God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Stabilizing

This is a photo of Great Sand Dunes NP in Colorado (seen in the distance). It is an amazing landscape with a fascinating geologic history. This valley was once covered by a lake. Sediment from the surrounding mountains filled the valley and the lake receded. Exposed sand was blown by the predominant southwest winds toward the Sangre de Cristos mountains, but during storms the winds blow back toward the valley. These opposing winds cause the dunes to grow higher and higher. Small dunes continue to form in the surrounding sand and migrate across grasslands, joining the main dunefield. Some of these migrating dunes become covered by grasses and shrubs and stop migrating.

There are multiple terms we could use for the stabilizing influences in our lives: rock (on which we stand) and anchor (for our boat in a storm) come immediately to mind. I guess we can add the grass and shrubs (for our sand dune).

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Timing

This photo was taken at the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska. There were several birds on this small lake. It didn’t take too long to get a photo of one flying just above the water surface.

We also saw several sandhill cranes wandering around the fields. We heard that we missed the primary migration by a few weeks, when thousands of the sandhill cranes gather in the fields.

There is a rhythm to life. God’s timing is perfect.

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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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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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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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