Thursday, September 21, 2017

Water Wild Flower

Psalm 61
1 Hear my cry, O God;
Give heed to my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For You have been a refuge for me,
A tower of strength against the enemy.
4 Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.
5 For You have heard my vows, O God;
You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name.
6 You will prolong the king’s life;
His years will be as many generations.
7 He will abide before God forever;
Appoint lovingkindness and truth that they may preserve him.
8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever,
That I may pay my vows day by day.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ginkgo Tree

Height 51'
Circumference 3' 0"
Canopy Spread 27' & 31'
Total points 94

Here is a capture showing the veins of the leaf.

The leaves are whorled around the bud.

The Ginkgo tree lives for a long time in China. There are some trees over 3,000 years old.
It survives in many different regions of the world. The sole survivors of the atomic blast over Hiroshima Japan were several Ginkgo trees. The bark and leaves are fire resistant.

As the Ginkgo tree provides protection against fire, let us turn to Jesus to help us in the trouble life brings.

Psalm 46:1 
"God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Red Fox

Saw this fox on a creek bank that had been dug deeper for flood control. He ran along these rocks until he noticed I was watching him.  Then he took off.

The Red Fox eats mostly small animals and is no match against a dog, or wolf. It can out smart them, by walking in a creek or on top of a fence to hide their scent. 

The Fox and the Crow Aesop's Fable

A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch of a tree.

     "That's for me, as I am a Fox," said Master Reynard, and he walked up to the foot of the tree.

     "Good day, Mistress Crow," he cried. "How well you are looking today: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eye. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your figure does; let me hear but one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen of Birds."

     The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the moment she opened her mouth the piece of cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by Master Fox.

     "That will do," said he. "That was all I wanted. In exchange for your cheese I will give you a piece of advice for the future: "Do not trust flatterers."

Proverbs 29:5
"A man who flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his steps."

Monday, September 18, 2017

Gray Dogwood

Here is Gray Dogwood in early September. Nice color change

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great Lobelia

Found these flowers at the entrance to a woods hiking trail we were on yesterday.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Red Mulberry

Came across this downed tree that had been cut to clear the trail. I counted the rings and there were 60. At this point in the tree it was 11' tall. The diameter is  16" at the cut. So it took 60 years to grow 16" wide.

Seeing the tree bud still shows life means the tree fell this past year and there being no leaves on the tree means the tree fell before April. The green buds mean it is a Red Mulberry.

The bark does not have the horizontal lines that I see on Mulberry trees. This characteristic may happen only on the lower level of the tree. I measured the height of the tree at 53'

I wasn't sure of the type of the tree because of no leaves showing on the branches. A few Mulberry leaves had grown from the twigs that sprouted on the standing stump.

Here is the reason the tree blew down. The trunk and rotted and became too weak to support the tree. A wind storm may have been the final event that caused the tree to fall.

Psalm 11:3 "If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?" Even though the tree showed good wood further up the bowl. The base of the tree had rotted and the tree was not able to survive.

Father, remind me to always look to you in all I do.

I added this photo to show the growth rings. Growth had slowed way down in the latter years.

Here was the piece of log that was cut off to clear the trail.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Morning Dew

Hiking in early got this photo of dew on grass.

Psalms 63:1
 "O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water."

P.S. The next day this field was mowed. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Cup Plant Wildflower

Ran into these flowers growing in some tall grass.

I look for beauty and unusual things in nature. Usually I find it when my eyes are open to see. It is the same with spiritual things. If we just look at what is natural we will miss spiritual things. Many times we find what we are looking for. God is with us if we will yield to Him and listen to Him.

Let us live in expectation of God showing up. It will change your day.

These Brown Eyed Susans are similar. 

Friday, September 08, 2017

Stinging Nettles

Stinging nettles have small hairs that come off the plant when touched and sting. It will take a while for the sting to go away. A bothersome plant but nothing serious. In some people the sting may cause a skin rash.

There are many health benefits from this plant.
Helps with:
prostate cancer and other problems
A remedy for allergies
Cardivascular issues
Joint pain and Arthritis
Bleeding and Burns
Eczema and Diabetes type 2

Sometimes problems can actually be a benefit in the long run.

