Thursday, May 22, 2008

Swirled American Sycamore

This is an interesting Sycamore tree. The branch that has taken off seems to put down roots in the bowl of the tree.

John 15:5
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

Bur Oak

Stately Bur oak.

John 15:4
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Swayed American Sycamore

Swayed American sycamore shows early obsticle to light. But tree got back on course.

John 15:3
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Here were some habatat holes. As I crossed this log I came across another one.

John 15:2
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

Sunday, May 18, 2008


Swamp in woods encountered I also saw a wood duck that but failed to get a photo.

John 15:1

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Ferns in May

Psalm 69:14
"Deliver me from the mire and do not let me sink;
May I be delivered from my foes and from the deep waters."

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Psalm 103:8
The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.

Busy As Beavers

Photo take at a different time then the article was written.

Busy As Beavers

"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Cor. 3:17

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

Woods With New Growth of Pawpaw

Here is a photo taken 3-May-08 showing new growth leafing out. The smaller trees in these woods are Pawpaws.

Ephesians 1:7
"In Him we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of His grace."

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Combining My Two Hobbies

Photo of my bicycle in the woods.

Psalm 44:8
"In God we have boasted all day long,
And we will give thanks to YOur name forever."

Monday, May 12, 2008

Flowering Dogwood

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.

Psalm 103:15
"As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes."

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Canada Geese

Proverbs 31:20
"She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy."

Saturday, May 10, 2008

New Growth Chinquapin Oak

Psalm 70:5
"But I am afflicted and needy;
Hasten to me, O God!
Your are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay."

Friday, May 09, 2008

New Growth on Bitternut Hickory

Proverbs 5:3,4
"For the lips of an adulteress drip honey
And smoother than oil is her speech;
But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword."

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Pawpaw Flowers

Psalm 68:5,6
"A Father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
God makes a home for the lonely;
He leads out the prisoners into prosperity,
Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land."

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

May Apple Flowers

Psalm 67:6
"The earth has yielded its produce;
God, ;our God , blesses us."

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Fruit and New Growth of Pawpaw

Photos taken the last week of April

Psalm 96:5,6
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before Him,
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Flowering Dogwood

Found this dogwood in a park at the end of April.

Psalm 95:1,2
"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

Hickory Tree with side branch

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.

Job 30:6
"So that they dwell in dreadful valleys,
In holes of the earth and of the rocks."

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Little Bird / Robin

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.

Psalm 8:8,9
"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

Wildflowers like Petticoats

Petticoat wildflowers? I don't know what they are called. So I am calling them petticoat flowers until I find out what they are.

Jeremiah 8:22
"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?