God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Time & Distance

This is a photo of the Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend. The Rio Grande River run through and created the canyon. It looks very much like a “V” in this view. But from inside the canyon, the walls look almost straight up. Mostly, this is because you can’t see the tops of the walls from the bottom. Also, I think this view makes it look a little more V-shaped than it really is in the inner part of the canyon.

A reminder that distance (and time) gives a different perspective. It may be more accurate, but may be less so.

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Details Matter

When we were traveling around Big Bend NP, we took great delight in finding these cacti with a purple color. I really wanted to get a picture of this cactus with Santa Elena Canyon in the (distant) background. So much so that as I was positioning myself, I backed into a cactus. Which was startling but not particularly painful. Unfortunately, as I was pulling a needle out of my backside, I got a small piece wedged under my fingernail. That was excruciatingly painful. I had to trim my nail all the way back to get the remnant out.

I’m struck by how strong (and strange) that memory is, and the contrast with the beauty of the photo. Even the smallest of details matter.

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Safety

This was a very nice hike in Big Bend NP, the Window Trail. In the photo, you can see the Window, which is an opening in the rim around the Chisos Basin. After a hard rain, there would be waterfall flowing through the opening (pour-off). It was completely dry while we were there. Being November, it was also much cooler than the summer. We saw lots of signs about completing hikes by 10AM to avoid the worst heat.

I think most of us try to be aware of the dangers that surround us. Additionally, we all have a tendency to see only what we are looking for. The beginning of 2020 seems like a distant memory, when things were “normal” and “safe”. Though the world has not fundamentally changed, our experience and perspective has definitely changed over the past year. While current events can be disturbing, remember that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.

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The Wind Blows

This photo was taken near the top of the List Mine Trail in Big Bend National Park. The thing I remember most about this section of the hike is how windy it was. At this point, we were heading directly toward the sun. As you can see in the photo, the trail is only about 10 feet wide with a decent drop off on both sides. I didn’t feel like I was going to be blown over, but it was difficult to walk straight.

I’ve written before about seeing the effects of the wind even though you can not see the wind. This was an experience of feeling the wind even though there was little visible evidence of the wind.

God moves and sometimes we see the result. Other times, we only feel the effect.

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Before we were formed

I’ve seen many examples of the power of water, but this was one of the more dramatic examples. This is the Rio Grande River passing through the Boquillas Canyon. It doesn’t seem possible, but the river is passing right through a mountain ridge. What explains this phenomenon is that the river was here before the mountains and it cut the canyon as the mountains were forming.

God existed before we were born and has been shaping us since we were in the womb.

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Sing a New Song

Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. Psalms 96:1-4

(Photo: Big Bend National Park)

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Cloudy Skies

This photo is from Arches National Park, near the end of our week in Utah. We had hardly seen a cloud in the sky prior to this day. The clouds started moving in by the end of the day and we saw little sun the rest of the week. Despite the clouds (because of the clouds?), there was a spectacular sunset this night.

This year certainly had its share of “clouds.” As we come to the end of the year, I can’t help but view the COVID vaccine as a spectacular “sunset” for 2020.

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Merry Christmas!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5

(Jupiter & Saturn, “Christmas Star”)

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Imagination

This is a photo of the Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. The distance, just above and to the right of the Arch, you can see the Washer Woman Arch (I’m not making that up). I’m often amused by the names given to natural features. I couldn’t find anything official explaining the name for the Mesa Arch, but I assume it is because the arch is on the edge of an area resembling a table (mesa, in Spanish). The Washer Woman Arch is a little bit more creative for a name. But with a little imagination, you can see a woman washing clothes in the formation.

We are called “children of God.” Perhaps an even bigger stretch of our imaginations.

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