Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Record Eastern Cottonwood

Reading an article written 2014 I became aware of a record tree that I would have easy access to. We went by there yesterday and measured the cottonwood. While we were there a small branch fell but the tree is fairly healthy as far as I could tell. 

The tree diameter is 112" which is a circumference of 351.8"
The height is 79'
The tree canopy is 123' and 107'
Giving 460 total points for the tree.

An Old Tree

A tree grows in a field,
unnoticed by many.

Time passes by,
some trees grow others are cut down.

Houses are built,
roads are laid down,
children play,
families gather under its shade.

Each year the tree expands,
as the sun gives its warmth.

Winter brings the snows
It withstands the driving rains.

The tree waits for the spring,
responding with growth to the return of warmth.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sleeping Ducks

Here is a group of Mallards asleep on the water. A quiet scene in nature. If you let it nature can calm your soul from the rush of life. Wait on the Lord and let your heart take courage. He will do great things as we trust in Him and let His power flow through us.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Bent Tree

I see in this tree an ability to grow in adversity. Winds come against it but it withstands the wind. The ground it grew on may have shifted but it adjusted its growth. Or there may have been a tree to its left that died off and is no more. The tree grew around it to find the sun and continues its growth.

We may be a bent tree but are continuing to follow Jesus. Our past may have been messy but that is not deterring us from our quest of following Jesus.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Eastern Hophornbeam

Here is a close up of the bud of this tree and the shredded bark below.

This tree has wood that is harder than Osage Orange. I cut some Osage Orange about 1994. Those 2 logs are still sitting in my back yard and are not rotting at all. The Hophornbeam tree would make excellent fence posts or tool handles. The only tree that has harder wood is the Flowering Dogwood.

The withered leaf below shows the serrated edge that looks similar to elm leafs also beech trees.

Just as the wood of the Eastern Hophornbeam is hard, Christian can show strength against adversity with reliance upon the Lord and the promises He gives us to live in a fallen world.

Here is a link to other posts on this tree.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hidden Steps

Hiking trough some woods I saw hidden steps.

Life at times has solutions that are not apparent to us. As we seek God, He gives understanding.

Jeremiah 33:3 Ask of Me and I will show you great and mighty things which you do not know.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hackberry Bark

Variations in Hackberry bark. The bark has these warty projections that give an appearance of thick bark, but the gaps in the bark leave it susceptible to damage. 

These photos show that there are variations in the bark between different Hackberry trees. The bark, though, is thick. The gaps between the projections leave the tree susceptible to damage.

Psalm 18:2
"The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Shagbark Hickory

The bark of this tree makes it unique. Bats make their home under the loose bark. The nuts are editable and the wood is hard.

The wood can be used to make handles or other uses that would take a lot of abuse or impact.

Father, let be useful as I utilize the gifts you have given me.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Small Acorn

Here is a small acorn; the shiny brown color caught my eye. I don't need mountain vistas or fantastic sun rises to enjoy nature. Small things show God's handiwork as well. Many people won't notice theses small things of nature. God may make things just for His pleasure. As I find beauty, I get to see the handiwork of God that most miss.

God's handiwork is magnificent and also intricate. Just as God works with the universe, He also works with us and knows our strengths and weaknesses. We can trust Him when we believe for the small things in life.

Father, I trust You to guide my day and help me shine Your light to others. So be it, in Jesus name.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Northern Shoveler

Took this photo in November as ducks were migrating south.

Psalm 74:12
"Yet God is my king from of old, 
Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth."

Monday, November 13, 2017

Albino Canada Goose

I have seen Canada geese in parks for years, but this is the first albino that I have seen. There are white geese but they are not the same as Canada geese. White domestic geese are larger and are all white.

This goose fits the Canada goose shape and characteristics. The occurrence of albinos is something like 1 in 20,000.

Albinism is caused by a lack of melanin. Melanin is a pigment that helps protect the skin and eyes from overexposure to sunlight.

The albino animal may be more susceptible to predators. Some studies show that predators like hawks rely more on shape and movement then color.

At any case albino animals are at a disadvantage.

God is a friend of the oppressed and poor.

Luke 4:18 ESV
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 
because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. 
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, 
to set at liberty those who are oppressed," 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Marked Twig of Oak

Not sure what kind of oak this is. My guess is Black oak. The twigs of Black oak are angled or have ridges on them. Looking further I see an example of a twig like this that is a Bur oak.

The lesson I learn from this tree is that even if there are attacks that cause a deformity, life can happen. We should not let physical problems stop us from believing God will support us in the work we have to do for Him.

Psalm 18:18
 "They confronted me in the day of my calamity, 
But the LORD was my stay."

Father, I look to you in health and in trouble. You are my support and protection.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Black Birds

These birds were squawking and rafting in a few trees. I waited for them to take off but they were staying put. There are times when they will squawk for a while then stop all at once. Then they will take off together.

I marvel at how God has created each part of the universe. Each part has such a unique function.

Psalm 19:1
"The heavens are telling of the glory of God,
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands."

Friday, November 10, 2017

Flock of Ducks

Caught these flock of ducks landing among their fellow ducks. When I would hunt ducks, we would put out decoys to attract their attention and get them to come to our blind.

Ducks would circle around a lake or pond looking to see if it was safe to land. If we were well hidden in our blind they would try to land among our decoys. The decoys would trick them into thinking it was safe.

Christians need to flock together and be in community. Don't be fooled by groups of people that claim to follow Jesus but deny Him by their actions. Find people that preach the Bible and work towards following its directions.

John 10:27,28 " My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand."

Thursday, November 09, 2017


We were following a marked trail. These markers kept us from taking a wrong turn. With a map and knowing which trail to follow we found our way through the woods. Even with the markings there still was some doubt at times if we were on the right trail.

