Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Surviving the Perfect Storm

          Looming over our house in  our backyard is an enormous maple tree pictured above.  This is only a small part of the tree which hangs threateningly over the back portion of our house.  Here my son is about fifteen feet above the ground climbing a rope swing attached to one of the limbs.  What is not apparent from this photo, however, is the split that runs well down the trunk, leaving a part of this tree as a threat to our home.  Knowing that the coming "perfect storm" would bring with it very high winds left us praying that the Lord would protect our family and our home from the coming storm.  Miraculously the morning after the winds subsided, the tree remained standing and our house was undamaged.

       Most of the day Monday and well into the night the storm winds gusted around our house at times sounding much like a freight train rushing by.  While watching the news, we saw a huge tree that had fallen and crushed nine cars in the town where we live.  Not too far from our home the news also showed pictures of trees that had come down, literally crushing parts of houses.  We felt very fortunate in that while the lights flickered once, we never lost power while many in our area did. Tuesday happened to be my elder boy's birthday, so I spent a great deal of time that evening while the wind was howling outside baking a chocolate applesauce cake for his birthday.  At times my wife responded with great apprehension as our kitchen is located under where that tree would fall if it fell on the house. God is faithful and answered our prayers, and we were able to joyfully celebrate my son's birthday the next day.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Treasures of Nature

     Since starting to home school my boys, I have seen a dramatic uptick in interest in nature.  While hiking in the mountains recently, my eldest reveled in the wonders of nature as he discovered them.  In the first photo, he was fascinated by water burbling from a pipe coming from a nearby mountain spring.  Later he discovered colorful fungi along the trail/  Eventually he discovered where an animal had made its home in a tree, and finally he had to know what that whitish green stuff was on a fallen tree.  I explained that it was lichens, a combination of moss and algae.  I am so happy to see him taking an interest in so many things that we frequently overlook or take for granted.  For more scenic photos, visit Scenic Sunday.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sky Scenery

While these clouds looked threatening, they soon passed to the east leaving a beautiful, blue sky behind.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Skyline Drive in western Virginia.  The foliage was gorgeous as can be seen in earlier photos.  Visit Skywatch Friday for more beautiful skies.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Shenandoah Autumn 2012

     Unbelievable color greeted us as we climbed the Skyline Drive in Virginia this weekend.  Vivid oranges, yellows and reds burst forth all around us.  It was a fantastic day to view God's great and glorious creation.  Standing a thousand feet above the valley, I marveled at the lovely sights below.  How I yearned for a better camera!  Despite the fact that I was using a very simple Canon, I was still able to capture some of the tremendous beauty of the scene below.  For more great scenery, visit Scenic Sunday.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sunrise in the Clouds

     This was a lovely sunrise early one morning.  I love the clouds with the sun breaking through.  As I viewed this sunrise, I reflected on another example of the artistry of our awesome Creator.  Truly, we serve an awesome God!   For more beautiful sky shots, visit Skywatch Friday.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Back to Our Roots

     Having always been fascinated with history and historical buildings, this trip to New England  enthralled me.  One cannot visit the Boston area without coming away with a better appreciation of our roots.  An additional bonus was the scenic beauty of the area.  The abandoned church building above dated back to the 18th century, and probably had quite a story to tell.  The buildings in the lower photo were a part of the Harvard campus in Cambridge.  For more scenic photos, visit Scenic Sunday.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Great Meadows

     On an early fall day several years ago, our family went hiking in the Shenandoah Valley off the Skyline Drive.  The scenery was terrific as was the weather.  A rather balmy day allowed us to enjoy our time hiking and the great outdoors.  Thin wispy clouds swept across the sky bringing the promise of rain in the near future; however, this day was picture perfect.  For more great sky photos, visit Skywatch Friday.

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