28 January 2009

Winter Colors

Walking through the winter garden may not have the abundance of showy blossoms that the spring and summer gardens have but...

God has provided color everywhere you look nevertheless. This tree caught my eye at the coast on our trip. I don't think the photo gives it the justice it deserves--the contrast between the deserted building and surrounding trees and grasses was amazing!

At the restaurant, we ate at, there was this plant with tiny blossoms. It is either a heath or a heather; I always confuse the two and my best friend (like most everyone else right now is asleep).

A few rose leaves still cling to their thorny branches, glowing a brilliant yellow in the winter's sun.

An Oregon grape--I hope! Pretty, huh?

Pieris---it's one of my favorites no matter the season. It is so graceful -- reminds me of a ballerina; I like ballet--have I said that? I am not graceful like this beautiful plant or a ballerina...though I can dance (a little).

Green irises emerging through a dusting of white snow. They won't be blooming for awhile yet but the green is nice to see.

If you look carefully you'll see delicate white blossoms on this plant -- I don't remember it ever being in bloom this early. Maybe I better check the forsythia and the early rhodies (JK!)

May you find the color in your own life and use your God-given gifts to bless those you meet.

"For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."
Isaiah 61:11 KJV

Blessings, A

And more---

I remember a very special seagull convention when I was in Utah with my wonderful grandchildren. I miss Utah and the Rockies (Wasatch Mts.); I miss the kiddos too :(

This is one of my favorite beaches on Oregon's central coast; I always like to stop by and check it out when I am in that area. We had the place almost to ourselves on the day we arrived and the views---well I will let you decide. It looked like there had been some erosion since my last visit--a long time ago--it's no wonder with the winter storms the NW receives.

A bit north of Newport -- or a little south of Siletz Bay, depending on which way you are traveling is Depoe Bay. If you are traveling south from Lincoln City you might stop at Boiler Bay, which also has a great view. This photo would be northwest of Depoe Bay's Harbor--the one pictured in last week's "Walk".

And then there are the forests in the Coast Range mountains of Oregon (of course there are the beautiful forests of Washington State -- but will get to those on a later post). The Pacific NW has been blessed with lots of forests---

A valley and mountain view after (or before) entering the Coast Range.

Blessings, A

27 January 2009

I Thought She Said Tomorrow..

Well it is true--I did say tomorrow I was going to post the photos from my recent trip to Oregon's coast but it didn't turn out that way...so in time for this week's Walk in His Gardens...sand, surf and other photos..

D Sands & River in the Lincoln City area.
It's a common sight to see people flying kites here.

On this beach (D Sands) the shortest river meets the Pacific Ocean.
The weather truly was amazing--it felt like summer and I was ready for that:)

We stopped by Siletz Bay where I've stayed in the past.
This beautiful bay meets the ocean at this spot. At night one can see the lights of motels and Mo's (a popular restaurant on the coast) on the water of the bay and hear the surf. We met a really nice family here who were fishing.
This is one of the main reasons I wanted to visit this part of Oregon's coast (of course the great weather forecast was a BIG one too). This is the Siletz Bay National Refuge. I was disappointed that you cannot enter it except for a few times in the year, but we managed to get some photos from nearby areas.
Close by the Refuge is a great pottery shop and glassblowing studio for those who like those things (which I do) and we passed a lot of beautiful art galleries. Best of all, there was a view of mountains (and you all know what I think of mountains!)

"He hath made every thing beautiful in his time..."
Ecclesiastes 3:11 KJV

"O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever."
I Chronicles 16:34 KJV

"Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!"
Psalms 107:31 KJV

Blessings, A
Photos: As described above & on photos.
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