God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Unexpected Times

This photo was taken not too long before sunset at New Smyrna Beach. I take a lot more sunrise pictures here – you don’t actually see the sun setting; the view is ENE. The sky caught my attention this evening with the moon and mix of colors in the clouds.

A wonderful reminder that God can not only be found in unexpected places but also at unexpected times.

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Up Close or Far Away

This photo was taken at Arches National Park of an area called the Fiery Furnace. It gets its name from the fiery red appearance at sunset. Not only is it dramatic from a distance, it is dramatic to hike through with numerous sandstone arches including the Walk Through Arch, Crawl Through Arch, Skull Arch, Kissing Turtles Arch, and Surprise Arch. To limit the impact on the environmental, a permit is required for access to the Fiery Furnace (or you can join a ranger-guided tour).

Creation, amazing up close or far away.

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Our Front Yard

I’ve been using photos from our trips out west over the past 4 months. Which have been very inspiring for me. Using photos from around Dayton is just not as inspiring. It is so true that we take for granted what is familiar to us.

This photo was taken in our front yard. That night I looked out and was struck by the sky. It makes me wonder how many times I’ve missed the beauty in my own “front yard”

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Cloudy Skies

This photo is from Arches National Park, near the end of our week in Utah. We had hardly seen a cloud in the sky prior to this day. The clouds started moving in by the end of the day and we saw little sun the rest of the week. Despite the clouds (because of the clouds?), there was a spectacular sunset this night.

This year certainly had its share of “clouds.” As we come to the end of the year, I can’t help but view the COVID vaccine as a spectacular “sunset” for 2020.

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Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock stands 128 feet tall. While it appears to be a balancing act, the upper rock of sandstone sits attached to the lower pedestal of mudstone which is eroding more rapidly. Eventually, the 3,600 ton boulder will come tumbling down as the erosion continues. In the winter of 1975-76, Balanced Rock’s smaller sibling “Chip-Off-the-Old-Block” collapsed. (See the National Park website for great “then and now” photos: https://www.nps.gov/arch/learn/photosmultimedia/then-and-now.htm).

Life changes and many of these changes may seem unwelcome. It requires trust that God is “sculpting” our lives into masterpieces.

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Stillness

This may not be the greatest quality photo, but it is good enough to give an idea of the incredible view of the stars at Bryce Canyon after sunset. In fact, the park is designated as a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association. In the absence of background noise (city lights), the Milky Way becomes plainly visible.

In a similar way, our routine day-to-day lives are filled with “noise.” How can we God among all the hustle and bustle? One way is to set aside time to be quiet and listen. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10

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Paths

This is a photo at Bryce Canyon at the end of the day. I love the view of the winding trail from this vantage point. Why does the path weave so back and forth? Sometimes it is to go around obstacles. Other times it is to make it easier to go up a steep hill. And sometimes it’s to purposely take you out of the way to see a view you would not have otherwise had.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Psalms 25:4

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God’s Cake

This was sunset on our first day at Zion. One of my friends suggested this as a great place to watch the sunset and she was certainly right. One of my wishes for our trip was to see the sun set from many different scenic views. For me, sunset caps a special day like icing on a cake.

If you look closely, you can see the road winding up from the bottom of the canyon. The road continues to pass through a tunnel that is approximately 1 mile long. There are multiple openings through the side of the canyon wall where you can see out from the tunnel; some are easily visible from this trail. We also saw some bighorn sheep scrambling on the rocks near the trailhead.

Photo: Canyon Overlook, Zion NP

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