Friday, May 18, 2012

Mammoth Springs

On a trip to Arkansas last month,
I stopped at Mammoth Springs, where, in a park beside the highway,
9 million gallons of water flow hourly,
making it the second largest spring in the Ozark Mountains.

With all of that motion,
it's still possible to find an undisturbed place
where bird songs blend with the ripple of waterfalls
and downstream, trees reflect in quiet waters.

I paused on the way back at Tecumseh, Missouri,
at the headwaters of Lake Norfork.
The first leaves were unfurling on the trees,
and under a bright overcast sky,
the water below mirrored their yellow-green colors.

There is another spring,
more powerful than any on this earth,
a spring to which everyone is invited:

"I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the Beginning and the End.

To him who is thirsty

I will give to drink without cost

from the spring of the water of life."

Jesus/Revelation 21:6

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Linking with Weekend Reflections.


Malyss said...

Sweet views, beautiful places , and great reflections!

*Manja* said...

Wundervolle Foto`s!
Liebe Grüße,*Manja*

Sandra said...

Gorgeous water shots, Connie. That second one is particularly beautiful with beautiful reflections ... I can hear the birdsong and the rippling waterfalls. Just beautiful!

Karen said...

Just beautiful!

Sylvia K said...

Lovely watery reflections for the day, Connie! I really love the second shot! Wonderful composition! Have a great weekend!


Liz said...

Oh wow!! Gorgeous shots and beautiful scenery and reflections.
Isn't creation wonderful??!!

jeannette said...

Went to college in Springfield, MO (once in my life!), so I know how beautiful the Ozarks are! The 2nd pic is my favorite of all your gorgeous pics!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful place Connie!!!.. it seems to Spain.. Great pictures.. Cheers!!!..

Valerie said...

Gorgeous captures - a lovely rich blending of colours in that first shot and the others just ooze peace and tranquility. Thanks for sharing some of God's creativity.

Anonymous said...

I've gotta get my aunts to take me to Mammoth, I haven't been since I was a kid.
Love the tranquil setting in that last pic! So so pretty! =)

Pat said...

Beautiful photography, Connie!

heyBJK said...

Beautiful photos, Connie! I love the last would look great on a calendar or hanging on the wall!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

That second images washes over me with such peace!
Just beautiful~

Jennifer Richardson said...

drinking deep
from the springs you share
and I thank you that:)
oceans of peace to you,

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful and inspiring pictures.

Anonymous said...

SO beautiful! Sorry I been so quiet these last couple weeks, I’ve been really ill (now finally diagnosed with Whooping Cough even though I was immunized) and have had another very rough week.

lisa. said...

What a beautiful place Connie, and so hard to conceive of 9 million gallons an hour, yet still find the peacefulness in the second photograph. Your photographs are just beautiful, and thank you for taking us along.

Have a wonderful start to your week!


S. Etole said...

Wonderful "reflections" in word and image.

Jerry said...

Such beautiful photographs and a lovely analogy at the end - thanks for posting this.

Beverly said...

So beautiful Connie.

Marcie said...

What a gorgeous landscape!!!

eileeninmd said...

Connie, beautiful scenes and images. Have a lovely day!

Stewart M said...

What a great place.

If I had pointed my camera 90 degrees to the right in the picture of my street I would have photographed another spring. The miners in the village used to fill their flasks from it on the way to work - although I am not old enough to remember this! I don’t think it flows at the same rate as yours!

Stewart M - Australia

kia and zeno said...

beautiful scenery and reflections. :)

Esther Joy said...

Totally enjoyed exploring your blog. Wonderful photos - and words to go with them!