Usually I have a general knowledge of the lay of the land. Many times I have walked through woods without trails and have done just fine, because I understand how the hills and valleys run and the sun gives me a general direction of south, north, east and west.

There have been times when I have been mixed up. I then use a compass to point the way. A few times I was disorientated and forgot my compass and the sun was covered by clouds. One of those times I sat down and listened for a car to drive by and I used that sound to show me the direction. FortunatelyI knew how the road went.

We can lose our way spiritually if we aren't paying attention. Turn to Jesus and the Bible and you will find your way as the Holy Spirit guides you.

Luke 19:10 "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Sparrow in Winter

It is not winter yet but this photo reminds me of preparation. The inner feathers are down and keep the bird warm as it fluffs out  its feathers to trap air.  Their legs are usually just bone and sinew so they don't get cold. They can also hunker down to keep their legs warm. Many birds tuck their head under their wing.

Are we prepared for the future? Spiritually we are protected as we turn our trust towards Jesus. Belief in Jesus and His care will guide us through the hard times.

Psalm 62:8 
"Trust in Him at all times, 
O people; 
Pour out your heart before Him; 
God is a refuge for us."

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Fall Woods

The change in the foliage during Autumn is always received with joy and wonderment. Winter is coming but the relief from Summer heat is welcomed.

Chlorophyll starts to break down when the length of the day and the temperatures start to drop. Other colors in the leaf become visible.

Genesis 1:3
"Young's Literal Translation
and God saith, 'Let light be;' and light is."

When we see color we see light. What we see with our eyes is light. There is also a spiritual side of life and we can see in the Spirit so to speak when we become aware of it.

People say, "seeing is believing." But it is the opposite. Believing allows us to see.

Mark 11:24
"Therefore I say to you, 
all things for which you pray and ask, 
believe that you have received them, 
and they will be granted you."

Monday, November 06, 2017

E. Red Cedar Growth

Photo taken 11/29/13

Here is the Eastern Red Cedar I measured in November 2013.
Height 48' Circumference 95.25" Canopy 40 & 45 Total Points 154

Here are the 2017 measurements 4 years later. 10/28/17
Height 53' Circumference 99 1/8" Canopy 47' 48' Total Points 164 a 6% increase in points in 4 years.

I shot the photo from the opposite side of the tree. Height growth is noticeable. As we walk with Jesus through the years, stop and remember how God has led you and take note of where you were and where you are now.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Silver Maple

The light leaves caught my eye as they were turning yellow. This caused me to think this tree was a Silver maple.

The bark of the tree definitely was maple bark. A healthy tree with no indication of injury or disease.

This close up of the red buds shows the beauty of the tree.

The deep lobes of the leaves is another sign of a Silver maple.

I find the red leaf stems interesting and unique.

The characteristic of the back of this leaf is the defining issue of the tree. Silver maple truly is a tree that shows its uniqueness.

God is an artist and this tree is part of the genius of God. He makes all things unique and different according to His design.

I thank you Lord Jesus for seeing the beauty of your creation and the paint brush you use to create beauty and wonder.;

Ecclseiastics 3:11
"He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end."

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Devil's Ice box

Went to this cave system last summer. The air temp was in the 90's but down in the cave it was in the 50's. I can imagine that back before air conditioning, people would camp in this area for relief from the heat.

These cave formations are forming, as water flows below the ground surface. Much of this activity is unknown, though some caves are found and toured by people.

There is a world that we are not aware of until God revealed it to us through the Bible. And even after reading and learning from the Bible many will not pay much attention to life in the Spirit. It is there and it is real. Life is not just what you see.

For instance our body is just what we live in. Our true being is within and our minds make the decisions of what to do. Let us not be led by the desires of our body. Instead direct your body by the leading of God's Spirit.

Romans 8:5.6
"For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, 
but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 
6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, 
but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,"

Friday, November 03, 2017

Purple Flower

I remember looking at the ground after a hurricane. All the leaves and vegetation were stripped away. The ground looked barren and grey. But with rain and sunshine and its warmth, growth comes back. Life is not always barren and without vibrancy and growth. 

Just as the ground brings forth life after a storm, we can be revived for life when we make changes for life to happen. Use God's word as a guideline for life.

Isaiah 55:10
""For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;"

Thursday, November 02, 2017

E Red Cedar Contrast

Here are 2 Eastern Red Cedar trees that look from a distance to have a difference in the color of their foliage. Looking closely I see that one has seeds growing and the other doesn't. 

This is one of the amazing things of nature. Not so much the diversity of nature. Yes that is interesting. But finding out things of nature that are not readily seen until further investigation.

In the 2 books God has written, one being the Bible and the other nature, there is much to learn. We won't learn it if we don't investigate and seek answers.

Matthew 7:7 Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened unto you.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

White Ash Bud

Psalm 71:22,23
I will also praise You with a harp,
Even Your truth, O my God;
To You I will sing praises with the lyre,
O Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You;
And my soul, which You have redeemed.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pawpaw Patch

During one of our hikes I came across this patch of Pawpaw trees. I enjoy it when I come across these trees, as they dominate with their large leaves in the under story of the forest.

The autumn brings out the best when they display their bright yellow leaves.

In our time we can bring out the best when we display the glory of God to others.

Monday, October 30, 2017

White Oak

Shooting up the bole of this White oak presents an impressive view.

Bole and bark of this White oak.

Leaves of this White oak.

Trees can do nothing but wait for the sun and rain. By being positioned in the right place they thrive. Trees that have their seed germinate in a location that is not advantageous for growth will suffer.

Let us place ourselves in a place to receive from the Lord fully and grow strong in Jesus.

The cap of this acorn has characteristics showing it is a white oak.
Shooting into the sun, but this shows the form of the tree.