Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Are You Watching Me ?

Click on image to enlarge.


The same baby ducks that were so frightened of me now gently keep there distance. They know I am watching but they feel safe now.

Psa 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.


An Osprey in her nest above the flood lights. So much for the notion that birds need old growth forests to survive. Managed forests are less likely to be destroyed by fire.

Gen 2:15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 


A young Doe pauses to get a look . Posing for a "selfie?"

Psa 42:1  ... As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. 


The white duck has replaced the two Mexican ducks. The wild Mallards are happy enough. The one in the center has a glow to her countenance.

Song 2:14  O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Fear Not

Click on pictures to enlarge


As I approached the river at the park a Goldfinch flies on a branch nearby.


Suddenly, a flock of baby ducks splash forward with great fear fleeing the danger of my presence. Fear is instinctive to them for there are predators above and from below.

Gen 9:1  And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 
Gen 9:2  And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. 


They were a great distance away when the mother duck joins them and they were feeling safe gathered next to her. Young ones need the protection of a mother and a father.

Psa 131:2  Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. 
Psa 131:3  Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever. 


A little further near a pond a flycatcher lands on a twig oblivious to me but intent on catching a meal.

Pro 13:4  The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. 


A broken reed in the pond brought to mind Bible verses about reeds.

2Ki 18:21  Now, behold, thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on him. 

Isa 42:1  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 
Isa 42:2  He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 
Isa 42:3  A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 

We are to fear God and not man. Jesus loves us.


A Blue Heron alights in the shade. A friend showed me pictures that he has taken of birds landing that were magnificent. God's creation is so amazing.

Psa 91:4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 
Psa 91:5  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 
Psa 91:6  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 
Psa 91:7  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 


Little pink flowers, (Pinks?)
 They are lovely and a bit out of focus. Fear may cause us to lose focus, but we are to look to Jesus who has given to us abundant life.

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 
Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Oak Street Pond

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.


This pond is adjacent to homes with fenced yards. A walk along the trail is greeted with the barking of dogs. The dogs had not yet barked when I spotted this Canadian Goose asleep floating under the mid afternoon sun. He was soon wakened as the dogs behind the fences barked at me, the intruder.

Psa 4:8  I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.


 The green moss in the pool has these bridges looking like a path through a Japanese tea garden. 

Pro 12:28  In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.


I was using the telephoto mirror lens as I spotted dragonflies. This one is green.

Dragonflies lay their eggs in water, and when the larvae hatch, they live underwater for up to two years. Actually, depending on the altitude and latitude, some species may stay in the larval state for up to six years. They'll molt up to 17 times as they grow and get ready to head to the surface and transform into the dragonflies we see in the air.


A black and white dragonfly, with wings looking like racing flags. The rings from the water is one flaw of the mirror lens as it turns highlights on the water into "lifesaver" rings. The racing dragonfly was only pausing before taking flight again leaving behind his perching stick.

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 


 A blue dragonfly. 

Dragonflies can fly in any direction, including sideways and backward, and can hover in a single spot for a minute or more. This amazing ability is one factor in their success as aerial ambush predators — they can move in on unsuspecting prey from any direction.

Rev 20:1  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 
Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 


Poppies grow near a fence. These are Californians state flower and I love them.

Song 2:12  The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; 
Song 2:13  The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. 

Eaglewings Ministries Home

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Selective Focus


A Saturday afternoon walk is never wasted if I have a camera. A family was gathered around an object on the park trail. It was an unusual moth with owl like eyes.  I googled the name of the moth. It was named Cyclops Polyphemus.  The name was given to a man eating giant in the book of Homer's Odysseys.  The life span of this moth is one week. Her wings are a little droopy because her warranty had expired.

The Bible speaks of giants in the land, real giants for the word of God is true.

Deu 2:20  (That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; 
Deu 2:21  A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead: 



I had brought with me a 500 mm mirror lens that has an aperture of f8, for those who care to know. Because of it's telephoto range, it is of a very narrow focus and any movement of a shaky hand results in a blurred image. The lens does isolate objects from the background as shown with this simple   foxtail weed.


