Monday, May 31, 2010

Enchantment


Each year I take a childish delight in imagining fairies visit my garden. With it being so dry throughout the Autumn I thought we were going to miss out but a few have popped up since the recent rain.

Reflection:
Psalm 149:4 (New International Version)
For the LORD takes delight in his people;
he crowns the humble with salvation.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Relax


I've solved the photo library problem and it's raining hard outside. This afternoon I shall soak in a deep bubble bath, looking out on the lovely leaves dripping with raindrops.

Reflection:
Luke 12:29-32 (The Message)
"What I'm trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions."

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Calm needed


I am posting a flower today because I need to feel calm. I upgraded my photo library software yesterday and all of the images are now saying "unsupported format". Not quite as bad as it sounds the photos are still there, I just can't see them right now. I anticipate a problematic weekend trying to figure out what to do next. Lucky I have a few photos preloaded to tide me over a few days.

Reflection:
Mark 4:39 (New International Version)
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A few days


What a difference a few days can make. These photos were taken just one week apart.

Reflection:
Luke 24:6-7 (New International Version)
He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' "

Lovely


Oh goodie it rained yesterday. It tumbled down all day and I'm very thankful for it even though it will strip off the lovely leaves. Under the cherry is the small maple (in my Procrastination post) that I was impatiently waiting to change colour a few weeks ago. Soon there will be sweeping job.
Reflection:
Philippians 4:8 (New International Version)
"... whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Heart


There is not only leaves falling. The big pine cones are now falling to join the little pine cones one the ground. These cones shed their their outer 'leaves' to reveal the 'pine rose' at their heart.

Reflection:
Psalm 119:11 (New International Version)
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

True to form


What is the matter with me? I know that the maples are at their best around the 20th of May and yet every year I get impatient in early May and think they are not going to turn on their fire. This year they were true to form ... this photo was taken on the 21st.

Reflection:
Psalm 33:4 (New International Version)
For the word of the LORD is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Resting


Prostrate catoneaster in the front garden.

A blog exchange with Lea yesterday had me thinking about Sunday as a day of rest. When I was a child it was a day with lots of church, strictly no regular daily work and for children plenty of play. Dad would often rise from his Sunday nap to take us all on a drive, late in the day when the animals were moving to water.

So what do I do on my Sundays? I usually attend church and don't do any daily work. Instead I cook nice food and sit by the fire reading but maybe best of all go for a Sunday drive (photographing) and enjoy plenty of play (doing my week of blog posts).

Not that much different really!

Reflection:
Genesis 2:3 (New International Version)
And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fading away


Progressively the beauty is fading. You will eventually get a break from leaves but the wave of colour is moving around to the south side of the house so I'm not done yet.

Reflection:
1 Peter 1:3-5 (New International Version)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wonders


Can't stop myself, they are so lovely and I wait all year for this.

Reflection:
Psalm 9:1
I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonders.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Steps


It is so pretty wherever I walk.

Reflection:
Psalm 119:59 (New International Version)
I have considered my ways
and have turned my steps to your statutes.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Half way


We must come back and look at these next week. They turn usually turn burgundy red.

Many of the leaves are just drying up without doing their colour thing this year. It's very dry here, though rain was pelting down in Sydney when I was there earlier in the week.

Reflection:
Matthew 5:40-42 (New International Version)
And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Borrowed


It's our pear tree over the neighbour's drive, we both win from the lovely view.

Reflection:
Psalm 37:21 (New International Version)
The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tattered

There was a lesson for me in these tattered leaves. If I can see loveliness in their brokenness how much more the Lord sees beauty in us, no matter how tattered we are.

Reflection:
1 Samuel 16:7 (New International Version)
The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Glow


Yes, this is what I've been waiting for, the big maples glowing red against a backdrop of evergreen Lillipilli trees.

Reflection:
Zephaniah 3:17 (New International Version)
The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Our world


This is from last week's shoot because yesterday was taken up going to the city and meeting up with Diane, Julie and Jim who comment on this blog as well as other bloggers Bill, Peter and Ann. What a delightful meeting it was and how easy the friendship because we all enjoy photographing our world.

