lord. All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6) The "easy way" is to accept the Bridge Builder (Jesus) into your heart because He has already done all that one could possibly do on our behalf to get us safely to the other side. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) Abrams Creek Bridge Cades Cove, GSMNP (c) Bryan Nowak

WHEN PEACE GIVES WAY TO CHAOS

Have you been there? Your day is routine and smooth sailing then suddenly and unexpectedly everything drops out from under you and then chaos and turmoil ensues. The good news is that -- like this waterfall -- the calm generally returns even when it feels like life will never return to "normal." Yes, and sometimes we must adjust to a new normal.

The good news, if you can see beyond the fear and frustration of the moment, is that none of it took God by surprise. He is still Lord, Sovereign and in control. If you can trust Him in the calm then you should never doubt His faithfulness to you in the chaos.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Abrams Falls
Great Smoky Mountains
(c) Bryan Nowak

WHEN PEACE GIVES WAY TO CHAOS Have you been there? Your day is routine and smooth sailing then suddenly and unexpectedly everything drops out from under you and then chaos and turmoil ensues. The good news is that -- like this waterfall -- the calm generally returns even when it feels like life will never return to "normal." Yes, and sometimes we must adjust to a new normal. The good news, if you can see beyond the fear and frustration of the moment, is that none of it took God by surprise. He is still Lord, Sovereign and in control. If you can trust Him in the calm then you should never doubt His faithfulness to you in the chaos. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Abrams Falls Great Smoky Mountains (c) Bryan Nowak

[Jesus said] Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in... (Rev. 3:20)

Methodist Church
Cades Cove, GSMNP
(c) Bryan Nowak

#cadescove #church #greatsmokymountains #bluesky #methodist #door #historic #wood #tennessee #Jesus #stand #knock #voice #opens #scripture #bible

[Jesus said] Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in... (Rev. 3:20) Methodist Church Cades Cove, GSMNP (c) Bryan Nowak  #cadescove  #church  #greatsmokymountains  #bluesky  #methodist  #door  #historic  #wood  #tennessee  #Jesus  #stand  #knock  #voice  #opens  #scripture  #bible

MISPLACED PRIORITIES 
Have possessions or problems ever stolen the joy that Christ has for you? 
We build, we store, we fix, we forget... yes, those things which were once so important are but faded memories now. 
We worry, stress, moan and are consumed by trials and troubles over which we have no control... and we are robbed of the joy that God intends for us.

We need to take our eyes off the temporal and fix them on the eternal, understanding that the very best 24 hours on earth are no comparison to even one second in heaven.

Or perhaps you may consider this as an opportunity to be a blessing to others. For the physical gifts we give will eventually be lost or discarded but the love, time and personal investment we make in people's lives can influence generations.

Tell someone about the greatest love story in all of history (John 3:16) and their life can be forever changed. We were made for an eternity with Christ... beginning today, if you have never received His grace, forgiveness and salvation. I beg of you... choose Jesus!

2 Corinthians 4:18 
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Barn in Wears Valley, TN
© Bryan Nowak

MISPLACED PRIORITIES Have possessions or problems ever stolen the joy that Christ has for you? We build, we store, we fix, we forget... yes, those things which were once so important are but faded memories now. We worry, stress, moan and are consumed by trials and troubles over which we have no control... and we are robbed of the joy that God intends for us. We need to take our eyes off the temporal and fix them on the eternal, understanding that the very best 24 hours on earth are no comparison to even one second in heaven. Or perhaps you may consider this as an opportunity to be a blessing to others. For the physical gifts we give will eventually be lost or discarded but the love, time and personal investment we make in people's lives can influence generations. Tell someone about the greatest love story in all of history (John 3:16) and their life can be forever changed. We were made for an eternity with Christ... beginning today, if you have never received His grace, forgiveness and salvation. I beg of you... choose Jesus! 2 Corinthians 4:18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. Barn in Wears Valley, TN © Bryan Nowak

