Thursday, August 20, 2020

Red Wing Blackbird and Echinacea Flowers...



A red-winged blackbird was at the park and I was finally able to get some photos of one of these colorful winged birds.




He seemed rather comfortable on the dock area, like he was accustomed to visiting each day.








He kept moving, staying busy, yet was only about 3 feet from me.







What a treat to see one of these birds up close, that I usually only see briefly as they flit through a roadside ditch or field.








Echinacea flowers are colorful, beautiful and perennial. I had many of them at the old house, but since we moved, I have lost many of my wonderful plants and echinacea is one of the lost ones. I have started some from seed that are still not blooming and I'm hoping that maybe next year, I will have them.

Another plant I lost and hope to add to my country garden, is the passionflower. We had the purple one, called Maypop, I think. It doesn't smell too pleasant, but it is beautiful and exotic-looking. We would really like to have them here for our bees as we have a hive, but have had trouble finding a plant. I have planted seeds twice now, but they have not done well, so we will try again next year. I think fondly of the volunteer plants that are still growing at our old house. When I finally get passionflower going again, I will sure appreciate it. 

Moving to a new place can add new plants and I do enjoy that, but it can mean missing some old favorites. If you move, it is a good idea to take some starter plants with you. We did that, but lost them in the bitter cold of our first winter here. Still, the herb garden is increasing little by little and our small farm keeps growing. 









It was nice to see them at the park as I do enjoy their beauty.






Echinacea is a good plant for the herb garden, lending color and usefulness.






Soft beauty.






Another thing I love about these beautiful flowers is that when the petals fall and the seed pods stay,  a beautiful shape is present in  the winter garden, though I would rather not think about that yet. :)  








So much beauty in the natural world that God created and I sure enjoy it.

Thank you for visiting.

~Gentle Joy






Saturday, July 25, 2020

Ducklings and Their Mama


Ducklings are fun to watch. They are inquisitive... and sometimes are very fast. Ducklings are a lot of work, but they are also so very cute!






Ducklings are soft, fuzzy and so cute! 







Mama Duck tends to be a bit grumpy as she watches over her young, but she is a good mom.





Mama Duck took a quick bath while watching her little ones as they waited beside the pool. 




  The one little guy stayed alert so often, and had already learned to watch for danger.



The ducklings stayed close to mama when they were little.






















Frost and her babies. 




















Ducks in a row!



It's fun to see the babies stay so close to their mama, no matter where she goes.





Frost even looks like she is smiling a little.  







The ducklings grow and change so quickly.





The ducklings finally enjoy a swim, but stay close to mom.


Thank you for visiting. I hope you are enjoying the fun little birds and animals God has made. 




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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Nature and Scripture




 God has provided so many scenes for us to enjoy in nature. 
                    Come and enjoy some nature photos
          and the Scripture that is paired with the photos. 




                      This photo obviously has nature, but all is not nature.  :)  









I love the colors and peacefulness of this picture. Actually, it was a puddle yet the picture 
looks like there is a cheerful little brook there. 






The fog changes the look of a scene so wonderfully!






A bunny hiding... sometimes we can feel like a bunny 
needing to be protected.






I have taken thousands of sunrise and sunset photos, yet there 
is so much variation.







I had to take this bunny's photo between the slats of the railing.













We are enjoying the Orioles this year... such beautiful colors.






Thank you for visiting today. I hope you are enjoying God's creation also. Which picture was your favorite? 
Sometimes it is hard to choose. 

I love enjoying what God has made and I hope you do too, especially in these confusing
days where life has changed so much. God is still good!



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Friday, April 10, 2020

Little Squirrel and Spring Blossoms

A little squirrel enjoying climbing in the Bradford Pear... and it was a treat to get a glimpse of him through the branches.










The colors were beautiful..... 








My intention was to photograph those beautiful blossoms against the rich blue sky... and seeing a little squirrel in there was an extra treat.  :)  





You can just barely see him hiding in there and eating something... he was shy and kept moving.







Our world is a strange place these days with the coronavirus, stay at home orders, social distancing, businesses closed, work on hold for many and so many things going on that we hadn't imagined could happen.







How nice to see that the beauty of spring goes on anyway... the blossoms flower, the animals and birds have new young and the weather changes.







Hide and Seek with a squirrel is a new thing, but he didn't seem to mind as I moved to see him better.






This photo shows the new blossoms and leaves and also the old dried fruit from last year that is still clinging to the tree. 






I love the colors... and the beauty of God's creation and it reminds me that He is the same yesterday and today and … FOREVER! 






I hope you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour. So much going on in the world and many fearful things happening and out of our control.... but they are not out of His control. 

"In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence; and His children shall have a place of refuge." Proverbs 14:26

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you are also enjoying God's creation this spring and learning to lean on Him more and more. I know He keeps teaching me more of leaning on Him and trusting.... it is good to keep learning more and more and I am so very thankful to be one of His children. 
Do you have a verse that is comforting to you in this time? I would love for you to share it in the comments. May God bless each of you with safety, peace, trust and hope in God in these hard times.  


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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Winter Wonderland Pictures....

Winter is cold and messy... and many like to complain about it ....
                        but winter is also so beautiful.....








 Freezing fog with snow on the ground... and a bench overlooking the shadowy river....
A common country scene... with a coating of snow and fog... 





Trees coated in freezing fog.... 




A heavy coating of freezing rain and ice... treacherous on roads, but beautiful on trees... 


The lake looks different with snow and a wonderful reflection... 



A mysterious look to a normal place.... 



An old tower that stood sentinel for many years.... gone now, but beautiful in snow... 



A quietly hushed scene of a place that can ring with laughter.... 


A normal country road... with a magical change. 




A bright spot in the winter.... 


How amazing that a coating of ice, fog or snow can so completely change a scene.
How wonderful that something people like to complain about... can also be beautiful.
I continue to be amazed by the creativity of God who made such beauty.

I hope you also enjoy the beauty in winter.... I like all of the seasons.
Winter can be fleeting or can also seem long... but what a beautiful season to enjoy. 

Do you enjoy winter... and winter scenes? Which pictures are your favorites?
I'd love to hear from you... thank you for visiting. 



Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Fall and Snow Pictures

 A collection of Fall and Snow Pictures








I love the detail of fall leaves... God is such a creative God. 










Duckie was our first duck and he belongs to my youngest daughter. He is certainly a pet.













It has been a different kind of year to have snow on top of fall leaves.






What a joy to see the beauty of the earth especially in times of difficulties.






























A layer of snow added to the already colorful scene. 





We appreciated being there to hear this woman practicing bagpipes on a cold day.










Weeds, barbed wire fence and fall...




We have had several bonfires so far this year... nice to have the heat on cold evenings while enjoying chili and hot dogs by the outdoor fire while watching the stars. .

 Did you see a picture that interested you more than others? I'd love to hear about it. I love taking photos of the beauty God surrounds us with in our lives. Thank you for visiting.