God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Misleading

There are many sayings that are reminders that it is easy to be misled by what we see. Sayings such as “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” This photo reminds me of another one: “small but mighty.”

This is Old Man’s Creek going over the Lower Falls in Hocking Hills Park. This creek is responsible for creating Old Man’s Cave, which is not truly a cave but rather a very large recess in the rock. The gorge carved by the creek is over 1 mile long. The park has over 2 million visitors a year.

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All Things Are New

This photo was taken on a recent hike at Morris Reserve in Bellbrook. It is a newer park and though we have been there many times, we had never seen it with all of these purple flowers blooming. It was an unexpectedly splendid view walking along this section of the trail.

Often, the best experience is to encounter something new when there was no reason to expect something new.

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Impressions

This is the lower falls of the Yellowstone River. Impressive even from almost a mile away. While we were there, I was able to experience the falls from the top and hike to the bottom of the falls as well as seeing them from the distance. Different aspects stand out from the different perspectives. It is dizzying to be at the top and look down. At the bottom, you get to experience the spray up close. But only from a distance are you able to appreciate context.

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Changes

This is one of my favorite views – sunrise in Jamaica. I was at this spot every summer for over 10 years, but not since 2019 due to the pandemic. We are planning to return this summer, but things will definitely be different this year. Some things are back to the way they were before. Some are not likely to ever go back to the same.

One thing is certain. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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Is Believing Seeing?

I don’t think I had ever seen steam coming off a tree before. It’s dramatic to see steam rising from a lake or river; this was less dramatic but more fascinating. Fascinating because I’m not sure I would believe it if I didn’t see it.

How often in our lives do we need to see something firsthand before we believe it?

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John‬ ‭20:29‬

Photo: Grove of the Patriarchs, Mount Rainier

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Time to Relax

Taking a ride in a hot air balloon is an amazing experience. This is a photo from our trip to Albuquerque 3 years ago. Other than an occasional blast of propane it is so quiet and peaceful. And the views!

I can’t think of another activity (involving movement) that is as peaceful. Maybe floating in a canoe down a lazy river. These experiences emphasize the benefit of taking time to relax.

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Noticing

This was photo was taken at Guadalupe Mountains NP, on the McKitrick Canyon Trail. There are so many interesting details in this image – a patch of red leaves, the tree with white bark. I’m drawn to the white stone trail disappearing into the distance. Maybe it represents an ongoing adventure, sort of like the yellow brick road.

It brings to mind a reflection from “The Inner Chapel: Embracing the Promises of God” by Becky Eldredge. Notice what you are noticing. Discernment is about noticing. Noticing the promises of God at work in our life. Noticing the deep desires in our hearts to respond to the love given to us. Noticing the longings of other people. Noticing our gifts. We discover the unique call upon our lives when we notice the needs of the world around us and the gifts we have to respond to the needs. When we notice both the needs of the world and our gifts that give us joy and meet those needs, we have found our promised unique call.

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Contrast

This a photo looking out from the Rock House, which is the only true cave in the Hocking Hills area. Other “caves” in the area are really a gorge with an overhang. The Rock House is 25 feet high, 200 feet long and has several openings resembling gothic arches. I was amazed by this large star-shaped opening. Not to mention the colors in and on the rock.

The variety in God’s creation is amazing. Different shapes, colors, sizes, and even textures. Contrast is a wonderful thing!

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Holy Ground

This photo was taken during our trip to Zion NP in 2020. I read recently that Zion had over 5 million visitors last year. It is easy to see why this park is so popular. Angel’s Landing (this hike) and The Narrows are two of the most famous hikes in the country.

The name Zion is a reference to a holy city or simply to holiness. The national park is definitely holy ground where God can be seen in so many ways.

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