Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Black Locust Canopy

Waling in the woods the other day I came across some Black locust trees. I thought this was typical of the lack of branches these trees have. I have seen many Black locust trees and they seem not to grow much of a branch system.

If the tree is not going to grow branches they have to be dominate and not have other trees overtoping them or they would lose out on the needed sunlight. In looking for discussion of this tree and the lack of branches I did not find any information. That is my experience in Mid Missouri, most of the trees don't have many branches.

It is the branches and ability to collect light that allows a tree to thrive. This stand of Black locusts is thriving together.

The stand of Black locusts reminds me of the need of believers to work together. When one tree is limited it does better when there are other trees around to support it.

Of course this is not always the case which I will show in near future posts.

Hebrews 10:24 "and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,"

Father, you give strength to the weary and power to those who lack strength. I thank you for your grace and ability to serve You.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pelicans in Flight

American White Pelicans in Flight is a majestic scene. Pictures like this don't come every day. I was fortunate to get this shot. I had the equipment ready and the camera settings pre-set. But still I had to get it. I thank the Lord for the opportunity.

The Christian life can be the same way. You can go aimlessly through life or you can live prepared. When we live aimlessly we get blindsided, but when we are prepared we are ready for the fight.

1 Timothy 6:12 "Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses."

Luke 12:35 ""Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit."

Father, I thank you for the opportunity to minister your reconciliation and grace to others. Guide me to readiness. In Jesus name it's happening.

Camera settings:
Canon EOS Rebel T3
400 mm lens
1/800 sec   f/7.1   ISO 100
April 7th 2016 11:53 AM

Monday, July 25, 2016

Daisy Fleabane

1 Chronicles 16:7-19

7 Then on that day David first assigned Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the Lord.

8 Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.

9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.

10 Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.

11 Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.

12 Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments from His mouth,

13 O seed of Israel His servant,
Sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!

14 He is the Lord our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.

15 Remember His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,

16 The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.

17 He also confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,

18 Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
As the portion of your inheritance.”

19 When they were only a few in number,
Very few, and strangers in it,

Here is a photo I got in 2015

Sunday, July 24, 2016

American Sycamore Winter\Summer

This winter photo is in November 2014 and the one below is in July 2016. They are both looking northerly but not at the exact same spot. Probably within 50 feet of each other.

The blue sky accents the white bark in the winter scene. Yesterday it was a little hazy which I was thankful for. This kept the heat off us to an extent. Trees and brush leafed out causes a more busy look in the woods, blocking the sight distance.

It is easy to criticize others that are working for the Lord by those who are not doing anything. Putting forth effort, causes you to become aware of many obstacles that need to be dealt with. Be assured the work you are doing will be rewarded.

1 Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord."

Father, thank you for the grace you give us as we work for you.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Northern Cardinal

Female Northern Cardinal

The best IDs for this bird is the beak and the crest. 2 of my photos don't show this crest, but they are laid down. As you continue viewing the bird you will notice them. 

The black face stands out against the red. The bird does not migrate and is really beautiful against the white snow. The long tail gives the bird more distinction I think.

These birds are common in backyard feeders because they are drawn to residential areas. In captivity they have lived up to 15 years.

Few female birds will sing. But the Northern Cardinal sings and will sing even while sitting on her nest.

Birds singing remind me to worship God. Many find worship a burden especially when people wrongly accuse God of doing things against them or their families. God is for us, not against us.

John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."

Father I thank you for your protection and warning that you give me in life. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Hawthorne Tree

The Hawthorne tree is the one in front leaning to the right.

 Most people don't know of them but there are about 100 species of Hawthorn. Many types of Hawthorn are just shrubs or small trees. I like the flowers this Hawthorn has. Above is the flower bud forming.

Just as God prepared the Hawthorn tree to flower and grow, He also has prepared a work for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Black-Headed Grosbeak or Hybrid

Sitting in my back yard I was having devotions when I saw this bird on the top dead branch of a tree about 100+ yards away. Looking up this bird in my bird book it resembles a Black-Headed Grosbeak. It probably is a juvenile bird because the dark head feathers are not complete. The range starts in Eastern Kansas And goes West. So this bird is exploring after getting its wings. The young are able to fly at 15 days.

The bird sometimes hybrids with Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. This birds range goes all the way to the Atlantic. The Great Plains was a barrier for western birds to cross over to the East. With the advent of farming and trees ranges expanding along creeks.ponds and man made lakes, some birds are making the journey across the plains.

Psalm 103:22
 "Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!"

God is good and His works show His glory. Bless His holy name.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Shumard Oak

Shumard Oak The acorn is not fully grown in this photo. Taken about July 10th.

Shumard oak is in the red oak group. The Northern red oak is a more valuable tree because of the straight long bole the tree produces. The Shumard oak branches much lower and so does not produce a timber quality tree as the Northern does. Each tree has its value.

The Shumard oaks I've seen don't grow tall stems. They branch early. In better conditions they will grow tall stems for lumber.

Our walk with the Lord grows better in the right conditions. Set aside time in the morning to read the Bible and pray over your day and your loved ones.

Psalm 119:116 "Sustain me according to Your word,that I may live;
And do not let me be ashamed of my hope."

Father, I come to You to be revived in Your word. Thank you.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mallard Hen

Found this Mallard hen resting on a log back in April. She looks as if she has puffed out her feathers for warmth. When we hunted ducks by Mound City Missouri we would take them to the pickers and they would remove the feathers for us. These feathers would be used in down sleeping bags and coats. I owned a coat once and they were too hot for the winters of Missouri. I am sure this hen was comfy.

There is a comfort in Christ. Let us come to Him for comfort by reading His word and resting in His promises.

Matthew 11:28 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."

Father I thank you for the comfort you give in all times of life.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Open Grass Land

We came across some grass land that I look forward to hiking through later in the year. There is so much to see and experience that I wait with anticipation for what I will learn as I hike through this area.

Psalm 72:18,19
 "Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who alone works wonders.
19 And blessed be His glorious name forever;
And may the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen, and Amen."

Father, the whole earth is full of your glory. I enjoy all the wonders you have made. Yes Lord let your glory fill the earth.