Friday, December 22, 2017

Just Birds

It must be "choose your partner" time for the Turkey Vultures as they congregate in the tall Sycamore tree, as viewed from my back yard. I try to look alive when I am outside.

Mat 24:28  Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. (ESV)

On a walk in the park I see a familiar bird; the Common Egret. It never looks common to me with it's angel wings, long neck and snow white feathers.

Pro 25:13  As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters. 

Are we faithful messengers of the good news that Jesus has come to cleanse us of our sins,  so that we may live with him in heaven?

 Sharing the marsh is another friend, the Blue Heron. He keeps his distance as he likes to hunt alone. Being alone is not always so good.

Ecc 4:9  Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 
Ecc 4:10  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 
Ecc 4:11  Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 
Ecc 4:12  And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. 

Siesta time for the two mallards near the back pond. They tuck there beaks under a wing.

Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 
Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. 
Rom 11:7  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 
Rom 11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day

 Pedro, the South American Muscovy duck is trying to rest as well. Perhaps he is day dreaming unaware of the attractive new visiting duck?

Heb 13:1  Let brotherly love continue. 
Heb 13:2  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 

Wow, now there is a pretty duck that is new to the bunch. Is Pedro aware of this new lady?  I will call her Rosa, a lovely addition to this bunch of paddlers.

1Pe 3:3  It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. 
1Pe 3:4  No, your beauty should come from inside you--the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. That beauty will never disappear. It is worth very much to God.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Clear Autumn Day

A blazing bright tree greets the visitors in the park on a fair day in November.

Exo 3:2  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 
Exo 3:3  And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 
Exo 3:4  And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 
Exo 3:5  And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

God is the Master designer and by his word of authority creation occurred by His command. The word of God brought forth all that there is. Shouldn't we trust in His word in the Bible for our life in him?

Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 
Heb 1:2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 
Heb 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 
Heb 1:4  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 

An illusion of an elephant drinking water. It is only a tree and the water is only out of focus shrubs. Biblical illusions or parables have a deeper truth. We should be able to discern truth from illusions.

Mat 13:34  All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 
Mat 13:35  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. 

 The black duck has a watchful eye on me the intruder as he attempts a noon day nap in the warm sun.

Rom 13:10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 
Rom 13:11  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 
Rom 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 
Rom 13:13  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 
Rom 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. 

Along the paths of life are many golden treasures. The delight of God's creation awaits our visiting eyes.

Psa 50:2  Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Too Much Duck

Who is this alien masked intruder who has chased off the little white duck? It is a Muscovy duck that is native to Mexico and Central America.

Job 19:15  They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.

He is tremendously aggressive  as he bathes, creating a hurricane with his flapping wings. Not much gentleness shown here.

Pro 30:33  Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife. 

He raises his wings like a majestic eagle, revealing his white feathers.  
A male Muscovy may weigh 15 lbs.

Gen 6:2  That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 
Gen 6:3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 
Gen 6:4  There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 

The female Mallards paddle away from the bathing tempest.

Psa 55:8  I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.

The new duck, a Muscovy, is clean, strong, aggressive,  but may be just too large for these petite Mallards. He would be better off with his own kind.

2Sa 3:27  And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother. 
2Sa 3:28  And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before the LORD for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner: 
2Sa 3:29  Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father's house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread. 
2Sa 3:30  So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Nice Day For A Nap

These perennial; Jimson Weed Trumpets are lovely in the morning sun. As I was taking this picture I met a red bearded man with a large dog. The dog loved me, jumping up on me  being friendly. Red Beard talked about this weed and mentioned that he smoked "weed", Marijuana for medicinal purposes. This was my first walk of my new walk apart from my wife. The man's name was Jim. I made a new acquaintance. I talked to him about truth and seeing things as they are and not through a drug. We shook hands and I hope to see him again.

A bee gathers pollen from the poisonous plant. I wonder if they sell a Jimson honey? Probably call it something else like, local or organic?

Jdg 14:8  And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. 
Jdg 14:9  And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion. 

A Black Phoebe looks asleep on a small branch. They are found here in N California in the shade near water. The river is nearby. The nest has from 3-6 white or spotted eggs.

Pro 25:25  As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

The little white duck has two Mallard girl friends now. I saw them eating in the pond, supping up moss. Now it is siesta time in the sun near the bridge.

