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A Tree Whose Leaf Touched the Sky!

Leaf on the sidewalk

Leaf on the sidewalk with MinnieWalking home with Minnie yesterday I saw this leaf caught in the extreme angle of the sun on the sidewalk. I decided to showcase this amazing creation of God’s and looked up verses that talked about “trees” and “leaves.” Instead of finding a simple thought or verse giving a glimpse into God’s character, love and grace, I found this powerful testimony from King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel. While it wasn’t my original intent, this letter just blew me away. I think God wants someone on in our Only God community to read this. I know it really spoke to me. I recall studying this passage with a Bible study group my wife and I were leading several years ago. We were discussing God’s sovereignty – His jurisdiction, rule, supremacy, dominion, power and authority over our lives. My doctor had just found an extremely rare form of cancer in my neck. As I shared my diagnosis with our group, one of the women in our Bible study said in amazement that she had had the exact same cancer 10 years before and said I would be OK. Well, that was 10 years ago and after surgeries and follow-ups I can say she was right! God amazed us all as we considered his ways and how he brought us together. Read Daniel 4 and marvel at God’s amazing ways…

 

From Daniel 4:

King Nebuchadnezzar,

To the nations and peoples of every language, who live in all the earth: May you prosper greatly!

It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.

How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders!

His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation.

I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous. I had a dream that made me afraid. As I was lying in bed, the images and visions that passed through my mind terrified me. So I commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be brought before me to interpret the dream for me.When the magicians, enchanters, astrologers. Finally, Daniel came into my presence and I told him the dream. (He is called Belteshazzar, after the name of my god, and the spirit of the holy gods is in him.)
I said, “Belteshazzar (Daniel), chief of the magicians, I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no mystery is too difficult for you. Here is my dream; interpret it for me. These are the visions I saw while lying in bed: I looked, and there before me stood a tree in the middle of the land. Its height was enormous. The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth. Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant, and on it was food for all. Under it the wild animals found shelter, and the birds lived in its branches; from it every creature was fed.

“In the visions I saw while lying in bed, I looked, and there before me was a holy one, a messenger,coming down from heaven. He called in a loud voice: ‘Cut down the tree and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches. But let the stump and its roots, bound with iron and bronze, remain in the ground, in the grass of the field.

“‘Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him live with the animals among the plants of the earth. Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let him be given the mind of an animal, till seven times pass by for him.

“‘The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of people.’

“This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now, Belteshazzar (Daniel), tell me what it means, for none of the wise men in my kingdom can interpret it for me. But you can, because the spirit of the holy gods is in you.”

Daniel Interprets the Dream

Then Daniel was greatly perplexed for a time, and his thoughts terrified him. So the king said, “Belteshazzar (Daniel), do not let the dream or its meaning alarm you.”

Belteshazzar (Daniel) answered, “My lord, if only the dream applied to your enemies and its meaning to your adversaries! The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, with its top touching the sky, visible to the whole earth, with beautiful leaves and abundant fruit, providing food for all, giving shelter to the wild animals, and having nesting places in its branches for the birds — Your Majesty, you are that tree! You have become great and strong; your greatness has grown until it reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to distant parts of the earth.

“Your Majesty saw a holy one, a messenger, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump, bound with iron and bronze, in the grass of the field, while its roots remain in the ground. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven; let him live with the wild animals, until seven times pass by for him.’

“This is the interpretation, Your Majesty, and this is the decree the Most High has issued against my lord the king: You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox and be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes. The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules. Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.”

The Dream Is Fulfilled

All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”

Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.”

Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.

At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.

