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Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge and Psalm 18:2 (DRA)

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One evening last week my sister took me to see the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.  The refuge is a seven mile drive-through park in Saginaw, Michigan.  One can stop along the way to enjoy abundant flowers and wildlife.  I imagine that each season and time of day provides a new and exciting experience for any nature lover.  It is easy to see God's glory in His creation here in this undisturbed wildlife sanctuary. Here are a few photos from our visit.
A blue heron taking flight.  The day was full of rainbows.  A boggy canal.  Glorious sunlight.  Yellow flowers bordering a swampy area.  The many cloud formations were amazing!  Daisies and pink sweet peas (?) along the roadside.  Amazing views in every direction!  Egrets in flight.  That's an island on the left.  I think this is milkweed.  See the muskrat?

Terrorism and the Most Holy Rosary

I've been traveling a lot lately in the Midwest.  We had a beautiful and idyllic wedding in my family recently.  Many of us flew into and out of the  Bishop Airport in Flint, Michigan.  Yesterday I marveled at how uncrowded it was.  When my mom and I arrived at check in we were the first passengers in line.  Then when we went through security it was just us and one man.  My carryon luggage was searched.  The lady TSA person took everything out and went through it.  The same happened to the one man there with us.  I felt good about it.  I want to feel safe.  I didn't mind.  We boarded our United Airlines plane around 9:45 a.m.  We seemed to stay in the plane for quite a while before taking off.   I had a window seat and watched three young men put our carryon bags into the luggage compartment under the plane.  It was a really small plane and space inside was limited.  Then I saw about 30 or more people filing out of the airport.  I thought they were walking to a plane, but it s…

My Iris Garden and The Canticle of the Three Young Men

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This year Spring in the mountains has been absolutely gorgeous!  We received so much rain that everything is lush and green.  God has adorned Creation with glory! All nature seems to be singing His praises.   My favorite time of year just might be when our bearded irises bloom.  The blue one above is called Victoria Falls.  It's supposed to be a rebloomer, but I have never seen it rebloom. I am content with it just blooming once a year, though.  It is one of my first irises that I collected. Over the years friends and even strangers have shared irises with me.  I think I found this purple bicolor one at the local health food co-op.  It was in a box labeled "free" near the door.    
This white one is called Immortality.  It is also one of my first irises.  It's a rebloomer, too. This one with the purple rim is either the Earl of Essex or Rimaround. It gets a lot of "ooohs and ahhs."  I think it might be Rimaround because I think the "Earl" is …

The Spring In God's Creation

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(These are Granny Smith apple blossoms.) Who doesn't love the springtime when every little hidden plant and flower peeps it's tiny head above the thawing earth?  It so reminds me of a thousand little birthday gifts because each flower is a little surprise waiting to be discovered. Today as I returned home from grocery shopping I decided to walk across the road to see what wildflowers were in bloom.  Those above are California Lupine.  I don't know what these little white flowers are below, but I thought it wonderful to see the tiny pollen sac on the little worker bee. We had a rainy winter and spring this year.  Lots of rain means we get to  see lots of green grass and an abundance of flowers. Here are some strawberry flowers from my garden.  I don't know if these are Quinalt or Sequoia strawberries, but they have taken over my garden.  This year I am planting yet a third kind. Here's a dainty violet pink flower that grows close to the ground. I never pull up …