Monday, November 21, 2011

For the beauty of the earth ...

     "To look out at this kind of creation and
       not believe in God is to me impossible."
       (Astronaut John Glenn)
       "Beauty... is the shadow of God on the universe."
        (Gabriela Mistral, Desolacíon)

       “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
        to receive glory and honour and power,
        for you created all things,
        and by your will they were created
        and have their being.”
        (Revelation 4:11)

        "For since the creation of the world,
         God's invisible qualities - his eternal
         power and divine nature - have been
         clearly seen, being understood from
         what has been made, so that men are
         without excuse."
         (Romans 1:20)

(60mm  f5.6  1/60 sec  ISO200)

(60mm  f2.8  1/1400 sec  ISO200)

 (60mm  f5.6  1/160 sec  ISO200)


Elizabeth Grimes said...

Such truth in those words...and pictures!

Here I Am/Carrie said...

God is certainly singing in these photos. I love your quotes. All beautiful. Have a wonder week and Thanksgiving.

Marty said...

oh là là Rick, these wonderful flowers and colours, divines beautés!
here on my balcon, l'ibiscus n'a plus de leaves!!! trees non plus ! winter is coming but the weather is still nice !! your shots font du bien au moral ! I also love your bilingual comments ! un régal ! thank you !
send you plein de bisous colorés !!!

ju-north said...

It's a wonderful world!

Dawn said...

That is the most perfect saying...first one!
Lovely colors and design!

Lúcia said...

I like the second shot!
Have a beautiful day. :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Where to begin? I love the images and the creative framing.Of course Bible verses are always right on. I agree with the quote from John Glenn.Jake and I had the privilege of personally meeting this man,a true Child of God.

Ron aka TheOldGeezer said...

Greetings From Southern California

Excellent quotes and beautiful photos! Creator God is awesome!

Take care Rick and have a nice day :-)

Thanks for your recent visit to My Blog

Scott said...

These are some beautiful flowers and I like your framing on them. We can thank our Heavenly Father for the beauties of the Earth.

Fábio Martins said...

Three lovely details. Beautiful shots

ioan moldovan said...

Very beautiful! I like very much!

magda said...

You 're right Rick, all of these wonderful creatures is divine!
Your photos are amazing!!!
Many greetings

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Amazing beautiful ... all nature sings!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Heavenly....thanks for sending these out.
Hugs Dagmar

lisa said...

These are so beautiful Rick!
I love the way you've framed them.
Sending you wishes for a beautiful Thanksgiving.

Soraia Brito said...

I love this photos! They're awesome :D

teca said...

Of course, I loved this post! ^,^
These are wonderful macros accompanied by beautiful words of wisdom.
A very warm hug with love and many sweet beijos.

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Hi Rick, beautiful quotes, thanks for sharing.
Beautiful photos, excellent especially the 3rd picture.

Have a nice day.

You can never take too many pictures said...

Thanks Rick for your visit....Wow what area of Florida are you in? I would Love to escape even if just a week from our winter's frosty grip but then travel has become so complicated these days. I really do Love to take advantage of Winter's challenges and the quiet that we find in our Forest...void of tourists!I stay away from the Snowmobile Trails and crowded ski hills!

Rick said...

Yes, agreed Elizabeth !

Thank you, Carrie - Happy Thanksgiving and God bless !

Ha ha Marty - tu toujours make me smile ! Glad to hear that l'hiver hasn't arrived yet and that your temps are still warm. Soon beautiful soft neiges will blanket everything and you will be making superbes photos of that. I'll send toi some snow bisous in advance ;-)

It truly is Julia !

Rick said...

Thank you, Dawn (I've always tried to imagine how I'd feel travelling in space or walking on the moon !).

Obrigado, Lúcia !

Thank you, Ruth. That must have been very special for you and Jake to have met him.

Thank you, Ron. Yes, He's an AWEsome God !

Rick said...

Thank you Scott - it's a blessing to be able to enjoy them in our garden at this time of year - all thanks to our Creator who made all things good.

Obrigado, Fábio !

Thank you, Ioan !

Thanks so much, Magda. I hope your week is going very well.

Thank you, Laura - it sure does !

Rick said...

And you should know, Dag ;-) Dank je wel - hoop dat alles goed is bij jou.

Thank you very much, Lisa, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you also.

Obrigado, Soraia !

Thank you, my friend teca ! Always appreciate your kind words. Have a wonderful week and enjoy many spring beijos !

Thank you very much, Amelia ! (I 'stole' your cream puffs recipe ;-) Have a lovely week.

Hi Susan - nice to have you stop by. We're in SW Florida till mid-Dec, then again for 3 months starting in early Jan. I'm hoping to get some winter scenes while back in Canada - absolutely loved yours.

Ann Nichols said...

Hi Rick!
Gorgeous shots!
Just wanted to let you know that I posted about the St. Nicholas church you told me about on Rhodes just now! I linked back to you!
Thanks again so much for telling me about it! If you know of any others... please pass them on!

magda said...

My dear friend Rick, hi
Many thanks for so kind words for my country!
Indeed, many believe that Greece is only for summer holidays!
In fact, offered for all types of holiday!
It has high mountains suitable for skiing, walking, has rivers suitable for rafting has gorgeous villages for rural tourism and generally suitable for all types of alternative tourism!
I wish you, you and your family to visit Greece one day!
Many greetings

Soraia Brito said...

Thank you!

Leslie said...

perfect merging of image and word...

petrolin50 said...

Great job with frames of images. Thank you for your comment on my blog. I greet. / Peter

Farmchick said...

Wonderful words and very striking photos to go with them. I do like the framing.

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Hi Rick, feel free to drop by my blog to "steal"any recipes you like,hahaha Happy Thanksgiving day and have a nice day.

BlueShell said...

I could't agree more: God makes beautiful things and we have to Thank Him.


darlin said...

Rick you woke me right up tonight, the vibrant colors are astounding, as are your photos. I love your quotes, the first one I've used before and the other three I say Amen!

Have a wonderful weekend my fortunate friend, mind you if I look a wee bit deeper I'll find color in my world as well. Until this semester is over there's no time for hunting for it though so thank you for putting some color in my life! ;-)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

A lovely post, Rick. These hibiscus shots are so pretty. :)

Bitch said...

I come late, but here I am..

Beautiful flowers and wonderful framing!
Thank you, Rick for sharing with us!!!

Rick said...

Ann - thank you very much for your kind words, and for including me on your blog - I consider that an honour. I will keep my eyes open for other opportunities and will pass them on to you. Have a wonderful week !

Hi Magda - your photos certainly show there's much more to Greece than is commonly known. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously last year when we visited Rhodes. It is definitely a beautiful country. Thank you for your continued visits.

Thank you, Leslie.

Hello Peter - thank you too for your visits and kind words. I hope your week goes well.

Rick said...

Thank you very much, Farmchick.

Thanks, Amelia - I will take you up on your offer. We did have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I wish you a great week ahead !

Hello BlueShell - we don't give thanks enough, do we. How many squabbles could be prevented by doing that !

Hi Darlene - we count ourselves blessed to be able to enjoy this part of the Creation at this time. As you said, there's beauty and colour to be found everywhere (if we have time to find it, of course ;-) May your week be a good one, and may all your essays be submitted on time with a minimum of stress !

Thank you, Nancy - a solution of vinegar and water seems to really have perked up the plants.

Hi Monika - better late than never ;-) Thank you for coming by and leaving a kind comment. Have a wonderful week !