December 17, 2011

Heavenly Splendor

I captured this photo of the full moon last Saturday. I believe David the Psalmist must have shared my great love for the beauty displayed in the skies. I hope the photo
and his words are as significant to you as they are to me.
“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?”
Psalm 8:3-4

December 3, 2011

Higher Heights!

 This turkey vulture was spotted by my great nephew Andrew as
I was driving him to visit a friend recently. I was glad that I was able to capture these photos without much obstruction to traffic.
When we came too close, it quietly moved to a higher location.

“For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.” ~ Psalm 108:4

November 21, 2011

Different but Special



I spotted this duck recently on one of my love nature walks and thought it looked a bit different. One birding expert identified it as a "Mallard duck mixed with some domestic variation." Another as a "possible crossbreed between a domestic duck and a Mallard." Still anothers: "not a true Mallard as a true mallard will have feathers that curl just above the tail feathers." It reminded me that we are all different, but very special to our Heavenly Father, I thought it deserved being displayed here. Let me know what your thoughts are!
So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. ~ Genesis 1:21

November 5, 2011

Fall Sunset

Even though seasons change, the splendor of sunsets remain unchangeable. 
On one of my recent fall walks, this blast of beauty  graced the western sky, accompanied me, Wrapping the end of day and my  nature loving soul in peace!
                     
“I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.” ~ Psalm 89:2








October 25, 2011

Solitude

This year, my mother and I spent another  wonderful weekend with the annual Women’s Encounter sponsored by a friends church. Again, we were 

encouraged to “come with an open heart, believing God for a life-changing encounter. Leave the world behind and come on the journey ~ He is waiting to meet you.”
 Away from the hustle and bustle nestled in solitude made it easy to meet with the Master. Our God met us, and we left refreshed, stronger, and most of all, grateful!
This cotton field was a special eye treat on the way home.

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 (NIV)
Photos: Spring Grove, Va.

October 2, 2011

To Think


that You call me
beautiful 
created in Your image2
fearfully and wonderfully made3
special4
the apple of Your eye5
accepted6
chosen7
precious8
loved9
simply amazes me!
1.Song of Solomon 6:4; 2. Genesis 1:27; 3. Psalms 139:14:  
4. Deuteronomy 7:6; 5. Zechariah 2:8; 
6. Ephesians 1:6: 7. John 15:16; 8. Isaiah 43:4;  
9.Jeremiah 31:3
Photos:  Muscovy Duck, Mallard Ducks; 
Double Knockout Rose
PhotosTaken at:


September 2, 2011

September Sunrise

The past
The present
The future

are all
in Your hands
today
O Lord
my hope1 
my strength2
my peace3
1. Psalm 71:5; 2. Psalm 19:14; 3. John 14:27
Photos taken 09/01/2011 ~ 6:35am

August 14, 2011

Eyes That See

In his book The Wonders of Creation, Alfred M. Rehwinkel states, “next to the vital organs on which life depends, the eye is one of the most precious gifts of the Creator to man.” 
Father thank you for giving me eyes that are able to see the beauty 
in flowers

in sunsets,
in birds
and in all the splendor of your creation.
                                       Amen!
Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man's behalf! ~ Psalm 66:5 (NIV)
Photos:  Canada  GooseCardoon Bloom; Evening Sunset;  Great Blue Heron; Killdeer Plover
Taken at: Norfolk Botanical Garden;   Mt. Trashmore Park

July 31, 2011

Dolphin Watching

Last week, we braved scorching summer temperatures taking an excursion with the Virginia Aquarium And Marine Science Center  to view the bottle-nose dolphins in the brilliant blue waters off the Virginia Beach coast. The next 90 minutes were filled with lively entertainment as families of dolphins frolicked and performed acrobatic feats
For many with cameras including myself, photographic agility was considered an asset and I was rewarded with these photos. It was a trip worth every minute of the 97 degree heat.
The bottle-nose dolphin ~ another wonder of creation for my nature loving eyes to feast on. Thank you Heavenly Father!
  “So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems … and God saw that it was good  ~ for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Genesis 1:21; Revelation 4:11

