Mary & Joseph’s Song

*Edit – December 2nd, 2016:

I have received MANY requests for the music to Mary & Joseph’s Song. I regret that I do not have an accompaniment track available at this time, nor do I have sheet music. HOWEVER, if you are musically inclined and a chord sheet would be beneficial to you, I have uploaded a pdf file available to whomever would like it.  I have absolutely no problem with people performing this song. I only ask that my name not be removed from any credits and that performance recordings not be SOLD.  Any profit made from this title would be considered a copyright infringement.  

Thanks so much!

And I pray you all have a most blessed Christmas!

Marcia Boland


P.S – An *mp3 of Mary & Joseph’s Song can be downloaded through iTunes, 

CD Baby

or Amazon –

**this is a listening track, NOT an accompaniment track.

May you all have a Blessed Christmas!


The Tiger (Siberian)

Did you know there are only about 3,200 tigers left in the wild??

That is amazing to me.  Most of us have been fortunate enough to see these beautiful creatures at zoos or in the circus. But left to fend for themselves, in their own natural habitats, they are very nearly extinct. They simply can not survive the rate with which they are being poached and being driven away from their homes .

I photographed this magnificent cat at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC  a couple weeks ago.

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There’s a part of me that is sad he is not able to roam free as God intended. But another part of me is just happy he’s safe from the hunter.


A Painted Lady

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There are times when I wish I lived in a simpler era, where technology didn’t consume so much of our lives.   But then….   there are other times, when I just think it is the coolest thing in the world to live in a day and age where, at the click of a button, I can search seemingly endless data and almost instantly find out what this beautiful creature is. (BTW, it’s a “Painted Lady”, if you didn’t already know. 😉 ) Quite a small butterfly, but certainly not lacking in details.

Absolutely beautiful!

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Well, Hello There.

I am by no means a ‘green thumb’ gal.  I ADORE flowers but planting and caring for them? Not really my thing.  I would much rather take pictures of them then try to grow them. So when a couple of tulips seemed to just appear out of NO WHERE a few years ago (I’m sure a gardener friend MUST have snuck some bulbs in the ground without telling me ) I was thrilled!  None of the work and I get to enjoy their beauty from behind a lens? Um, yes please! 😉

Well, I noticed several days ago that the tulips had multiplied this year and were out in full bloom, so I stole away for a moment today to get a picture or two.  Let me just say, living in the south always seems to give me more than I bargained for. ESPECIALLY when it comes to creepy, crawly things. I find them everywhere. And they are seldom a welcome surprise. This guy, however, won me over with his big ol’ eyes.
Still…. I used my ‘zoom’ lens and kept my distance. haha    JUST in case. spider on tulip


Why do Wisteria not bloom all year round???  Oh, how I wish they would!  I have mentioned this before, but I was about 35 years old when I discovered this breathtakingly beautiful flower. I could not imagine that I had lived so long on this old earth without ever stumbling upon it! But once I saw it? I couldn’t get enough!  Every time spring rolls around I find myself staring impatiently at the vines where I know any day it could appear – waiting desperately to soak in its beauty for the briefest of moments. For you see, it has been my experience, that if you are not looking for it you will miss it. And that would be such a shame; life can be full of so many sad things… we must take every opportunity to relish even the simplest of pleasures. 🙂