This photo was taken on Kiawah Island; this is where there used to be the Inn and small market. Now it looks looks somewhat desolate. What you see now is deceiving – there is no evidence of its past history. You also can not see that this part of the island is otherwise completely developed.
How much more complex the lives of those we encounter day to day.
This photo was taken at the northern end of the beach along Kiawah Island. Though I’ve been to Kiawah many times, I had never traveled this far up the beach. The beach has a very different look here, beyond the extent of the dunes.
Sometimes, God calls us to go beyond our comfort zone. Where we have never been. But God is there.
This photo was taken on Kiawah Island, near the northern end of the beach. I was surprised to see eagles because I couldn’t remember ever seeing them at Kiawah in the past. Plus, I was out biking and just happened to look over to the dune and see them standing there not too far away.
As I read about the distribution of bald eagles in the US, I was surprised to find out that they are year round residents of the Atlantic Coast. We recently returned from Alaska, another place the bald eagle resides year round. So I shouldn’t have been surprised (but I was) when I saw two on the beach near downtown Anchorage.
What makes for a surprise? The unexpected, of course but what separates the expected from the unexpected? We are surrounded by God’s gifts, how many do we take “for granted” and how many do we truly delight in?
This is a photo taken at Congaree National Park in June. These are cyprus tree knees; their exact function is not certain but it is thought they add stability to the tree in soft muddy soil. A sort of support system.
As a think about these trees, I can’t help but reflect on my support system. Friends and family that I know I can rely on. I pray that I provide similar support for others.
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life.
This is the photo that I took in May in the Twin Creek Park near Germantown. It may not be obvious, but there is a duck just to the right of center. The duck almost blends in except for its bright green head.
There are times that each of us would like to blend into our surroundings. But remember that God has given each of us a gift and we are to be a light on a stand, a city on a hill. Or even a duck on the water.
We encountered this tree on our hike in the New River Gorge. From a distance, I really couldn’t tell what it was. Only once I got closer could I see it was a tree. What makes a tree grow like this? Something obviously happened – lightning? Another tree falling on it? Maybe a person intentionally bent it.
The New River is well known for whitewater rafting and kayaking. The Lower New River has a vertical drop of 250 feet in 16 miles, much of which occurs in a series of rapids. Those rapids are barely visible as whitewater in this photo taken about 1000 feet above the river. They are much more impressive up close, as seen and experienced on the water. The more challenging rapids (class III, IV and V) have detailed descriptions online including instructions on how to best navigate them.
Life has plenty of “rapids”. Fortunately, we also have instructions on how to navigate them.
This photo was taken not too long before sunset at New Smyrna Beach. I take a lot more sunrise pictures here – you don’t actually see the sun setting; the view is ENE. The sky caught my attention this evening with the moon and mix of colors in the clouds.
A wonderful reminder that God can not only be found in unexpected places but also at unexpected times.