July 18, 2011

Sunset Progressions 11


If I was a highway engineer, I would make certain that lookouts were placed in strategic spots on major highways.
This would ensure that others and I are who are fascinated by sunrises and sunsets would be able not only to stop and admire, but capture their beauty on camera. Wishful thinking? Maybe.
Meanwhile, these most recent sunset splendor photos were taken from two more easily accessible lookout spots ~ my neighborhood pool and Food Lion’s parking lot. Over the years, I cannot recall two sunrises or sunsets looking the same, unlike the Great sunrise and sunset Engineer who is changeless and described in Words from Scripture as:
“I am the Lord, and I do not change,1 … like the shifting shadows produced by the sun and the moon."2
 For this unchangeable stability, I shall be eternally grateful!
 1. Malachi 3:6 (NLT); 2. James1:17b (GWT)

July 8, 2011

From The Eyes Of Children


These photos are by my great nephews Paris who is eleven years old and Cairon who is seven.
They were taken on a recent visit with their grandmother Molly to Norfolk Botanical
Garden. I think they deserved to be showcased don’t you? 
Photos: Elegant Candy Day Lily, Monarch Butterfly, Zahara Zinnia
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from Him. ~ Psalm 127:3 (NLT)

June 24, 2011

A Prayer For THis Day

Another amazing discovery due to the keen observation of my great-nephew Andrew, and as I Looked up rewarded by these beautiful photos, this heartfelt prayer was birthed ~

Father
help me
to
never
look back
look down
look around
but
always
look
up
 to You
because
You have
all the answers
to my life
Amen!

I look up to the mountains--does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! ~ Psalm 121:1-2
 Photos:Great Egret ~ Ocean View, Virginia

June 3, 2011

Watching and Waiting!

These photos are the results of the keen observation of my great nephew Andrew. He sighted this Black Crowned Night Heron and her nest above the basket ball court in his neighborhood,  and knew that it would spark my interest.

On my first visit earlier this week, I confirmed the nest location. On my second visit this morning at 8:00am, I was delighted that the nest builder was also present, watching and waiting. 

I hope that you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed capturing them on camera!

 “Blessed is the one who listen to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors!” ~ Proverbs 8:34 (ESV)
Today at 8:00pm  (06/04/2011), I visited the nest again, and was delighted to see a young baby Heron. 
Photos: Ocean View, Virginia

May 20, 2011

The Essence of Beauty


This week, I visited the Bicentennial Rose Garden one of the many Gardens at The Norfolk Botanical Garden, and a favorite of mine, "where over 3,000 rose plants representing more than 300 varieties grow. 
At the height of bloom, mid-May through October, more than 250,000 rose blooms may be seen."

Here are a few of those blooms!




Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.” ~ Genesis 2:8


Photos: Midas Touch, Promise, Rosa, Tiffany, Lasting Peace






May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day


Today on the eve of Mother’s Day, my evening stroll through the park was enhanced by the sighting of this beautiful Mallard family showing off their new chicks while enjoying the 71˚ warmth along with the crisp spring breeze. I waited patiently for the ideal pose to grace my camera. I think the wait 
was worthwhile, do you?
A mother and her children … inseparable, my Heavenly Father and His promises to His children and to their children … unwavering!
“I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children1.”
1. Isaiah 44:3b
Photos: Mt. Trashmore Park - Virginia Beach, Va.

April 28, 2011

Remembering Momma Eagle

Last spring, I spent many pleasurable days observing mom and dad bald eagles and
their eaglets at Norfolk Botanical Garden. My blog entry on May 18, 2010

featured these photos of the proud parents guarding the young eaglets. Much to the delight of many, the family returned to the garden this year.  Local news from the Garden reports that “this past Tuesday, the adult female eagle was struck by an incoming airplane at Norfolk International Airport. The three surviving eaglets were removed from the nest and sent to the Wildlife Center of Virginia to be raised and released to the wild once they are  old enough.” 
I will miss seeing momma eagle circle … dive for food … perch at 90 ft … protect her young. 
Thanks momma eagle for the treasured memories!
Photos: Norfolk Botanical Garden

April 26, 2011

Still Waters

Psalm 23 has always been a favorite of mine and one of the first passages of Scripture that I memorized as a child. 

 Today as I was reading it again, verse 2b appeared so much more significant, especially the words ‘lead’ and ‘still.’
I looked up their definitions on http://dictionary.reference.com/ and these seemed to create a perfect fit.
~ “He acts as a guide, to show me the way beside waters free from turbulence or commotion.”
These winged beauties seem to understand this interpretation fully …  and me? I continue learning to be lead by my Heavenly Father, and most of all, learning to remain still and commotion free in the process!
Psalms 23:2
Photos: Mt. Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach, Va.
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Swan Terrace, Founders Inn, Virginia Beach, Va.