Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Opulent Orange...

I think I've had too much time to think this past week...
I haven't felt well, and have spent a lot of time in bed.
And one of the things I thought about was the color ORANGE.
Maybe it was due to consistent fevers,
or maybe it was because of Jenny Matlock's Alphabet Link-up
which will feature the letter "O" this week.
This is one of my favorite orange shots.
I've done a couple of posts on oranges before...
(Click here to see one of them.)

Although these banana peppers look red on this photo,
they were really quite orange.

Orange and red tee shirts seem to stand out from the rest.

Dated orange canisters...
(And yes, I still use them.)

Orange vests...

Orange is such a powerful color that it grabs our attention.
That's probably why the makers of Tide have been using it for years.

Then I thought about colors in the Bible,
and wondered which colors stood out.
I went to one of my favorite Bible sites,
Blue Letter Bible, to check it out.
Here's what I found, based on the King James Version of the Bible:
GOLD was the winner with being mentioned 417 times.
WHITE - 75 times
RED - 52 times
SCARLET - 52 times
BLUE - 50 times
PURPLE - 48 times
GREEN - 41 times
BLACK - 18 times
CRIMSON - 5 times
YELLOW - 4 times
BROWN - 4 times
(By the way, I couldn't find the opulent color of ORANGE mentioned...)
Gold may have been mentioned the most because of
the importance we give it in our lives,
but to me, the most important colors mentioned are found in Isaiah 1:18: 
"Come now and let us reason together, says the LORD;
Though your sins be as scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow.
Though they be red like crimson,
They shall be as wool."
Now that's some cleaning power!
Stronger than TIDE!
Quite appropriately with my bout against sickness this week,
 my Rock4Today post is going to be on Jehovah-Rophe, Our Healer!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Norfork Lake

After several hectic days,
my husband suggested a little quiet boat ride on Norfork Lake
to bring a little peace into our souls.

He had just had the motor on the boat worked on,
and was anxious to see how it would run.

He opened it up,
and it purred like a kitten,
slicing through the calm blue-green waters
and making a beautiful wake.

There weren't a lot of people on the lake,
...maybe because it was the last weekend before schools reopened.

Our presence startled a grey heron into flight.

It gracefully flew just above the water
and found a perch in a tree.

All too soon we headed back to the boat dock,

...tied up the boat and headed back to shore,

...and thanked God for the abundant rainfall
that had replenished our lakes and rivers after the drought.

As we were leaving the lake area,
two fawns stood so still watching us
that it looked like they were just posing for a picture!

This past winter I did a post showing how low our lake levels were.
If you missed it and would like to see the difference the rain has made, click HERE!
Thank you to all of you who prayed for rain!

Thank you to Stewart for allowing me to link
with birders across the globe!
To see a gallery of bird photos, click on his name.

as always,
to see my latest Rock4Today post,
featuring the Names of God on Rocks,
click HERE!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole

I'll try not to bore you with any more of our summer vacation photos after today!

This was the view of the Grand Tetons from our lodging place
at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

My daughter and her husband went for a short walk before
we ate dinner together at the lodge's restaurant.

I enjoyed checking out the wild flowers that grew in abundance.


This is the sunset view from our window.

I got up before anyone else to catch this sunrise photo.

The next day we were hoping to see some moose...
The signs said we should...

But instead we encountered more buffalo.

They raised their tails and ran off,
as we discussed whether they were called bison or buffalo!

But this is the only MOOSE we saw,
and obviously you can tell,
it wasn't a living moose.

The lofty mountains remind me of the majesty of the LORD,
and make me think of these verses from Micah 1:3-4:
"Look! The LORD is coming!
He leaves His throne in heaven
and tramples the heights of the earth.
The mountains melt beneath His feet
and flow into the valleys
like wax in a fire,
like water pouring down a hill."

thanks for coming along with me again!
I hope you enjoyed the trip!

To see my latest Rock4Today post,

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Devil's Tower - Or is it?!!!

One of the places we visited on the way to Yellowstone National Park was "Devil's Tower",
a National Monument located in the state of Wyoming.

We arrived at the monument very early in the morning,
...before the sun had risen,
...and before most of the other tourists arrived.

We followed the trail that went around the base of the tower,
and came upon frequent signs with information.

Some of the signs were pertinent to our safety,
and others were associated with the legends of how the tower was formed.

On many bushes and trees we saw the brightly colored prayer cloths
and other Indian artifacts... 

that were tied to various limbs or branches.

With the naked eye we didn't notice any climbers,but we did see some through the telescopic type lenses
that were available.

My husband tried to take a picture of them through the binoculars!

The paths were easy to navigate,
but often had large boulders on each side.

Here you can see my grandson exploring the boulders.

It's a bit more difficult to spot him in this picture.
You may have to click on the picture to enlarge it in order to find him!

My grandson had more energy than we did,
often read the signs before we got there,
and then informed us of what he had learned.

This was probably the highest point we reached in our hiking.
It took us about two hours or more to walk around the tower,
...but that was because we were stopping often to read the signs.

By the time we completed the circuit,
the sun was up,
...and so were a lot more tourists.
As we viewed this magnificent structure,
I cringed a bit at the name of it.
The Devil's name may be associated with it,
but I knew that it was God who had formed it,
and it made me aware once again of the Creator's great power and majesty.
"Ah, Sovereign LORD, 
you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.
 Nothing is too hard for you."
Jeremiah 32:17

I did a post on Rock4Today last year
entitled "Migdal Oz"
which refers to the LORD as
(Click on the highlighted letters to take you there.)

I think my grandson enjoyed the extensive prairie dog town
at the base of the tower
as much as exploring the tower itself.

He found these grape shaped fruits near their dwellings,
and enjoyed tossing them to the prairie dogs.

The prairie dogs would grab them in their mouths,
and quickly take them down into their holes.
I have never seen so many prairie dogs at one time!

Thanks for your visit!
To see my latest post of the Names of God on Rocks,
click on Rock4Today!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Red-Headed Woodpeckers in my Friend's Backyard