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

Calm before the Storm


Talkeetna Mountains – Chickaloon, Alaska

Were that life could be a continual mountaintop experience.  Reality is most is lived in the valleys where its been said you’re either in the midst of a storm, coming out of one, or one lies ahead on your journey.

But take heart . . . just as rainbows appear after the storm, each storm cloud will run out of rain, and calm will follow the fury.

He calms the storm, so that its waves are still”. -Psalm 107:29
Be Blessed and . . .
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Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

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!

Feral Friends


Never knowing which of our Last Frontier feral neighbors may decide to wander through our backyard is always an unanticipated treat. Here’s a vid clip of a recent impromptu fur and fowl ‘Splash Party’ 😊

Bullwinkle and Trumpeter Swans

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

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

Assuring Angel


Mountains are transcendent God places . . . a gateway where heaven comes closest to earth . . . where Jesus often alone went to pray.

This evening I climbed a mountain and sat in silent awe as He adorned the sunset’s glow with an angel fly-by, assuring me of His presence.

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2

For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways”. – Psalm 91:11                                
                                            
Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Sunset Angel Fly-by
Assuring Angel

Claude Monet Sunset


Controlled burns in the Smokies added to their haze creating a Claude Monet sunset . . . a ‘picture perfect’ way to end the day.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands”. – Psalm 19:1
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Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Smoky Mountain Sunset
Redbud Blooms
Hazy Dusk