It’s always a treat to see hawks or eagles on our property. This Red-Tailed Hawk is a beauty.
Easter is coming and we are preparing for Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter. What are some of your traditions?
This very pregnant mama deer was lounging in our yard for a full day last week.
I think she’s going to have twins.
We see this hawk flying above our area regularly. I had to zoom way in to capture it sitting at the top of a tree.
Our resident swallows have returned.
The rhubarb bush has exploded!
The earliest of our peonies that will flower are the red ones.
It has been fun to see these Johnny jump ups appear all over our property. They are such a sweet flower.
Hope May is bringing some sweet blooms in your corner of the world.
Last Saturday Dear and I decided to enjoy the Rotary trail early in the morning.
I wonder what constitutes a notable tree? I googled it and here is the information I retrieved.
This Douglas-fir at the north-south/east-west junction of the Rotary Trail is located adjacent to the local golf course and Evergreen Drive. It is prominent for its size (32-inch diameter at breast high) and its position at the highest point (1910 feet) on the Rotary Trail.
We saw a birdwatcher on the trail and he told us about an eagles nest and a Harrier Hawk that he saw on the trail.
We didn’t see the nest but we saw an Eagle on the top of these electrical transmission lines.
It was fun to capture this little guy, too. Correct me if I’m wrong birdie friends. Upon further investigation this bird looks most similar to a Wilson Snipe.
The Harrier Hawk.
Next time we walk this trail I will take my longer lens so I can zoom in closer to get photos of these beautiful creatures.
I’m learning about general revelation and special revelation in studying Psalm 19. General revelation cannot convert sinners. Salvation comes only through special revelation as the Word of God is effectually applied by the Spirit of God. So much to learn. I don’t want to stop learning about what is of the most importance in eternity.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules[d] of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
Hope the last two days of May are good for you in your corner of the world. We might be walking the trail again this morning with my long lens.
Quail in the yard and danger in the skies.
We are wrapping up May this weekend. Lots of good hope for June!
Our little 3 year old grand Addy is mastering her braking skills and can now ride her bike down the driveway. Our little 1 year old Jaymison has mastered the indoor Little Tykes slide. He climbs up and slides down without assistance, laughing with joy with this new skill. I’ll get a photo soon.
Have a great Friday y’all. We are planning on heading to our favorite Mexican Restaurant today! Do you have any plans for the last weekend in May?
Quotes of the week:
“No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching.” C. H. Spurgeon
“God does not need us. We need Him. And any man who is preaching a gospel that says that God needs us is preaching a different gospel.” Justin Peters
“People may love a God of their own imaginations, when they are far from loving such a God as reigns in heaven.” Jonathon Edwards
“We are being transformed into the image of Christ, not a better me.” Dennis Wilkening
I have some catching up to do from the month of May. Country mosaics with barns and critters and a special baby girl.
Scenes while driving in central Washington State and Eastern Washington State in mid May, 2017.
The farm above with all it’s red out buildings was taken from the Sprague Rest Area.
On the drive from the Seattle area across the Cascade Mountain range into Central and then Eastern Washington on Interstate 90 you approach the 2nd largest city in population in the state of Washington. Spokane is 279 miles from Seattle and 70 miles south of Colville, our final destination. From the 2014 census figures Seattle has a population of 668,342 and Spokane comes in second with 212,052. Spokane Valley has 91,729. Colville has a population of 4,706. Once we pass through Spokane and head north there are no interstates or freeways, we drive on highways and country roads. On the 70 mile trip from Spokane to Colville we only encounter one traffic light in Chewelah which is approximately 20 miles from Colville.
The collage above shows the approach to Spokane on I-90 and some buildings you can see in the city with a mural on the side of an old brick building. There are a few grand churches in Spokane I’d love to explore and photograph.
Leaving Spokane we see more cattle, horses and deer along the country roads. Deer are one of the most dangerous road hazards in the country. The next collages are from Dan and Jamie’s and close to their home.
Hummers on our kids’ front porch.
This hawk might be the one who is eating our kid’s chickens. There’s a price to pay for being free-range.
A riding lawn mower and a good tractor are a must when you own 20 acres and have to tend to a mile long driveway to your home. I caught a glimpse of Dan mowing the brush around his property. Dear and Dan moved the chicken coup to have better access in the winter.
This little one gives us an extra draw to travel to the country. Thankfully Dan and Jamie are patient with us showing up on their doorstep more often. Soon I’ll be sharing several photos of Addy in some special dresses. Here’s a sneak preview of a haphazard elephant prop pose.
She is such a good sport!
These last shots are of some properties closer to our kids.
Congratulations on making it through one of my catch-up posts. I’ll be linking up to a few parties this weekend since Dear is in Chicago and I have lots of time to myself.
Linking up first to Eileen’s Saturday Critters. Next up will be The Barn Collective with Tom. Last will be Mosaic Monday with Maggie in Normandy. When the link ups become available I’ll add them so you can click over and see lots of critters, barns and mosaics from around the world. Thank you to Eileen, Tom and Maggie for hosting these blog carnivals.
On our 2nd day driving from Southern California to Washington State we made an unscheduled stop at the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge south of Redding, California. It was a beautiful Sunday after our rain shower filled Saturday.
Please visit Susan at a Southern DayDreamer to see more of the great outdoors!
Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.
Outdoor Wednesday is hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer. My outdoor photos this week are taken on 3 separate walks during the month of January.
Willow and I see this Dove pretty regularly on our walks in her neighborhood.
One day the Dove wasn’t there and we understood why when we saw this hawk instead.
Dear and I spotted this great Heron on our walk on the Bob Jones Trail in Avila, California on January 19th.
To see more Outdoor Photos visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.
Photobucket is holding all my photos I stored with them from 2007-2015 hostage unless I pay them a lot of money. I’m slowly cleaning up many posts from this time period and deleting their ugly grey and black boxes with a ransom request. Such a time consuming bother.
It’s time for recaping the week and sharing some of our favorites. Visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story to join on in…
1. and 2. Today is our last day of Women’s Bible Study Fall session. I really enjoyed shopping at Homegoods this week and finding some little treats for the ladies at my table. The autumn mugs were in the clearance aisle and were marked down to $2.99. And while I was shopping I nabbed this fun fold up tin server for myself that was on clearance at $11.00. I like the charcoal grey and the design on it. The fact that it folds up for easier storage is great, too.
3. On Willow and my walks we’ve been treated to some new birds this week that we haven’t seen up close before on our walks. I had to really zoom in to catch this Road Runner but I was thrilled to see it. Beep beep!
The Hawk was another treat and I almost caught him flying away…oops, just not quick enough with the camera. We saw lots of deer again this week and this butterfly stayed put long enough for me to capture a shot.
4. I mentioned Bible Study. It’s been really great studying about God’s Transforming Grace this fall. I’ve learned a lot and I hope the Holy Spirit will imprint what I’ve learned on my heart.
5. Did I mention before that I’m flying home to the Seattle area for Thanksgiving next Tuesday?? Oh I have, well let me mention it again here. I’m so looking forward to spending time home with my family over the holidays. My packing list is getting long…
Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage and demanding a ransom for me to access them. I’m slowly cleaning up many of my posts where PB have added ugly black and grey boxes where my photos used to be. So frustrating!