Psalm 119:71

"It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes."

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Bald Cypress

Could be early growth of cypress twig gall midge.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Hackberry Leaves

Interesting yellow forming along the veins of the leaves. Photo taken August 24th

This growth on the underside of Hackberry leaves is the result of the hackberry nipple gall maker laying eggs and the larve feeding. The leaf then responds with this gall formation.

There can be a tendency to respond to problems in our life the same way. Hackberry trees are susceptible to this problem and people are susceptible to different problems in their life. Just as the Hackberry tree is helpless against this attack we can also be helpless. But there is a solution to our problems. Jesus is our savior, healer and provider. Seek Him and search for Him with all your heart. You will find the answer as you look for Jesus.

Matthew 7:7,8  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Black Willow

Black Willow leaf and bud.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Lightray and Grass

A small ray of sunlight highlighted this grass leaving the background dark.

At times an area of life will be highlighted to us. Take note of it. It could be God showing you something.

2 Corinthians 4:6 "For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Wild Blackberries

Found some blackberries on a hike I was on. I made a note of this and will return in a week to see if they are repening to pick.  I was there July 3rd and plan to return on the 10th or latter to see the progress.

Revelation 14:15 "And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.”

Just as I am waiting for the fruit to become ripe so is the Lord waiting to harvest the earth.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Eastern Tiger Swallow Tail

Psalm 5:3 "In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch."

The bee and the butterfly were busy collecting nectar. And David in the above Psalm is eagerly seeking the Lord. We need to be about the work of the Lord for when we seek Him we will find Him  when we search with diligence.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Humming Bird

I put this humming bird feeder up a couple of hours ago and this lady came by for a drink. This proves there are humming birds around. If you don't put a feeder out you won't see them.

God is near. If we don't approach Him there will not be an encounter. James says, draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.

Father I want more of You in my life. Let me experience more of you.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Basswood Blow Down

We drove up to this park and noticed a blow down after a recent storm.  All the other trees withstood the storm but this one didn't.  What was the cause of the weakness? Sometimes you will see whole rootwads pulled up. This tree just snapped at the stem.

The stem does not look that bad. There did not seem to be any rot.  Basswood is a lighter wood than other trees. It would do better with other trees than to stand by itself.

Here is what is left in the ground.

Leaf and fruiting leaf of basswood.

Romans 12:3 "For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God as allotted to each a measure of faith."

Find like minded believers to fellowship with and be encouraged by. We are built up by prayer, the Word and encouragement. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Green Bug

Bright green bug found on forest floor. This bug does not match up with the Emerald Ash Borer. So it is an unknown bug. It does show the variety and beauty of nature.

Psalm 4:4-8 
"Tremble, and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And trust in the Lord.
6 Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?”
Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord!
7 You have put gladness in my heart,
More than when their grain and new wine abound.
8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety."

Monday, June 12, 2017

Black Cherry

Tree measurements:

Height 56'
Circumference of large stem 52 7/8"
Canopy 47' & 43'
Total Points = 109

Followed the rocky trail to a top of a hill and found this unusual shaped tree. I look for trees that will be interesting to return to. The tree seems to be healthy and will live for many years. This Black cherry was growing among many E. Red cedars. Measuring the canopy was a little prickly as I pushed my way through the cedar branches.

Growth in life comes not by taking it easy. Or complaining about what is wrong or what you disagree with. Growth comes by doing hard things and sticking with the job till you complete it.

Romans 5:3-5 " And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."

Trials if endured will bring access to God's love. And God's love brings the answers we are looking for.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Common Grackle

One of the things that make Common grackles interesting to me is the way their yellow eyes stand out against their black feathers. Birds seem to have more than one way of seeing. They can see with both eyes or they can look with one eye.

This grackle took notice of me as I was shooting pictures of him eating below our bird feeder. He did fly up and look at the food in the feeder but decided to be content with the food that had been knocked out on the ground.

There is more than one way of seeing for humans as well. In Ephesians 1:18 it talks about seeing with your spiritual eyes. This is possible by envisioning the promises of God being real.

Let us not only see with our eyes but also in the spirit.

Ephesians 1:18,19 "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. . . ."

Father, help me see what You are doing to live effectively for You.