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Michael Mazaika

Michael Mazaika

Mount Airy, MD

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I am a seat-of-the-pants photographer: with not the best of equipment but not the worst either; possessing good timing but no stranger to poor; with camera gear in tow and at other times without; witness to incredible light and often not so; there at the right moment and frequently just a few minutes too late. Maybe a lot like you.

I am a lover of history and of our country; privileged to have seen a few other lands and their people; grateful for the sight that I have been given on loan; blessed by the scenes before me and the vision to see what they may look like at another hour and in another season.

When I gave my life to Christ it was the fulfillment of the faithful prayers of many others on my behalf. There was no resounding Alleluia Chorus to be heard, the sky did not open up. Only two voices: one clearly saying to the young man frozen in his seat, able only to raise his hand - “if it is war you choose, then war it shall be”, and the Other saying more quietly “Welcome son; I am with you”.

Since that day, we have been together in the fields and forests, at the mountains and along the rivers, in the morning mist, the evening’s twilight, and all times in between, through the heat and cold of the day and the seasons, in golden and silver light and surrounded by shadows.

My perspective on His relationship with my photography came into greater focus a few years ago as I thought over a quote attributed to the photographer Minor White, as explained by National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones, who related that Minor White would never say ‘what will I take today’, but rather would ask ‘what will I be given today’ - 180-degrees out of phase of our natural tendency. My hope is that you will be blessed by the images, the gifts, that I have received.

 

Maryland Country Roads - Autumn Colorfest No. 9 - Catoctin Mountains Frederick County MD by Michael Mazaika

 

Blessed Are Those Who... Walk In The Light Of Your Presence Lord - from Psalm 89.15 by Michael Mazaika

 

The Strength of Two - from Ecclesiastes 4.9 and 4.12 - Muir Woods National Monument by Michael Mazaika

 

Virginia Country Roads - What? No. 1 - Near Sperryville Rappahannock County VA by Michael Mazaika

 

Gettysburg at Rest - Reach - Autumn Mid-Afternoon Gettysburg National Cemetery by Michael Mazaika

 

Maryland Country Roads - Readying for the Night - Winter Loys Station Covered Bridge by Michael Mazaika

 

Sky Fire - Brigadier General John Buford - Commanding First Division Cavalry Corps Sunset Gettysburg by Michael Mazaika

 

Sky Fire - New York at Gettysburg - 84th NY Vol Infantry 14th Brooklyn Regiment Red Legged Devils by Michael Mazaika

 

Sky Fire - Major General Oliver Otis Howard - Commanding 11th Army Corps Cemetery Hill Gettysburg by Michael Mazaika

 

Pennsylvania Country Roads - Sachs Covered Bridge Over Marsh Creek B1 - Adams County Winter by Michael Mazaika

 

Pennsylvania Country Roads - Sachs Covered Bridge Over Marsh Creek - Adams County Winter by Michael Mazaika

 

Maryland Country Roads - For Want of a Picnic Basket - Winter Loys Station Covered Bridge by Michael Mazaika

 

Winter Crossing in Elegance - Carroll Creek Covered Bridge - Baker Park Frederick Maryland by Michael Mazaika

 

Gold in the Creek B1 - Owens Creek Near Loys Station Covered Bridge - Winter Frederick County MD by Michael Mazaika

 

Maryland Country Roads - The Hidden Covered Bridge of Braddock Mountain - Frederick County by Michael Mazaika

 

Gettysburg at Rest - Almost Home - J. Weikert Farm Autumn by Michael Mazaika

 

Vigil - Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination 2011 by Michael Mazaika

 

Gettysburg In the Camp - The Chaplain's Letter Home by Michael Mazaika

 

Sky Fire - 73rd NY Infantry Fourth Excelsior Second Fire Zouaves-A1 Sunrise Autumn Gettysburg by Michael Mazaika

 

Gettysburg at Rest - Sunrise Over Northern Portion of Little Round Top by Michael Mazaika

 

Maryland Country Roads - Swales by Michael Mazaika

 

Fair Warning or to the Point - Maryland Country Roads - Some Things Just Don't Go Together No. 2 by Michael Mazaika

 

Gettysburg at Rest - Autumn Colors Along Oak Hill Near the Eternal Peace Light Memorial Mid-Morning by Michael Mazaika

 

War Thunder - The Clouds of War - 4th New York Independent Battery Near Devils Den Gettysburg by Michael Mazaika

 

Antietam - 8th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry-A1 Encampment Near the Foot of Burnsides Bridge by Michael Mazaika

 

Vigilance - Gettysburg National Military Park - Late Afternoon Autumn by Michael Mazaika

 

Gettysburg at Rest - Autumn Looking Towards the J. Weikert Farm by Michael Mazaika

 

Rev. Father William E. Corby C S C - Blessing the Troops of the 88th New York Infantry Irish Brigade by Michael Mazaika

 

Pennsylvania at Gettysburg - 91st PA Veteran Volunteer Infantry - Little Round Top Spring by Michael Mazaika

 

Pickin 'n Driftin by Michael Mazaika

 

Big Sur Mc Way Falls at Julia Pfeiffer State Park-1 Central California Coast Spring Early Afternoon by Michael Mazaika

 

War Horses - Lieutenant General James Longstreet Commanding First Corps Gettysburg by Michael Mazaika

 

War Thunder - 3rd Massachusetts Light Artillery Battery C - J. Weikert Farm Autumn Gettysburg by Michael Mazaika

 

New York at Gettysburg - Monument to 12th / 44th NY Infantry Regiments-2A Little Round Top Spring by Michael Mazaika

 

New York at Gettysburg - Monument to 12th / 44th NY Infantry Regiments-1A Little Round Top Spring by Michael Mazaika

 

Maine at Gettysburg - 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment Just North of Little Round Top by Michael Mazaika

 

Well Past the Mid-Way Point by Michael Mazaika

 

Gettysburg at Rest - Early Morning Autumn Colors 2A - The Rose Woods by Michael Mazaika

 

Gettysburg at Rest - Early Morning Autumn Colors 1A - The Rose Woods by Michael Mazaika

 

Frost's Early Bite - Autumn Early Morning by Michael Mazaika

 

Mississippi at Gettysburg - 11th MS Infantry Regiment Mc Millan Woods - Start of Pickett's Charge by Michael Mazaika

 

New Jersey at Gettysburg - 13th NJ Volunteer Infantry Near Culps Hill Autumn by Michael Mazaika

 

Pennsylvania at Gettysburg - 63rd PA Volunteer Infantry - Sunrise Autumn Steinwehr Avenue by Michael Mazaika

 

Massachusetts at Gettysburg - 22nd Mass. Volunteer Infantry - in the Rose Woods by Michael Mazaika

 

Mississippi at Gettysburg - 11th MS Infantry Regiment Mc Millan Woods - Start of Pickett's Charge by Michael Mazaika

 

Gettysburg at Rest - Mid-Day Autumn Colors - West Confederate Avenue by Michael Mazaika

 

Gettysburg at Rest - Morning Autumn Colors 2A - Near West Confederate Avenue and the Hagerstown Road by Michael Mazaika

 

Gettysburg at Rest - Morning Autumn Colors 1A - Near West Confederate Avenue and the Hagerstown Road by Michael Mazaika