Thursday, February 16, 2012

Morning Hills




























Beyond our house, east toward the sunrise, is a valley stretching up to distant hills,

and though the landscape is constant, the view is always changing.

Earlier this week, the trees were covered with frost, glistening with iridescent diamonds.




























Sometimes the trees stand out in stark relief, outlined by fog...





























...at other times, the sky takes center stage, displaying its brilliant colors.


We've watched wave after wave of blackbirds fill the sky in swift migration,

or a lone vulture soar on the breeze.

A procession of seasons washes over the hills.

It lifts our thoughts to God, fills our eyes with wonder, and our hearts with gratitude.


Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders You have done.
The things You planned for us no on can recount to You;
were I to speak and tell of them,
they would be too many to declare.
Psalm 40:5




First posted on February 12, 2011
Linking with Skywatch Friday

24 comments:

Lui said...

Oh what splendid images and indeed such glorious tribute to the great Creator!

namaki said...

gorgeous colored sky !

Stewart M said...

Hi there - the middle picture of the trees is really great.

Cheers - Stewart M – Australia

PS: if you like the words on my photoblog you may enjoy my ‘other blog’ as well – links in my profile and on the ‘other blog’ (!) page.

eileeninmd said...

A lovely post and words. Your photos are gorgeous and the scenery is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your skies. Have a great weekend!

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Hi Connie,
questa foto รจ veramente meravigliosa !!!!
Buona giornata :)
Myriam

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by as another Skywatch Friday participant, I just love sky shots, beautiful sunset.

DrillerAA09 said...

From one Ozark neighbor to another...nice work! Happy Skywatching and have a blessed week-end.

Nancy Claeys said...

Very pretty Connie. Such a scenic, magical place you live in.

PS -- I've posted a link to the texture used on my daisy photo -- just go to the post and it's at the bottom. :)

Kaori said...

Gorgeous collection of photos! Mother nature is such a beauty. Happy Friday :D

Cecilia Artista said...

Beautiful skies and pictures!
The colorful one is just awesome!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful photos.

Regards and best wishes

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Mo said...

such amazing photos...that first one is just breathtaking!

Joyful said...

Wow! Those photos are amazing. What a blessed sight!

Marcie said...

Absolutely breathtaking...WOW!

Barb said...

Connie, Your views are magnificent, whether of trees, hills, or skies!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

You're very fortunate to live in such beauty. Excellent photos, and happy Skywatching!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

How glorious in colour and in splendor...just amazing is His creation and your images are stunning~

Zinnia said...

Beautiful shots of nature. I love the middle one with the layers and the sunset is really stunning.

Pat said...

Wonderful photography! Your views are gorgeous.

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Love these shots... they are ALL simply gorgeous! Will you pick on and consider entering it in my 'Weekly Top Shot' meme? We're on Week #18 and I'd love to see you share with me and my readers! Here's this weeks' link: http://www.theviewfromrighthere.com/blog/?p=6331

hannah said...

Such far reaching views!
Never realized how much woodland there is around most houses in the country. Is that all state-owned? And then you say that the water is not only potable, but tastes delicious. You are fortunate.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Oh my, such beauty. I especially love the second one!

Stan said...

Wonderful and varied set of images. I love the rising mist nestled in the hills, which gives the scene a dreamy quality. The sunset is a 'knock your socks off' pic -- if you didn't increase the vibrance/saturation, then it's nothing short of miraculous. In any case, thanks for a superb shot!!