Friday, February 29, 2008

Crack in tree stump 5

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Crack in tree stump 4

You're looking at this tree's diary, a year-by-year record of rain, sun, snow, wind, cold, heat, and growth.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Crack in tree stump 3

Slow growth caused the rings, age caused the death of the tree, and exposure to the harsh elements caused the crack. It takes time for beauty to develop!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Crack in tree stump 2

It's the knots and variations and inconsistencies in the wood that make it interesting--just like people.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Crack in tree stump

Yes, indeed, I look for cross material when I have camera in hand. When I saw this beautiful curved crack in a bare stump in Rocky Mountain National Park, I saw crosses--lots of them!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Dead tree, Sprague Lake 4

The elegance of this dead tree cross is a reminder that beauty is not restricted to the young. At every stage of life, even old age and death, there is the potential for beauty.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Dead tree, Sprague Lake

The flat and smooth hike around Sprague Lake is probably the easiest trek in Rocky Mountain National Park; a simple, delightful experience.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sprague Lake, dead tree 2

Yet another example of beauty to be found in things not-so-obviously beautiful.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Dead tree, Sprague Lake

We're going to be spending an extended time exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, not a hard place to imagine the presence of God, even when the subject is a dead tree.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Light sticks 4

Monday, February 18, 2008

Light sticks 3

This is a popular spot at the Children's Museum because children are instinctively drawn to light--a sign of the image of God within them.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Light sticks 2

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Light sticks

I've got more "gold lining" crosses of the morning sky, but let's switch to some crosses created by artificial light. These light sticks are for the delight of children at the Dupage Children's Museum in Naperville, Illinois.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Gold Lining 9

It's the darkness of the cloud that draws your eye to the light--in photos and in life.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Gold Lining 8

God to you: "Will you be my Valentine?"

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Gold lining 7

You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.

Psalm 18:28

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Gold lining 6

He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit,
and I will live to enjoy the light.

Job 33:28

Monday, February 11, 2008

Gold lining 5

Still think "here and now" is all there is?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Gold lining 4

"He wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent."

Psalm 104:2

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Gold lining 3

This golden light took 8 1/2 minutes to travel the 93,000,000 from the sun. If you look out the window, the light you see has just finished that same long journey. Lots of traveling in this universe!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Gold lining 2

. . . a window of fire into the great beyond . . .

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Gold lining

This past July, the morning sky over Schuler, Nebraska featured these gold-edged clouds. A series of photographs is transformed into a series of crosses . . .

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


A wonderful antidote for yesterday's blizzard.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Reminder of summer

Perhaps, here in the midst of winter, it's time for a reminder that the warmth of summer WILL come. These rudbeckia (black-eyed susans) are perennials, their roots waiting patiently in the cold and frozen ground, ready to spring up with new life when the time and temperature are right. A marvelous sign of hope!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Switchgrass 2

If you're interested in learning more about the energy potential of switchgrass, click here.

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