Faces of Winter…

I decided to take some pictures out on a cold winter day and I was pleasantly surprised. The snow was a foot deep and it was frigid, yet the walk revealed a very different story. I saw blue skies and the colours of the setting sun and clouds that peppered the sky and formed moving images. I saw the branches of the trees and leaves laden with snow. I saw a pristine landscape of white, marked in some places with dog tracks and boot prints. I felt refreshed and alive after the walk.


Isaiah 55:10 - For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater.




Christmas trees…

Walk around the city this time of the year, and you will come across Christmas trees of all shapes, colours, sizes and themes. The malls vie with each other to have Christmas trees that are either the largest or tallest or most unique, such as the Swarovski tree with its crystal baubles, the tallest Christmas tree, the all silver decorated tree, and the poinsettia Christmas tree, which is by far my favourite of them all! Nothing puts a greater spell on the magic of Christmas quite like a Christmas tree.




Isaiah 9:6-7

For to Us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


Hanging on…

On a morning walk I took these pictures of trees on opposite sides of the street. While some trees lost their leaves quickly to the winds, others held on tightly to their leaves. It made me ruminate on how we can respond to adversity, we can choose to let go or hang tight to life and it’s goodness.


Joshua 1:9 -Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. 

Truly Canadian…

Maple trees and Muskoka chairs are synonymous with Canada just like Roots clothing, beaver tails, maple syrup, moose crossings and poutine. It did not take me long after immigrating to this beautiful country to find out that most Canadians are proud of these iconic staples.


Galatians 6:2 - Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Campfire
Muskoka Chairs
Maple tree

Summer garden containers…

These photos of garden containers were taken in summer when parks and residents and patios vie to put out well decorated and inviting outdoor garden containers. My favourite are those that have a mix of colours and textures, heights and assortment of plants, with some trailing plants that create a whimsical look. The containers themselves can enhance the whole theme of the arrangement, creating a modern, rustic or minimalist look.


Isaiah 68:4 - But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.