Dragonflies

IMG_4922I recently read a book “Celtic Inspiration” by Lyn Webster Wilde, 2004.

The Celtics lived in Austria and Switzerland about 1,000 years before Christ.  They were a warlike people who were skilled in metalwork and horsemanship.They believed in the mystic realm, which centered around nature, the sun, moon, and stars

IMG_5123The following inspired Celtic thoughts could be applied to our lives today.

Retreat – Go to a new place for 24 hours or longer. No mechanical devices. Seek silence – consider what you need to let go of and visualize the future you desire. When you go home the world will seem different.  You will feel energized to make necessary life changes.

IMG_4924 (2)Walking by a river or stream, let the power of water, seen and heard, energize your spirit.  Let every ripple add its soothing blessing to your deepening inner calm.  Watch the qualities animals possess and imitate them.

IMG_5134 (2)Imagine that you are being pulled up into the stars; to a place where you can forget yourself in the darkness of space.  When you come back to Earth you will be different and very refreshed.

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Multiple June/July Sunrises

We have had multiple sunrises here in Arkansas in the months of June and July.  But we have had very few sunsets.  The clouds always drift away in the early evening; there is nothing in the evening for the sun to reflect its bright rays upon.  Each morning as I stand in the yard and photograph the great sunrise I think of someone I know who is suffering; or has lost a loved one – and I pray for them.  We have lost 2 wonderful older ladies from church in a week’s time (from very tragic accidents).  Their husbands have taken their deaths very hard.

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Following is the only good sunSET I have captured this month.

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Dignity of Nature

“What my eyes seek in these encounters is not just the beauty traditionally revered by wildlife photographers.  The perfection I seek in my photographic composition is a means to show the strength and dignity of animals in nature.”  FRAN LANTING

The Baby Rabbit who was not sure if I was a sunflower or a tree (because I stood so still).

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The deer who stood still as if she thought she was invisible to me.

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This squirrel does not need to climb my apple tree – the wind just throws apples at him while he is on the ground.

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A trip to Beaver Lake where the Geese are very friendly.

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This mother rabbit is quite tame and we often get within a few feet of her as we greet her for the day.  I must admit her two babies are quite scared of us.

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This Robin is slightly blurry – he fell in the bird bathe and now he is trying to shake himself dry – he is a little pitiful to view. Lol

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Butterflies are beautiful creatures of nature and catching two face to face is unusual.

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This Duck was at Beaver Lake and followed me trying to acquire some type of food.

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Can’t forget the bumble bee, which seems to be on just about every flower I view.

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Fountain of Life

Revelation 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

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Psalm 36:7-9  How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God!  therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.  8) They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shall make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.  9) For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

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Proverbs 13:14  The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.  Proverbs 14:27  The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

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There is a song I love from church – “There’s A Fountain Free”  The first verse and the chorus are so inspiring.

“There’s a fountain free, ’tis for you and me, Let us haste, O haste to the brink; “Tis a fount of love from the Source above, And He bids us all freely drink.

Chorus: Will you come to the fountain free?  Will you come? ’tis for you and me; Thirsty soul hear the welcome call; ‘Tis a fountain open for all.”

 

Sunflowers

The first bloom on my Sunflower plants; in my garden.

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Sunflower Facts:

The Sunflower is a large inflores – which means it is a head made up of tiny flowers called florets.

There are 70 species of Sunflowers.  The Sunflower heads can contain as many as 1,000 to 2,000 seeds.

There are 2 types of Sunflower seeds – Black which is used for oil and Striped which is used for snack foods.  Both the black and striped are used in bird feed.

Mature Sunflower heads usually point in a fixed easterly direction.  They generally rotate very little.

The Sunflower is a Native American Indian plant – first used by American Indians.  They used Sunflowers for: food, oil, medicinal ointments, dyes, and body paints.

Kansas is called “The Sunflower State” and the Sunflower is their state flower.

Sunflowers are grown on toxic, contaminate soil – to cleanse the soil of: lead, arsenic, or uranium.

And of course we all know Sunflowers are beautiful and resemble the Sun.

Sunset Reflection

Sometimes the sunset is not in the correct place in the sky.  The sunset in the West was not colorful at all a few nights ago.  But – in the Southeast this beautiful cloud was floating high in the sky.  As the sun from the West reflected on this huge cloud, a glorious color began to appear in the Southeast sky.  I have seen this happen quite often and the results is spectacular; as you can see by the photo below.  This photo is not enhanced, this is exactly what my eyes and my camera lens viewed.

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One Wet Day

It had been raining, but seemed to move out of our area after dropping 3 inches of rain. As it began to clear we saw a beautiful sunrise.   We decided to take a ride up North toward Paradise Road.  A beautiful road, with daisies and flowers growing in the road ditches.

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Well, we found the rain in the North and picture taking was out of the question; for quite some time.  In fact, seeing where we were going was quite a feat.

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But . . .  After the rain began to fall less and less, we saw the most colorful and beautiful rainbow we had seen in a long time.

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The clouds were so white and fluffy in the sky as we drove along.

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This is the stretch of road near our house.  On the left side of the highway, among the big trees in the center of this picture is Home Sweet Home.  What a glorious day to be out in nature. Despite the rain, it was a relaxing and enjoyable ride.

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Daisies

We were out driving through the country the other day and there were daisies everywhere.

Daisies represent innocence and purity.  A daisy is actually classified as 2 flowers.  The white petals are one flower and the yellow disc of petals forming the center are another flower.  The leaves of the daisy are edible and are good in salads.  The daisy is closely related to the artichoke and is rich in vitamin C. Bees absolutely love  the yellow center of the daisy.

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