Flowers from God: Fall Slideshow 2007

November 15, 2007 at 1:30 pm 10 comments

Song:  Nicole Nordeman’s “Every Season”

(as celebrated here through the lens of Fall)

Photos:  “Maggie”  11.15.2007

Tuesday, the rains were coming.  I’d been sick and under the weather the last week and was about to miss their grand finale.  So, I drove around with my camera in hand four about 40 minutes, just a few miles from my house, just enjoying, soaking it in.  When I got home, I realized what my Dad often did trying to take pictures of deer he’d spotted from the car…the exhilaration of spotting them and having the camera to prove it was fun, but the deer look microscopic in the pictures.  They often blurred, and a disappointment compared to the real thing.

So, I determined to go back out the next day, weather permitting, for a “walk-about“.  I dropped the kids off at school and saw an orange glory begging for my camera not far from the school.  And then the leaves on the sidewalk just down from that called, and then, a pretty gate not far from there, leaves as carpet.  On and on I went.  Come, look, enjoy, capture, treasure.

For three hours, my feet carried me, and time flew.  I had no idea it had been that long when I looked at my watch.  There are lovely places of peace and rest and worship to enjoy.  Your pumpkins thrilled me with joy.  Your flags caused me to celebrate, smile, and pause, many of them at the homes of veterans, I’m sure.  Rockers and swings all caught my attention, calling out: “You’re welcome to rest here–enjoy life slowly!”

Broken down places and building made beautiful with shawls of fall.  Houses with mattresses on the porch, I don’t know your story, but today, you were unnoticed for the glory around you.  Everything was lovely.

I hope these “‘flowers’ from God” cheer you and give you a meandering walk if you don’t have the time or strength or place.

I met the couple pictured in the slide-show.  They walked a long time together, and I crossed paths with them three times.  I said laughingly after shooting many leaves, “Well, I don’t guess I can have a picture of them all, can I?”  They said, “Oh, we thought you were taking a picture of us.”  I replied, “Well, YOU are a beautiful thing, too!?” I left it at that.  It would have made them uncomfortable, I’m sure, to know that I had.  They are some grandparents of a child in Red’s class–I’ll see if I can get them a pictures of their walk.

I walked until my battery, storage disc, and feel ran out, all within minutes of each other.

About that time, Bro. Rob G. drove up in his church van rolling down the window to ask , “Still enjoying your walk today, or are you ready for a ride back to wherever you started?”  I said, “It’s a beautiful sidewalk to miss, but I am wishing for a Claritin about now!  I think I will take a ride if you don’t mind too much.” “Oh, I don’t mind.  Hop in here.”  So, I did for the 3/4 of the block I had left uphill to the school.

I’ve known Bro. Rob forever.  He was best friends with Mike Brady–I was always with their families growing up, listening to their funny youth pastor stories.  Rob told me some friends from here once shipped he and his family a box of leaves to Florida when they’d moved there!  His wife sprinkled them all over the yard and the kids played in them!  Isn’t that great?  Everyone loves the leaves here.

Our own Bro. Ray asked last week what we did to refresh.  This is my time. Once a season, to capture some of it in my heart.


Entry filed under: Everyday.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dori  |  November 15, 2007 at 1:44 pm


    Made me wish I lived where you live, friend!!

    Thanks for sharing. So special….


  • 2. Stacey  |  November 15, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    How beautiful. I really loved that. 🙂

    Makes me want to open my eyes more often to the beauty around here.

  • 3. Linda  |  November 15, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you so much! It was like a trip home!!! 🙂

  • 4. KimL  |  November 15, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    I am beginning to realize the beauty of the season again. My dad died a few years ago in October, a couple of days after my birthday, and everything at the funeral home was fall arrangements. The first couple years it pained my heart to see all the fall colors come around – just reminded me of that difficult time. Now God has shown it to me as a true beauty again. Thanks for the slideshow to remind me both of my dad, and of God’s splendor!!

  • 5. bellissimanh  |  November 15, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    Breathtaking, Maggie! Gorgeous pictures! I wish I had an ounce of your talent… but I’m content to live vicariously through you. 🙂

    Seven-year-old Noah was watching with me and said it made him feel sad. He said the music was slow and sad, and the pictures were like losing the Fall. It gave us a great opportunity to talk about how God makes all things new. Thank you for inspiring conversation today.


  • 6. bob  |  November 15, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    those are gorgeous shots.

  • 7. touchofglory  |  November 15, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    That was so beautiful! It made me realize that I need to stop and enjoy the beauty of my hometown. Thanks!

  • 8. ~E  |  November 16, 2007 at 8:10 am

    Thank you for that. It was just beautiful. I needed it this morning. Thanks for sharing what I have only been able to enjoy from the car window as I zoomed by.

  • 9. Kevin Eby  |  November 16, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Well done.

    A friend at work was heading off to Pine Mountain today and told me that the fall here in Kentucky was more brilliant than in years past because of the drought.

    Drought brings brown grass then sharp colors…
    Ice storms bring downed limbs then new green growth…
    Tornadoes destroy homes then communities rebuild…

    God is good.

  • 10. Chris Dennis  |  November 16, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Very nice work!!! Thanks for sharing

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