His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing.
He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”

At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

A Beautiful Leaf

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Next to my mailbox on the hard pavement, this leaf was crushed from cars running over it, people and dogs walking on it… unnoticed…the gravel from the roadbed cracking the leaves from underneath. I rescued the leaf from becoming dust and examined the beautiful patterns and structures God had placed within it in order for it to fulfill its mission. It had become part of the beautiful landscape for all who enjoyed our tree this year. Seen, but unnoticed. It was part of the history of a tree…one of a few million leaves that would bud, grow and fall in order for its host to continue to live and radiate beauty. Yet had I not gone out to get the mail and seen it crushed at my feet, its glory would never had made these “headlines.” Such is life. God does an unseen work in all his creation in so many creative ways and weaves it all together to make up the vibrant fabric of life where “leaves” come and go, serving their purpose for a time. And then he calls each of them home in his perfect timing.

There is no single Eternal Leaf that lives forever on an earthly tree. Yet there is a difference in God’s kingdom tree for us “leaves.” God has told us in his Word that “God so loved the world that whoever believes in Him shall have ETERNAL life!” That on God’s tree of life, all of us CAN be assured our lives mean more than what we see as we live them here. Our bodies are born, grow and eventually are returned to the earth as dust. But unlike the leaf, our spirits live on.

What a mystery! What love God has for us!

Only God!

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This post is dedicated to my Mom who lived most of the last 40 years in a little house in a dense forest next to a lake and who passed away quietly on Thanksgiving morning. She loved the birds, the squirrels, the deer (except when they ate the flowers she planted!)…but especially the trees.

Seeds that fly!

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God knew these little seeds would fly when He designed their parachute shaped wings! Think of the thousands of tiny plants that God tends in His garden. What a creative and inventive God he is. When He designed the Dandelion, living so close to the ground, He knew that by forming these little parasails, they would carry their passenger seeds to places near and far. A  thunderstorm can carry a dandelion seed hundreds of miles from its original home. As a result, the dandelion can be found in almost every country worldwide.

Indeed, God’s creation is awe inspiring in every way!

And it is good…

Ten Flowers That Can Fit on the Head of a Penny!

Tiny Flowers!

A tiny little stem caught my eye tonight as I was walking Minnie. It was growing just inches off the ground and at first I didn’t see the little flowers. Then about midway along the stem I noticed these tiny purple flowers. I picked them and took them home to see what they looked like under my “macro” lens. What an amazing sight!  And one that would never have been seen by anybody as it sprang up, was used by an even tinier spider to catch a gnat or aphid (check out the almost invisible spider web filament) and then would have faded in tomorrow’s sun. I had to find something to show the size of these little guys so I held up this penny to show you how tiny they really are…but then the irony of the penny stuck me as it gave such a clear message…”In God We Trust!”

Think about that for a while…

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Here are some verses from Godvine.com on trusting God…
Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be you dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
2 Samuel 7:28 And now, O Lord GOD, you are that God, and your words be true, and you have promised this goodness to your servant:
Psalms 9:10 And they that know your name will put their trust in you: for you, LORD, have not forsaken them that seek you.
Psalms 13:5 But I have trusted in your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
Psalms 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Psalms 31:14 But I trusted in you, O LORD: I said, You are my God.
Psalms 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in you.
Psalms 84:12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusts in you.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding.
Proverbs 11:28 He that trusts in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
Proverbs 28:26 He that trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whoever walks wisely, he shall be delivered.
Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Isaiah 43:1 But now thus said the LORD that created you, O Jacob, and he that formed you, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine.
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.
Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Revelation 21:5 And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

 

Technical:

Shot with Nikon D800, Nikkor 60mm 2.8 Micro Lens, Nikon SB910 Flash, Lumiquest reflector

Macro Setup

 

Rest in Me!

Rest in Me!

This little fellow was hanging out in my back yard yesterday. He (she?) was very much at rest and at one time actually laid his head down for about a minute on the limb to take a break. God has a name for this beautiful bird and takes care of its every need, every moment of every day. Are you particularly stressed out today?

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Mt. 6:26

New Life from Dead Wood!

New growth springs from the Rose of Sharon tree in our front yard.

New growth springs from the Rose of Sharon tree in our front yard.