Spicebush Swallowtail

The interesting thing about a butterfly is that is was made to spread its wings and fly. It was not created to remain a caterpillar. Likewise, God did not create man to remain in his sinful state but to change/to transform with a renewed mind; one that is set on Christ and doing His pleasing and perfect will. Until we do, we remain trapped in a worm's body unable to be who God designed us to be and do what He intended us to do as His masterpiece of creation.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~Romans 12:2 (c) Bryan Nowak

#butterfly #fern #spicebush #fly #wings #god #scripture #transform #change #renew #nature #jesus #christ #caterpillar

Spicebush Swallowtail The interesting thing about a butterfly is that is was made to spread its wings and fly. It was not created to remain a caterpillar. Likewise, God did not create man to remain in his sinful state but to change/to transform with a renewed mind; one that is set on Christ and doing His pleasing and perfect will. Until we do, we remain trapped in a worm's body unable to be who God designed us to be and do what He intended us to do as His masterpiece of creation. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~Romans 12:2 (c) Bryan Nowak  #butterfly  #fern  #spicebush  #fly  #wings  #god  #scripture  #transform  #change  #renew  #nature  #jesus  #christ  #caterpillar

LITTLE CABIN IN THE WILDWOOD
Noah "Bud" Ogle Homestead
Cherokee Orchard Rd
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
(c) Bryan Nowak

#cabin #ogle #cherokeeorchardroad #roaringfork #greatsmokymountains #nationalpark #tennessee #instagramtennessee #barn #spring #dogwood #tree #homestead #logcabin

LITTLE CABIN IN THE WILDWOOD Noah "Bud" Ogle Homestead Cherokee Orchard Rd Great Smoky Mountains National Park (c) Bryan Nowak  #cabin  #ogle  #cherokeeorchardroad  #roaringfork  #greatsmokymountains  #nationalpark  #tennessee  #instagramtennessee  #barn  #spring  #dogwood  #tree  #homestead  #logcabin

“There's no better place to find yourself that sitting by a waterfall and listening to it's music.” ― Roland R Kemler 
You know that feeling of clear-headed calm that washes over you when you listen to water babbling down a stream or washing over rocks? According to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers found that sounds of nature physically alter the connections in our brains, reducing our body’s natural fight-or-flight instinct.

God made those beautiful, soothing, calming sounds for our restorative peace. Those familiar sounds will bring you peace even in eternity as the melody of flowing water forever pours forth from the throne of God.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. (Revelation 22:1-2a)

Whether I am in a natural setting like you see in the photo or working behind a desk indoors, I've still got peace like a river in my soul because I've got the source of that flow in my heart -- Jesus!

Abrams Falls
Great Smoky Mountains
(c) Bryan Nowak

“There's no better place to find yourself that sitting by a waterfall and listening to it's music.” ― Roland R Kemler You know that feeling of clear-headed calm that washes over you when you listen to water babbling down a stream or washing over rocks? According to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers found that sounds of nature physically alter the connections in our brains, reducing our body’s natural fight-or-flight instinct. God made those beautiful, soothing, calming sounds for our restorative peace. Those familiar sounds will bring you peace even in eternity as the melody of flowing water forever pours forth from the throne of God. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. (Revelation 22:1-2a) Whether I am in a natural setting like you see in the photo or working behind a desk indoors, I've still got peace like a river in my soul because I've got the source of that flow in my heart -- Jesus! Abrams Falls Great Smoky Mountains (c) Bryan Nowak

When a picture paints a thousand words... Carter Shields Cabin
Cades Cove, GSMNP
(c) Bryan Nowak

When a picture paints a thousand words... Carter Shields Cabin Cades Cove, GSMNP (c) Bryan Nowak

“I wrote on the door of my heart, ‘Please do not enter.’
Love came smiling and said: ‘Sorry I am an illiterate.”
~Michael Paul

“I wrote on the door of my heart, ‘Please do not enter.’ Love came smiling and said: ‘Sorry I am an illiterate.” ~Michael Paul

ON THIS EARTH DAY... Let us not celebrate the created 
without remembering the Creator.

Psalm 24:1
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. 
The world and all its people belong to him.

ON THIS EARTH DAY... Let us not celebrate the created without remembering the Creator. Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.