Reflection:
And God loves the world he created too as shown is this portion of his response to Job. Job 38:4-12 (New International Version)
"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone-
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
"Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,
when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt'?
"Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place ...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Turning


The big maples are thinking about turning. I will get out on this weekend and take some shots. But I've got a blogger meet down in the city to attend today ... it should be fun.

Reflection:
Psalm 18:28 (New International Version)
My God turns my darkness into light.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Grumbles gone


What on earth have I been doing grumbling that the colour is not as good as last year. There is nothing quite as wonderful as the light in autumn.

I think a batch of dull work has been getting me down. Time to finish it so I can get out and enjoy the sun.

Reflection:
Isaiah 29:24 (New International Version)
Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding;
those who complain will accept instruction."

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Transformation


While we are at front of the house ... how about this, the council has turned the pile of limbs from the pine tree into mulch. I haven't been down the back to see if the privet down there has been similarly transformed.

Reflection:
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (New International Version)
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Children


The children's playground over the road has been looking beautiful for weeks. I look out on it from the my office window.

Reflection:
Romans 8:16 (New International Version)
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Melancholy


For me, along with the joy there is a sense of meloncholy in autumn. The weeping maple at the front is making the most of the passage into winter, though not as vibrant as last year.

Reflection:
2 Corinthians 7:10 (New International Version)
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Solo


I knew last year was special. This autumn is more about sweet solos than the great crescendo of last year but you are in for a leafy week nonetheless. The big maples will eventually decide to do their thing but not at the same time as the weeping cherry this year.

Reflection:
James 5:13 (New International Version)
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day


On this day I remember with great fondness my mother, mother-in-law and others who have played a motherly role in my life.

Reflection:
Psalm 17:8 (New International Version)
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Why?


I will get out tomorrow to photograph some of the unfolding Autumn but in the meanwhile I have a question to ask. The plant above had a nice variagated leaves last year. All the new leaf this year was plain green. Why is it so?

Posting late again because we went for a drive today.

Reflection:
Ecclesiastes 7:10 (New International Version)
Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Rest needed


I've been very busy with work, no time to get out into the garden as promised and very late with today's post. I did grab this shot of the rosellas on the cherry tree from the sunroom window. As you can see it is colouring up nicely.

I'm so pleased it is the weekend so I can rest up a little.

Reflection:
Genesis 2:2 (New International Version)
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Eternal life


I think these look like grave stones given over to the wilds of nature.

And we're all shivering, not because we fear our final destiny but because a cold front moved through yesterday. Yes Diane it's chilly enough to switch on the leaf colour. I will go out and take some photos tomorrow. I set out to do so yesterday but slammed the door, the cold was such a shock after the mild weather.


Reflection:
John 5:24 (New International Version)
[Jesus said] "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life."

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Procrastination


Back up at the top there is evidence of more procrastination. This maple self seeded under the cherry tree. I was going to transplant it ... that was years ago. Now it's too big to move and I like its tiny leaves so it will just stay there another year. Some things just take a little longer than expected -- see no colour yet.

Reflection:
Job 19:25 (New International Version)
I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Don't look back


Don't look back, you'll see that I haven't cleaned up the leaves from last year and this year's dump is already starting!!

Julie made a comment the other day "repotting, topping-up, sweeping, trimming, dreaming. It would take me a life-time in your garden!"

Yep, because of that I've learnt that sometimes it's a good thing not to look back.

Reflection:
Luke 9:62 (New International Version)
Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."

Monday, May 3, 2010

Thousands



Here we go, finding our way back to the main garden through the agapanthus patch. I didn't bother chopping of the flower heads down there. What's a few more plants among thousands.

Reflection:
Psalm 84:10 (New International Version)
Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Old


We're on our way back up to the house. I don't normally have a camera with me down the back and look here's another lovely photograph I found. The old fence fell over, just the fence post remains.

Reflection:
Proverbs 20:29 (New International Version)
The glory of young men is their strength,
gray hair the splendor of the old.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Harmony


Another look at the pretty leaves reaching over from the neighbours garden. The beauty makes my heart sing.

There's still not much leaf colour in my patch but it will come.

Reflection:
Isaiah 42:10 (New International Version)
Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise from the ends of the earth,