An attempt to photograph Blackberry blossoms.


A yellow flag Iris that grows in marshes.
Flags were mentioned in the story of baby Moses.

Exo 2:3  And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. 

True pictures from God's creation around us and we have God's word that is forever true. We are not without a witness to the existence and  miracles of God.

Eaglewings Ministries Home

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

THE DAY OF THE LORD

Click on the pictures to enlarge


A poster for my store window and a reminder. 

Isa 13:6  Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 
Isa 13:7  Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt: 


Rain brings moss to the wilderness tree limbs.

Job 38:22  Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, 
Job 38:23  Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? 
Job 38:24  By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? 
Job 38:25  Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; 
Job 38:26  To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; 
Job 38:27  To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth? 


Rain falls on the distant mountains.

Psa 147:5  Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. 
Psa 147:6  The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. 
Psa 147:7  Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: 
Psa 147:8  Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. 


A wind blown Snowy Egret.

Psa 147:15  He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. 
Psa 147:16  He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. 
Psa 147:17  He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? 
Psa 147:18  He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow. 


Daisies that my wife picked out at the store still bloom by our house.  Enjoy the beauty of God's creation and share your love with family and friends while you have time.

Song of Solomon 2:11  Look, winter is past, the rains have come and gone. 
Song 2:12  The flowers are blooming in the fields. It's time to sing! Listen, the doves have returned. 


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Feast

* Click on a picture to view it larger.


For some reason  I decided to back into my driveway. Soon I found out why, for out of my car window I saw birds feeding on the Pyracantha berries. The berries are mildly poisonous but the birds love to eat them. It is usually later in the season that they feast on them. I suppose some are fermented, a little wine with the meal? One year a Robin crashed into our front room window, having eaten one too many fermented berries. The Robin is an easy going bird, sometimes they come quite close when they are walking on the ground. Speaking of feasts, It was at a wedding feast that Jesus turned water into wine.

Joh 2:7  Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 
Joh 2:8  And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. 
Joh 2:9  When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 
Joh 2:10  And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.


The reason for feasting was the appearance  of the Cedar Waxwings. They come in flocks and often eat up most of the berries. This is a metaphor of the wedding feast in the Bible.

Mat 22:8  Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 
Mat 22:9  Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 
Mat 22:10  So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 



I guess birds do not chew their food. They just gilp down berries as fast as they can; sort of like hungry hardworking brothers at the dinner table. 

Psa 107:5  Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. 
Psa 107:6  Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. 


What is a feast without a flock of feathered friends?

2Co 9:9  (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 
2Co 9:10  Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 
2Co 9:11  Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. 


Here is a classic view of the flighty Waxwing savoring a berry as if it were a sweet Maraschino cherry. Notice the yellow tipped tail? He is decked out in his wedding garment? 


A bird of another feather appears at the feast. He is a Northern Flicker Woodpecker. Their favorite food are insects and ants. Maybe there are ants in the tree or maybe he was just curious? Not everybody can enter the feast.

Mat 22:11  And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 
Mat 22:12  And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Speckled


Later in the day I entered the park and had to stop and capture this image of the great bare oak trees and the cloud covered river. The color of the sky reminds me of an Ansco color film that I used in the 1950's. There was no better color than from Kodak's kodachrome slide film. The colors from these slides that were first made in the the 1930's have retained their true colors
over the years. Digital photos have replaced the old processes, but none were better than Kodachrome.


Clouds reflect in the pond. What a lovely day.

Psa 36:5  Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. 
Psa 36:6  Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. 
Psa 36:7  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. . 


The lambs are being born in the farm near the park. This speckled one reminded me of the story of Jacob and his deal to keep all the speckled and spotted livestock from his father in law.

Gen 30:32  I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire. 


So if I were spotted maybe I would not be suitable for a sacrifice for your sins in the Old Testament times? too bad; I have a tag on my ear to show that I have an owner who cares for me. This is somewhat like  humans who are chosen through Jesus and are sealed by the Holy Spirit, to show that they belong to God.

2Co 1:21  And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 
2Co 1:22  and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.