MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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DANDELION (YELLOW)How do you feel about dandelions?  Most people hate them because they are those pesky weeds that just won’t go away!  Yet, I actually consider them to be beautiful in appearance, and it is said that these herbs can also contribute to our health and diet.

I also find the dandelion fluff pleasing to my eyes.  They resemble little, tiny parachutes floating throughout the earth’s atmosphere.  When I was a little girl, I would pick the plants and release my breath onto them until all their little, fluffy, white thistles had been released into the sky.

It is just so amazing to me how even the simplest of things that our Creator gave us can bring such a wealth of joy and inspiration to our lives.  He’s pretty awesome, don’t you think?  (Psalm 96:4)

DANDELION FLUFFAnd I hope you have an awesome day!  As always, this is from my heart to yours.

Maxine 🙂




“Let the mountains shout joyfully together.”

(Psalm 98:8)

I am a country girl, pure and simple, and I love, love, love the mountains!  They are truly a testament to the power and creativity of our awesome Creator and bring shouts of praise, honor, and glory to His holy name!  This past weekend, my husband, our son, and I took our annual family vacation to our favorite location, the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.  Last year, my husband and I drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway for the first time, and we were in such awe that we wanted our son to also experience it firsthand.  The trip going was fabulous, but as we made our way back to Pigeon Forge along the Parkway, our son suddenly became very ill (nauseated and sick to his stomach.)  He attributed it to the high altitude.

Well, in writing this post, I came across some articles on acute mountain sickness and decided to research the subject a little further.  While I love the awe-inspiring scenery found in the gargantuan mountain ranges and seem to get sick when I can’t be in their presence, acute mountain sickness is a real condition that a lot of people suffer from.  However, it is possible to enjoy the beauty of these magnificent masses of creation if we travel with care as an article in today’s New York Times points out.

With that said, please enjoy some of my photos that I took during our recent family vacation.

As always, this is from my heart to yours!

Maxine 🙂