That Other Thing I Do by Julie Arduini

I’ve been staring at a blank screen for quite awhile. Sadly this seems to be my new normal as I return to the routine I had before my mom passed. I sit and get ready to write, but nothing comes. The ideas are there, but transferring them from head to laptop seem to be taking a bit longer than I’d like.

For this post the only thought I had was to share something perhaps you aren’t aware of.

I love taking nature pictures.

I’m not a professional and I have no idea what the process should be. I use my phone and have for a decade. No fancy lighting. No tripod. I’m constantly looking for outdoor opportunities that show God’s majesty.

Sunsets are my favorite, but I’ve also enjoyed capturing fog. Snow. Mountains. Water.

I have pictures from my hometown region, the Finger Lakes in Upstate NY including my hometown, Corning.

Of course I have lots of pictures from around Ohio. The picture at the top is beyond my backyard, through the woods, across the road, and at a place called Molnar Farms. The long driveway leads up an incline that gives the most spectacular views.

There are shots from all the seasons, but fall is my favorite. So many colors.

Sunset in Horseheads, NY
Speculator, NY/Adirondack Mountains
Corning, NY
Sayre, PA. I drove by this tree countless times visiting my mom in the hospital. The red on the ground and the sheer volume of leaves on the tree were so breathtaking I believe it was a gift from God to keep me going.

My little phone has even captured night.

Big Flats, NY
My backyard. Check out the stars!

I’m not a loud person overall. When I’m at church, I’m not the one rushing the altar with a lot of emotion. I used to feel so guilty because my love for the Lord is as genuine as someone who is more public about their faith. Once I started collecting pictures like this I realized THIS is a form of worship. So much so there are times I force myself to put my phone down. I love sharing pictures so much that I miss experiencing His beauty just for me. I’m working on that.

Brian sent the original moon picture to me and I shared it on SnapChat. He had special lenses for his phone.

My favorite part of taking pictures is that both my kids understand my love and in my daughter’s case, share it. She is all about capturing a good shot outdoors that shows off God’s handiwork. Her speciality? Sunsets.

Hannah took this picture at our church and sent it to me when I was away caregiving for my mom.

You can find all my nature pictures on my Facebook page in my albums as well as Instagram.

What hobby or passion do you have that others might not know about?

About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the new contemporary romance series SURRENDERING HEARTS (Anchored Hearts, Repairing Hearts, +four more.) Her other romance series is SURRENDERING TIME (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged.) She also co-wrote a YA series with her daughter, SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ (You’re Beautiful, You’re Amazing, You’re Brilliant.) Her stand-alone romances include MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. Julie maintains a blog at and participates in the team blog Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at
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4 Responses to That Other Thing I Do by Julie Arduini

  1. Janice Garey says:

    I find much joy in this same way. I take photos in nature most days and write a haiku along with a short statement of gratitude to give God glory for His creation. I then share on social media. It is a tiny ministry that reaches people across the globe.

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    • juliearduini says:

      Janice, Yes, that’s such a good way to put it. A ministry. I’ve found people following me on Instagram that are from all over the world. It’s fascinating.

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  2. Nancy J. Farrier says:

    Julie, The year after my mother passed away was a very difficult year for writing. Like you, I had plenty of ideas but getting them down was laborious. I’m so glad you have this wonderful outlet for worship. I’m always amazed at the glimpses of God and His handiwork that are around us. We just need to take the time to look. And to heal.

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    • juliearduini says:

      Thank you, Nancy. I read that it takes a long time to re-gain focus, and that’s absolutely the case for me. I know I’ll get there. And enjoy His masterpieces along the way.

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