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.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Turtle


Turtles are know for there slow speed and hiding in their shell. Neither characteristic is favored by humans.

It is the security that we have in Christ and taking time to listen to Him that gives us the confidence and direction we need. Rushing back and forth does not bring the answer.

Isaiah 40:31 "
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary."

Father, I wait for Your word. I wait for Your strength. I wait for your leading.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Ohio Spiderwart



Bug getting nectar from an Ohio spiderwart. I've gotten other bugs in close up shots but they didn't look as good as this one.

The timing of this shot has nothing to do with my skill. I just happened upon this shot because it was there. Life is like that. It is going through many processes to get to a good ending.

In the MACRO world of nature there is much that we are not aware of. But is there none the less.

Spiritual life is like that. Much is happening we are not aware of.  Because I am unaware of many things in life, I trust in the Lord.

Holy Spirit lead me.


Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Young Thistle Flower


Psalm 2:8 "Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession."

God will give to those who believe Him people to bring to Christ for salvation.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Steps


A trail follows the contour of the ground. If it is trying to get over a hill there are switch backs going back and forth to gain the elevation. A short cut is to put steps in. Of course this is harder because of the fast gain in elevation. It is a lot more work to climb up steps than to hike on a trail with switch backs.

These steps were not the normal 8" steps you would find by a house. They were steeper, making it harder to get up them.

Life has some steeper steps at times. Are we willing to take them to reach our goal?

Psalm 18:32,33 
"The God who girds me with strength
            And makes my way blameless?
 33He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
            And sets me upon my high places."

Father I look to for strength and the wisdom to use it for Your kingdom.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Coming in for a Landing


Come to the Lord and He will give you life, purpose and rest.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Red Winged Blackbird


This bird would fly back and forth from his willow tree to a spot along the lake shore. After a while it would fly back to the willow tree. It didn't stay long at this spot. Just long enough for a couple of photos.

We were by a busy spot for birds because plant life had been worn off. Dirt by the lake edge was allowing birds to come for water. While we were sitting there a Blue bird came by to land and get water but when it realized we were there it changed course in mid air making a U turn and took off.

Psalm 1:1-3 
"How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers."



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Brown Headed Cow Bird


Here is another shot of Brown Headed Cow birds.

Revelation 5:12 "saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing."

Father, I look to You to bless us with Your power as I worship and follow You.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ohio Buckeye


Buds and bark of Ohio Buckeye above and leaves below.  The tree bark in the background below is a Shagbark hickory.


For this tree to grow, it needs moist well drained soil.

The tree needs to be partly shady. It does not grow well in full sunlight.

Leaf blotch is a disease that attacks the tree and will completely defoliate the tree in the summer.

The tree does well in the sun in the morning but needs shade in the afternoon.

Grass does not grow well under the tree because of the dense foliage.

All parts of the tree are toxic for humans and animals.
The leaves also smell bad when crushed.

This tree reminds me of a person that does not know Christ. Being around the tree is not pleasant and being around some people is not pleasant.

1 Corinthians 15:53 "Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals."

Father lead me to the people that I can help and guide me to not be corrupted by people of bad morals.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Moss


Moss is a welcomed site in the deep woods. I usually find it along trails I am hiking. I

I find the dark green as a spot of color on the forest floor to be a delight.

Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart."

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lady Bug


Lady bugs eat other bugs that eat plants, so this bug is beneficial to gardeners.  There are about 5,000 species  of Lady Bugs. They can't deal with extreme cold so they hibernate in the winter. Their markings are to scare away predators.

Mark 9:38,39 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me,"

Just because someone is not like us does not mean they can't help us.

Father, show me where I am missing it with other types of people.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Indigo Bunting


I didn't have long to get this shot. When I see this bird I think of the glory of God, because of the royal blue.

It was  the glory of God that raised Jesus from the dead. Romans 6:4 "Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life."

As we walk with Christ we have this glory.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Baltimore Oriole


They feed on fruit, nectar and insects.  The male songs are a little longer then the female. Sometimes the birds will sing a duet.  They are not as common where I live so it is a pleasure to see one.

They are more often found on the tops of trees or high up in them. Interestingly they like oranges. Cutting oranges and hanging them from trees may draw them to your yard.


Just as the Baltimore likes to eat fruit, Christians are blessed by those who show the fruit of the Spirit.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Brown Headed Cow Birds


An interesting bird. It lays its eggs in other birds nests. Instead of putting energy in building a nest they lay more eggs. Up to 36 a summer have been reported.

There are a lot of lessons here. People try to get by from preparing for life. Then they expect others to take care of them.  Let us live to help others.

