Monday, July 8, 2019

God Speaks through Nature ~

Happy Monday to you ~ my dear friends!
My husband and I enjoyed an afternoon out on the 4-wheeler
and what a perfect time to get to know my new camera as I
captured some shots of nature here on the property.
We can evan take great "selfies" with this camera! 😉
While we were in Canada at the crokinole tournament 
I was asked by a friend if I would use her camera and take pictures
since she and her husband are always participants 
and unable to get pictures of themselves and their senior club.
I happily accepted insuring her that they may not be the best.
As I've shared here on my blog before, I am not very good with a camera,
but Cathy's camera was so nice and easy to use
that I found great delight rather than frustration 
as I went around snapping shots of the tournament.
To my husband's surprise, my pictures turned out beautifully.
We came home and my sweet husband so kindly bought me
the same camera as Cathy's, a Canon SX70 H with a zoom that is awesome!
I am amazed at the detail with this zoom. 
This camera is a perfect size for me, easy to hold and  easy to function,
my kind of camera.
In time I'm hoping to do much better with my picture taking,
I feel like I have a vision for a good picture,
just really bad with a camera.
I'm sharing with you some of the pictures I took on our day out ~ enjoy!

Lord, let me recognize Your voice above the world's clamor 
and follow You alone.
~ Cathy Elliott

Each spring we have the return of our Canadian geese
and a pair of mallard ducks that nest near the pond.
The red winged black birds as well as other small birds
enjoy the bull rush surrounding the pond.
It's a beautiful and peaceful site when Donatella and I take
our daily walks so as to check on the activity around the pond.
The red winged black birds look as if they were posing for the camera.

Lord, thank you that You are my hiding place
and that You protect me from harm
just as Your birds of the air do their young.
~ Janet Holm McHenry

Lord, thank you for looking out for Your creation!
For I know that if Your eyes are on creation,
then You are looking out for me.
~ Sandra Clifton

May we find our contentment in You, our Father.
~ Pepper Basham

The wild flowers have been stunning with all the rain 
 God has blessed us with!
Our State flower is the Columbine and this year they are magnificent.
The wild roses are in abundance with bloom after bloom.
And the mushrooms...they are the size of a volleyball ~ yes, a volleyball!
I have never ever seen anything quite like these mushrooms.
I placed the mushroom beside the seat on the 4- wheeler
to give you an idea of the size. 

Lord, let me see the beauty of Your plan in all things,
all creatures, and all people.
~ Cathy Elliott

Spend time outside today and see how many masterpieces 
God has put on display.
With each one, praise Him for His awesome creativity.
And then thank Him that this same God
knows you and calls you by name.
~ Ginger Kolbaba

Lord, teach us to stop and observe creation.
Help us see what You reveal about Yourself through
Your artistry and craftsmanship, in every creature great and small.
May we reflect You, too, in the details of our own lives.
~ Lori Stanley Roeleveld

Spend time in God's secret love garden today.
~ Devon O'Day

 The mushroom is beside the seat ☆

Let us go outside and open up our senses, and soak in the
wonders all around us.
I know that God will be there, waiting for us.
~ J. Mason Williams

Summer days keep us busy with so many wonderful things,
so thank you, dear friends, for taking time out of your own 
lives and stopping in to say hello.
Your visits bring a smile to my heart.
As you enjoy God's glorious creation where He has planted you,
may you find yourself encouraged, inspired, challenged and comforted
by His unfailing love and attention to your daily lives.
God's detail in our lives is precise, just as it is in His marvelous creation.
Glory be to God!

Heavenly Father, there is not one aspect of Your creation You haven't touched,
and not one aspect that hasn't known the flaws of a fallen world.
Thank you for the beauty of Your present creation,
but the glorious promise of an Eternally perfect one.
~ Heidi Chiavaroli


Be Lovely!


Natalia said...

Love the title of your post, that is so true! Amazing pictures, have a lovely weeek:)

Joyful said...

I love your title Debbie as I always feel God's presence when I admire his handiwork. Your photos are so lovely today. I think you have found just the right camera for you to enjoy. Have a blessed week ahead. xx

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Yes, God does speak to us through His glorious creation. Always something wonderful to see. Great photos with your new camera ~ thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady said...

Beautiful photos Debbie. I'm curious about your new camera. I may have to look into one for myself. I wish I was there with the two of you.

Mrs.T said...

Lovely post, Debbie! I couldn't agree more. I always feel even closer to God when I am out in His creation. Something about seeing the beauty, design and order in all that He has made just encourages my heart so much. I have been walking with a friend for the past year or so, and we have so enjoyed seeing the plants, flowers, and birds as the seasons change.

Evelyn Bray said...

What lovely pictures! Yesterday my father-in-law led worship and asked for a favorite. I chose "Majesty" and when he announced it he got teary and talked about spending the previous week at 11,000 feet in the Beartooth Mts of Wyoming and the majesty of creation, but he realized he needed to praise God's majesty and not creations. He followed the song with "How Great Thou Art". It was a beautiful Sunday service!

