God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Longing

This photo was taken during the Maah Daah Hey Trail run in July. It was hot – very hot. As you can see, there were a few trees but almost none provide shade for the trail. This lake was just over 8 miles into the run. Combine this with the fact that the first aid station was not until after mile 10 and you can understand why I was longing for cool water.

As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, the living God. Psalms‬ ‭42:2-3

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Long Time

This photo was taken just south of Medora on the Maah Daah Hey Trail which is a 144-mile single track trail that winds through the Little Missouri National Grasslands.The trail extends through the South Unit almost to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt NP.

Maah Daah Hey is a phrase from the Mandan Indians meaning “will be around for a long time.” That’s an interesting concept, a “long time.” We are told that to God, 1000 years are as a day (2 Peter 3:8). I can’t imagine what would seem a long time to God.

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Persistence

This was one of many different scenic views we had of the Little Missouri River in Theodore Roosevelet NP. The river (and its tributaries) are largely responsible for the formation of the Badlands in North Dakota, along with erosion from wind and rain.

It amazes me to see how great an impact a river can have on the landscape. Over thousands/millions of years, that is. Oh to develop a fraction of that persistence!

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Boiling

This picture was taken 3 years ago at the Boiling River in Yellowstone NP. It is called that because the geothermal water emerges from the ground and drains into the Gardner River here. It’s not quite boiling but it is hot enough to burn. The recent storms and flooding have completely changed the site; the path to walk from the parking has been washed away and river has changed its course so that the geothermal water no longer joins where it did before.

It is stunning to see pictures of roads washed out and bridges vanished. Another reminder of forces that dwarf the power of human efforts.

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Hearing

We stopped to spend the night in Asheville, NC on way to Kiawah this year. We met up with our son and his wife, also driving to Kiawah. We got up early the next morning and went for a hike on the Looking Glass Trail. This is a photo of the Looking Glass Falls which are close the the trailhead. The falls could be heard easily during the beginning of our hike, but quickly faded away.

It reminds me that to hear God, we need to remain close to God. What does it mean to be “close to God”? Regularly spending time in prayer, seeking God with our heart, loving our neighbor.

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Misleading

There are many sayings that are reminders that it is easy to be misled by what we see. Sayings such as “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” This photo reminds me of another one: “small but mighty.”

This is Old Man’s Creek going over the Lower Falls in Hocking Hills Park. This creek is responsible for creating Old Man’s Cave, which is not truly a cave but rather a very large recess in the rock. The gorge carved by the creek is over 1 mile long. The park has over 2 million visitors a year.

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Impressions

This is the lower falls of the Yellowstone River. Impressive even from almost a mile away. While we were there, I was able to experience the falls from the top and hike to the bottom of the falls as well as seeing them from the distance. Different aspects stand out from the different perspectives. It is dizzying to be at the top and look down. At the bottom, you get to experience the spray up close. But only from a distance are you able to appreciate context.

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Holy Ground

This photo was taken during our trip to Zion NP in 2020. I read recently that Zion had over 5 million visitors last year. It is easy to see why this park is so popular. Angel’s Landing (this hike) and The Narrows are two of the most famous hikes in the country.

The name Zion is a reference to a holy city or simply to holiness. The national park is definitely holy ground where God can be seen in so many ways.

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