God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Little Joys

This is a view overlooking Horseshoe Lake in Denali National Park. The lake sits on the East side of the park, near the Nenana River. There were beavers at work in the lake; we saw a couple of them swimming through the water with small tree branches. Not sure we would have even noticed if there had not been signs pointing out the beaver dam.

How often do we miss noticing the “little joys” in our lives?

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Solid Ground

This is a photo of Savage River, where we did our first hike in Denali. It was also the farthest (15 miles) you could drive a private vehicle into the park without a special permit (available through a lottery). We took the bus further into the park the next day. I recently heard that the road is now completely closed at mile 43 due to a landslide. This is not a new problem; it is actually a rock glacier which has been moving since the 1960’s. This summer, the rate of movement increased to 10 inches per day!

In the Gospel, we are told about the importance of building on solid ground. The parable is about a house, but it obviously applies to roads as well!

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Receiving a Photo

Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords NP

I read a reflection this week from the Center for Action and Contemplation. It was taken from “Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice” by Christine Valters Paintner. She talks about our use of the word “take” to describe photography. She proposes that what we are actually doing is receiving the gifts around us. We need to be open to receiving a photographic moment when it arrives.

“We can create conditions for a ‘good’ photo, but ultimately we must stand in a posture of receiving and see what actually shows up in the image.”

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Truth

We truly live in an Information Age! This photo was taken at Sweet Arrow Reserve near Bellbrook. I wanted to learn what this purple flower is. Lots of information pops up on the internet when you search “purple black eyed susan flower.” I found that this is a coneflower (Echinacea). Echinacea is a supplement used to “boost” the immune system, and there are numerous studies that show it may or may not have a beneficial effect.

We live in a time when it is relatively easy to find good information on so many different topics. But it is important to remember that there is still only one source of truth.

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Rivers of Tea

This photo was taken in June at Congaree National Park. If you look at the far edge of the water, you see that the water is a dark brown color. At first we assumed it was muddy, but when you approached the edge of the river you could see through the water very easily. We were told that the brown color was due to tannins from leaves and tree bark. It could be thought of as a River of tea!

Those around us have a profound effect upon us (and vice versa).

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Support

This is a photo taken at Congaree National Park in June. These are cypress 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.

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Standing Out

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.

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