Thursday, May 22, 2008
This is an interesting Sycamore tree. The branch that has taken off seems to put down roots in the bowl of the tree.
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Photo take at a different time then the article was written.
Beavers are prevalent along the Missouri River. We found this to be the case during a family outing. A number of Cotton wood trees had been girdled and dropped.
Later I went back to see if I could find other signs of beaver activity. I did not see any at first. About one quarter mile into the woods I came upon a brush pile that had a lot of one inch saplings piled neatly in the creek. Also there was mud piled along the bottom of the pile. At first I thought that this might have been dumped there in a flood, but all the sticks were neatly piled there. All seemed to be cut by beavers. There wasn't any other brush in the creek so the pile couldn't have been put there in a flood. This pile was definitely a beaver home.
I returned to this area two years later to see if there were any changes. A flood had left a pile of sand two feet thick in some places. No effort had been made to clean up the sand. The hiking trail was now covered by sand piled in different thicknesses. Did the beavers survive the flood? I found new evidence that beavers still lived in the area. The trees the beavers had gnawed, had been knocked down by the flood, so the little woodsman were still active.
The beaver lives mainly on the bark of hardwood trees. They build dams to hide the entrance to their hutches under water. They are sociable animals and usually have a number of beavers living in the same dammed area. Each family has its own lodge. The lodge is constructed by piling sticks and mud into a cone shape and then chewing their way in by cutting tunnels and passageways.
The beavers' teeth are unique. The incisors grow continuously and are shaped so that the beavers' gnawing sharpens their teeth. The tail is flat and is used for sitting as it chews and gnaws. It is also used to signal danger to other beavers by slapping it in the water.
Beavers are known for being busy. God has asked us to be busy as well. "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" (1 Cor. 15:58). A proverb that I like says, "In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty" (Prov. 14:23). If we have this attitude we will be fruitful for God. "So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith" (Gal. 6:10).
As we work for the Lord we can be assured that what we do for Him will not be in vain. Even if we give a glass of water, we will receive a reward.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Walking down the street from my house I came across this beautiful display of Flowering dogwood. One tree has two colors of flowers. I had thought that some branches were grafted in. Looking closer the two colors of flowers are on the same branch.
"As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes."
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Monday, May 05, 2008
Found this dogwood in a park at the end of April.
"O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms."
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Here is a Hickory tree that has a side branch that has taken over the lead. I use this tree as a marker when I am on the other side of the gully.
"So that they dwell in dreadful valleys,
In holes of the earth and of the rocks."
Saturday, May 03, 2008
I got this Robin in my back yard.
Here is a couple of photos that I got of this little bird. It was a flighty bird. Each time I found it and got the camera on it the bird was gone. I took probably 15 photos to get these 2.
Below a Robin was easier to photograph.
"The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth!"
Friday, May 02, 2008
Petticoat wildflowers? I don't know what they are called. So I am calling them petticoat flowers until I find out what they are.
"Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then has not the health of the daughter of my people been restored?