Friday, October 15, 2021

Summertime Treasures

Yes, these pictures are taken this past summer.

I love going out a while before sunset and perhaps find some special treasures. 

One of those treasures were the White-tailed deer that came out of the woods to feed on a field of bean plants.

Are those little guys not the cutest?

I have many more pictures of the deer and will most certainly be sharing more from time to time.

On another drive, on a very hot summer day, I was passing some old buildings when I noticed the birds.
A Western Meadowlark and a Mourning Dove were sharing the rooftop perch.

The area I was in is called Mowbray and at one time it had a school and hall, but now these old buildings, ready to fall down are all that is left. I thought the Meadowlark gave a fitting touch to this sign.

Another Meadowlark chose the top of an old chimney from which to sing.

One last look at a handsome buck. This one was walking across the meadow in front of my car. At one point I called out to him and asked him to stop and pose for me. This is what I got. Not bad, I would say.

 Closing Thought:

If you’re facing a tough day, know that you’re not alone.

God promises: “Never will I leave you or forsake you” 

Hebrews 13:5

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Choosing To See Beauty

I have titled this post, Choosing To See Beauty, for a good reason.

Do you see beauty when you look at a Turkey Vulture or a Thistle? I do and that is because I choose to see it.

OK, I will agree that the face of these vultures is not the most beautiful, but when they are soaring in the sky, it is pure beauty.

In the first picture you can clearly see those silver feathers that make these birds shine in the sky.

The Turkey Vulture is part of our rural cleanup crew. They devour a lot of carrion, thus keeping our roads cleaner.

What about the Thistle? Do you think of it as a beautiful flower or a weed to be done away with?

I am aware that farmers don't like these plants, but I still think these flowers have extraordinary beauty.

The rich color of this flower is eye-catching.

Even the bud has spectacular beauty. No, I don't want to touch it, those spikes are sharp, but it looks striking.

A word of encouragement, try to find beauty in all of nature around you.


Saturday, October 9, 2021

Evening Treasures

This past summer I found a good spot from which to watch the White-tailed Deer. I spent many an evening up there waiting for these beautiful animals to come out and feed on the fresh leaves of the beans growing in this field.

I saw as many as six bucks at once, some small ones and a few that looked really good. They were still in velvet at the time.

The does and the younger ones seemed to stay to themselves, but all were beautiful.

When the light got a little low,  I turned my attention to the setting sun. During these days we had a lot of smoke in the air and that gave some unique sunsets.

The sun changed looks as it dropped down.

I like how the sun is just kissing the tops of the trees.
The air was heavy with smoke and I'm sure it was difficult for those with breathing problems.

I make it my goal to try to see beauty in all of nature.

 How strange that nature does not knock, and yet it does not intrude. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Threatening Yet Beautiful

As the last couple of hours of September 2021 slowly tick away, let's look forward to what October has in store for us.

Today the pictures are from this past summer. Yes, our summer storms may be past, but we can be assured that they will be back next year.

On this particular evening, the sky looked almost threatening, but it was also filled with beauty.

Looking to the west, over Lake Minniwasta, the sunset is reflected in the lake, giving a double beauty.

I turned around and noticed the clouds to the east were also lit up and looking lovely.

The evening started out looking uneventful, but turned out to result in spectacular beauty.the colors became richer and brighter as the moments ticked away.

Such display of color in the sky almost takes my breath away. each wisp of cloud is tinged in a gorgeous shade of pink.

Something To think About:

If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.



Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Simple Roadside Flowers

Most of the summer the roadsides have delicate beauty in them. Sometimes we need to stop and get out of the vehicle to really appreciate this beauty.

Today, as we are already in the fall season, I invite you to enjoy a few of those summer roadside treasures.

Each flower has it's own beauty, just as each person has their own special beauty.

Of course, one of my favourites is the simple Wild Rose. As I bent down to try for a closer shot, I was surprised by the added visitor. As much as I don't like grasshoppers, this baby seemed innocent.

The wild Monarda is delicate and pretty.

Later in the summer the Milkweed shows up.The true beauty off these flowers can best be seen up close.

Look at the fine details in this tiny flower. Each of those pink balls will open up to reveal such beauty.

Something To Think About, especially as we approach the winter season.
 Photos are a return ticket to moment otherwise gone.


Summertime Treasures

Yes, these pictures are taken this past summer. I love going out a while before sunset and perhaps find some special treasures.  One of thos...