Greetings and welcome to my blog!
My name is Jonathan Heywood. I’m a lifelong Christian and fervent believer in the sacrifice of Christ and the comfort that can be found in the Holy Spirit. Faith in Jesus and the glory of the Trinity permeates every aspect of my being and provides a solid foundation for making wise decisions from day to day. My relationship with God is not just something I do, it’s who I am. However, the Creator did not make me a simple replica of Christian idealism, He made me unique. How so?
For starters, I’m fundamentally addicted to the beauty that God bestowed upon us through Creation and enjoy spending time outdoors, regardless of season, weather, or location. You could find me pedaling alongside a swamp one moment and wandering through a desert the next, all while maintaining energy for a quick jaunt up a mountainous peak at the end of the day. Though I love every aspect of nature, I hold a special fondness for alpine locales, particularly the Sierra Nevada. But I don’t just meander about the wilderness to revel in the peace of Creation, I go there to seek God’s face and spend time in communion with Him.
I have found that much of my spiritual growth takes place in the mountains and have developed a desire to pray for cities, regions, states, and nations from points of topographic prominence. I like to call this activity “mountain prayer.” Unfortunately, retreating into the wilds of Creation isn’t always a feasible endeavor. Life can get in the way of time spent in pursuit of God, and, since you’ve read this far, I’m sure you can relate to this sentiment.
I’m proud to be a lifelong resident of beautiful Northern Nevada, and I currently find myself enduring the cognitive and spiritual trials of university life while studying conservation ecology at the University of Nevada, Reno. It’s not easy balancing academics, extracurriculars, and Christianity. Thankfully, I find provision, strength, and rest through God’s presence in my life.
At this point in my life, retreating into the wilds of nature to spiritually recharge is only a sporadic joy. As such, I’ve had to learn how to maintain intimacy with God while weathering the frenetic pace of modern society. This isn’t easy, but it is fulfilling. Yet nature is still where I find my greatest excitement and revelation. I believe this fact is readily demonstrated in the pages and photos of this blog. In fact, photography is one of my primary creative outlets and a great way to visually demonstrate the abundance of God’s earthly masterpiece.
Since I’m a nature lover, it should go without saying that my primary photo subject is, well, natural. I foremost enjoy capturing the stunning exhibition of light’s interplay among the world’s landscapes, but virtually everything from a crawling ant to a drop of dew brings a smile to my face. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of food or portraiture among this blog’s pages as my photographic interests have proven quite variable. In the case of food photography, a recipe may prove a delectable accompaniment from time to time as well.
I shoot with professional Canon photo equipment, and with few exceptions all of my images are captured with the assistance of a tripod. If you would like to know more about a particular photo, please let me know.
This blog is intended to be both a textual and photographic chronicle of my quest for deeper levels of Christian revelation through the athletic, linguistic, and artistic exploits that God allows me to enjoy. At a very basic level, it’s a conduit for my own contemplation on things worldly, things heavenly, and things trapped at the intersection of these two realms.
While much of what you see in the pages of this blog relates in some way to my Christian walk, I also use these pages to highlight items that are either just plain fun or, in the case of nature, just plain beautiful. My blog is simply a means to communicate how I’ve found God during my day to day activities, what I’ve learned after finding Him, and how such encounters transform my outlook on life. I may not explicitly mention scripture or reference God in any given post, but since He created and enabled absolutely everything in existence anyways–from a mountain forest to a loaf of bread–I don’t think this is necessary. After all, anything and everything is a testament to the thoughtfulness of the Creator, isn’t it? I hope that you find useful information and inspiration in these pages, and I pray that God will meet you during the course of your everyday endeavors. And remember, you are called to “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (Psalm 105:4 ESV).