Thursday, November 8, 2018

that day

















it was gray 
that day

rain fell
in fits and
starts

leaves fell too

silently swirling
to the damp
dark ground

just maybe 
i had found my way
to the old neighborhood 

because people in my life
were falling too

bravely
quietly

gently




“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”~Ansel Adams


What a beautiful day, that day was. I wish you could have seen the color, and the light. Hoping this image will give you a glimpse of what it was like.




Wednesday, October 24, 2018

signs







































there’s a soybean field
near my house

i walk to it 
some mornings

the soybeans are brown now
but the field is surrounded
by cottonwood trees

their leaves glisten 
like golden 
hummingbird wings

i see deer tracks too

at the edge 
of the field



“I hold not with the pessimist that all things are ill, nor with the optimist that all things are well.  All things are not well, but all things shall be well, because this is God’s world. “   ~Robert Browning


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

words to a wildflower






































i see you there
reminding me

beautiful 

in all your stages
of dying


“All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass.  The grass withers, and the flower fades .”……so “teach me to number my days that i might have a heart of wisdom. “
1Peter 1:24, Psalm 90:12

It is sometimes the mystery of death that brings one to a consciousness of the still greater mystery of life.  ~Kate Douglas Wiggin, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm



Saturday, October 6, 2018

free range and fresh

















she sat down by me
at the meeting that day
(the farmer's young wife)
placing a carton of eggs
on the table

"an extra dozen"
she said

excitedly
i claimed them

perfectly shaped

green, speckled
brown and white

eggs
beautiful eggs


"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting-a wayside sacrament.  Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's a grand life when something as simple as a dozen eggs can evoke a sense of wonder.  tw

"The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946.  That is not very long ago.  Until then, where was all the food?  Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests.  It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides.  It was in the pantry, the cellar, the
backyard."  ~Joel Salatin, Folks This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World.

I love farmers!


Monday, October 1, 2018

beyond

















there's light
up there

there up
beyond

the shadows


Watch the news, look at the headlines and all we see is darkness.....but.....

"God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all."  1 John 1:5

"We live in the shadowlands. The sun is always shining somewhere else. Round the bend of a road. Over the bough of a hill."  C.S. Lewis, Shadowlands




Monday, August 27, 2018

remedy

















i visited
the sunflower fields
last week

and their faces
did not
fail


" The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God.  Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles."   ~Anne Frank



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

that moment in the rainforest


















after clicking
the shutter

i shuddered
in awe

at the green
into green

the path yet
unseen

and the
bridge


This week I was made aware of the passing of a beautiful thirty eight year old mother.  She simply stopped breathing in her sleep, leaving four young daughters and a loving husband.  Most of us have experienced the loss of someone unexpectedly. We have experienced shock, disbelief, anger, confusion, pain, and many other emotions that repeat themselves in no particular order, as we adjust to a new normal in our lives.

It is during such times that I find myself seeking beauty.....desiring to hear from God through His creation that what has just happened isn't really the end of the story.  Today, as I looked back through photos taken in Olympic National Park, i was encouraged by this one. It seemed to be a good visual of the Christian's belief that death is indeed a bridge and not a final destination.


"Let your hearts take courage. Hope in God."
"Jesus was raised from the dead and named the firstborn of us who follow." (See Colossians 1:18)

Below is a photo of Wynter Pitts and her family. Read about her life. She left a wonderful legacy.


                                                               Well done Wynter.