Cliff Branch Falls 
Hwy 441 / Newfound Gap Rd
Great Smoky Mountains (c) Bryan Nowak

#waterfall #roadside #greatsmokymountains #water #rock #cherokee #nc #northcarolina #green #plants #beautiful #nature #newfoundgap

Cliff Branch Falls Hwy 441 / Newfound Gap Rd Great Smoky Mountains (c) Bryan Nowak  #waterfall  #roadside  #greatsmokymountains  #water  #rock  #cherokee  #nc  #northcarolina  #green  #plants  #beautiful  #nature  #newfoundgap

GO FISHING

Peter and Andrew were fishermen. They lived by the sea and made a living with their nets and boats. It was not easy work, they smelled bad, it involved late night hours on the sea, but it kept food on the table and paid the bills. These were common, ordinary, uneducated, but hard-working men. 
One day a man named Jesus approached them, and said to them... “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18)

Jesus was calling Peter and Andrew to become learners... followers... co-laborers... disciples. He would teach them a new trade. He didn't call them because they were the smartest or most religious people, but he had a plan for their lives and promised to "make them become fishers of men." As followers of Christ this is the same call on us today -- to be actively casting out the gospel net (the message of salvation) so that men, women, boys and girls would be drawn to Jesus. 
Peter and Andrew were willing to leave everything behind to start a new life and vocation. What do you need to leave behind so that you will become a more effective witness for Jesus Christ in your home, school, workplace and community? If you can't leave it behind then it will be an anchor on your life that will prevent you from fulfilling God's plan and purpose. It may be time to cut anchor and go fishing!

Okefenokee Swamp
(c) Bryan Nowak

GO FISHING Peter and Andrew were fishermen. They lived by the sea and made a living with their nets and boats. It was not easy work, they smelled bad, it involved late night hours on the sea, but it kept food on the table and paid the bills. These were common, ordinary, uneducated, but hard-working men. One day a man named Jesus approached them, and said to them... “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18) Jesus was calling Peter and Andrew to become learners... followers... co-laborers... disciples. He would teach them a new trade. He didn't call them because they were the smartest or most religious people, but he had a plan for their lives and promised to "make them become fishers of men." As followers of Christ this is the same call on us today -- to be actively casting out the gospel net (the message of salvation) so that men, women, boys and girls would be drawn to Jesus. Peter and Andrew were willing to leave everything behind to start a new life and vocation. What do you need to leave behind so that you will become a more effective witness for Jesus Christ in your home, school, workplace and community? If you can't leave it behind then it will be an anchor on your life that will prevent you from fulfilling God's plan and purpose. It may be time to cut anchor and go fishing! Okefenokee Swamp (c) Bryan Nowak

WOOD STORK
Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Townsend, GA
(c) Bryan Nowak

Protection Status = Endangered
Diet = Small fish
Height = 45 inches
Wingspan = 60-65 inches

WOOD STORK Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge Townsend, GA (c) Bryan Nowak Protection Status = Endangered Diet = Small fish Height = 45 inches Wingspan = 60-65 inches

Ansel Adams said, “Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.” For me, photographing my grandchildren has been my supreme test as a photographer, but my supreme disappointment would be that someone reading my posts would fail to see what a kind, powerful, glorious and loving God I know and serve. My photography is for His glory; not mine. His creation sings His praise continuously... and so shall I.

I will praise you, my God and King, and bless your name each day and forever. (Psalm 145:1)

Through [Jesus] then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. (Hebrews 13:15)

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Townsend, GA
(c) Bryan Nowak

Ansel Adams said, “Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.” For me, photographing my grandchildren has been my supreme test as a photographer, but my supreme disappointment would be that someone reading my posts would fail to see what a kind, powerful, glorious and loving God I know and serve. My photography is for His glory; not mine. His creation sings His praise continuously... and so shall I. I will praise you, my God and King, and bless your name each day and forever. (Psalm 145:1) Through [Jesus] then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. (Hebrews 13:15) Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge Townsend, GA (c) Bryan Nowak

Nature's Shoe Closet of Ladyslippers
Great Smoky Mountains
(c) Bryan Nowak

Nature's Shoe Closet of Ladyslippers Great Smoky Mountains (c) Bryan Nowak

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