God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Change

This is a photo of Root Glacier joining with Kennicott Glacier (in Wrangell-St Elias National Park). This was the view from our flight from Chitina to McCarthy. Specifically, you see the terminal moraines of these glaciers. It may look like just dirt, but it is actually a mixture of dirt and ice many feet thick.

It boggles my mind to think how glaciers have formed the valleys at places like Yosemite and all over Alaska. Great change often happens at such a slow pace that we barely notice it.

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Just a View

Nebesna Rd, Wrangell-St Elias NP

This was our lunch spot on a day we got up early to drive from Fairbanks to Wrangell-St Elias National Park. We found a picnic table here with this fantastic view. It seemed odd that there was a single table and toilet here and not much else. On the other hand, not much else was needed besides the view!

Often, you don’t have to look hard to find the beauty in creation!

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Change

This is a photo of Portage Lake on the Kenai Peninsula. It is named for Portage Pass which is to the left at the far end of the lake. Portage Pass was the route taken by miners and before that traders traveling from the Prince William Sound to Turnagain Arm. It was a trip of about 30 miles one way and typically took over 2 weeks. Portage Glacier once filled this valley but now has receded the to right of the far end of the lake. It was visible from this spot until the 1990s.

Change is inevitable in our world. Inevitable and the source amazing beauty.

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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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