Jill said...

Love all your photos and quotes.... so lovely! Enjoy your day!


Sylvia said...

Your photo's are so pretty, Debbie, I love the flowers.

Debby Ray said...

Debbie, your photos are stunning! Isn't it fun to be able to zoom in on those birds? Your camera is the same as one of mine but a much newer model...mine is the Canon SX40HS. They are fantastic little cameras! And there is no where I'd rather be than out among the wonders of our beautiful creation! I hope you enjoyed a fabulous Fourth of July! Hugs!

Sandi said...

That mushroom is outrageous!

Cheryl said...

I cannot believe the size of that mushroom! Wow! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us! It reminds me of the Dolly Parton song, "God's Coloring Book." SO many ways to behold His glory through His creation. Sending hugs and love your way today, sweet friend!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Wow, Debbie, what wonderful photos, and a new hobby for you!! Thank you for all the beautiful quotes, too. How nice for you and your sweetie to go 4-wheeling. They mushroom is HUGE!! Happy summer blessings to you! ❤️

Ruth Hiebert said...

I have enjoyed my visit here again. Your pictures regret and is your writing. That Canon camera is a nice little camera and it should serve you well.WOW! That is one huge mushroom.Enjoy the rest of the summer to the fullest.

Granny Marigold said...

Isn't this a wonderful time of the year? So many flowers blooming and so much in the way of fresh veggies and fruit!!
I'm glad you like you new camera. I have a Canon too but mine is very basic. Still, it suits me.
That mushroom is huge! Do you know if it is safe to eat?

hobbyloes said...

Your photos that you took are beautiful with your new camera. What a great mushroom, God's creation is so amazing and beautiful!

Elizabethd said...

What beautiful photos. So good to have a camera that does even more than you expect!

Creations By Cindy said...

Loving the pictures and oh so proud for you with your new camera . Nothing like a good camera for sure . I’ve ajwaya b you n a canon girl 😊 Higs and blesssings to you dear lady . Cindy

Creations By Cindy said...

Trying on phone lady . My biggest downfall seems as i never check spelling !

Carla from The River said...

Hi Debbie,
I enjoyed your photos. The wild rose photo brings back special memories. My grandpa loved wild roses. He would not cut a one of them around his barn. He just let them grow. My grandpa was my best friend growing up. We named our first born son, Samuel, after him.

Happy Summer,

Conniecrafter said...

that is great you were able to try out your friends camera and know that it would be right for you. Such beautiful blooms and water you have around you, I agree that all the rain we got this spring has sure brought forth a lot more blooms this year than we have seen in a very long time, so wonderful that God has blessed us with the ability to enjoy them longer than we normally do.

Tanza Erlambang said...

wonderful views....
lovely flowers and birds...
thank you for sharing your photos

Anne Payne said...

I love seeing CO no matter the camera! It's all your eye for beauty. The device is only secondary. That being said, I have a bridge camera too and love the zoom feature!!! Hooray for our husbands who love us and gift us with these great cameras. :-) xoxo

Amelia said...

I love the pics of the birds especially, I just love birds, they are very special to me. Such precious creatures from God.

Thank you for sharing the loveliness!


Ida said...

Super lovely post. So many great photos and congrats on the new camera. That was a big mushroom for sure!

Roosterhead Designs said...

Hello Debbie~
It was so nice to see your post; and the gorgeous photo's!! Beautiful work. So glad you enjoyed your trip! What a wonderful experience for you both.
I've been fairly busy this summer, and that is good : ) Hugs to you,
karen o

Deborah Montgomery said...

Wow -- that is a huge mushroom!! You got some lovely pictures with your new camera, and great closeups of the birds. What a beautiful area you live in. Thank you for sharing the words that remind us to see and appreciate His handiwork in all creation. Hope you're feeling well these days, great pic of you and your husband. xo Deborah

Jean | said...

Debbie, you can't go wrong with a beautiful subject like creation, though like you I've had my struggles with the camera. Looks like you've found the right camera because all your photos are gorgeous!

Pom Pom said...

I love your photos taken with your new camera! Great! It is God's sweet gift to enjoy the sunshine and admire His creations.
That's a cute photo of you and your hubby, too!

M.K. said...

Hello, Debbie! I'm late getting around to reading blogs (again!). Your new camera is amazing, and those photos - esp. of the black bird! - are so crystal clear! Good job. That mushroom looks like a helmet :) So glad you and your hubby were able to get out and enjoy an afternoon together. Our weather here is hot and very, very dry. We are in a severe drought this summer, and everything seems to be drying up and dying. Oh, how we need rain.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the photo of the two of you! What a fun way to get out on the land. I'm still trying to figure out how that can be a mushroom! My's enormous! Enjoy your week!

My Tata's Cottage said...

I love your photo here and I love that you take such great photos. IT was a fun visit. Thank you for your friendship and your joyful kind heart. HUGS and LOVE

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