Autumn Leaves

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Autumn Leaves next to the Wisconsin River

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Gold in the Far Forest

There was virtually no wind, but every so often cascades of leaves filled the air.  The video below is 60 frames per second slowed down to 24 frames per second.

Click on the four arrows icon to make the video full screen.  My battery ran dead after this video.  Some day, I will learn to bring fully charged spare batteries.

May God bless you.

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Sonnet 73

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Sonnet 73

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.

In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.

In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire,
Consum’d with that which it was nourish’d by.

This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

— William Shakespeare,
Sonnet 73.

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Autumn leaves in Fall

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Autumn leaves in Fall
Rich scents from the earth arise
God’s seasonal gift

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haiku:

a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons.

Dictionary.com.

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God’s blessings to you.

Autumn Blessings

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The Lord is merciful and good.  So let us fear the Lord in every season.

We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

— Isaiah 64:6, ESV.

But the Lord is merciful, and sends rain in the Spring and in the Autumn.  Because of Christ crucified and his mercies:

‘Let us fear the Lord our God,
who gives the rain in its season,
the autumn rain and the spring rain,
and keeps for us
the weeks appointed for the harvest.’

— Jeremiah 5:24, ESV.

Every day and every season brings us one ticktock closer to his final return.  For those in Christ, his return will be beautiful.

Notes:

The picture at the top was taken at Copper Falls State Park in Wisconsin.

The Last Hike of Autumn

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These are pictures from the last hike of Autumn.

The warm golden colors of the sunset were a fitting end to the Autumn hiking season.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV).

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The pictures were taken at Governor Thompson State Park near the Peshtigo River in Wisconsin.

May God bless you.

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This is a stream in northern Wisconsin near the Apostle Islands.  Autumn can be a beautiful season of transition and change.  The leaves were just beginning to change color.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven

— Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV.

May the Lord bless you this Autumn and through all the seasons of change.

New Design

wordpress-logo-32The new blog design has been implemented.  As noted previously, the old posts have remained, but there are issues with some of their formatting.

If there are any questions or concerns about the formatting of an old post or block quote, please contact me.  I might re-post some older articles in order to fix their formatting.  Also, in the new design I tried to keep some of the old graphics in order to maintain some continuity and familiarity.  The new design is called “Syntax.”

Unexpected Sunset at Rib Mt

Passing through Wausau on my way home from a business trip, I decided to stop at Rib Mountain State Park to get in a little hiking.  Since it had been cloudy most of the day, I considered whether to take my camera.  Figuring this would be just an outdoor, exercise, and fresh autumnal air hike without the possibility of any reasonably good pictures, I decided to take my camera anyway.

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While hiking on the quarry trail, the sun came out in glorious warm orange, lighting up the autumnal leaves of the trees and the forest floor.  A man and his dog jogged by, and commented on the wonderful light.  It was a nice reminder of the grace and mercy of God.

“Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun” (Ecclesiastes 11:7, KJV).

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I would have taken some pictures of the actual sunset, but I kept dithering about returning to the car.  The leaf covered trail I had taken to this spot had been hard to follow even in the daylight.  (I had considered turning back a number of times before the sun came out.  But when the sun came out, I felt compelled to keep going).  Nonetheless, the last thing I wanted to do was stumble back on that rocky, meandering, leaf covered trail in the dark.  There were a lot of leaves still on the trees, and a cloudy starless night in the forest can be very dark.  I had a flashlight, but was uncertain of the strength of its batteries.

Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:  But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many.”  (Ecclesiastes 11:7-8, KJV).

In all your days, may you rejoice with discerning eyes.

Notes

In case you were wondering, I did safely return just as the last usable light of the day had ended.

Also, have a blessed Reformation Day.

The Beginnings of Autumn Color

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Autumn Color in Northeastern Wisconsin will hit peak soon.

One of the best places for Autumn color photography is Hartman Creek State Park near Waupaca.  The whispering, green pine and reflective waters help to contrast and show off colorful autumn leaves.  In the picture above the leaves are just beginning to turn color.

Hartman Creek also has some excellent mountain bike trails.