Saturday, July 31, 2010

Thunderstorms !

It's Saturday early evening,and once again we have a weather watch.
To the west of us the skies are dark and threatening.
With this in mind I take your back to Monday of this week to show you what the sky looked like then.

Looking to the north east,this was what we saw.
That one had passed us.
Is that not an impressive sight?

I zoomed in for a closer shot,and this is what I got.
The awesome power in a storm cloud like this makes me feel so small.

As the sun set the scene became one of fiery beauty.
This was looking to the south.
Each cloud was alive with color.

Turning the camera west,this was the scene.
It makes me think of fire in the sky.
The distant clouds outlined with bright orange and yellow.

One last look west,to see incoming thunderheads,all highlighted by the setting sun.

The thought for today is a longer one,but I urge you to take the time to read through the words of this song.

O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing His power and His love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.
The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, Thy power hath founded of old;
Established it fast by a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.
Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.


Dorothy said...

Fitting hymn for your pictures. I love all those great old hymns! Your pictures are stunning, as usual! Thanks for posting! Happy Sunday!

Karin said...

Those have been similar to the scenes we've seen! You're the one with the absolutely stunning and fantastic pictures of God's amazing handiwork. Love the hymn!

Ruth said...

Beautiful yet powerful! I like Psalm 29 which describes a thunderstorm. I hope none of the storms are causing destruction.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Wow Ruth---that is all-powerful for sure... You captured some great pictures of the thunderclouds. AWESOME!!!!!!

O Worship the King is one of my favorite hymns... I love it.... I found myself singing it as I went back through your fabulous pictures.

Hope the storms stayed/stay away from you...


Diane said...

These are magnificent pictures, Ruth. Awesome...where you live it must be flatter than here. Sometimes those thunderstorms sneak up on us because of the mountains to our west. This is a beautiful hymn and perfect for these pictures. Diane

Dawning Inspiration said...

Incredible shapes, forms and color. wow.

Rick said...

AWEsome and AWE-inspiring photos ! I love thunderstorms - they are so powerful and remind us of He who even commands the winds and stills the storms. Beautiful hymn !

Mary said...

Perfect! I sat here and sang through all the words :-)I attend a church that doesn't use the old hymns and I miss them so much! They just don't write good hymns like that any more. Such magesty! I love the photos...that storm cloud is really awesome looking! I don't think I've seen a decent sunset all summer. Thanks for a post that really made my day for me.

Valerie said...

That is one of my most favorite hymns! The words are so true!

Amazing sky shots! from the first to the last I am amazed at the ever changing and very power the sky exudes - and that is just a spec of our great and powerful God.

Just a beautiful post!

I love the header too - especially the top right! My favorite flower!

Montanagirl said...

Your photos are fabulous! The formations and those colors. WOW! The verse is really nice too. Your photos make me think of the song: "How Great Thou Art".
Ruth: Explain to me how you did the framing or the borders in your header photos please. Thanks.

D said...

Ruth and Jake, incredible! and incredibly beautiful photos! The symmetry of the first one gives the appearance of the aftermath of an explosion. I must go back and look at these again.

And the words are mighty and powerful as well... so fitting. Thank you, and we hope your day is blessed.

jeanlivingsimple said...

A very fitting thought/song for your outstanding photos!!!

Willard said...

Stunning and amazing photos of the dramatic clouds.

Kay said...

Beautiful. Those first 3 sure have some uplift to them. Hope no funnels came down out of these clouds.

Coy Hill said...

Incredible beauty!

It is always a special moment when we take the time to admire the results of the master painter working his magic in the sky.

Chad said...

Came from Scott's site,wondered if you participated in his Sunday Sunset's. These would fit right in they are wonderful sunset photos. I couldn't see where you reside,your photos look like a night we had on wed.

Susan said...

Great pictures..I watched the clouds that evening too. The clouds and the colours were amazing. Everything was orange..looked like the clouds were on captured them perfectly. God is a great artist..only he can do that..Great post...

Leah said...

Wow, amazing!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful sky photos and hymn. The first shot is my favorite, the cloud formation is just fantastic. Have a great week! :)

April said...

Awesome skies where you are. The last picture of the thunderheads at sunset is stunning!

Monica H said...

These photos are really neat. I've always thought that it's the clouds that make a sunset so pretty.

LOVE the photos from manitoba too. That last one is just so serene.

Cicero Sings said...

I just realized I didn't have you earmarked on bloglines! I have remedied that!

What an amazing cloud.

I REALLY like the old hymns and wish we sang them more. If the pastor leads he makes sure we sing at least one and so do a couple of the other worship leaders. The guy that led today though thinks loud = worshipful and rarely sings a hymn. I still want to be able to hear at the end of the day! I already have ringing in one ear.

George said...

The hymn is a perfect ending for these glorious photos. This is a marvelous post.

Elaine said...

Gorgeous sunset shots!

Anita Johnson said...

We too have had beautiful clouds for the past few weeks. Your photos atr stunning!

S. Etole said...

What an amazing amount of color and movement ... indeed He is worthy!

Patty said...

Beautiful photos.

~Brenda said...

The photos are impressive! I am unfamiliar with the hymn however, it is very fitting with your photos.

My name is Riet said...

Oh Wow, beautiful pictures Ruth. Sometimes weather can be scary don't you think?

Carole Barkett said...

Awesome photos and thoughts to go with them.

LV said...

Thank you so much for your visit and kind words. You shared some very amazing sky sights. Nothing more beautiful than what our creator provides. Loved the words.

jalynn01 said...

Outstanding photos. When we see the awesome might of these clouds I wonder how some deny God! It's the perfect proof to me! Love all the post and the words to the hymn too.

chasity said...

incredibly breathtaking photos!!
and i do love that song.

Becky said...

As a local weather watcher, I take lots of cloud pictures, and these are some of the finest I've ever seen Ruth. I especially like the 2nd one.