God in all things, Photography, Scenery

Knowing

As I have written about before, I’d like to take pictures that show a different perspective. This is a photo of Anglin Falls near Berea, KY from our hike at the beginning of February.

It’s a good to try and see things from different perspectives. I’ve been reading recently about the difference between knowing something from a book knowledge perspective (studying) versus knowing based on personal experience.

Knowing God is much more about experience than studying.

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The Long View

If you look closely at these two photos, you’ll see that the water looks very different between the two. The first is a “regular” photo; the second is an iPhone “long exposure.”

I written many times about seeing things differently from different perspectives. I like how these photos illustrate what a difference it makes to view a situation from the long (time) perspective.

(Photo: Ohanapecosh River, near Mt Ranier)

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Highlights

This photo was taken on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone at Inspiration Point. When I was first reviewing the pictures from this spot, I did not initially realize that the Lower Falls were in sight, because they are so far off in the distance. In fact, it is difficult to determine (from this photo) if the falls are on the same river as seen at the bottom of the canyon. We had just come from the Lower Falls, so I already knew they were. Not to mention the multiple maps showing the connection.

Even if we can’t easily connect all the points, the highlights clearly stand out. And while we often remember these as “God moments”, God is with us in the valleys too.

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What’s in a name?

This is a photo of the Yellowstone River, taken from the top of the lower falls. That mist at the bottom of the photo is coming from the falls. The name, Yellowstone, was from the Hidatsa name which was translated as Yellow Rock River. It is not certain what the origin of this name was but it seems possible that it is related to the color of the rock in the Grand Canyon as seen in this photo.

God is identified as “Yahweh” in the Bible, usually translated as “LORD” in English. Yahweh is actually pronunciation of the Hebrew for “I am.” A simple name with deep meaning. God is and was and always will be. The source of all that exists. Even yellow rock.

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Disappointed?

This photo of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River was taken from a spot called “Artist Point.” It was originally named in 1883 by Frank Jay Haynes (official photographer of Yellowstone NP) who mistakenly believed that the point was where Thomas Moran painted his famous 1872 depiction of the falls. The original painting is displayed in the Smithsonian Museum. It has been determined that the view was from the north rim. However, I am sure many artists have painted the falls from this point, so it is still a good name.

I mistakenly thought we would be able to see both the Upper and Lower Falls from this spot. I was disappointed to find out there was nowhere you could see both falls at the same time.

How often are we disappointed with God’s blessings?

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Seeing God – Yellowstone

We just got back from a week at Yellowstone NP and I’ll be posting photos for next next few weeks. As I mentioned in my last post, it isn’t difficult to see God in a place like Yellowstone.

Like many people, I knew Old Faithful was in Yellowstone, and that the park was one of the largest and oldest National Parks in the US. It is in fact the oldest, and second largest outside Alaska.

It is home to half of the world’s geysers and hydrothermal features. Also, the largest high elevation lake in the US and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Not to mention various wild animals, including ~4000 bison.

Photo: Upper Falls of Yellowstone River (Chittenden Bridge in distance)

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Blessings

This a photo of Virginia Falls, also from Glacier NP 2 years ago. I’m not sure why, but waterfalls make me think of God’s blessings. I guess because we sometimes speak of God’s blessings being poured out for us.

I found many definitions for “blessing,” but the ones I have in mind are “God’s favor” and “something that brings well-being.” Blessings impact our lives, in a positive way. Just as waterfalls can be dramatic or more subtle and inconspicuous, so can blessings. Waterfalls change the terrain (over a long period of time); blessings change our lives, sometimes it takes a long time to recognize these changes.

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