God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Paradoxical

On the fourth day of our Utah trip, we drove through the Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument. We decided to do the hike to the Lower Calf Creek Falls. The falls were certainly beautiful, but this little pond was an unexpected bonus.

It was well after sunrise, but we were in enough of a valley that the water was mostly in shadows. It looked completely different as we hiked back from the falls. More (direct) light resulted in seeing less color. Quite a paradox.

In the Gospels, we are given many paradoxical statements about the Kingdom of God. It is like a mustard seed; it is like yeast. It is like a treasure hidden in a field or a fine pearl. It belongs to the little children. It is in our midst.

The kingdom of heaven is beyond our understanding, yet an everyday experience!

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What a Wonderful World

This photo is from road leading into the Kolob Canyon section of Zion NP. I was struck by the sharp contrasts in colors: blue sky, red rock, green trees.

The “trees of green” and “skies of blue” made me think of the song “What a Wonderful World” written by Bob Thiele and George Weiss and memorably sung by Louis Armstrong.

Truly, what a wonderful world God has given us to live in.

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The Eye

This is another photo from Zion National Park. This one is from the Angel’s Landing Trail. I don’t think we saw a cloud the first 5 days of our trip. It is difficult to get a good picture when the sun is so bright. I was happy to get a blue sky even though there is significant artifact.

The human eye is amazing. Very often, a camera is simply not able to capture what the eye can see unassisted.

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Be Prepared

I have been trying to get a good spider web photo for years. This is by far the best I have gotten. As often happens, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time (with phone in hand). I was on a Sunday morning run when I saw this web glistening in the sun. It was easy to see from far away.

So often we find God when we aren’t even really looking. A good reason to always be prepared.

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The New Normal

This is a photo I took a couple of weeks ago at the Sweet Arrow Park. It is still a relatively new park but has become a regular place for me to hike or run since it is so close to our home.

Forming good habits is difficult. (Breaking bad habits can be even more difficult.) Lots of people have formed new habits during this pandemic. “The new normal” is a phrase that is being used to describe many things that are different now like attending church online. Long walks/hikes. Regular quiet time for reflections.

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