Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Chance Meeting with a Praying Mantis

One day I went on my porch and saw this praying mantis. I went inside to grab my camera. It was too cool to not get a picture. I followed it around my porch. It looked inside my flower pot, climbed up my fence, and then it turned to face me.  I have never really been that close to a praying mantis. It was fascinating. Its face looked like the alien head you see on sci-fi posters.

Just recently, I came across the photos of the praying mantis.  As I looked at them, the saying “All creatures great and small, The Lord God made them all” popped into my head. God created all sorts of creatures for us to see. I am glad I had an opportunity to observe this intriguing creature.

Monday, April 29, 2013

An Afternoon Storm

Billowing clouds
Energetic and powerful
Strengthening as they climb in the sky
The wind blows in a chilling way
Trees bending in a mighty sway
An eerie feeling is in the air

Rumbling and shaking
The thunder roars
As darkness overtakes light
Fingers of light streak across the sky
Causing one to be awestruck
The lightning creates excitement in the heart

As time grows between flashes and thunder
And the wind comes to an end
The darkness breaks to reveal the light once again

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Snow Day!

Since moving to the south from the northeast, my youngest son has missed playing in the snow. When we talk to friends back east, they tell us that it snowed that day or that night. My son, T-Man, would respond to that news by saying, “I wish that it would snow!”

A few days ago, we woke to big, wet snowflakes coming down. T-Man was so excited (and maybe I was a little too). It was the quickest I have ever seen him get dressed in the morning. By the time I went to check on him, he had already put on his snow pants and two layers of shirts. He was ready to go.

Off we went to check out the snow, he in his play gear and me with my camera. While he was playing in the snow, I was snapping away. After awhile, I heard him telling me something. I look at him and he said, “Come on mom, have some fun!” I said to him, “Just a few more pics.” He said again, “Mom, have some fun!” I looked at him and said, “You are right.” I put down my camera and picked up some snow. We had a snowball fight.

After an hour, the temperature rose enough to start melting the snow. We decided to go in and have some hot chocolate. As I was sipping my hot chocolate, I thought about how much my son was delighted in the snow. It put in perspective for me of a verse I heard before, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart's desires.” (Psalm 37:4 NLT) Our greatest happiness will be when we seek the LORD, commit to the way of the LORD and trust in Him. In our happiness in doing the will of the LORD, he will grant our desires. Thank you LORD for loving me so much.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Gateway to the West

The St. Louis Arch is an wonderful example of human ingenuity. Created from concrete, stainless steel, hard work, and lots of math, one man’s vision became a reality. The St. Louis Arch was built as a monument to Thomas Jefferson and all those pioneers for whom St. Louis was the Gateway to the West.

I was able to see the arch a couple of years ago on a family road trip. It is one thing to see it in a book versus seeing it in person. The Arch was huge. I got dizzy just looking up at it. Also, because of the stainless steel, it was so reflective. I learned that the Arch is 630 feet tall which makes it our tallest monument. The Washington Monument is only 555 feet tall. The Arch’s span is 630 feet at ground level between the outer sides of the legs.On a clear day the view at the top can extend up to thirty miles in either direction. I was fortunate to go on a clear day so I was able to see for miles. 

When I came down from the top, I took my camera out to take pictures of the Arch. I wanted to capture its majestic form. I started to walk around it and observe its details. I looked up and saw how it gleamed next to the blue sky. I walked around until only a sliver was showing. It was really neat to see.

As we were leaving, I pondered on how man could create such a structure. Then I remembered that our ingenuity comes from God. What an awesome God we serve.
Psalm 111:2
How amazing are the deeds of the Lord!
All who delight in him should ponder them. (NLT)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Truly a Busy Bee

     My friends and family know that I am terrified of bees. I got stung by a bee one time and reacted badly to it. So I keep my distance from them. That is why my family was so surprised I took this picture.

      I was visiting my aunt recently and was taking pictures of her awesome garden, when I notice this bee. At first, I jumped back and freaked out but as I started to watch it I became fascinated by it. It was flying flower to flower getting the nectar out of them. I started to take pictures of it. I did keep an eye so I didn’t bother it. It was neat to watch this bee do what it was created to do.

     When I looked at my pictures later that day, I saw the bee had pollen stuck to its feet. Also, I had never really seen a bee’s face. That day I had a greater appreciation of bees and their role in God’s creation. Still, I think I will keep my distance. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Apollo Missions

Ever since I was little, I have always been fascinated by astronomy. The stars, the moon, and the planets just intrigued me. I even participated in Science Olympiad so I could do the astronomy event (I got second place twice). Something about things being millions or even billions miles away was just mind blowing. What is even cooler is that God knows all the stars by name (Psalm 147:4).

             When I was young, I wanted to be an astronaut. I thought that would be the coolest job. I thought to be able to leave the atmosphere and see Earth below you would be awesome. Every time NASA launched the Shuttle, I had to watch it.
Well, I didn’t become an astronaut but I think I have an even cooler job, being a mom. Neverless, I still enjoy watching anything on space travel. So the other day my youngest son and I were watching a documentary on the Apollo Missions. It was impressive that men were able to get there. I mean the the science involved to make it to the moon and keep the astronauts safe. The bravery of the men who dare take on the challenge. It was amazing.
            Apollo missions had its good moments and sad moments. While training for the Apollo 1 mission, there was a electrical short in the capsule and all three astronauts lost their lives. It was a reminder to NASA that this was an endeavor with risks. So they redesign the capsule and started with the other missions. Apollo mission 2-7 were going great so for Apollo 8 it was time to go around the moon. So off they went to the moon. It took four days to get there. On the fourth day, it was time to go around the moon. As the astronauts were going around the darkside of the moon, they saw an earthrise. With all their technology and bravery, do you know what the did when they saw the Earth? The three astronauts took turn reading Genesis 1:1-10. On the Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took communion on the moon. Another mission you can see God at work is Apollo 13. It seemed everything was going wrong on that mission. It was called a successful failure. They didn’t land on the moon but they came home (If you want to see more on that story, the movie Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks is a great one to watch. ) 
             As I look up to the night sky, I wonder if we'll be back there or travel beyond it. All I can say is as I look up to the stars, I reflect on how small Earth is to the universe. However, I also think how awesome it is that God created this world for us and how much we mean to Him. 

Open my eyes so I may see

Have you ever stop what you were doing because of a setting sun? How about a butterfly about to emerge from it chrysalis? Have you stood next to the St. Louis Arch and wonder how did men ever create this impressive structure? As I had the chance to see all of these things in person, I was left with this awe of wonder. Not so much of awe of the creation but the awe of the Creator. As I observed these things, I was left thinking with just a spoken word from God all this came into existence (Genesis 1:3).
           Why create this world? That is a heavy question to ask. One reason could be for our enjoyment. God gave us emotions and five senses to use to experience His creation. Another reason could be and I do believe is to see the glory of God and to be drawn closer to Him. In Romans, there is a verse that I believe fits here. “For the invisible things of Him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 WEB)
           So where does this blog fit with all this? I feel I am being lead to use my talent of photography to capture moments of creation and share them. I plan on not only sharing the photos but also tidbits of info on where I took the pictures or my reflection of the moment. This blog is different for me and out of my comfort zone but it is exciting to do. I am not sure where this will all lead but I do give the glory to God. I hope you will enjoy my posts. Thanks for stopping by.