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Who Counts the Stars?

The lights of Billings, MT, seventy miles distant, illuminate the lower portion of the image and the Milky Way seemingly arises from the light.

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Autumn Beckons

Leaves are just beginning to change colors on Ten Sleep Creek in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming.

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The Spinster

A Cat-Face Spider (Araneus gemmoides) mends her web, preparing for her next unsuspecting meal.

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The brightness of His glory

Normally I look for cloudy skies and spectacular colors to make a good sunset photo. This evening when I looked westward, the sun was perfectly positioned through the Ponderosa Pines. And as I squinted into the light, rays extended halfway back to me. The light bands of clouds that are angling upwards made me question whether or not I needed to level the image. A second look outside confirmed that the image is correct as-is.

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Jesus Christ, by His constant designation as the Son, must not be considered as belonging within time and space. Take as an illustration the sun and its rays. Does the radiance of the sun proceed from the substance of the sun itself or from some other source? We all know that it proceeds from the substance itself. Yet, though the radiance proceeds from the sun itself, we cannot say that it is later in point of time than the existence of that body, since the sun has never appeared without its rays. It is for this reason, says the fourth century Archbishop of Constantinople, John Chrysostom, that Paul calls Christ “brightness” in Hebrew 1:3,  setting forth thereby His being and His eternity from God. The fact that Jesus Christ, the Word, is presented as a separate personality from God the Father does not mean that He is less eternal, less infinite, and therefore less God and less responsible for the creation of the world, than God the Father. – from Illustrations of Bible Truths

Colors of a Waning Summer

Late summer in the Golden Triangle region of Montana is traditionally characterized by the gold-colored spectrum of ripening wheat and barley. But now and then a specialty crop is found, and in the case of safflower, the flower makes for a lively contrast to the landscape.

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An online acquaintance from New Zealand posts a tagline with his signature that reads, “Isn’t it a cool thing in nature that the colours never seem to clash!” I think our Creator did that on purpose!

Pennsylvania Dutch

Last week my daughter and I spent a couple days wandering the countryside of Lancaster County. Most of the crops appeared to be thriving, and the weather was ideal for capturing some of the pastoral scenes.

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Tobacco harvest was getting underway, but looked to be a couple weeks away from the heart of the season.

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Church meetings and neighborly visits brought a lot of traffic to the roads on Sunday.

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Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12

Destructive Beauty?

In early July, the Red-shouldered Ctenucha Moths (Ctenucha rubroscapus) were very active along the coastal grasses at Fort Stevens, Oregon. At first I thought the moths were solid black, but upon closer inspection of the landed specimens, the red (actually orange) head and shoulders were quite apparent. The larvae of this moth feed on grasses and sedges, while the adults tend to take nectar from Goldenrod and Tansy Ragwort. The range of this moth is limited to the southern coast of Washington, down to the Sierra Nevadas and central California.

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Biblical references to moths uniformly assign very destructive powers to them. Job uses an analogy that moths can cause the destruction of a dwelling from the foundation. Isaiah likens enemies of God’s righteousness to garments that moths will consume. And Matthew warns us to lay up our treasure in heaven, because worldly possessions will be destroyed by things like rust and moths. We tend to be drawn to things that are pretty or unique, and might even wish to collect such things. A cursory look at such things yields no warnings or red flags, but as in the case of the moth, there may be some hidden destructive device. The moth himself is not destructive, but his larval form can create havoc. Similarly, many things we may covet are innocent enough on the surface, but perhaps the quest to own them requires a sinful path. Or simply the act of possessing them results in a slow, insidious increase of boastfulness, pride or arrogance.

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