All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee.
– Second verse of Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Two pictures! I know! I couldn’t decide. I really love the second one, but my daughter strongly voted for the first one. As a compromise, I put her choice first and made my choice the feature image. I think that’s fair. Which one would you pick?? First or second? Or…….. you can choose secret option C:
At the time I wondered if the gathering clouds would bring the snow the forecast had promised. Sure enough, it became grey and overcast as the morning pressed on and then after lunch it started snowing. Looking out the window you could hardly believe that these were taken on the same day:
And now here at the end of the day, the sky is back to its morning brilliance after depositing an inch of snow on the melty two inches we already had. But now the air has a frosty feel and I’m even more thankful than before that I sneaked in a run this morning after breakfast.
When I run in the snow, I wear my hiking boots for extra traction. Although they are tennis shoe like, they have a different feel. They aren’t proper running shoes so I never run very far or hard in them. I was happy to be outside for a little bit and since it wasn’t a strenuous run, I had time to think. My heart was light listening to the drip, drop, drip of melting snow off the rooftop, the singing birds, and rustling trees all joining together to praise its Creator.
I’m always hopeful that I’ll see some sort of wildlife. So far I’ve gotten pictures of the kittens, the dog, a bald eagle, and a deer. I’m not sure the kitten and the dog count as wildlife. Once I saw a male deer sprinting across a field, but there was no way I had any hope of getting a picture of him. And another time, I saw two deer bounding out of our yard as I came around the corner. Today I followed the tracks of the coyote I saw yesterday, but lost him as the prints led over the hill where there was less snow. I wasn’t hoping to find him, just wanted to find his tracks and see where he went. He was the first coyote I have seen and, for some reason, he was wandering about the property at 8:00 in the morning and then again at 11:00. I had been doing the dishes when I looked out the window and saw his fluffy tail ducking behind the barn. We hope this does not become a regular pattern and that it was just the snow overnight that disrupted his nocturnal pattern.
It isn’t likely I will ever see much wildlife while running, especially with snow on the ground. I always feel so loud crunching through the snow and my windpants swish-swishing with every stride. I’m sure I scare off everything within earshot. Even so, these quiet runs on the property offer plenty to take a picture of and searching for something new is just as exciting and fulfilling as coming across an animal that will probably run off before I take its picture.