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At The Watering Hole

I’ve been keeping the “natural” birdbath (aka, pothole in the driveway) filled with water for the past few weeks, and have found it to be a pretty good bird-magnet for evening photo-opportunities. Admittedly, the backdrop isn’t very scenic, but the late-day sun hits it perfectly.  Here are a few of the visitors to drop by recently.

Northern Flicker (red-shafted)

Pair of Mourning Doves

Chipping Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Mountain Bluebird

Red Crossbill

Muley Doe

Okay, so the last one wasn’t a bird. Normally we have a lot of Mule Deer hanging around our place, but with all the spring grass and the does getting close to giving birth, they will be a less common sight for a couple months. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, during our early years here I thought that the only wildlife we had here were the deer, and sure didn’t think we had much of a variety of birds. Sorting through my image files last weekend, I tallied up 61 different birds that I’ve photographed in the Bull Mountains, 28 of which were taken in the immediate vicinity of the 20-Acre Wood.

I continue to be amazed at all the birds I never saw, until I started looking for them. There is no question that they were here; I never noticed them until I sought them. We tend to have that happen to us in many aspects of our lives. We may take certain things or people for granted, knowing they are there, but not really thinking about how important and impactful they are to our lives. Similarly, we may simply be oblivious to things around us due to ignorance or indifference. Oftentimes we are guilty of taking God, the Creator of this amazing planet, for granted or we don’t know or care about Him at all. This is really a shame, because God and salvation through His son, Jesus Christ, is easy to find, but we have to seek Him.  He makes His presence known and He wants a relationship with each of us, but if we don’t seek Him out, we may never find Him. A couple Scriptures bear this out in very simple language; “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6) and  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matt 7:7).


A Break in Winter’s Monotony

I just wrapped up a 9-day business road trip, covering parts of seven states.  The weather was generally foul while driving, and my schedule was rather full when I wasn’t.  Given this situation, camera time was pretty limited.  During a deadhead cruise from central Iowa to the Denver, Colorado area, I made a pitstop at Amana, Iowa to return some phone calls and answer several emails.  That day, and the previous three, had been cloudy and foggy, so I had little hope of doing any meaningful photography.  However, as I was hunting for a WiFi connection to hijack in Amana, the clouds broke and the sun shone brightly.  Just as quickly as the sunlight appeared, birds were suddenly flitting around in the trees next to my parked pickup.  I captured the Cardinal and Blue Jay during the short period of sunshine.

On the second to last day of the trip, I made a detour to Barr Lake State Park in Colorado.  I have visited this park in the past, finding it a convenient place to take a couple hour break and an opportunity to stretch my legs around the perimeter of the lake.  On previous visits here, I have found the Northern Flickers tend to be unafraid of me, making great photography subjects.  Almost immediately a Flicker appeared in the trees and allowed me to get several shots off before he became bored with me.  There were also a number of House Finches foraging through the brush, offering yet another photographic target.

Photography is my relief valve; a way for me to clear my head and recharge myself so that I can meet the next challenge.  Knowing my schedule was going to limit my hobby-time, I prayed for some opportunity to capture something unique during this journey…as our Lord promises, my prayer was answered!  “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9

Work in Progress

Last week I purchased the David Busch book on photoblogging with WordPress (see my very first post), and I’m getting a better idea of the modifications I want to make. I’ve added a gallery page for bird images, which seem to be my primary photo subject. In the near future I intend to add pages for some of the other subject groups I tend to photograph. There is no timeline for getting the basic structure set, but will fit it in when I find the time.

In light of today being the Lord’s Day, and the return of sub-zero winter weather, I thought the picture below would help brighten the day (and this page) while also serving as a reminder of the season to come and Christ’s imminent return.

Tulips in the Pulpit