Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sundays Psalm--Second Sunday of Easter

 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”

Let the house of Aaron say,
“His mercy endures forever.”

Let those who fear the LORD say,
“His mercy endures forever.”

 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

I was hard pressed and was falling,
but the LORD helped me.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just:

 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.

 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

from Psalm 118
Visit other illustrated Psalms each Sunday linked at Athens Daily Photo.

He would have been right in style...

...for the Royal Wedding.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Psalm 118:22

The stone which the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Psalm 105:1

Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
make known among the nations his deeds.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Psalm 16:1-2

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;

I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”

O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,

you it is who hold fast my lot.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Odd Drops

I have been so busy that I almost posted an empty post so that there would be a place for other odd shotters to link, but I decided that this was an odd enough image. I am having fun with my moon roof.

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Sunday's Psalm--The Resurrection of the Lord

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

“The right hand of the LORD has struck with power;

the right hand of the LORD is exalted.

I shall not die, but live,

and declare the works of the LORD.”

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

from Psalm 118
Other Psalms illustrated
are linked here.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

News from the Middle East

Another Good Friday post, from Dina at Jerusalem Hills Daily Photo. This is news from the Middle East that you will not see on the networks. Read it here. (The photo is not related to the news story--it is an addition for the previous post.)

Good Friday

Liz has a very thought provoking bit on one of her blogs today which she calls Judas's Prayer. It's a good read.

What were Judas's motivations when he betrayed Christ? And what despair when he realized the totality of what he had done! What he had taken into his own hands...

It is a deep reminder to let go and let God...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

ABC Wednesday N

N is for Northumberland Star.

Hubby is out of the hospital, but it will be a while before I get a chance to stitch up my ABC blocks. Here is a sketch in the meantime--the Northumberland Star.

I like this block and will try to make it in fabrics similar to the ones in the sketch. The name of the block reminds me of our hike in Northumberland National Park on our UK trip last summer.

Hoping the docs can get to the bottom of my hubby's problem and get him well enough for some hiking this summer.

ABC Wednesday--more Ns right here.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fish Count

Hubby pointed out the illusion of the fish in the tank in the hospital waiting room. Viewed straight on you would see four fish. Viewed directly from the end you would see that there are  four fish. Viewed at the corner, you see each fish twice--well, except for that one at the bottom which you barely see peeking around the corner on the left (and you probably missed if you came up with an answer of seven).

If you saw five, you probably missed the dark one in the bottom altogether, and the one circled in blue on the left hardly looks like a fish.

I think it's odd that the one circled in red seems to be in exactly the same pose from both angles.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

How Many Fish?

Since I am posting this as an Odd Shot, you can probably assume that it is not as obvious as one might think.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sunday's Psalm--Palm Sunday

 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

All who see me scoff at me;
they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads:
“He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him,
let him rescue him, if he loves him.”

 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Indeed, many dogs surround me,
a pack of evildoers closes in upon me;
They have pierced my hands and my feet;
I can count all my bones.

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

They divide my garments among them,
and for my vesture they cast lots.
But you, O LORD, be not far from me;
O my help, hasten to aid me.

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

I will proclaim your name to my brethren;
in the midst of the assembly I will praise you:
“You who fear the LORD, praise him;
all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to him;
revere him, all you descendants of Israel!”

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

from Psalm 22
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Friday, April 15, 2011

from Psalm 18

The breakers of death surged round about me,

the destroying floods overwhelmed me;

Ps 18:5

Thursday, April 14, 2011

from Psalm 105

Look to the LORD in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

from Deuteronomy

“Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven,

praiseworthy and glorious forever.”

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ABC Wednesday--M

This block is known as Mexican Star. Best laid plans of mice and women--my intentions were to make my sample today and post a photograph, but hubby is in the hospital for a couple of days and I spent the day there with him.

ABC Wednesday links are here.

from Psalm 102

Incline your ear to me;

in the day when I call, answer me speedily.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Odd Shot Monday--Bicycle Patrol

I've seen police on motorcycles.
I've seen police on horseback.
I've seen police on foot.

I've seen police on bicycles before, too.
I jsut didn't expect to see one on a bicycle riding through the airport concourse.

