2017: Page 307

Page 307 was a restful day, and perhaps that is what I have been in need of.  I fully intended to make significant writing progress, but never made it beyond reflecting on the topic list and spending time praying about whether there needs to be any changes made to it.  I actually slept in until almost 8 AM and realized that if I got up right away I could catch whatever sunrise that would be visible through the cloud cover.  I got dressed and after taking some photos of the deer that were surrounding the cabin, I made it through the woods and to the observation platform in time to see the sun break through the lower bank of clouds and light up the sky as if it was a delayed sunrise.  It was a good start to the day.

After I got back from my sunrise walk and photo-taking, Gene and I headed to the store to pick up a few things to supplement our meal supplies.  When we got back, I fixed lunch and then we both went out for a walk around the boardwalk trail in the park.  It was a good walk and I hope I didn’t wear him out too much.  Being mid-afternoon, we didn’t cross paths with much wildlife but the scenery was beautiful and it was a pleasant afternoon with cool temperatures but bright sunshine.  By the time we got back to the cabin, I worked a little bit on some of the photos I had taken and then decided I needed a nap.  🙂

The nap led into the evening “golden hour” — the prized lighting hour before sunset that most photographers long to shoot in.  So, I headed back out to see what I could capture leading up to some sunset photos.  The walk and photo-taking was relaxing and by the time I got back to the cabin area, the owls were calling from a distance and the deer had returned to stand guard through the night.  I eventually found two owls in a tree near the cabin and got some okay shots of them using the “dusk/dawn” setting on my camera.  If I has taken the time to get my tripod out of the truck, the photos may have turned out better, but given how dark it was outside I was pleased with what I got.  As I looked around, the full moon was beginning to make it’s way over the horizon and was shining through the tree line before it finally broke free into the clear night sky.  Today’s photo is actually a trio as I thought about praising God “from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets” . . . and beyond!

As I reflect on the day, the primary lessons of the day seemed to revolve around rest and enjoying the presence of God through His beautiful creation.

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