The Music of Temple of Praise Indianapolis, IN -Sunday 8-16-15



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I had my cam on the top of my organ in the musician section right next to the drums.
Temple of Praise Assembly
3969 Meadows Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Sunday 11am Bible Class Wednesdays 12noon & 7pm
Suffragan Bishop Donald Golder, Pastor

Coles Garden wedding {Oklahoma City wedding video}



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Kylee and Jay (or JJ as we quickly learned he is called by most) are one of the sweetest, most tender-hearted couples we’ve ever met. They wanted to have a fun, relaxed wedding at Coles Garden in OKC and they pulled it off perfectly. These two are country through and trough, but Kylee decided to add some bling to their wedding day… it was vintage with a touch of glam. They had us shoot their rehearsal dinner speeches too, which is one of our favorite things, because you get to learn so much more about the couple through the stories that are told. We learned how kind, gentle, and giving they both are, and saw that their fierce dedication to life shines through even more in their dedication to one another.

THE TEAM:
Cinematography | PenWeddings
Photography | Josh McCullock Photography
Venue | Coles Garden
Florals | Poppy Lane Design
Rentals & Decor | Rekindled Rentals
Cake | Johnnie’s Cakes
Band/MC | Lower 40
Catering | Catering Connection
Lighting | Innovative Event Solutions
Hair & Makeup | Jennifer McLaughlin
Bride’s Gown | Carolyn Humphrey at Helen Enox Fabrics
Bride’s Veil | Madeline Elizabeth Couture

Lake Wobegon bike trail in Melrose Minnesota



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This is a short video of me riding my bike from the West side of Melrose Minnesota into town.

The Lake Wobegon Trail is a 46-mile long, 10-foot wide, bituminous surfaced hike-and-bike pathway. The trail, which opened on September 30, 1998, extends through Central MN from the city of St. Joseph to the city of Osakis. The trail also has an extension on the west side of Albany heading northeast to Holdingford and beyond.

The Beautiful and Enduring OZARKS



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What do you get when you give a hillbilly a Hasselblad, a pickup truck, and a big gray dog and turn them loose in the wild Ozarks? In Leland Payton’s case, you ultimately get a beautifully photographed and expressively written book about his homeland: The Beautiful and Enduring OZARKS. One hundred-thirty-nine photographs, eighty-seven in full color, spanning more than thirty years of Ozark rambles, illustrate this original photo essay on the mountainous region of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Unlike most picture books on the region, Payton’s book combines the two aspects the Ozark region is famous for: its sublime natural beauty and its conservative folk culture. Little country churches, farmers with sun-etched faces, coon dogs and sucker giggers are part of the human landscape of the Ozark hills, just as spring-fed rivers, fern-draped springs, and wooded hills are the natural landscape. Putting images of the individualistic inhabitants alongside gorgeous natural vistas sets this book apart from the typical picture book. Payton interweaves personal adventures with quotes from early explorers. Observations of scientists mingle with local history. From these divergent sources, he creates a fresh look at one of America’s fabled natural regions.

An image maker from childhood on, Leland Payton studied painting under Edwin Dickinson at the Art Students League in New York. He took up a camera in the 1960s and became one of the first to do underwater photography in the clear, spring-fed streams of the Ozarks. He has sketched, painted, and photographed the region and its people all his life. Exhibitions of his photographs have been shown in many art galleries, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Springfield Art Museum.

Unlike many nature photographers, Leland Payton has no problem with popular culture. He is co-author (with wife Crystal) of books on TV lamps, ’50s barbecue culture, and flea market stereotypes of the American woman. They have done three books on Branson, Missouri—the live country music capitol. Their pop culture books have been published by Abbeville Press, Chronicle Books and St. Martin’s Press

Payton’s enduring love has always been for the hills of home. “With an incredible complement of animals and plants displaced by American’s urban and suburban development,” he says, “The Ozarks is a refuge for what America is rapidly and sadly leaving behind, both ecologically and culturally.”

He is both an authentic hillbilly (“deliberately unprogressive” as Vance Randolph defined the species) and an artist of national stature as this book proves. The Beautiful and Enduring OZARKS is a cultural history and photographic exploration of the connection between soul and soil still enduring in these “oldest hills.” This is a vivid and provocative illustrated literary visit to one of America’s greatest mythic regions.

If unavailable at your local bookstore, you can purchase The Beautiful And Enduring OZARKS direct from the publisher for $14.95, U.S. postage paid, tax included. That’s $5 off the original price of $19.95.

ISBN: 978-0-9673925-0-0

You can order with credit card at or send check for $14.95 ($5 off retail) to
Lens & Pen Press
4067 S. Franklin
Springfield, MO 65807

Narrated by Nathan Shelton

Video produced by Ross Payton, Slang Design,