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Autumnal Vibrance

Our part of the country has been blessed by an incredible autumn season, with the trees retaining colorful leaves for a longer period than normal. While this could all end any day with high winds or a hard freeze, it has been a mesmerizing show of colors that leaves me in awe. The backlit trees, made possible by the early morning and late evening sun, almost appear to glow as if on fire.

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Not to be outdone, the young trees, shrubs and brush combine to create a spectacular mix of vibrant colors, made even more intense by the rays of the low sun.

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Even viewing a single leaf up close gives testimony to an impressive complexity that we often take for granted.

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Very soon the lingering leaves will fall to earth and find a way to disappear, leaving a stark, bleak reality behind. And then the cycle starts over again in the spring.

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The Psalmist wrote, “For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands.” Psalms 92:4.  And he goes on to write, “O Lord, how great are Your works! …A senseless man does not know, nor does a fool understand this.” Psalms 92:5-6.  Our Lord has created what we call ‘nature’ for our use and enjoyment. He wants us to take the time to appreciate what He has made, and to use it as a reminder to exalt Him in all things.

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

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