All Creatures Great and Small


Last Frontier’s wildlife portrays Mother Nature’s calm and chaos . . . strength and stamina . . . beauty and barbarity. The cow moose scars are mostly likely from a foiled grizzly attack.

All creatures great and small. The Lord God made them all”. – James Herriot

Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Grizzly Survivor
Mallard Family
Young Bull Moose 2 AM Grazing
Trumpeter Swan

John Muir Quote


John Muir described my Greatland front yard with 5 words . . . Nature –  the manuscripts of God”

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2

Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Fish Lake-Castle Mt. Chickaloon, Alaska

Stormy Day on the Mountain


A stormy day on the mountain beats a sunny day at the beach” . . . a touch of  dementia?  . . . perhaps, but hold those Florida Retirement Community flyers 😊. . . enjoyed dodging raindrops hiking up Castle Mountain today.

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2

Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Storm over Castle Mountain
“Cool” Climbing
Lupine
Mountain Storms
Glacier
My Alaskan Backyard

Welcome Back Flowers


Welcome Back Flowers is the sequel to Farewell Flowers posted prior to leaving the Smoky Mountains forests for the Alaskan wilderness last month. Snow-birding between these two awesome corners of creation provides ‘seasonal jet-lag’ . . . as Spring morphs into Summer in the Smokies, it’s just beginning to emerge from Winter’s grip in the Last Frontier. Consequently, I’m blessed to experience Spring’s splendor twice each year . . . God is good!

Here’s a few welcome bouquet blooms Mother Nature treated me with hiking Castle Mountain’s boonies today.

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2                            
                                            
Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Wild Geranium
Wild Rose
Forget-Me-Nots – Alaska State Flower
Bluebells
Unknown Wildflower
Dandelion Seed Head
Castle Mountain – Chickaloon, Alaska

Contentedly Rich and Breathless


Matanuska River Valley and Chugach Mountains

Socrates once wrote, “He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature“.

Centuries later someone penned, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”.

This morning His creationscape left my soul content . . rich . . . breathless.

I M blessed . . . May U B 2

O Lord, our lord, your greatness is seen in all the earth”. – Psalm 8:1
                                    
Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Seasons Exchange


Snows receding from the mountains . . .

Trumpeter swans nesting on the lake . . .

Spring relinquishing to Summer . . .

Seasons exchange in the Land of the Midnight Sun

 “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

                                           
Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Giants in the Clouds
Trumpeter Swans

My Last Frontier Backyard


People often ask, “Why do you love Alaska so much? . . . here’s a few pics taken in my backyard today . . . any further questions? 😊

                        “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork“. -Psalm 19:1

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2
                                            
Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Pioneer Peak
Chugach Range Snowcaps
Wild and Free

Farewell Flowers


Otra dia, otra adventura is a Spanish adage that translates . . . another day, another adventure . . . every day exploring Creation is.

Got in one last Great Smoky Mountains wander today before jumping on the jet to the Last Frontier tomorrow. As always a new adventure awaited, two colorful blooms not yet seen this Spring . . . a kind of farewell mini-bouquet from Mother Nature.

But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers“.

Matthew 6:29

Lord willing, my next hike will be roaming the Greatland’s vast forests and magnificent, snow-capped mountain cathedrals . . . stay tuned.

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2

Woodland Pink or Indian Pink
Honeysuckle

Small Wonders


Creation treated me to two small wonders on today’s woods wander.

One, a ‘tree’ delicately inscribed on a fallen leaf. 

The other, lighter than cotton; weigh for weight 5 times stronger than steel; 1,000 times thinner than a human hair; capable of stretching 4 times its length; consisting of 100% sticky protein, it’s manufactured by one of creation’s smallest creatures into intricate designs to capture food . . . spider silk. 

With no blueprint to follow, I watched fascinated as the tiny spider arduously spun its exquisite, geometric web . . . a web of beauty to me . . . a web of death to an unsuspecting insect.


Two small wonders . . . both testifying to an Omnipotent Creator . . . or random evolution? I grieve if you choose the latter.                                +  
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Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Ethereal Mountain Mists


Six thousand feet ft. high among the Great Smoky Mountain cathedrals the immense magnificence of my Father’s canvases serenely consumed my infinitesimal smallness.

                                “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth”. – Psalm 8:9

Klingman’s Dome – Great Smoky Mountains National Park