I have been keeping an eye on our Rose of Sharon bush all winter. Waiting on the first little bud to arrive. Yesterday was the first day I saw growth, framed beautifully between two husks from last year’s glorious blooms. It poked out it’s first transitional sprout for the upcoming year. Somehow, He has a glorious plan for each and every blossom…and there will be hundreds!

This has been a difficult time if my life with the loss of two dear friends in the space of a few weeks. In addition, I spent a day in the hospital myself as they diagnosed whether my own chest pains were an indication of a serious event in my own life. (I’m ok). So the renewal of new life and seeing budding flowers and watching God bring color back to His world is extremely reassuring. Take a minute to smell the roses! Even if it includes taking in a bit of pollen!

Take time to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior and abide day to day in Him. When I sang Abide With Me at a friend’s funeral, I decided to share it with my OnlyGod friends on my next post.

Read these words and consider walking with Him every day…

Abide With Me, Henry F. Lyte 1847

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see—
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Last Year's Rose of Sharon Bud

This is a Rose of Sharon Bloom from last year.

This is a Rose of Sharon Bloom from last year.

The Most Magnificent Magnolia!

A Most Magnificent Magnolia!

“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” John 6:28

Technical
Location: Berry College, Rome, Georgia
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm
Post processing: Nik HDR Pro 2, PhotoShop CS6

A Delicate Flower for an Instant of Time!

A Delicate Flower for an Instant of Time! Think about eternity for a moment and then consider the short life of a flower. It is here today and gone in the briefest instant of time! I saw this flower today and was amazed at its delicate beauty contrasted with the dark green backdrop of a thick forest. God chose to place this flower in this place for just this moment in time. And He does it billions of times every day. Most are never seen by the human eye! Those that ARE seen are only visible because our Creator gave us eyes to see, a brain to interpret electrical pulses from the eye, and the intelligence and awareness that allows us to marvel at such a thing!

While Isaiah 40:8 makes a great point about grass and flowers…here’s the rest of the story!

Isaiah 40:6-8:

“All flesh is grass,
And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.

The grass withers, the flower fades,
Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it;

Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”

Lord, help us to number our days and realize we too are like the flower! With one big exception! We have eternal life in Christ!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life!” John 3:16

An Apple With a Personality!

An Apple With a Personality!

We opened a bag of apples from Publix and out popped this very unique apple. God had chosen to give it a very distinctive yellow stripe, knowing I would take a picture of it and share it with my Only God friends! After all, he knew from the foundation of the world that we would make cameras, invent the internet and be able to share photos with people around the world in the blink of an eye. So He made it stand out from all its other rather boring, but delicious Gala apple siblings. We couldn’t bear to pare it when we saw it! So we reserved it for the Only God photo stash – and we can’t bear to eat it… 🙁

I got to thinking, really, every apple is totally unique. I guess like fingerprints on people, there are no two apples that are exactly alike! Each is it’s own creation, endowed by its creator with certain incomprehensible features, colors and even molecular DNA. And just like this unique apple, that has no other equal, we too have an amazing uniqueness in each pore of our body and mind! Nobody can compare to us either. So today, realize YOU are the apple of God’s eye!

Psalm 17:6-8 says…

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me; hear my words.

Wondrously show your steadfast love,
O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.

Keep me as the apple of your eye;
Hide me in the shadow of your wings!

An Amazing Christmas Cactus Bloom!

An Amazing Christmas Cactus Bloom!I had this Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) in my office at work for at least 10 years and grew it from a tiny plant about the size of my finger. It was given to me by a co-worker who said it came from a plant her grandmother had and she gave away “babies” every year at Christmas. I gave away “babies” myself to many who marveled at it. All you have to do is pinch off a few green segments and stick the lower segment in dirt, and magically it continues to grow a new plant with very little care!

I had heard it was supposed to have beautiful blooms, but for the many years I had it in my office under the harsh flourescent light under my credenza it grew like a weed…but never bloomed. When I retired in September and brought my “friend” home, I placed it at a window in my studio that faces the bright afternoon sun as it sets in the west. I kinda ignored it for a few weeks and when I looked the other day, it had exploded with blossoms! It was as if it was celebrating the sun it had never seen!

