09 June 2013

Keeping Busy

For those who may have wondered at my lack of posts for over a week I will plead the excuse of a long and wonderful holiday to the Midwest and then the Southwestern section of America. I plan to muse on the distinction between immensity and grandeur soon but for now a few random comments.

First, condors are as unattractive a bird as I've seen. And see them we did. At least six of the 73 counted in Arizona and Utah by the National Park Service.were perched in two trees along Arizona Highway 67 as we drove from the northern rim of the Grand Canyon.

I was disappointed that none of them took wing. Seeing the full 9.5' wingspan would have been quite a sight. Three days later on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon we saw some condor nesting caves.

The round-the-clock observers told us the cave (slightly above dead center) was much larger than it appears in this photo, which I took with a 300mm f/4D AF-S Nikon lens.

Of course, the beauty of the Grand Canyon cannot be fully appreciated in a photograph but these are two of my favorites:

Lots of other fun was had at other places of extraordinary beauty as LaDonna and I traveled for several days before joining up for a week with friends from Iowa. As I type these words hours before the beginning of the Lord's Day, fellowship in the wonder of God's creation bring some of the words of Psalm 97 to mind:

1 The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
    let the many coastlands be glad!
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
    before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
    and all the peoples see his glory.
11 Light is sown for the righteous,
    and joy for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
    and give thanks to his holy name!

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