God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

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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Expectations

This photo is from White Sands NP and that evening was possibly the most spectacular sunset I have ever seen. And we almost missed it! We were driving from Guadalupe Mountains NP where we had spent the morning hiking. It was a very long drive and by the time we got to White Sands, it was so cloudy that I didn’t think we would be able to see the sun setting. Never happier to be wrong!

We have an amazingly poor ability to predict the future. I think our judgement is affected by our expectations which are closely tied to our desires.

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Partly cloudy

This photo was taken in mid-winter at Sweet Arrow Reserve. You can see a little snow on the ground and ice on the water. The trees are without any signs of life. But the sun is shining, brightening the day. It’s cloudy but there is blue sky above.

What do you see in the world around you? There is always good and bad; it’s important not to be too focused on either.

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Questions

We spent a week at the beach at the end of March. I enjoy running or walking along the beach and I try to always carry my phone with me because you never know when you will see something like this.

I was fascinated by the way these birds were lining up facing the wind. It makes me think “what do they know?” It certainly didn’t seem random; I saw other groups of this same bird doing the same thing. Instinct? What does “instinct” even mean?

I ask a lot of questions than I can find not find the answers for. And I think that is a good thing.

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Truth

What was the first thing you noticed about the photo? Probably not that it was upside down. The reflection in the water (Gem Lake in RMNP) is so clear that it looks more “real” than the actual rock and trees.

We learn to rely on what we “see”, but our expectations sometimes allow us to be deceived. There is one absolute Truth in our lives.

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Pleasantly Surprised

This is another photo from the 50k in Creede, Colorado. You can easily see the trail in the middle of the photo. You can’t see the trail to the far left and rather than fading into the distance, the trail disappears over a small hill. Despite not seeing it, our minds create an image of what the trail should look like before and after what we can actually see.

Sometimes it works the same way in our daily journey. Even when we can’t see exactly what is ahead, we fill in the details in our mind. Which can lead to unrealistic expectations. Or pleasant surprises.

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Looking Back

This photo was taken looking back at the trail we had just covered during the Creede 50k. The notch that we passed through was an elevation of just over 12,000 feet. I continue to be amazed at how different the view looking down a hill compared the view looking up the same hill.

For me, this is a great reminder of the importance of not just looking ahead but also taking the time to look back. And reflect!

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Stop and Savor

Clinton Gulch Reservoir, near Breckinridge

I remember seeing this reservoir as we were driving from Creede to Estes Park in Colorado. There was a small parking lot on the far side, so we stopped to get out and walk around. It was beautiful – the sun was shining brightly, the water was deep blue, the trees so green. We got several pictures of ourselves with this as the background.

It would have been so easy to just drive right by without stopping. How often do we pass by true beauty because we are in too much of a hurry.

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