Sunday, February 18, 2018

Winter Woods

Summer woods are thick and full of foliage. In the winter these same woods are barren and forlorn looking. They wait for the Spring which brings the sun and warmth. Change is coming, it is just  a matter of time.

Our life can change as well, if we wait for God and act on His directions.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope."

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hanging Branch

Hiked by this blow down with some branches still poised to fall on the trail. After another wind storm or more rot these branches will fall on the trail. I don't worry about this as I go under because I am only there for maybe 5 seconds. But at some point they will fall. So I am aware and if there was bad weather I would avoid this.

Life can be dangerous and we should be aware of the dangers.

I look to God to protect me from danger and am comforted by the promises He has given me.

Father, I thank You for the sureness of Your protection in my life.

Psalm 91:1-2 "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tree Scar

This is an American Basswood tree. There is a stems joined at the base of the tree. This is normal for Am. Basswood trees. Often there are multiple stems.

The strange scar caused me to be interested in this tree. What caused this scar to look like this? Usually scars come from dead branches that fall off. This scar does not look like this was the case.

It could be that there was a branch rubbing from one stem on the other stem. Over time they grew together and some event killed that branch and it fell off, causing the strange scar.

Acts 14:22 "strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”"

Tree injuries are not good and will hinder the tree by allowing disease and pests to gain access to the tree. The trees bark will grow over the injury over time. Often that is not fast enough.

We have ability to bounce back from injury with the help of the Lord. In fact it is the problems of life that allows us to see into the eternal realm if we have eyes to see. Not that it is God's will, but God will use what comes against us for our gain.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Oak Sapling

In the progression of an oak forest the trees that replace the oaks usually are not oaks. Trees that are more tolerant of shade will grow up under the oaks and they are not as valuable.

I look for oak saplings in my hikes through the woods and I chose this one yesterday.
Height 13'     Circumference 4 5/8"     Canopy 6' & 6'  Total points 19

Another reason I look for oaks and saplings to measure is they grow a lot more than large trees.

I will come back in the Spring to see if I can identify this oak.

The forest changes over time if it is not managed and cared for. Christians will not have their kids become believers if they are not taught and shown the life of Christ. Many will turn from Christ because of reasoning or peer pressure. Instead of just saying what the Bible says, tell what God did for you. A testimony has more power than repeating doctrines without a testimony.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Wildlife Habitat

Here is an old rotted tree that is still useful as habitat. At some point this tree could just be pushed over. It once was a large tree. You can see the trees in the background are much smaller. They are from a younger generation.

Some people would say retirees are washed up and not useful anymore. They can be useful when they are recognized. The wisdom of the past can be learned from. They can remember all the things God did for them and give Him glory.

Psalm 143:5 "I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands."

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Broken Top Chinquapin Oak

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An interesting broken top tree. This tree has had a broken top for as long as I remember. Many fisherman use this tree as shade while they fish.

God can use us even with a broken past. It is not our past but the vibrancy of life now that makes a difference if we will be useful or not.

Father, thank you for the grace you extend to me as I serve others in Your name. In Jesus name let it happen as You said.

Thursday, February 01, 2018


Wind may blow, but is hard to tell where it comes from.

Sometimes it is gentle and other times vicious. I feel more alive when it blows in my face. When wind is still, life seems to be waiting.

When the temperature is cold wind can be dangerous. When the temperature is hot wind can bring a little bit of refreshment.

Wind can bring power by turning a windmill or pushing a sailboat. Wind can be destructive with a tornado or hurricane.

Wind brings the rain as clouds move in. Without rain life couldn't exist. Wind will bring the life giving rain and God will bring the life giving direction if we will agree to listen.

God speaks at times like a soft breeze. Reading the Bible and listening for God, brings enlightenment and peace.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Honey Locust

The canopy of this tree shows that it used to be larger with all the broken branches.

One of the sure ways to recognise Honey Locust is by the thorns on the twigs.

Leaf stem left from the summer. Also the buds are encased by the bark of the twig.

Here is some sap seeping out of the bark.

Thorns growing from the base of the tree is another good way to recognise a Honey Locust.

Here is a photo showing the base of the tree and bark.

Broken branches. Many Black locust trees are susceptible to wind damage.

The Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.

Father I look to You for truth and goodness that You always give.

James 1:17 "Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow."

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Mallard Ducks in Flight

Watching ducks in flight is always interesting. When in flight they always seem to be in a hurry. Many times they are not in a hurry to land. They check the area for predators and hunters.

We should have the same idea in what we do. Look for God's help.

Psalm 25:15 "My eyes are continually toward the Lord,
For He will pluck my feet out of the net."

Father I look for Your help if I am trapped.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Block of Ice

Block of ice reflecting some sun as it floats down the river.