Category Archives: Photography

Rare Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Caught on GoPro time lapse

I noticed the full moon was so bright that I could see my shadow. I looked up and saw the clouds moving at a fast pace. I wanted to capture the moving clouds during time lapse; I set up the GoPro camera to take a photo every 20 seconds and left it outside for 15 minutes. I hadn’t a clue that I would capture the rare full moon lunar eclipse. I didn’t even know there was going to be an eclipse that night. When I looked at the images after, I realized my timing was perfect and caught the rare full moon eclipse.

 

 

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Florida Wildlife Magazine: Let’s Go Geo

[FWC By Benjamin Horbowy]

Every time I spend a while outdoors, I find something new and interesting. Not long ago, I was walking along a familiar trail near Carrabelle. Usually, it’s an ideal place to photograph wildlife. As I was setting up my camera, I noticed a little plastic container almost hidden, wedged under a fence post. Naturally, I had to see what it was. I peeped in and saw a small notebook and some knick-knacks inside. What had I found?

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Click to Read Full Article on FWC’s Page

God texted me! He told me to “Relax”

God TEXTed me during church and told me to put my phone away.

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God speaks to us all the time. He is with us everywhere. He may or may not be one of your texting friends, so where do you hear His voice? And, how do you hear God?!

To hear God: make yourself quiet, put away distractions, and believe in prayer. Most importantly, LISTEN with an OPEN heart.

If your heart isn’t open, I suggest forgiving the ones who have hurt you. Once you give them love, you can heal from the pains and be open to receive love.

It could be very difficult for a social media addict to listen when they have a “smart phone” distracting them constantly. How do you you separate yourself from digital community? Please leave suggestions or Bible verses in the comments below.

#DiosEsAmor

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Polish Family presents St. Maximilian Kolbe Painting signed by Franciszek Gajowniczek

Four Polish men: Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Father Maximilian Kolbe, Deacon Thaddeus Horbowy, Benjamin Horbowy.

In photo: Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Father Maximilian Kolbe, Deacon Thaddeus Horbowy, and Benjamin Horbowy. My family would like to share this painting with the community. My dad, “Deacon Ted” carried the painting of Saint Maximilian Kolbe with him for 18 years. He kept it sealed in a wooden crate waiting for the right moment to present it. He felt it was finally time and appropriate to show it during a private audience with the Archbishop of Miami.

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Personal message by Franciszek Gajowniczek on the back

On the back of the painting, there is a hand written description, history, and dedication from Franciszek Gajowniczek with his signature. I was there at the time of the inscription in Mr. Gojowniczek’s home in Poland. I remember he was very weak and barely had the energy to sign his name. He signed on the wood and on the canvas.

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Ah, where’s the beard?

Before the Red Mass, I caught a second where the Archbishop joked with my dad in Polish about him not having his beard. The last time they met, he was only a bishop and my dad had a long beard that he grew in mourning of the death of Pope John Paul 2.

Florida Keys: One Step Closer to Knee Deep in Paradise

The Florida Keys is my favorite place on earth. If you watch the youtubes I made, you’ll see and feel what I mean when by saying it’s one step closer to paradise.

“Knee Deep” by Zac Brown feat. Jimmy Buffett

Video by Benjamin Horbowy

One Step Closer To You: Michael Franti & Spearhead

Slideshow by Benjamin Horbowy

My dad fishing in knee deep paradise

My dad fishing in knee deep paradise

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Casting my net in the Florida sunset

Casting my net in the Florida sunset

Miracles and Monuments in St. Augustine Florida

Flagler Beach

Flagler Beach

Welcome to The Real Florida: First landing spot for many:   This place is a very interesting area for me. We see it as we know it in today’s point of view. It’s cleaned, raked, cleared of gators getting too close to people, and even sprayed for annoying bugs. Try to imagine how this beach looked in the 1500s and you are the 1st man this land has seen.  As I’m taking these pictures, I’m thinking about these perspectives. I stand here knowing the lifestyles of the fine dinning European families and wonder what were they thinking when they 1st saw wild Florida. Sure, it’s a pretty beach, but any local will tell you a virgin natural beach is full of horseflies, nats , mosquitoes, crabs, and snakes. Inland, there’s more than the commonly threat of alligators, there’s also panthers, black bear, pythons, rattle snakes, scorpions, and alligator snapping turtles. To get away from bugs,  get in the water. Also get in the water to catch dinner and beat the heat. Then you have to worry about man o’war jellyfish, sharks, sea lice, and other flesh eating bugs that could leave nasty infectious bites and force a fisherman to cut off his own foot to save his life. The heat is so hot, that people would consider seeking shade under a bayonet palm. The fact that there was any migration, much less religious movement is a miracle in itself. At this time, Disney World and air conditioning is 500 years away.

Bayonet Palms do not make the best shade

Bayonet Palms do not make the best shade

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America’s First Homeland Security

America’s First Defense System, The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. The fort is the “bastion system” style of fortification. I was in a very simular fort in Cartagena Colombia with the same designers.

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Castillo De San Marcos “The Fort “

@CastilloNPS The military fort is strategically located on the shore of Matanzas Bay. Construction started on it in 1672 while Florida was part of the Spanish Empire.

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Oldest Church in North America

@TheFirstParish The Cathedral is the oldest parish Basilica of European settlement. St. Augustine on the North American continent north of Mexico. On August 28, 1565, Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés first sighted land along the east coast of Florida. It was the feast day of Saint Augustine of Hippo. I found on wikipedia an untrue fact that the oldest church in america was a baptist church built in the 1700s. I was glad to correct the error on wikipedia. That the oldest church in America was a Catholic church.

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First Mass in North America

First Mass St. Augustine was founded and established in 1565 by Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. He began his adventure by sailing from the port of Cádiz, Spain. Pedro Menedez de Aviles placed a small wooden cross in Florida’s soil and founded the Mission of Nombre de Dios. This is the sight of the first mass in North America. The beginnings of Christianity in this new land led to numerous missions throughout La Florida.

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The World’s Tallest Cross

“The Great Cross” The world’s tallest free-standing cross measuring just over 260 feet tall. It was erected at the direction of Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley, then Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. His Excellency Casimiro Morcillo, Archbishop of Madrid, dedicated it during the diocesan Eucharistic Congress of October 1966. Like the Prince of Peace Church, the Great Cross celebrates the Four Hundredth anniversary of the Mission of Nombre de Dios and the City of St. Augustine. The Great Cross is a tribute to that growth. It serves to remind the visitor of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the Cross, as well as the role played by the Catholic religion in the history of both Florida and our Nation. At the bottom of the cross, you see my parents.

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Knights of Columbus Hall

Knights are always near This area was founded and developed by Catholics. The sign in front of the Knights of Columbus Hall reminds, “You are on Sacred Ground”. The Knights at Santa Maria del Mar are located near where the 1st settlers claimed their home…. for a reason.

Three Bishops remember Florida martyrs at special Mass

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Click article to read the full article on EWTN Global Catholic Network

Bishops Felipe de Jesus Estevez of the Diocese of Saint Augustine, Gregory L. Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee, and Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix.

Bishops Felipe de Jesus Estevez of the Diocese of Saint Augustine, Gregory L. Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee, and Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix.

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Mobile Eucharist Ministers

Mobile Eucharist Ministers

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