Psa 116:7  Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.

Be at peace in God's lovely creation.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Soul Mates

On the south side pond there were two ducks this morning. A domestic Peking duck and a wild female Mallard. They were mated together, we would call them soul mates.

Son 1:4  Take me with you. Let's run away. The king took me into his room. We will rejoice and be happy for you. Remember, your love is better than wine. With good reason, the young women love you. 
Son 1:5  Daughters of Jerusalem, I am dark and beautiful, as black as the tents of Kedar and Salma. 

The white duck leads the way leaving the pond and coming towards me on the bridge for a crust of bread. Nope, not from me. 

Son 3:11  Women of Zion, come out and see King Solomon. See the crown his mother put on him the day he was married, the day he was so happy! 

The pond is like a mirror this morning.

1Co 13:12... Now we see God as if we are looking at a reflection in a mirror. But then, in the future, we will see him right before our eyes. Now I know only a part, but at that time I will know fully, as God has known me. 

Another view of the mighty oak tree that fell. It's limbs dance and reach out to glorify the LORD.

Isa 55:12  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

These tall Cottonwood trees grow with the native Valley Oaks.

The Button willow flowers are blooming like a flowered pin cushion.

Looking up the name of this flower showed me that there are thousands of flower types. Hundreds that are pink. I will call it a Lilac, until I know better.

One last look at the Soul Mates as they swim and follow me as I head home again.

Gen 29:18  Jacob loved Rachel, so he said to Laban, "I will work seven years for you if you will allow me to marry your daughter Rachel." 

Friday, July 21, 2017

8 PM Walk

I like the longer July days where it is still light at 8 PM. It is warm, but not 100+ as it was earlier in the day. My old familiar trail has been my place of prayer and meditation. 

Mar 1:35  And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. 
Mar 1:36  And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. 
Mar 1:37  And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. 

A landmark oak tree has fallen, being uprooted from much rain and wind. I had used this as a setting for portraits, the tree standing alone added strength to the pictures. Years of growth had the tree limbs twisted as they sought the light. It's bones now lay beside the path as a fallen reminder of it's greatness, reminding me of the bones of a dinosaur in a museum. It will grow no more.

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 
Rev 2:5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 

 An oak tree covered with lichens has endured many storms being in the protection of a dense forest of trees. Lichens are formed by a combination of algae and fungi. They are a food source for deer. Some lichens are used in making antibiotics.

A torny branch of a dead blackberry bush is supported by a steel rope. They remind me of the cursed ground and the chains of bondage to sin.

Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 

The blackberries were sprayed with brush killer. They hang on the ropes of the guard rails looking like imprisoned souls in a concentration camp. The good news is that Jesus Christ has set the captives free and removed the curses.

Gal 3:11  But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 

Gal 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 

Looking up at the trees, some of the limbs are bent seeking the sun light. This tree has a 90 degree angle like a framing square.

Isa 40:25  To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. 
Isa 40:26  Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Baked Brain

This lizard is like me on this hot day. I have not walked in the park in five months. and it is the usual 100+ Summer heat.

Looking at the tree bark, the mid sees images. Maybe it is just the heat?

Jer 17:9  "Nothing can hide its evil as well as the human mind. It can be very sick, and no one really understands it. 
Jer 17:10  But I am the LORD, and I can look into a person's heart. I can test a person's mind and decide what each one should have. I can give each person the right payment for what they do. 

The geese are back, grazing grass in the shade of the old oak trees.

Jer 17:7  But those who trust in the LORD will be blessed. They know that the LORD will do what he says. 
Jer 17:8  They will be strong like trees planted near a stream that send out roots to the water. They have nothing to fear when the days get hot. Their leaves are always green. They never worry, even in a year that has no rain. They always produce fruit. 

Close to the ponds grows the Marsh Marigolds. This one has a skipper butterfly gathering nectar.

Pro 10:5  A son who works hard while it is harvest time will be successful, but one who sleeps through the harvest is worthless. 

Most pictures of dragonflies show that they have four wings. This one kept his wings together. Maybe he didn't want hot buffalo wings? Or is that another kind of hot? Looking up the name I found that it is called a Blue Dasher. They eat insects including mosquitos. They are a good thing to have around.