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Br. Etienne left today to return to St. Vincent Seminary for the spring semester of his first year in theology school.  During Christmas break I gave him my Canon Rebel XS camera, since I got an upgrade from my parents.  Br. Etienne, a camera enthusiast and former camera store worker, took this amazing macro picture of a snowflake the other day.  He explained to me that he took the shot by, “Taking the 18-55mm lens off and turning it around.”  Nice work.
Below:  Br. Etienne borrowed the fish-eye lens to capture this excellent night shot.740_winter

In December of 2008, Northwest Missouri had a terrible ice storm.  The monks were without electricity for five days and had to evacuate the monastery.  It’s a long story, and while it may have been adventuresome for a few of the young monks, it was not the most pleasant memory for others.  Regardless, I took these shots around that time of the ice that formed.740_IMG_2853 740_IMG_3090 740_IMG_3092