God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Paths

This is a photo at Bryce Canyon at the end of the day. I love the view of the winding trail from this vantage point. Why does the path weave so back and forth? Sometimes it is to go around obstacles. Other times it is to make it easier to go up a steep hill. And sometimes it’s to purposely take you out of the way to see a view you would not have otherwise had.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Psalms 25:4

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Openings

This is another photo from Bryce. The trail wound back and forth, around the hoodoos. Occasionally the trail actually went through the rock. Sometimes you could see the opening ahead; other times you rounded a corner and there it was!

In life, it often seems like we need to avoid or “overcome” obstacles. Now and then, God places a “opening” where we most need it.

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God working

Bryce Canyon is technically not a canyon because it was not formed by erosion from a central river/stream. Instead, it was formed by surface erosion which resulted in a series of large amphitheaters. The largest is Bryce Amphitheater, shown in this photo. It is 12 miles long, 3 miles wide and 800 feet deep. (Info from Wikipedia)

I never had any interest in learning about Bryce until I had been there. Our experiences shape our lives, probably much more than we realize and in ways that we do not always understand. Or necessarily appreciate.

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Sing Praise

May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works— who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. Psalms 104:31-34

(Photo: Scenic Drive, Kolob Canyon, Zion NP)

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Who is my neighbor?

This photo is from the Middle Taylor Creek Trail in Zion NP. As I took this picture, I was focused on the dead tree, and the mountain peak in the distance. Not sure I noticed the boulder or scattered branches and smaller rocks on the ground.

What makes us notice some things we encounter and oblivious to other things? I’m not just talking about objects. We may hear about terrible things happening on the other side of the world and it has little impact on us. If we see the same thing happening it has more of an impact. And if it happens to a family member of close friend, it can seem devastating.

We are called to care for not just those who are close, but all of our “neighbors” and even our enemies.

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What a Wonderful World

This photo is from road leading into the Kolob Canyon section of Zion NP. I was struck by the sharp contrasts in colors: blue sky, red rock, green trees.

The “trees of green” and “skies of blue” made me think of the song “What a Wonderful World” written by Bob Thiele and George Weiss and memorably sung by Louis Armstrong.

Truly, what a wonderful world God has given us to live in.

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Awe & Wonder

This is another photo of the Virgin River in Zion NP. The river bottom is covered with large rocks. And then there are many boulders in and along the river. It seems amazing that all of these rocks and boulders have been carried through the canyon by the river. It is a striking display of the power of rushing water.

Awe & Wonder

Who can fathom all that You’ve done?

Earth, stars, and sun, in one breath

Who can fathom the depth of Your love?

The reach of Your mercy knows no end

I want to see Your glory, feel Your thunder

Always filled with awe and wonder

Behold Your beauty, all Your splendor

Always filled with awe and wonder

(Song by Andrew Holt, Austin Davis, Daniella Mason)

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Upstream/Downstream

This photo is from point where the Orderville Canyon joins the Narrows in Zion NP. Just up the Virgin River (to the left) leads to Wall Street, the narrowest section of the canyon.

We went only a hundred yards or so to the left and then turned around. I did a similar distance through the Orderville Canyon before turning around.

This hike was an amazing experience. Over half of it is spent actually walking in the water of the Virgin River. At the deepest points, it was just above mid-thigh. I thought walking upstream would be harder, working against the current. But it turns out walking downstream was a similar challenge. A lesson for life also?

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