We should be grateful at all times, but Lent seems to remind us more emphatically of God’s goodness and provision. One constant source of wonder and delight is the beauty of creation. Each year, the Nature Conservancy sponsors a photography contest and then publishes the winners and the honorable mentions. I have written of past years’ pictures in “A Glimpse of Pan” and “Mundus Pulcher.” The photographs offered in the contest are stunning to behold, as they are doxologies on celluloid. You may look at last year’s winning selection.
I remarked to a few friends that the penultimate photograph by Terry Ogden of the oak woodland in the Sierra Nevada foothills actually made me laugh when I first saw it, as there isn’t even any subtlety to it. It is simply a visual capture of a heavenly “Hello there.” Instead of a bush, we get some trees. I am more than content with that. Thank you, Lord.
Lent continues, but today marks the spring equinox this year—thanks be to God! Appropriate for the day is this short testimonial by Angela Carson on Dave’s Garden: “Why Not Give Up? Gardening Despite the Challenges.” Carson rejoices in the “process” of gardening. We tillers of the soil understand; gardening is a joyful gift.
Last month, The Daily Mail published “Your dog really does understand you . . . They’re more likely to steal food if they think you can’t see, research reveals.” Uh, yeah! I guess that this is another one of those “dog bites man” studies that reveal what everyone already knew to be true. Still, I enjoy learning about the testing methods.