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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Winter's Day Walk at the Swan Ranch ~

Happy Sunday all!

I'm behind... {what else is new?!}... but wanted to share with you a few pictures I took on my Christmas walk, on the Swan Ranch, where we were for a beautiful day of celebration, food, family, friendships, and more...

Crisp, new-fallen snow.  Gorgeous light.  Spectacular scenery.  A perfect Christmas Gift for a photographer... and a photographer's soul ...
Exactly what I needed...
More than a breath of 'fresh air' ... but some quiet time, to worship, but more than that... to listen... too. 

And an unexpected chance to experiment with the lens and point it at the sun, and capture {or at least attempt to} the drama of the shadows of late afternoon light and sparkly snow...
... down at the frozen little creek bed...that leads to a green hay pasture in the height of summer's lushness ...i bet I couldn't have walked down there in that season without lots of mosquitos and water sloshing!  Winter allows one to get to places... you never think about in the warm seasons...
and to take in the views of the far off summer cattle pastures high above you can't hardly get to now ...  i love the contrast of seasons, and what one gives... and the other does not...
to appreciate the mystery.  The simplicity and solitary of a winter's day... something summer doesn't always do.
Ia. 1:18 "though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."  {one of my most favorite verses}
Winter highlights the beautiful bones -- the structure, of the trees...

... and to my wonder, even the jets made a cross against the winter's blue sky.  The sign of the True Gift of Christmas.  A gift indeed.
... and the sign of eternal life to come... especially in the dreary winter's midnight soul when everything seems darker and barren ~ but it's not.
A wonderful blessing everywhere you could lay eyes on.  I hope and pray, and have faith you are right where you need to be...
in His Hands.
~Soli Deo Gloria~

8 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

These are such beautiful pictures that you have captured.

Quilting Babcia said...

How blessed you are to have eyes to see, and ears to hear, and a heart to appreciate this glorious place.

Donna@soakinginmustard.com said...

Wonderful photos Leslie, simply breathtaking scenery to be sure.
TFS, Donna

Barb said...

What a great prayer for us - thank you! And your photos are gorgeous.

Lynn said...

Beautiful photos!

Tracy said...

Hi Leslie, such great pics. We have a summer Christmas so seeing all the snow is awesome. Thanks for linking up with Winsome Wednesday and look forward to seeing you there again next week :)
God bless
Tracy

Esther Joy said...

Great photos! Love the "snow flowers"!

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