Sunday, February 28, 2010

Spot for Devotions

Hiking through crusted snow I cut over a hill and encountered a trail. I recognized this trail as the one where a bench was that would serve as a place to rest and meditate. Getting to the bench I pushed off some snow and sat down on cardboard. Cardboard serves as insulation. I had a good time of prayer and meditation. This was the primary reason I started hiking in the woods years ago. God is very merciful to me and continues to help me through life.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ice after Snow

Ice on Red pine cones and needles.

The sun caused the ice to sparkle on this brush.

Interesting icicles.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Man Who Planted Trees

Yesterday was the first time I heard of this story. It is a moving story but it's not true. But the idea of dedication to a cause lives on.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Honey Locust makes a good Barrier

The Honey locust tree is a barrier to access. There have been a few times I have put my hand up to a tree to rest. As the thorn stuck my hand. It doesn't happen much any more. I have learned my lesson.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Animal Tracks

Found some tracks in the snow the other day. Followed them it seemed. They we all over the place. The trail we went on had many.

Am I following the Lord's direction and His tracks? Am I following Him according to what He said? Do I look for where He went? Do I practice the things He taught?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Upland vs Bottom land Woods

The tangle of bottom land woods compared to the relatively clean upland woods.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Rudbud Bark

Good close up of Eastern Red bud bark

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Aspect of Ground and our Heart

Here is an example of how the aspect of the land dictates how fast the snow melts. This first photo is showing a north aspect. (aspect is which way the ground is facing)

Here is the second photo where the cliff causes the land to turn from a north aspect to a west aspect.

Now I have moved around the cliff and am shooting east. Meaning the land is facing west. Most of the snow has melted off the ground.

In this photo the ground is in a completely west aspect and all the snow is gone.

This is an interesting photo showing how the snow on the right is on ground of a Northwesterly aspect. And the lack of snow on the southwesterly has no snow.

I like to think of the aspect of ground as a type of our soul. There are places in the Bible that use ground to represent our soul. In Matthew 13 the parable of the sower and the seed refers to peoples souls as being in different stages of readiness for the word of God. And in Hosea 10:12 it talks about plowing the ground as plowing our heart.

Having a heart towards receiving the word of God will allow us to understand it. If we are against God's words then we will not accept what God says to us.

We can change from a hard heart to a yielded heart through repentance. Asking forgiveness for taking our life in our own hands and not letting God direct us.

Let us not have a hard heart against God and not warm to His leading. Let us receive His words with joy and grow spiritually.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fallen Tree

I found a tree that had fallen into another tree (Chinquapin oak) I see this often in the woods and it reminds me of life in Christ. Where one person in ministry who is alive is holding up another person who has no life or ministry that does not bear fruit.

It would be better to let the effort die than to hold it up.

I ID the Chinquapin by the twig disease that can be seen on the side of the bole. In this area many Chinquapin oaks have this problem.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Curled tree

I found this curled tree the other day. I want to go back and ID the tree when I have more time. Buds are alternate long and narrow similar to elm buds.

This second photo shows the tree is not in good health.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Tom Turkey

I ran into a tame turkey this morning. He wasn't bothered by me and just went about looking for something to eat.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Following Snow Tracks

I was following my path back and the wind was filling in my tracks after only 20 minutes.

"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." Matthew 7:14

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Yesterday's Snow

I took a break from snow plowing and shot this video a short way into some woods near my route. The sound of snow falling. I could slightly hear the flakes hitting the branches.

I am resuming my posting of nature, its in my blood and I am taking photos so I should put some on here.