“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV). The leaves in this photo are already gone.
So far, Flickr has hosted most of the photos on this blog. However, recently, SmugMug acquired Flickr from Yahoo, and announced new pricing plans and impending photo deletions. Because I’m not willing, at this time, to commit to paying SmugMug a monthly fee for the rest of my life, there will be deletions of old photos.
This has happened before. When PicApp went out of business, this blog lost the pictures on some of its best and most popular posts. What man does comes and goes, but
whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.
— Ecclesiastes 3:14-15, ESV.
Because of this change, I plan to transition my Flickr account away from documentary evidence and more toward artistic photography. SmugMug will stop uploads in January, and will begin photo deletions in February 2019. Right now, photos are already disappearing because I’m attempting to proactively save the best artistic by deleting the older documentary.
Internet companies come and go, but the Word of the Lord endures forever. Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum. VD+MA.
Autumn Leaves next to the Wisconsin River
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.
Mazda calls this color “soul red.”
All color is a gift of the Lord.
Red is the liturgical color used for the feasts of the Lord’s passion, of the martyrs who followed in His footsteps, Pentecost, and Reformation.
God put red in the rainbow he showed to Noah, and promised that he would never again destroy the whole world in a flood. Red is a symbol of sin. (Isaiah 1:18). But it is also the color of Jesus’s life and blood. (Leviticus 17:11). So like the cross, red symbolizes our evil and God’s mercy.
2001 Focus Zx3.
I purchased my 2001 Ford Focus Zx3 brand new on October 19, 2000. After eighteen years and over 225,000 miles, I traded it in on September 19, 2018.
Washington Island Ferry
Washington Island Ferry
18 years. Over 225,000 miles. The license plates now hang on my garage wall. Click on an image to start the slideshow.
I was sad to see it go. The engine ran well, and everything worked, but rust was starting to become an issue. It’s not the car that meant so much, but rather the people, places, and adventures. For eighteen years, the little silver car was an avenue of God’s grace. Thank you for the memories and the travels!
And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.
— Ecclesiastes 8:15, ESV.
The sun sets over Hartman Creek forming silhouettes of the trees.
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!
The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
— Psalm 113:3-4, ESV.
Sun beams peer through the trees at Hartman Creek State Park. This area of the park is a good place to contemplate. God creates amazing beauty for even the poorest of us.
Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people…
Praise the Lord!
— Psalm 113:5-9, ESV.
Whence come these sorrows, whence this mortal anguish?
It is my sins for which Thou, Lord, must languish;
Yea, all the wrath, the woe, Thou dost inherit,
This I do merit.
O wondrous love, whose depth no heart hath sounded,
That brought Thee here, by foes and thieves surrounded!
All worldly pleasures, heedless, I was trying
While Thou wert dying.
O mighty King, no time can dim Thy glory!
How shall I spread abroad Thy wondrous story?
How shall I find some worthy gifts to proffer?
What dare I offer?
But worthless is my sacrifice, I own it;
Yet, Lord, for love’s sake Thou wilt not disown it;
Thou wilt accept my gift in Thy great meekness
Nor shame my weakness.
And when, dear Lord, before Thy throne in heaven
To me the crown of joy at last is given,
Where sweetest hymns Thy saints forever raise Thee,
I, too, shall praise Thee.
— “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken?”
LSB 439:3, 7-8, 14-15.
Christ always received worship and adoration from the angels, for He always was God. Now they are adoring Him also as man.
— Blessed Theodoret,
Book of Concord, Catalog of Testimonies (632).
That the nature received from us is a participant in the same honor of Him who received it and that no difference in worship appears, but the divinity which is not seen is worshiped through the nature which is seen—this surpasses every miracle.
— Blessed Theodoret,
Book of Concord, Catalog of Testimonies (629).