MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

Fine Art Photography Inspired By Natural Creation & Wholesome Reading For Your Family's Entertainment

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wall_clock_magnolia-r87ff12b83ec84f379152afc9b839ab2a_fup1y_8byvr_325Hello again! This time, I’d like to introduce you to some of my wall decor on Zazzle. The photos are also from my Nature’s Finest art gallery. I have created these designs on Zazzle so that you can order them as is. However, if there is a print you would like but don’t see, please feel free to let me know so that I can add it to my Zazzle collection. Also, please keep in mind that you still have the option of customizing your own designs from my Nature’s Finest website. Just contact me and let me know what you want.



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From my heart ‚̧ to yours <3!

Maxine ūüôā

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As most of you probably know, I love, love, love the mountains!!!¬† And I was so hoping that my husband and I would have an opportunity to visit the Great Smoky Mountains this fall so we could see the kaleidoscope of autumn colors on the trees.¬† But since we were not able to, I decided to post a¬†few20 in all ūüôā —of my favorite photos from some of our previous trips.¬† Enjoy!

From my heart ‚̧ to yours <3!

Maxine ūüôā

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“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 ūüôā





100_0735The Blue Ridge Parkway, built to connect Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is noted for its scenic beauty.  This past weekend, my husband Tony and I got to experience it firsthand.

Sunday morning started out foggy as we made our way toward the Parkway, but the sun was soon bursting down brilliantly on us in the thirty-something-degree temperature.  As Tony maneuvered our vehicle over the ever-winding road, we were amazed at the beautiful, majestic scenes of well-crafted works of art that lay out before us.

In the distance, we could see what appeared to be sparkles of ice crystals shimmering from some of the colossal evergreens.  Further up throughout the100_0734 mountains, other trees adorned a powdery white-looking substance.  Every now and then, we would pull onto the overlooks to take pictures as we admired the landscape with awe and reverence.  All I could think was, How can anyone partake of all this awesomeness and say there is no God?  (Psalm 83:18)

So please allow me to share with you a few of the pictures we took during our exciting and unforgettable excursion that turned out to be a very, very lovely day thanks to the One who created it all  :).

Take care.  And as always, this is from my heart to yours.



































































WOMAN THINKINGWell, now that I’ve finished DESPERATE HEARTS and will be releasing it soon, I’ve been trying to decide which book to publish next.¬† Some of you probably know that I currently have two in progress, FOR RICHER OR FOR POORER and CHANGES.

FOR RICHER OR FOR POORER ¬†is my second sequel in THE BREAKING POINT series.¬† It will be Justin and Shayna’s story.¬† Justin is Estelle and Roger’s son, and Shayna is his wife.¬† For a brief overview of what this story will be about, please visit¬†the BOOKS page of my website.¬†











CHANGES is my first sequel in the MEASURE OF FAITH series.¬† Yes, you guessed it.¬† I love sequels ūüôā !¬† Anyway, in it, Lynn and Robert are now empty-nesters.¬† But instead of living and enjoying the life they dreamed they would during this time, they are both experiencing a whole lot of unexpected¬†changes.¬† In this story, I will be taking the reader to a part of Tennessee that my husband and I have come to love–Wears Valley–in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains!¬† We visited this area for the first time several years ago when one of my then co-workers told me about it.¬† Ever since, we have been visiting the area (which includes Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Townsend, and Cades Cove) at least two or three times a year.¬† Our son loves it, too, and we have even made it our family vacation getaway spot.

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Here are a few pictures I took last weekend when my husband and I visited.¬† My idea of paradise is to live on top of the mountains in Wears Valley in a modern-day styled tent–with plumbing and electricity, of course :).¬†¬† I’m sure that compared to a lot of places in the world, there are¬†many¬†that some would consider more beautiful than this area, but to me, the scenery and landscape here¬†are simply breathtaking.¬†¬†They¬†remind me of some of the pictures I used to see on calendars as a child.¬† The town is so picturesque, and even though¬†it is¬†small and quaint, I love it because I am a simple girl.¬† But I also like it because I am¬†extremely fascinated with¬†and intrigued by¬†the wonder, beauty, and awesomeness of God’s¬†creation!¬†¬†(Psalm 104)






























Below are a few photos of some tents or yurts that I can just picture myself and my family living in if we had our own little piece of paradise in the mountains of Wears Valley.































Pigeon Forge is also known for its classic car shows.  And since my husband, son, and I love classic cars, I just could not resist snapping some pictures.  Check out some of the ones I took last weekend up and down U. S. Highway 441.  These are only a few drops in the bucket of the numerous ones lined up and down the highway.






























So have you figured out which book I’m planning to¬†publish next?¬† If you guessed CHANGES, you’re right!¬† In addition, my mama and I are also working on a book together.¬† As a child, I loved hearing Mama tell stories about how life was when she was coming up and when she got older.¬† I still enjoy listening to them.¬† At the moment, I have not a clue what the title of our book will be, but it will be fictional based on real-life issues.¬† So stay tuned for updates!

Well, that’s all for now.¬† I hope you’ve had an awesome day, and remember–HAPPY READING!¬† And as always, this is from my heart to yours.