Oh, the parallel is too obvious. How normal and nice it seemed in my office. But what potential beauty it never displayed. It needed to see and soak in light from the true sun – God’s agent as sustainer of all life on earth – to fully realize it’s potential. The richness of colors that were hidden for years is breathtaking!

Take a minute this Christmas to give thanks to our God for sending Jesus to shine the healing and restoring light of his Grace on the tired and weary, and who allows His children to blossom in ways they never imagined as they bask in His true light!

“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.” Mal. 4:2

Christmas Cactus Plant

 

A Magnificent Live Oak Tree in Fort Walton Beach, Florida!

A Massive, Graceful, Live Oak in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

This amazing live oak tree anchors a playground in Fort Walton Beach, Florida where we took the kids a couple of weeks ago. Carol took this picture looking up into the tree and the mass and beauty of this living sculpture by God was astonishing! Beneath the tree we all played with the kids on the seemingly tiny playground equipment while this fortress formed a massive umbrella over us. What random paths the limbs seemed to take away from the trunk, with the branches reaching out for light perfectly creating a uniform canopy of shade.

I am reminded of God’s Word in Psalm 91…

God is my shield and my strength
I put my trust in him

He is my protector
His shadow watches over me
I will rest in it

I am covered in God’s wings
My refuge is in his wings

God’s faithfullness is my shield and rampart
They will protect me

The Lord Most High will protect me
He is my dwelling and my refuge

He has commanded his angels to watch over me and guard me
They lift me up in their hands
To keep me safe and guard me from evil

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord,
“I rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

A Coming Day of Hope…

A Georgia Fall Forest Sunrise!

“All your life an unattainable ecstasy has hovered just beyond the grasp of your consciousness. The day is coming when you will wake to find, beyond all hope, that you have attained it, or else, that it was within your reach and you have lost it forever.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

There is a hope through Jesus that we can attain an ecstacy just beyond our current grasp! This is such a mystery that at the dawn of each new day, we anticipate the unknown. What will the day bring? Joy? Tragedy? This uncertainty is unsettling but is a matter of faith and trust that compels us to either cheerfully greet the day or cower in fear and bitterness. Which do you choose? I am quite reflective today for unspoken reasons. I am praying for a friend.

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New Life from Old Wounds!

New Life Springing from Devastating Wounds

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things passed away. All things have become new!” II Cor. 5:17


My lovely wife Carol took this picture on our outing to Berry College to see our family. The tree is in Jon and Lisa’s front yard. When Carol saw it, she said, “What a perfect picture of what God does! Let’s put in on Only God!” She’s quite a photographer! This photo paints a beautiful picture of God’s redemption. When we trust Christ, our “old things” pass away and it’s painful, but God brings “new” life out of our suffering! This is my favorite verse and is MY story too! Do you want to know about new life in Christ? This site by Billy Graham is AMAZING…Peace With God! Please check it out…

A Plant to Clothe His Children

A Plant to Clothe His Children“Say not that there are yet four months, and then comes the harvest? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” John 4:35
I never thought about it, but I wonder if Jesus was talking about cotton fields? Did they have cotton fields there? Maybe one of you Bible scholars can tell me! This field was just north of Andalusia, Alabama and as Carol and were driving back from Cresview, Florida visiting our daughter and family Carol said, “You need to stop and get a picture of that!” The little cotton balls must have counted in the millions! Yet God knew about each one as He formed them (you have to think about an infinite God to even comprehend that!)
So the next time you stop by Walmart and pick up a T-Shirt, think about where it REALLY came from and give thanks to the Creator!

Such Variety in Plants We Call Weeds!

