Sunrise/Sunset


Science attributes a sunset’s red and pink hues to 2 factors:

  1. The distance sunlight has to travel.
  2. The amount of atmospheric particles the sun’s light must travel through.

During sunrise and sunset the sun’s rays must pass through up to 40 percent more atmospheric area with a greater number of gas, water droplet, dust, and air pollutant particles than at any other time of the day before reaching our eyes. The more atmosphere particles, the more the light scattering known as the Rayleigh Effect, and the more vivid the sky’s colors appear.

Longer red wavelengths of light do not scatter light as much as shorter violet and blue wavelengths causing alpenglow, a blended red and white wavelength phenomenon also known as the pinking hour.

Witnessing another Great Smoky Mountain day gradually relinquish to night’s shadows, my soul was enveloped in peace. An old mariner adage came to mind . . .  red and pink sunsets portend good weather ahead.

One day closer to life’s final sunset, my omnipotent Artisan of the heavens has already numbered and planned and each of my future sunrises and sunsets for Eternity, where nothing but ‘good weather’ awaits. Hope to see you there.

“A person’s days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed”.

Job 14:5

Keep Looking Up . . . His Best Is Yet to Come!

Pinking Hour

Great Smoky Mountain Sunset

Glimpsing Eternity


Sitting in my Abba’s lap at sunset atop Clingmans Dome, 6,643 ft. up in the Great Smoky Mountains, my soul glimpsed eternity.

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2

Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy are in His dwelling place.”

Psalm 93:1


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

Soul Restoration


My Creator placed a lone Mallard, on waters tinged gold in the sunset, to restore my soul tonight.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me besides the still waters. He restoreth my soul.” – Psalm 23:1-3

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2

 

Water Sports – Then and Now


In Yester-Years water sports consisted of high energy, adrenaline charged high-diving, water-skiing, scuba-diving, etc. In Latter-Years water sports have gradually consolidated into a more relaxed, less strenuous venue of tranquil water-watching. Here’s a couple pics of how it’s done by a couple of ‘ole’ folks

The good news . . . while I’m older today than I ever was before, I’m younger today than I’ll ever be again

The really Good News . . .

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and will carry you; I will  and rescue you.” – Isaiah 46:4

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

Bald River Falls – Tellico Plains, TN

‘Ole’ Folks Water Watching

Sunset Promise


Life’s storms are inevitable. Watching our Creator brush His sunset masterpiece across the heavens nurtured the thought . . . magnificent sunsets are cast on cloudy skies.

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poetic words sealed my peace . . . “Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.”

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handywork. – Psalm 19:1

Sunrise . . . Sunset


This evening’s glowing sunset held a two-fold  paradox . . . the solemn awareness that everything has an end . . . the calming assurance that each sunset will reborn in tomorrow’s sunrise . . . just as my final sunset will someday be reborn in the Son-rise of my finest forever.

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

New Year Resolutions


After nearly 8 decades of failed New year resolutions, I’ve finally arrived at one that works for me . . .

Leave the past in the past . . . the future in the future . . . and live life one-day-at-a-time today holding tightly the hand of the only One who knows all three, and needs make no resolutions.

Be Blessed!

Unnoticed God


Yesterday’s Christmas Eve’s sunset pic was sent with a subtle double entendre one brother noticed. The steeple on the little country church has no cross atop it, but in glowing sunset background you’ll see God provided one.

So often in the chaotic pace of today’s world the subtle traces of God’s majesty goes unnoticed, but He notices every subtle nuance of our lives.

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” – Matthew 10:30

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!

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

Christmas Splendor


This afternoon’s Christmas Eve church service and sermon left us blessed. The radiant sunset brushed across the heavens behind the little country church steeple on the way home left us in awe . . . God’s spectacular silent sermon of Christmas splendor.

All the best to you and yours for all His best this Christmas – Merry Christmas!                                 
                                      
Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

“The Manuscripts of God”


A ½” of virgin, unmarked snow . . . a cool, gentle breeze . . . a pinking hour sunset brushed across distant snowcaps  – the wilderness wonder postcard God created for me to glide through before hanging up my skis and heading off to rejoin my life partner in the Great Smoky Mountains tomorrow.

I’ve missed her, and Lord willing, come Spring we’ll return together to the solitude of this awesome corner of creation with its vast wilderness reaches, rugged magnificence, and primal beauty John Muir once called  “The Manuscripts of God”.

My Front Yard – Chickaloon, Alaska

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2

Keep Looking Up . . . His Best Is Yet To Come!