Odd Shots Monday, here.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sunday's Psalm--Fifth Sunday of Lent

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication.

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
LORD, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
that you may be revered.

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

I trust in the LORD;
my soul trusts in his word.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the LORD.

With the Lord there is mercy
 and fullness of redemption.

For with the LORD is kindness
and with him is plenteous redemption;

And he will redeem Israel
from all their iniquities.

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

from Psalm 130--Photos:  Canyonlands NP;  at sea;  Horse Guards, London;  garden, Scotty's Castle, Death Valley

Other bloggers posting psalms can be found listed at Athens Daily Photo.


I haven't participated in Saturday's PhotoHunt for quite some time, but how could I resist sharing this, one of my favorite tree pictures, taken last summer while hiking along Hadrian's Wall in Yorkshire, UK.

TnChick sponsors PhotoHunt here. 

from Psalm 7

O LORD, my God, in you I take refuge;

save me from all my pursuers and rescue me,

Lest I become like the lion’s prey,

to be torn to pieces, with no one to rescue me.

Psalm 7:2-3

Friday, April 8, 2011

from Psalm 34

Many are the troubles of the just man,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him.

Psalm 34: 20

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

ABC Wednesday --L

This block is called Lincoln.

It was published with that name by the periodical Hearth and Home, but known as Album in other sources.

ABC Wednesday entries can be found here.

from Psalm 145

The LORD lifts up all who are falling

and raises up all who are bowed down.

Psalm 145:14

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Finding the Cranes--Part 4 of our adventure

We had come full circle plus some, and found the turnoff to the viewpoint which we had missed on our first pass along that way and we found this view into Marsh Unit 1.
We parked so we could get closer.

This must be the place!!!

We knew that the cranes moved around to different areas of the refuge at different times of the day, but this was a good sign. (no pun intended---well, maybe an advantageous opportunity for a good pun.)

There in the bottomland they were--thousands and thousands of them. This was quite a good distance away--the binoculars and zoom lens were essential to the view.

A real telephoto lens would have been even better, as this is the closest view I could get with the camera. We could definitely hear them even at that distance.You can see a close-up of a sandhill crane here. 

We had driven around in circles and figure eights, and did give our new All Wheel Drive a good test on the gravel roads. It handled like a dream in some places we might have hesitated to take one of the other cars.  After seeing the cranes, we headed for home with a stop for dinner. The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival 2012 is already on our calendar.

from Psalm 46

Come! behold the deeds of the LORD,
the astounding things he has wrought on earth.

Psalm 46:9

Monday, April 4, 2011

Part 3--Continuing the search for the elusive Sandhill Cranes

After spending some time watching the  the enormous gaggle of geese, we determined to try the other location where we were  told we would find the cranes. So off we go again, through more of the Mid-Columbia farmland.

We followed the map and went north toward the Potholes Reservoir, then turned and headed across the causeway atop O'Sullivan Dam. Wind ablowing, the water in the lake was rough. We were glad we weren't there for fishing.

Partway across the dam was a rough turnout and evidence of a road down into Marsh Unit 1. We parked and went through the turnstile next to the gate.
It was pretty obvious that vehicle traffic was not welcome, at least at this time.

We hiked down a way into the area, but, not knowing how far we would have to go, and not prepared for a lot of hiking yet, we went back to the car.

When we got to the other side of the dam, we found the road where we had come out on our first attempt. This sign was no surprise, but we had not had such a warning when we started from the other end.

Now, when we had been traveling north on that road earlier, I had seen out of the corner of my eye what looked like a piece of black plastic or a ablack garbage bag stuck on a branch in the pond.

Whoa! Stop! Wait! What is this?

 Huge black bird. After a few snaps he decided he didn't link us hanging out there, so he took off.
My research suggests that he is a Great Ccormorant. Compare this picture--right click and open in a new window so you can look side by side. If someone can identify him more accurately, I would appreciate it.
The ducks at this pond didn't want me to photograph them either. You can just make them out in the center of the picture flying away from me.
Will we ever find those four foot tall red-heads? Watch here for part four.