Monday, March 28, 2016

Slippery Elm Seed

Ran across this Slippery Elm seed the other day. I have not found many of these trees so I'm glad to ID this one.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Lady Bug

Got this shot of a lady bug on an Eastern White Pine tree.

Red Bud Tree Flower

The Red Bud tree flower has now bloomed in our yard.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Red Tailed Hawk

The tail is not distictive but the black stripe on the inner front of the wing is a good marker for a Red Tailed Hawk.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Spring Buds

Hawthorne tree bud. Taken March 6th 2016.

Crab apple tree.

Lilac bush buds.

Downy Woodpeckers

The male has the red splash on its head.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Abandoned Pasture

This mess of trees is growing on an old pasture that was clear of trees when I hiked by this area 28 years ago.  This area is being taken over by pioneer trees that grow in open areas of heavy upland grass. After these trees run their course other trees able to grow taller will grow up here.

People say then want to have an area of nature stay the same, but that isn't possible with out management. For the forest is always changing and adapting to the environment and conditions through time.

Our life is like the soil of this pasture. What we allow or neglect will dictate what happens to us. If we let our life just go with the flow not much is accomplished. But if we apply ourselves to wisdom we grow as a person and become useful to ourselves and others.

Proverbs 2:2
"Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;"

Monday, February 15, 2016


Buffalo roamed the plains for 1000's of years. Until the settlers came and cleared them out.

The army needed a lot of buffalo to supply their troops with food and leather. Indians also were stampeding buffalo over cliffs for an easy kill harvest. There was a demand for the hides in the east and in Europe. People were conducting contests on how many buffalo they could kill. Then the government wanted to clear the buffalo out of the plains to force the Indians to the reservations.

Buffalo were down to just a few 1000 around 1900. But they have made a comeback to around 500,000 today.

 I was reading Theodore Roosevelt’s account of running a ranch in the Dakotas. They had a severe winter and many of their cattle died in the deep snows. Buffalo can survive the harsh winters on the northern plains of North America. They are adapted to the climate, while the cattle brought over from Europe are not.

Are we adapted to a life lived for Jesus? Or will the harshness at times that come to Christians cause us to forsake our beliefs?

Romans 8:17,18 
"and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us."

Friday, February 12, 2016


Walking in the woods I would come across some moss now and then at the trails edge. Some moss was sort of sketchy or sporadic with twig debris all through it. This was one of the better ones I found.

Moss will establish itself in the winter when most plants are dormant. 
Moss grows and thrives in poor and compacted soils. It thrives in the shady moist areas.

Though home owners would not usually like moss in their yards or on their house or buildings, moss is a beautiful plant. I enjoy the softness that it provides  color in the woods that is void of color and drab. I always enjoy finding it in the woods.

Just as moss in its right place is enjoyable, we can find peace in life as we live with  a purpose for God.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wolf Tree

A wolf tree is noticed while other trees blend into the forest.
What do wolf trees represent?
They take up more space than normal because of the lack of competition.
They become the dominate tree in the area.

Wolf trees take what others need to advance.  A wolf tree takes up space. Keeps other trees from growing by using up the sunlight.  The tree has many branches and usually does not grow tall. So the tree is not good for lumber.

Oh wolf tree growing in the park.
That started when the land was void of trees.
The land has now has change its purpose,
As other trees have grown, the land has on the map been marked.

The wolf tree is a picture of a person that does not have other people around it to help them or teach them or direct them. The tree never shed its lower branches because there were no other trees to shade out the lower parts of the tree. So the branches just kept growing and the tree became more and more dominate.

This can be a picture of people not having a proper place in society, therefore they grow and  develop in ways that are not useful.

Let us find our proper place with others that will enable us to develop useful skills. Let not our abilities go to waste but have them flourish as God gives.

Ezekiel 17:24
"All the trees of the field will know that I am the LORD; I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will perform it."