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Fog at Sunrise

I remember getting up before the sunrise on the day a year ago. I could see the fog below and it was surreal. The previous day had been a beautiful but difficult hike up to O’Cebreiro. This seemed like even more reward for the previous day’s work. 

And then the sun rose. It was spectacular. As is often the case, pictures don’t begin to capture the beauty. 

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Trees and Apostles 

This is a picture of yellow poplar trees, also known as tuliptrees, from our hike at the Arc of Appalachia yesterday. The tree is a member of the magnolia family and is named for its tulip-like flowers. The tree is valued for lumber due to its fast growth and straight grain. It is a “pioneer ” species that grows best in forest clearings left by storms or abandoned fields. 

As I read about these trees, I could not help but make a connection to the Apostles as we read about them during the Easter season. 

Tuliptrees in Miller Nature Sanctuary

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A Ray of Sun

I love seeing an image where rays of sunshine are visible in the picture. Such a reminder of God shining upon us. 

Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light. [Pope Francis]

Railroad Hiking Trail, Lake Mead, NV


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