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.

Fear not!

The Lord thundered in the heavens
The most high let his voice be heard
He shot his arrows, scattered the foe,
flashed his lightnings, and put them to flight

He brought me forth into freedom,
he saved me because he loved me.

Psalm 18

Out walking a new trail. It was right in my back yard and I never knew it was there!

(Mound Prairie Scientific and Natural Area)

Dreary beauty

Sitting at the local convenience store early in the morning, on a chilly rainy looking day, you can find interesting sights.

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord. *

All you winds, bless the Lord.

Fire and heat, bless the Lord. *

Cold and chill, bless the Lord.

Dew and rain, bless the Lord. *

– Daniel 3

Look at the pretty flowers I found!

My grandson was playing in the yard and found these “pretty flowers”, setting them up on the railing. Yup, they are!

Weeds are just unplanned flowers.

Weeds are just unplanned flowers!

Riding down the street in our little town, there ahead was a “dinosaur” making his way across the road!

And saw a “sign of the times” in a nearby town. They have a miniature “Statue of Liberty”, modified….

Liberty Denied