God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Great Salt Lake

This photo was taken while hiking in the Wasatch Range just east of Salt Lake City. The view is of Antelope Island which sits in the Great Salt Lake. The Great Salt Lake is a remnant of Lake Bonneville which once covered over 22,000 square miles (about the size of Lake Michigan). There are three rivers that more than 1 million tons of minerals into the lake each year; water only leaves by evaporation. Consequently, the lake has a higher salinity than the ocean. It is tempting to think of the lake as unable to support life due to its high mineral concentration, but it contains brine shrimp and supports millions of various birds.

The lake’s size fluctuates substantially with variation in the rainfall. In 1963, it reached its lowest recorded size at 950 square miles, and in 1988 the surface area was at the historic high of 3,300 square miles.

I see so many parallels with our lives. We receive so much from others. What we take in is what we have to give out. We provide much more support to others than we could imagine. Our ups and downs are largely a result of our circumstances.

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Contrast

There are so many amazing things to see in Yellowstone. This area was one of the most unbelievable. This is a hot spring in the West Thumb Geyser Basin. There were many, some much closer to the lake. One, the Fishing Cone, is actually within the lake. It is so named because the water in it is so hot that you could catch fish from the lake and cook it in the hot spring without moving your feet.

Photos can provide contrast in multiple ways: light/dark, sharp/blurry, a rainbow of colors. It’s not hard to imagine the heat and cold in this image. Life also provides us with strong contrasts: joy/sorrow, pain/pleasure, wisdom/confusion.

We are living in a time of great contrasts. God is present in all of it.

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First Reactions

This is a photo of Bear Lake, which suits on the Utah/Idaho border. The drive there from Salt Lake City is very scenic but full of twists and turns. I remember coming around a corner and seeing the lake. It was a cloudless day (two days before this photo was taken) and it was striking how blue the water looked.

It makes me wonder what reaction the Israelites had when they first saw the promised land, a land “flowing with milk and honey.” God’s goodness is hard to fully appreciate!

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Peace

For various reasons, the word that comes to mind when I look at this photo is “peaceful.” I realized long ago that being near the ocean or other large body of water gave me a feeling of peace. The sun and mild breeze add to the peaceful feeling. Peace is so much more than the absence of conflict (worldly peace).

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

John 14:27

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