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.”


Monday, April 24, 2017

Ground Cover Flowers



A close look at this ground cover yields a beautiful flower. It is not what you see from a distance that always brings beauty. A close look sometimes will bring the satisfaction you desire.

I enjoy searching nature for the unheralded beauty. Life many times is that way. The mountain vistas are easy to admire but up close they may be very rugged and dangerous. This ground cover is not much from a distance but close up there is a surprise.

In Christ there is this same phenomenon. God seems distant and hard to understand. After I spend time in the Bible and meditate on His promises there is a sense of satisfaction and strength that doesn't come from a casual glance.

Jeremiah 29:13 "You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."

Father I look for you early in the morning and in the night watches.

Black Locust Flowers


Acts 12:24 "But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied."

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Turtles


What are the lessons of the turtle for us?

Use your protection when needed.
A slow pace is best but keep moving forward in work for Christ.
They live in the water but need air. Many Christians are not aware of their need for air or the life of the Holy Spirit at times.

We get caught up in the busyness of life. Don't be too busy but return to Christ often for His vitality of the Spirit that is there for us.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Spruce Tree




A tree growing tall, healthy, producing plenty of cones for reproduction.

Ezekiel 37:24 "All the trees of the field will know that I am the LORD; I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will perform it."

It is not what seems to be, but  what God has promised.

Don't let your hope turn to despondency. Instead see God fulfilling the promise He made to you.

Proverbs 13:12 ESV "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life."


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dandelions



There was a time when Jerusalem was under siege in the 1948 war of independence. Jews were facing starvation but God miraculously caused a weed to grow in their time of need that provided sustenance for the people. In Exodus God sent mana to Israel for their needs, six days a week for 40 years.

I see dandelions as a plant similar to this. There does not seem to be the need for it. People spray it and kill it off. They are looking for the uniformity of grass. Medicines are used instead of natural herbs. There is a health cost to using medicine. Or why would do we need a prescription instead of just buying it over the counter? Answers to many of our physical needs are readily available with natural herbs.

Don't try to beat them, eat them. We took the attitude of raising healthy children and not lawns. We didn't put fertilizer and weed killer on our yard. I would pay my kids a penny each for the dandelion flowers they would pull. As time went on we came to learn the benefits of dandelions. I was skeptical for years but have learned to eat them in salads. They are not bitter or bad tasting.

Dandelions provide solutions for: bone health, liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, skin care, acne, weight loss, cancer, jaundice, gall bladder disorders, constipation, anemia, high blood pressure and a good source of vitamin C. They also are a good vegetable for salads.

Caution: when using for skin care, keep away from your eyes. If you are taking diabetic medicine, they could lower your sugar level causing hypoglycemia.

13 Surprising Benefits of dandelions

Just as people seek counsel for their problems, if they would first read and meditate on the Bible, the answer to most of their problems would become apparent.

Psalm 119:99,100 I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation. 100 I understand more than the aged, Because I have observed Your precepts.

Father I look to you for the answers to life. Thank you.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Hawthorne Tree Flower


The flowers are just about to bloom.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Paw Paw Bud


These buds are common in the forest understory in the Midwest hardwood forest.

Psalm 119:89 "Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven."

Psalm 119:92 "If Your law had not been my delight,
Then I would have perished in my affliction."

Psalm 119:97 "O how I love Our law!
It is my meditation all the day."

Psalm 119:103 "How sweet are Your words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

Psalm 119:105 "Your word is a lamp to my feet
 and a light to my path."

Psalm 119:116 "Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live;
And to don let me be ashamed of my hope."

Psalm 119:130 "The unfolding of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple."

Psalm 119:133 "Establish my footsteps in Your word.
And to not let any iniquity have dominion over me."

Psalm 119:148 "My eyes anticipate the night watches,
That I may meditate on Your word."

Psalm 119:160 "The sum of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting."

Psalm 119:162 "I rejoice in Your word, 
as one who finds great spoil."

Psalm 119:165 "Those who love Your law have great peace,
And nothing causes them to stumble."

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Daffodil


One of the first flowers to come out is the Daffodil. March 5th

Psalm 121:1,2 "I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord
Who made heaven and earth."

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Milkweed


Here is a Milkweed seed pod that still has some seeds in March.

This plant attracts butterflies and is sold at nature stores. We saw these in a grassland area growing wild.

Psalm 125:2 "As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the Lord surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever."

Friday, March 03, 2017

Lilac


Warm winter has Lilac starting to grow. But they were leafing out the 7th of March last year.


Here are some old seed pods.

It is good to see signs of spring. Life is starting anew. Let us learn from nature to respond to the Lord when we sense His warmth.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Ginko Tree


I took some photos of a Ginko tree. The stems are stubby giving it a distinct look in the winter.




Like the Ginko tree that has an ancient past. Abraham lived to be 175 years old. Gen. 25:7. Many people think Abraham only had 2 sons. Gen 25:1,2 shows that Abraham had 6 more sons with another wife after Sarah died. 

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Box Elder Maple


I am drawn to box elder because of the green twigs I find in the winter woods are different than the other twigs. All of them are brown or gray.


Lord I thank You for the variety in the forest. May Your glory be shown to people of all faiths to know that You are God and King of kings. I listen for You as I walk in the woods.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Black Willow


A revisit of the willow tree I posted last August.


One of the things that is noticeable of willows is the bud lies flat against the twig. The leaves are long and narrow but you don't see that in the winter. What you do see is the thin twigs.


Leviticus 23:40 "Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days."

So now when I see Willows I will think of rejoicing before the Lord. Thank you Jesus for what You do for me. I trust in You.