These birds are not monogamous.  The lack of caring for their young and not being monogamous is a type for people that don't take responsibility for their life. Let us prepare for the future with a foundation in the Bible and serving Christ, taking care of our body to keep it strong and healthy, and studying for a profession/career/job.

2 Thes. 3:10; Palm 90:12

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Yellow Warbler


It is a quick bird and eats insects from trees and shrubs.

It likes to build nests in willow trees.

If a cowbird lays an egg in the Yellow Warbler's nest, it will build a new nest over the egg. There have been reports of nests consisting of several tiers.

In winter this bird heads to the Caribbean and the northern part of South America.

Males have rust colored streaking on its breast, while the young and females don't.

As this bird is living on top of its world in this photo we too can live on top.

Deut 28:13 "The LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully,”



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Cedar Waxwing


Captured these Cedar waxwings hanging out in this tree. In my previous post on Cedar waxwings I talked about how they eat old berries that make them drunk.  This photo reminds me of how the worldly people gather together to drink. Reject the way of the world and follow Jesus.

1 John 2:15-17 "Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever."

Father, I look to You for help in living a life that honors you and helps others.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Guinea Fowl



These birds make a lot of noise, don't seem to have a lot of smarts. Their little head doesn't match their body size.  They are known for eating all the ticks in the area. For this reason they would be worth having.

They are good to eat. They have a little bit of a game taste but less than pheasant or grouse.


Proverbs 17:28 "Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent."

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Grass Going to Seed


Grass going to seed because it wasn't cut soon enough.

Sometimes natural beauty will come when we are too busy. We consider the urban view of beauty and don't realize that nature will grow and bring beauty at all stages its growth.  But then time marches on and the grass dies and waits for Spring.

God and the Bible are sure and we can count on Him in good times and bad.

1 Peter 1:24,25
"For, All flesh is like grass,
And all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
And the flower falls off,
25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.
And this is the word which was preached to you."




Monday, May 08, 2017

Dandelion Seeds


These seeds are so light, they carry everywhere in the wind.

This reminds me of the seeds sown of the Gospel of the Kingdom. They are carried by the Holy Spirit to all the world. Carried by preachers as they are sent out to preach.


Romans 10:14,15 "How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”

Sunday, May 07, 2017

White Throated Sparrow



Got this shot from a long way off. I could tell where the sparrow was by the contrast against the dirt infield.  I put the lens on it and this one came out clear.

f6.3 1/800 200 ISO 400mm lens

Many times we don't have a clear view of what we are looking at. Because of our experience we have an idea of what it is. Faith can be like that at times. We know God is doing something and if we jump in and go with it God moves.

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."

Father, I trust Your Spirit to lead me when I can't see.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Star of Bethlehem




Six pointed flower like the six pointed star used in the Israel flag and other symbols.

The flower is small which says to me though many saw the Star of David it was not recognized what it meant by most people. Jesus was a common man and most would not recognize Him. He would appear to most as just another labor worker.

There are 6 petals which points to Israel for they use a 6 pointed star.

The gold center to the flower signifies to me that royalty that Jesus had at birth.

The white petals to the flower point to the purity Jesus had as God coming to earth and living as a man without sin.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Root Bowl



Here is a root that has formed a bowl to catch water. Is the root doing that on purpose? I doubt it. But it is interesting this is happening.

Sometimes we do things that turn out good that we didn't intend.

2 Corinthians 4:15 "For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God."

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Red Tailed Hawk


Here is a Red Tailed Hawk. The tail is distinctive. 

Exodus 19:4 
"You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself."

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Grape Hyacinths



Psalm 42:1-3 
"As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

Monday, May 01, 2017

Bitternut Hickory Bud


F 10
100mm
IS0 3200
1/400 sec

The tree is easy to ID when you see this unusual colored bud.

The fruit of this tree is bitter, thus the name Bitter Nut Hickory. The glitter we see in life is not always what it seems.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sea Gull



I used to live in Astoria Oregon and I had a good view of the Columbia river. There was a 5 or so story building there which created a draft and the sea gulls would fly over to the building and get carried up in the up draft the building created. The gulls would then circle around and do it again endlessly. It was a game they played and they never seemed to get tired of it.

Some things God gives to us just for fun. And that is what nature is for me. I enjoy  looking for interesting things to take pictures of. Remember to follow God's guidelines.

1 Peter 3:10 "For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;"


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Chipping sparrow



This is a small bird. It is just a little bigger than a Blacked Capped Chickadee. It came to land on the walking trail as we rested nearby. It stayed for a while as if to check out what we were doing. Or on a more realistic note, it was probably there to pick up a little gravel for digestion.

2 Chronicles 16:9 
" For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”