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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.

 

South Philly Skyline - Birthplace of Larry Fine Near Jon's Bar and Grille-A - Third and South Street by Michael Mazaika

 

South Philly Skyline - Larry Fine of the Three Stooges Wall Mural-B - Third and South Streets by Michael Mazaika

 

South Philly Skyline - Steaks on South-1 - Between Orianna and Third in South Philadelphia by Michael Mazaika

 

Cheesesteakeries of South Philly - Fat Zone Warning - Near Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's by Michael Mazaika

 

South Philly Skyline - Geno's Steaks-2 - Ninth and Passyunk in South Philadelphia by Michael Mazaika

 

Jim's Steaks-2 Close - The Fingerprints of Flavor - Fourth and South Streets in South Philadelphia by Michael Mazaika

 

Pat's King of Steaks - Inventor of the Cheesesteak - Ninth and Passyunk in South Philadelphia by Michael Mazaika

 

South Philly Skyline - Pat's King of Steaks - Ninth and Passyunk in South Philadelphia by Michael Mazaika

 

Geno's Steaks-3 Close - The Best - Ninth and Passyunk in South Philadelphia by Michael Mazaika

 

Pat's King of Steaks - Fair Warning - Don't Eat a Misteak - Ninth and Passyunk in South Philadelphia by Michael Mazaika

 

South Philly Skyline - Geno's Steaks-1 - Ninth and Passyunk in South Philadelphia by Michael Mazaika

 

Jim's Steaks-1 Close - Fourth and South Streets in South Philadelphia by Michael Mazaika

 

Virginia Country Roads - Time Warp - Meems Bottom Covered Bridge No. 3-Alt Shenandoah County by Michael Mazaika

 

Virginia Country Roads - Humpback Covered Bridge Over Dunlap Creek #14A - Spring, Alleghany County by Michael Mazaika

 

Virginia Country Roads - Humpback Covered Bridge Over Dunlap Creek No. 4B - Spring, Alleghany County by Michael Mazaika

 

Along the Shoreline of the Monterey Peninsula - Central California Coast by Michael Mazaika

 

When Light and Water Falls - Multnomah Falls #16 - Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon by Michael Mazaika

 

The Truth is Timeless - If My People Will Humble Themselves and Pray... - from 2 Chronicles 7.14 by Michael Mazaika

 

When Light and Water Falls - Horsetail Falls #3B - Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon by Michael Mazaika

 

Virginia's Natural Bridge #39 Close 1 - Rockbridge County, Shenandoah Valley VA - Spring, Afternoon by Michael Mazaika

 

Virginia's Natural Bridge No. 5 - Rockbridge County, Shenandoah Valley VA - Spring by Michael Mazaika

 

One More Bridge to Cross, Then Home - Poole Forge Covered Bridge No. 6A - Lancaster County PA by Michael Mazaika

 

Virginia's Natural Bridge No. 39 - Rockbridge County, Shenandoah Valley VA - Spring, Afternoon by Michael Mazaika

 

In the Morning Lord, You Hear My Voice. I Lay My Requests Before You and Wait Expectantly. Psalm 5.3 by Michael Mazaika

 

Morning Rose - Catoctin Mountains - Frederick County Maryland by Michael Mazaika

 

Virginia to Her Sons at Gettysburg - War Fighters - Readying for the Advance by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Roads - Water and Wisps No. 1 - Brush Creek At Packsaddle Covered Bridge Somerset County by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Roads - Willow Hill Covered Bridge Over Miller's Run No. 10 - Lancaster County Autumn by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Roads - Willow Hill Covered Bridge Over Miller's Run #4 Close - Lancaster County Autumn by Michael Mazaika

 

Maryland Country Churches - Eylers Valley Chapel - Built 1857 - Autumn No. 6 Frederick County by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Churches - Coleman Memorial Chapel Exterior - Near Brickerville, Lancaster County by Michael Mazaika

 

...The Steel Rails Still Ain't Heard the News No. 1 - Near Rupert, Columbia County PA by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Roads - Trostletown Covered Bridge Over Stony Creek No. 5 - Somerset County by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Roads - Trostletown Covered Bridge Over Stony Creek No. 6A Close1 - Somerset County by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Roads - Pack Saddle / Doc Miller Covered Bridge Over Brush Creek No. 11 - Somerset County by Michael Mazaika

 

Virginia Country Roads - Humpback Covered Bridge Over Dunlap Creek No. 6A - Alleghany County by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Roads - Trostletown Covered Bridge Over Stony Creek No. 4A - Somerset County by Michael Mazaika

 

Maryland Country Roads - Autumn Colorfest No. 11 - Eylers Valley Catoctin Mountains Frederick County by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Roads - Ebenezer Covered Bridge Over Mingo Creek No. 11B - Autumn Washington County by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Roads - Himmel's Church Covered Bridge Over Schwaben Creek No. 2 - Northumberland County by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Roads - Ebenezer Covered Bridge Over Mingo Creek No. 6A - Autumn Washington County by Michael Mazaika

 

The Burly Bear Cub Close1 - Muir Woods National Monument - Marin County California by Michael Mazaika

 

The Burly Bear Cub - Muir Woods National Monument - Marin County California by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Roads - Sam Wagner Covered Bridge Chillisquaque Creek #8 Northumberland Montour Counties by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Roads - Sam Wagner Covered Bridge Chillisquaque Creek #7 Northumberland Montour Counties by Michael Mazaika

 

Maryland Country Churches - Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church - Thurmont, Frederick County, MD by Michael Mazaika

 

PA Country Roads - Sam Wagner Covered Bridge Over Chillisquaque Creek No. 2 by Michael Mazaika

 

A Place of Prayer and Contemplation - Carmel Mission Basilica - Carmel-by-the-Sea California by Michael Mazaika