Such Variety in Plants We Call Weeds!
“As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.'” Luke 9:56-58. I wonder if the people following Jesus saw little plants like this and marveled at them along the path. Well, probably with Jesus there…they weren’t looking down! I was walking back from NTB with Minnie after leaving my car to get a tire fixed and noticed all these different reeds, thistles and plants along the way. I picked a few and stuck them in a vase of water when I got home. They dried out and I thought I’d take a closer look. Such amazing variety! Each with it’s own unique way of spreading it’s seed, reaching for the sky and just looking beautiful!
Next time you’re walking along a path, take a minute and look down…then look up! The tiny and the big are both a testimony to His greatness!

A Gnat on a Mushroom Stem

A Gnat on a Mushroom Stem
“Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.” Psalm 18:35
This morning I was walking Minnie and came across this little mushroom that had grown up overnight! I grabbed my new Nikon D800 and 60mm micro lens and laid down on the somewhat wet grass to get these photos. I think the other dog walkers thought this old guy had a fainting spell until they saw the monster camera. I was able to explain the Only God website and not sound too looney tunes! God is so good. And this quiet moment reminded me of God’s gentleness. When I looked up under the mushroom with my camera, this little gnat landed on the rim of this little ledge around the stem. He came out so clear! This camera is a keeper!

An Amazing Pokeweed Leaf!

An Amazing Pokeweed Leaf

Working in the rose garden, I saw a Pokeweed plant and pulled it out and headed for the trash can. As I looked down, the sun lit up the leaf and I saw this amazing network of veins on the underside of the leaf. I taped it to a window so the sun could light it up from behind and took this photograph. What an intricate, unnoticed, unappreciated network of life God has built to sustain life in His creation! I think He enjoys His creation more than we can imagine!
If you’re not that familiar with Pokeweed, it’s the plant that made the song “Poke Salad Annie” famous! Here’s the scoop on Pokeweed

A Tree Firmly Planted by Streams of Water

Live Oak Tree

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3

This beautiful Live Oak tree was outside our bed and breakfast when we stayed in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
What a peaceful place! And close enough for a quick drive to Charleston where we were able to tour the Yorktown, a huge aircraft carrier that helped millions to live the peace!” Now there’s a contrast!

Late Fall Colors on a Low Hanging Tree Limb

Fall Colors

“The splendor of the King, clothed in majesty, let all the earth rejoice!” Chris Tomlin
Walking back to my house with Minnie (our dog), I looked up at this beautiful Dogwood tree just starting to create the explosive fall colors that will soon fill our back yard. The bright sun creates such interesting shadows as the limbs and leaves compete for the sunlight. The blue sky peeking through the scarce openings was awesome!
Thank you Lord for this day and allowing me to be here at this moment.

An Amazing Tiny Reed at Baytowne Wharf

An Amazing Tiny Reed at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin

“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice.” Isaiah 42:3.
I saw this tiny reed as Carol and walked around the lake at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. I didn’t realize the complexity of the little seeds as they dangled from their host and blew in the wind. Such beauty in the almost unseen world.
Taken with my Nikon 7100 camera.

Three Trees Growing Together in Alabama

Three Trees Growing Together in Alabama

“God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land.” Gen. 1:11
These three beautiful trees stand by themselves in a large field in Alabama south of Andalusia.
They have always amazed me and I would love to know the story of how they came to be planted together by some farmer many years ago.

Blue Hydrangeas in Late Summer

Blue Hydrangeas

This beautiful blue Hydrangea is surrounded by dozens of others that have bloomed and withered and are a dull brown.
It decided there was still time to see the sunlight on a gorgeous September day in Johns Creek at the end of our driveway.
This is a gift to my sweet wife!

Two Roses Under our Mailbox

Two Roses

I went out to get the mail and saw these tiny little roses and brought them up to my studio to get a closer look. I love the Nikon 60mm Micro lens. I put the roses on a flexible holder and put it under the window and took this picture. Amazing how the light radiates through the pedals! Better run put it in a glass of water…

A Weathered Pine Tree on a Sunny Day

Pine Tree on a Sunny Day

A Majestic Pine Tree Quietly Stood over Thousands of Visitors to the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain