Arbor Day

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Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky. Kahlil Gibran Today is Arbor Day! The origins of this observance go back a long time – to Nebraska in 1872. More than a million trees were planted across the Cornhusker State on that single day. The idea spread not only to the rest of the … Continued

First Flowers of Spring

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“The season of singing has come.” Indeed! If you live in a warmer climate, this is probably old news. 🙂 However, at this point in late April, even those of us in areas with less forgiving weather are seeing many welcome signs of spring. Have the gardens in your area begun coming to life?

Come and See What God Has Done

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Come and see what God has done… Psalm 66:5 Especially in our National Parks, the spectacular beauty of the natural world which has been gifted to us by our Heavenly Father is on full display. (The image featured here was made at Bryce Canyon NP.) But nature’s beauty is everywhere. One need not jet off … Continued

Morning by Morning

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Are you a morning person – or a night owl? I’m definitely in the former camp. My preference for the beginning of the day has only been magnified since I started making landscape photographs. When I lived in New Hampshire’s Seacoast, it was much easier to make daybreak images than those after sunset. End-of-the-day locations … Continued

The Gate of the Year

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It’s a tradition here on New Year’s Eve to run a graphic featuring an excerpt from the lovely poem God Knows – commonly known as The Gate of the Year – written in the early part of the 20th century. (This year’s photo was made at the Morton Arboretum in Chicago earlier this month.) I thought you might enjoy … Continued

Spotlight on Orphan Grain Train

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We have been honored over the years to make appreciation plaques for churches and service organizations all across the country. It occurred to me the other day that readers of our blog may be interested in knowing more about some of what these folks are doing. So today, I’m shining the spotlight on Orphan Grain … Continued

Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation Through the Rear-View Mirror

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What follows below is the exact wording of Proclamation 118, signed by Abraham Lincoln in October of 1864 – making Thanksgiving Day an officially, government-recognized occasion. With the present-day willful misinterpretation of the establishment clause, one can only imagine the outcry and indignation had this been proposed in 2016. While there is absolutely nothing which … Continued

Come and See What God Has Done

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Come and see what God has done… Psalm 66:5 If you’re a regular visitor here – or over at our Facebook page – you know this verse is the basis for what has become a long-running series. “Come and see” indeed! God has surrounded us with beauty in the natural world. One need not jet … Continued

Come and See What God has Done

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Whenever I’m in the field with my camera, I am reminded what a privilege it is to spend so much time surrounded by the beauty God created for us in nature. Even if the conditions are uncooperative and I don’t return with the image I’d hoped to make, it can never be a truly “bad … Continued

The Lord’s Day

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Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

Father’s Day Musings

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How I miss my dad. (Mom, too…) As I grew older, and as he moved into his retirement years – freed from long hours on the job, I discovered that this was a guy who was up for just about anything. Since we both loved to travel, we’d meet up once a year in a … Continued

Come and See!

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Come and see what God has done… Indeed! The wildflowers are beginning to bloom in Grand Teton National Park. Here, balsamroot decorate the fields with pops of yellow.