Rebirth


Temps reached into the 40s as Mother Nature granted a brief reprieve from winter’s arrival. Snow melt transformed to translucent droplets exhuming a colorful re-birth of leaves carpeting the forest floor . . . reminiscent  of the tears Jesus shed to offer all who claim Him as their own a glorious, forever rebirth.

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” –  1 Corinthians 15:55

Leaf Speak


Winter’s approach has stripped the forest whose fallen leaves display beauty in cryonic death, and silently speak endurance to the ‘naked’ wilderness.

In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty.” – Amit Ray

Freeze Frame
Last Leaf

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Soul Therapy


Leaves and temperatures falling in synchrony with winter’s approach . . . invigorating soul therapy for wandering the Last Frontier’s wilderness reaches.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Here’s a few ‘moments’ that left me breathless today.

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2

Golden Portal
Bare White Birch
Abba’s Art

But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Lord God my refuge, to tell of all your works.”

Psalm 73:28

Snow Squalls and Sunshine


A short morning snow squall followed by brilliant sunshine made for an interesting wilderness wander today . . . . Gotta’ love the Last Frontier! 😊

Snowy Trumpeter Swans
Cool Waters
Schroom Cone
Castle Mountain’s New Blanket

Love to Live, Live to Love” – Amy Carmichael    
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Life’s Seasons


Winter Invades Fall

This after-the-storm picture of Winter invading Fall had me contemplating my mortality. From first to final breath, much like the changing of the seasons, life is a continuum of seasons.

The Spring of my life witnessed a carefree childhood morph into an adolescence of uncertainty and tentative teens before yielding to the Summer of adulthood, running the gamut of experiences and emotions from gain to loss; joy to sorrow; trial to triumph; happiness to heartbreak. Fall followed suit, but with slightly more intensity, enhanced by increased awareness of both life’s responsibly and appreciation.

Gazing on this scene today, I realized, albeit somewhat reluctantly, my life’s journey has entered Winter. Spanning nearly eight decades, my journey lies somewhere below life’s summit in Winter’s snows, above Fall’s fading colors. Given the genre of my life’s journey, I suspect my current location resides in that fog below the mountain’s summit 😊

Regrets?  . . . many, most self-attributable.  Blessings? . . . many more, attributable to God’s unfathomable Grace alone. And so, I gratefully journey on towards the summit, uncertain of my arrival time, but assured of a forever room at the top is waiting for me . . . Hope to see you there.

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2

Raw – Wild- Rugged – Vast


TCD – Tire Changeover Day – the official first day Alaskans are permitted to mount their winter studded tires on their vehicles . . . perfect timing . . . on the trip home from town along the Matanuska River, cold, blustery winds heralded an impending storm . . . and now it’s sn😊wing!

Here’s a minuscule glimpse of the Last Frontier’s raw, wild, rugged beauty along each of the 25 miles to town . . . a drive through an ever changing postcard of creationscapes. Its vastness never ceases to instill me with a sense of infinitesimal smallness, while its grandeur paradoxically soothes my soul.

Matanuska River – Chickaloon, Alaska

He who forms the mountains, who creates the winds, and who revels His thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth – the Lord God Almighty is His name“.

Amos 4:13

Storm Brewing

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Snow and Salmon


Mother Nature sets her own seasonal calendar  . . . snow ushered in the ‘official’ first day of fall here as the last salmon finished spawning in a stream . . . another day blessed to enjoy in the Last Frontier.       

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Love to Live, Live to Love” – Amy Carmichael    
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Fall in Chickaloon, Alaska
Fall in the Chugach Mts.
Fall in the Talkeetna Mts.
Fall in the Matanuska Valley
Spawning Sockeye and Chum Salmon
Spawning Frenzy

Alaskan Gold Rush


There’s an annual two-week gold rush in Alaska that provides unlimited ‘gold’, and everyone can stake a claim . . . Fall 😊😊😊

Golden Aspen Carpet
Fish Lake Gold
Castle Mt. Gold
Trumpeter Swans
Fireweed’s Finale

Denali Eye Candy


Clouds are dominating the skies, concealing North America’s highest mountain, majestic 20,320 ft. Denali. However, they can’t obscure Denali National Park’s epic display of fall splendor.

Here’s a few glimpses of what was ours to behold. Wish y’all could be here to take it all in for yourselves.

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Parks Hwy. Cantwell, Alaska
Denali National Park
Fall Splendor
Vast and Wild
Calm Waters
Fall Reflections

Fall’s Arrival


The snowline and temps have been dropping in synchrony the past week . . . must be fall . . . H😊😊RAY !!

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He sends the snow like white wool; He scatters frost upon the ground like ashes“. – Psalm 147:16