Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Habitat Holes

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Notice the holes under the branches to the right.

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There is a hole at the base of this tree.

Looking closely you can see holes in these tree boles. Dead trees provide habitat for animals. Leaving some old dead trees is beneficial to the diversity of the forest. There is much activity in a forest. When a tree dies it still provides a place for animals to live.

When I see these trees I think of Christian leaders that have gone on to be with Jesus. Their books still teach and their life gives guidance for us to follow.

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“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” I Corinthians 11:1

Monday, February 18, 2013

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Flying Crows

Photobucket I drove up to a spot and stopped not paying attention to my surroundings  Some crows gathered to eat bread cast along the roadside. Quite a few were there, my guess about 50.

When I noticed the crows I got my camera and set the aperture and speed so I would be ready when I rolled down the window. When I opened the window they all instantly took off. I took this photo of them flying away.

We never know when an opportunity will present itself so be ready always. This is true in life ans well as in the Spirit. It says in Luke 12:35 be dressed in readiness and keep your lamps lit.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Dead Sucker

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Here is an American Elm tree that is overshadowed by an oak in the background. The sucker that took off from the base died and is about to fall because it has rotted long ago. Many times a branch will die because it is not getting enough light.

When a branch needs to be supplied by the rest of the tree to survive the tree will just let it die. Each branch needs to produce enough for its substance  and give some to the rest of the tree as well.

Christians are asked to produce fruit in John 15. If after a reasonable time the branch does not produce fruit they are cut off and thrown into the fire.

Let us not be dead wood, but fruitful for the kingdom of God.

John 15:2
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

John 15:6
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Black Locust



I caught this Black locust tree last summer. The multi stem tree interested me. It is my guess that this tree grew from many suckers from a stump which is long gone. Black locust also can grows from root suckers.



The tree casts a wide shadow with its branches.




Isaiah 42:3 "A bruised reed He will ot break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish..."

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Beaver Activity

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The above Box Elder maple and the 2 Eastern Cottonwood trees have recently been worked on by local beavers.

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These 2 Eastern cottonwood trees will be cut completely down at some time. Notice the bottom photo there is a sapling just to the left of the cottonwood tree that was cut and removed. This tree was probably dragged off to be eaten or used to make a den.

Beaver don't usually make a den in the water of the Missouri river. They put their den on the river bank.

Psalm 39:7 "And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You."