I’m not sure why, but firsts and lasts most always strike me after the fact. I want to hit back, but that sets a bad example.
A last glimpse of yesterday.
A first glimpse of today
If the forecast is right the last stove fire of the season.
Likely the last log for this winter
The first rays of sun today and a battery’s last morning ever
Daybreak on the last load of winter brush
Our first signs of spring
“[God] has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)
All winter these trees captivated me. Neighbor and I searched, but this was the best angle.
Feels like the last firewood load this year.
Fog quickly blanketing a hillside in town against the morning chill
Late winter textures at the woodpile
The Mouser family eyeing NewGirl, the latest addition to the ranch. This could take a while.
“[God] directs the snow to fall on the earth and tells the rain to pour down. Then everyone stops working so they can watch his power. The wild animals take cover and stay inside their dens. The stormy wind comes from its chamber, and the driving winds bring the cold. God’s breath sends the ice, freezing wide expanses of water.” Job 37:6-10 (NLT)
Original A Hazy Shade of Winter by Simon and Garfunkel, but the new mix by The Bangles does it justice.
I marveled as DearOldFriend and I walked along the river at Howard Amon Park. Lovely as it was yesterday I could not forget how most of the country groans through historic cold and mudslides. Still, we enjoyed the break in the weather and warmed ourselves in 50 degree sunshine.
I hope you feel warmed too!
The bandshell at Howard Amon Park in Richland
Outside the Gallery at the Park
Even after freezing traces of autumn hold out for spring.
“For the Lord is the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind. He turns the light of dawn into darkness and treads on the heights of the earth. The Lord God of Heaven’s Armies is his name!” Amos 4:13 (NLT)
I don’t mind the cold. Even without sunshine the ranch sparkles!
“God’s breath sends the ice, freezing wide expanses of water. He loads the clouds with moisture, and they flash with his lightning. The clouds churn about at his direction. They do whatever he commands throughout the earth.”
Job 37:10-13 (NLT)
“For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)
“Everywhere — from east to west — praise the name of the Lord. For the Lord is high above the nations; his glory is higher than the heavens.”
Psalm 113:3,4 (NLT)
Among Southeastern Washington State’s many attributes I adore its variety. We have variety in variety. Routine quickly becomes tedium in my apartment, so this climate suits me.
The photos from the same week suggest spring, summer, fall and winter – and it’s barely mid fall.
7 days into my fall garden box:
Sweet Alyssum popping up between the fallen leaves:
Ducks ducking out on the Columbia River:
The Blue Bridge over the Columbia River from Columbia Park Trail ( Columbia River images (c) courtesy Julie Wetherby used by permission):
Late morning sunlight glaring from the frozen tarps on the wood bins …
…before the rain returned…
Rain don’t bother Chex – photo taken from indoors ;>
Happy Walking, Bloggers!
“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” Genesis 8:22 (NLT)
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
Psalm 37:34, 35 (NIV)
Image private domain and not to be shared or duplicated (c) 2017 Julie Kirk Weatherby
On my walks around my neighborhood this week I couldn’t resist comparing old school ways with today’s technology. Have we really advanced all that much? You be the judge:
“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NLT)
“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
“My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver!” Proverbs 8:19 (NLT)