Thursday, March 23, 2017

Winter Sunrises
























                                  

After this weekend we will be able to say goodbye to most of this ice on the river.  The icebreakers will be in our part of the river tomorrow, so we will start seeing ships again on Saturday!!   I really do enjoy watching the light reflect off of the ice and hearing the sounds it makes when it expands and moves....but I am so ready for spring!  Winter is officially over for me...I saw a red-winged blackbird today! So thankful for the changing of the seasons!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Winter



























With all the warm weather right now this probably isn't a good time to be showing pictures of snow!
I know many people don't like snow but God did create it!  It really is beautiful if we have "eyes" to see.  Even after the fall of mankind, the curse due to this fall, and the flood...God promises the winter (snow) will continue! ;)

Genesis 8:22 says:
"While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease."

Thankful for God's promises...even if it is about winter!


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Abstract












































Taking what I call abstract pictures is so fun!  It's like searching for treasures.  To tell you the truth I thought I didn't like abstract paintings etc... I could never understand them.  When I take a picture I look for more than what first meets the eye....can't say I know what I'm doing!  I had to look up the definition of abstract just to see if I was on the right track giving this name to these pictures.

Here's what I found:

Abstract art communicates.  Total abstraction bears no trace of any reference to anything recognizable. Partial abstraction alters color and form in ways that are conspicuous.  An abstract photo draws away from that which is realistic or literal.  It draws away from natural appearances and recognizable subjects in the actual world.  Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.  "If you look at a photo and there’s a voice inside you that says 'What is it?'….Well, there you go. It’s an abstract photograph."

Guess I am on the right track!  I enjoy the beauty (shapes...light...colors...lines); and the different feelings I get when I look at them (amazement...peace...joy...awe...nearness to God).  Abstract paintings are said to be interpreted differently by each person.  I believe "nature" is God's gift to each one of us.  God Himself (through His Holy Spirit) will interpret the meaning of Truths and teach me all I need to know. (Romans 1:20)

Does my life feel like it's abstract and I can't see the whole picture?  And since I can't know am I frustrated, angry, discontented, fearful?  God doesn't show me the whole picture of my life. I need to search for and see the beauty in the abstract of where my life is now and allow Him to show me what I need to see.   I may not be able to see what's next or the whole picture here on this earth, but by faith I can and do know the future picture!  It is eternity with Jesus and I am only seeing a minute picture of that here and now, in eternity present (time).  The space between eternity past and eternity future is time....and in reality it is short!  So for this short time do I take time to look at how God paints abstract into what I see everyday?  Do I search and long for it? Do I allow God to speak to me and teach me through it?