Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Harshness and Beauty of Winter

We are winding down with winter,I hope. I do mostly enjoy winter, but the really cold days are not what I enjoy.Winter has so much beauty, but it also has a very harsh side.Today I hope to show you both of these.

On  a sunny winter day one small tree casts a shadow on the snow. It may be cold, but from the warmth of my car it is still beautiful.

Somebody forgot to give this bird the memo, that he should fly south in fall. This one and a friend have been around all winter.You can tell it is cold by the way the heated birdbath is almost covered with frost. The Robins have come daily to get some warm water to drink.

Like I said, winter has a harsh side. The reality is that with all the snow we've had and then add some wind, roads begin to look like this.No,I did not try to drive through this, but might well have have made it.Since I was out here with the car and had no need to go further,I decided to turn around.

The wind has blown the snow into beautiful sculptures.

 I had Steve and Kai with me so despite the cold wind, pictures had to be made. They were both dressed very warmly, so really didn't feel the cold.

I also said that winter has a lot of beauty. An earlier snow that stuck to everything, created this kind of beauty. This has turned a small shrub into a work of art.

The wind blows where it will and in so doing, it creates unique and fascinating scenes. Just look at that sharp layer of snow blown over the edge of a snowdrift.I am always amazed at how the wind can do this. I guess I should not be amazed, because God directs the wind.

Thought for Today:
The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to seeing them that we call them ordinary things. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Come with me as we step back to about 2005.By looking at these pictures,I would guess it must have been in the fall of the year. I am sharing them for no other reason than that I like them and the time spent getting these pictures was a happy time. Jake and I spent precious time together enjoying the beauty God has created.
To the best of my recollection, these pictures are all taken in the Assiniboine Forest in Winnipeg.I don't have a lot of details about the forest, but I do know that it is in Winnipeg and it is a lovely place to walk and enjoy nature.

A path like this is charming and makes me want to see what is around the next bend.

Some of the paths are narrower,but all are well maintained. 

I don't recall seeing many birds or other wildlife, but the walk through the forest was very enjoyable.

The fall colours add to the beauty of the scenes.Can't you almost smell that distinctive fall smell, even while looking at this picture?

Just so we don't forget that winter need not be over just yet,I will add a more recent shot. In my part of the world, we can get some very heavy snows in March,so although it is very pleasant now, we might well see more snow and even storms.This picture was taken a few years ago and shows the end of a branch on one of the evergreens, all coated with frost.

Life may not always give us what we want but through it all let these words be an encouragement:
So,amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.
(from the song Count Your blessings)