Lazy Summer on the River

Beautiful day on the Mississippi River. The clouds are spectacular!

Ahhh…farm country!!!

Parked along the road shooting farm scenery when this fella came cruisin’ by…

No worries!

As the Aussies (Austrailians) say, “No worries”.

The hype and fear mongering of the news media are meaningless.

Here is the truth, from the Liturgy of the hours yesterday morning:

“The sufferings of the present are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us. Indeed, the whole created world eagerly awaits the revelation of the sons of God. Creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but by him who once subjected it; yet not without hope, because the world itself will be freed from its slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.“

Romans 8:18-21

Walking in the wilderness, nature is still here, laughing at us in our paranoia….

Smoooooooth…..

I’ve seen this creek near my home many times, but when you take a long exposure shot of it, the look is totally different! These were using about a 2 minute exposure time (shutter speed)

Simple Life

Things are simple here in “Fly Over Country”. I’ve actually gotten mail addressed simply to “Dan Mckenzie, Hokah, MN”.

Grandson fishing in the local fishing hole.

On the Prairie

Out walking on the Prairie north of LaCrosse, Wisconsin today. From a distance it looks kinda boring. But looking up close, many wonders appear! This is the real world, not the fear-filled world the media portrays.

“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.
And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.
And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”
And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”

Matt 8: 23

Here’s the whole album:

Summer colors

Walking on the trail to the church at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, WI. Just had to stop and take a shot!

I usually have thieves stealing my bird seed! It’s either the squirrels or raccoons.

Night Wonders

Praise the Lord from the heavens,
praise Him in the heights
Praise Him, all His angels,
praise Him, all His host.

Praise Him, sun and moon,
praise Him, shining stars.
Praise Him, highest heavens
and the waters above the heavens.

Psalm 148:3

Out photographing the Milky Way last night. Couldn’t have been a more beautiful night, clear and temperature in the low 60’s.

Location was just south of Brownsville, Minnesota, at a scenic overlook.

Resurrection

Poking around the garden, I noticed a butterfly sitting on the fence. Looking closer, I realized that it had just emerged from its cocoon and was drying its wings. Wonders…

Monks of the River

Watching a barge go through the Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River at Lacrosse, Wisconsin, I was amazed at the solitude and patience these guys have.

They work hard, spending weeks on the river, traveling from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. To get through a Lock and Dam, they have to break the barge apart into smaller sections, and push each section through the lock. Then, the workers stand and wait, as the water level is raised or lowered. Watching them just stand there, I wonder what goes through their minds. Do they miss home, and family? As they stand there in silence and solitude, they remind me of monks, living a life of quiet labor, detached from the noisy, hate-filled life of the outside world.