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Books: Clouds and Nature Photo Essays

Sometimes when I go out into nature I don’t know what to look for or even what I’m looking at. I need someone with knowledge to be my guide, but such guides are hard to find. Books can help, though. Two books that I have read recently help me to understand, give me vocabulary, and […]

1480 Crocuses, Revisited

A year and a half ago, our children bought hundreds of crocus bulbs and helped me plant them. A crocus-filled lawn is something I had dreamed about for years and I could hardly believe it was actually going to happen. In fact, the next spring I was so excited that I actually turned my chair […]

The Light that does not Change

One morning the whole world shone silver—the snow, the sky, the ice on the trees, and even the light itself. It was dramatic and I rushed outside to take pictures before the unique light faded. A bit later, I turned around and saw this tree, sunshine glinting off the icy trunks. Light seems to change […]

Frozen Water

This week trees dripped with tiny icicles from an unusual episode of freezing rain. Some of the icicles stayed for more than a day, softening the evergreens and spring-colored bushes into pastel versions of themselves. Water hurried through the ditches but when the cold overpowered the current, it crystalized into glassy sheets and patterns. There […]

Slow Spring

A slow thaw from Monday, above, to Friday, below. Although it spring is coming very slowly, we know it’s on its way.  The red-winged black birds are back and so are many other early morning songsters.  We even saw a robin last week! As it snows again today, I remember God’s promise to Noah: While […]

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