World Apart

DSC_0108_655sigRecently we spent 24 hours in another world; a world apart. No space travel was needed, a rocket is not in the budget. It was not a dream, rather complete reality. We were on earth just a few miles from our home. But we were in another world. This world is magnificent in fall. Thousands of people are attracted to it just as we were. It is a place of stunning color. Shades of green, yellow, orange and red make this world a feast for eyes. This world is a place of light and shadow. It filled with solitude and peace. The soothing sound of a south breeze in aspen leaves washes away stress. This world is filled with life and wonderful mystery. Like the tiny spiders and the Bald Eagles which soar above the maple trees. Loons call on nearby lakes. Raccoon and white-tailed deer roam the wooded hills, fish swim in the sky blue lakes. It is another world, but it is part of the earth we dwell on. 24 hours is too brief, but it is better to visit this world for a short time than not at all. How does such magnificence occur in one place? There is one very reasonable answer. The order, the beauty, the enormous diversity of life found here are part of God’s creative genius. Find the world of solitude and beauty nearest you. There is one, it may a bit further away. Go there, be renewed. The Psalmist wrote, “The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.” Psalm 89:11

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Author: davidwellis

What does a grandfather, husband, former public school teacher and Education Specialist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service with many life experiences in nature do with them? A naturalist with a camera-makes outside a daily destination. My confidence is that God will guide my words, and photos. We live in a magnificent world, come and look at it with me through eyes, lens and words. To God be the glory. Current Profile Photo- Prickly Ash, the name summarizes this brushy undergrowth well. It fascinates me with its thorny branches. Seeing a vine wrapped around the trunk called for a photo.