Saturday, September 13, 2014

Waning Super Moon


I have been experimenting with the settings on my camera and for the first time was able to capture the moon in detail.  It hung low in the late afternoon sky, a sea blue all around.  You can see sunlight highlighting the craters.  I love space.  The whole idea of planets and moons hanging effortlessly in a vacuum of nothing fills me with awe. 

That we have a moon which guards our planet boggles my mind. Without the moon, tides would become nearly non-existent and sea levels would rise.  The ocean's currents are the way the it oxygenates itself, sea life would starve for air without the moon's influence.  Currents such as the Gulf Stream bring life-giving warmth and nutrients all across the world.  The moon also affects vital currents which circulate cold nutrient-filled water around the Atlantic and into the Indian Ocean.

Without the moon, our earth would become a gigantic snowball.  The "pole" of Earth's magnetism would change--people living in the mid-latitudes would see the Aurora Borealis.  The steadiness of the Earth's rotation would be effected.  The moon actually keeps the earth from wobbling, rocking and rolling.

The perfect balance created by the moon's presence seems miraculous to me.  The moon is an important part of our survival here on earth.  I am grateful to our Creator for setting it into place.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Same Moon...


I caught last night's super moon through the hedge where the grape vines grow wild.  I could not help but think that people all over the world see the same moon I do.

Our prayers are with you, dear ones.  You are not alone. 

 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Praying for You


We are praying for you.  Do not give up hope.  You are not alone.  You know who you are.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fireworks and Baseball -Guest Heart Thursday


Last weekend, my husband and I were invited (last minute) to view a baseball game on a night where ordinary folks who accomplish heroic things are honored.  This is a special yearly event put on by the Red Cross.  It was a wonderful game even though our home team lost.  The company was unexpectedly lovely and the fireworks afterward were amazing.  As you can see--there's a heart in them thar fireworks!



 Here is the pitcher for our team--he has such a fierce look on his face!


Here's one of our guys. Good form!


Here's a great picture of the opposing team's pitcher.  I have discovered I love taking action shots with my camera. 

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Red Blossom Heart -Guest Heart Thursday


This beautiful flower grows on a plant which also sports white and yellow flowers.  I planted them around my little waterfall next to the goldfish pond.  They are so pretty and vibrant.  Do you see the heart petals?  Just perfect for Guest Heart Thursday.

Have a beautiful day--enjoy summer while it lasts! 

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Glory Light in the Morning


Early this morning I awoke to a luminous light.  The sun hadn't come up, yet the air was golden.  Grabbing my camera I ran outside.  I caught my breath at the beauty I saw.

I watch the news each morning and I find myself praying for folks I've never met.  They are going through things I can hardly think about.  I am in anguish for them.  I wonder how God could possibly work out these complicated and awful circumstances.

Then I see something like this--the glory of nature, spread across the sky by the hand of the Creator.  This reminds me that He--the One who created the universe, is infinitely capable to watch over those who turn to Him in their time of need.  He will hear their cry and He will answer.

Give ear to my words, O Lord,
 Consider my groaning,
Heed the sound of my cry for help,
My King and my God,
For unto Thee will I pray.
Oh, Lord in the morning,
Will I direct my prayer, unto You
And will look up.
~A Psalm of David
Psalm 5:1-3

God blesses the downtrodden and brokenhearted--look up and expect a miracle.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Purple Heart -Guest Heart Thursday


In the forests of my childhood, the ground was often carpeted with a bright green clover-shaped plant called sour grass.  It wasn't really grass--it actually looked closer to clover and had yellow blossoms which were also quite tasty. 

I found this beautiful purple variety at a store in Canby, Oregon.  It grows quite happily out by the pond in the back yard.  It also tastes sour, but has a sweet taste, too.  I adore this plant--and since the leaves are shaped like hearts, I thought it perfect for Guest Heart Thursday!

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Gleaming -SkyWatch Friday


It was a lovely surprise to emerge from the kitchen door on the alley, to see this extraordinary sun and cloud over the back fence.  I was filled with awe, and was so grateful I had my camera in hand.  

Happy sky watching!  If you love clouds as much as I do--join SkyWatch Friday to see all the amazing things to be found by looking up.  Happy SkyWatch Friday and have a lovely weekend.

skywatch

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Heart in Ripples -Guest Heart Thursday


I was out for a walk to the park with my darling little niece, when she pointed out this heart in the ripples of the Willamette River.  In the sparkling sunshine--the heart made quite an entrance!

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.




Friday, July 18, 2014

T-Rex Cloud -SkyWatch Friday


When one of our recent thunderstorms rolled through I caught this cloud striding across the horizon.  This cloud could be many things.  I think he looks like a T-Rex, but also, as I was typing away here--I realized this cloud could also be a kindly profile of a man.  He has huge eyebrows and a very odd nose.

I know...I have a GREAT imagination!  Happy sky watching!  If you love clouds as much as I do--join SkyWatch Friday to see all the amazing things to be found by looking up.  Happy SkyWatch Friday and have a lovely weekend.

skywatch

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hearts and Fences -Guest Heart Thursday


This is a home near where I live.  I call it the curly house--I've loved it from the first time I walked by.  I finally met the man who once owned this place.  He lives next door now.  All the intricate wood work on the house, fence and archway were hand cut and put into place by this extraordinary artisan.  If you enlarge the picture, you can see a heart right over the front doorway. 

To see more wonderful fencelines, visit TexWisGirl at Good Fences.


For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Red Brilliance -Guest Heart Thursday


Sissy has injured a nerve or bone in her neck, which affects her ability to move.  She can't sit at her computer for more than a few moments.  Because of that, she also was not able to come down for the Fourth of July this year.  So, of course, I watched for hearts to share--this is a heart from the fireworks display in our town.  (This one's for you, Sissy!)


It was a lovely time, but I must admit to missing my darling Sis.  I know, though, that Clytie was there with us in spirit!  Please pray for her quick recovery.  She does so many things for so many people, I know she must be incredibly frustrated.  Thank you in advance for the gift your healing prayers!

Happy Guest Heart Friday!  

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Firework Heart -Guest Heart Thursday


This is one of the firework hearts I caught with my camera last year.  I'm so excited about this year's display.  Our hometown celebration is so perfectly marvelous.  Every year thousands of people flood into town for the festivities.  There's a lovely waterfront with food, craft booths, live music--and then in the evening fireworks over the river.  It is spectacular!  

Have a great weekend, happy Fourth of July and Happy Guest Heart Thursday!

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Onion Ring Heart -Guest Heart Thursday


I was working very hard outside, when my darling husband brought me some lunch.  Notice the heart?  What an unexpected surprise!  Just perfect for Guest Heart Thursday!

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Gorgeous Heart -Guest Heart Thursday


We were climbing the rocks along the bottom of the cliffs.  It was an especially low tide, so I'm sure that is why I found this vibrantly beautiful heart--the sun was in just the right place.


The waves were amazing--though this was taken at the same spot a few years ago, it brings back memories of this year's lovely time at the beach.

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Heart in the Sand -Guest Heart Thursday


Where the sea had carved a cleft in the cliff, the rocks spilled forth.  And there, sitting sweetly in the sand, was a rock heart.  Ah, just perfect for Guest Heart Thursday!
 
For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Leaves and Bees -Guest Heart Thursday


I was on my way home from the Historical Preservation Commission meeting, when my fellow commissioner and I noticed a ball of honey bees in a tree in the parking lot.  They were swarming, and a bee keeper was on his way.  I took some very interesting pictures.

Yes, there is a heart in this photo--its sides are kind of pointy--but it is a heart just the same!

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.