January energizing

When Bonnie, the Faith Barista, announced the prompt for this week – photo journaling – she linked back to a post on Whitespace: a photo journal. I need this getting away, this time in nature, in quiet. But it has been so very cold. This past Tuesday, it was “warm” so I drove to the reservoir. A few minutes in the roaring wind and I retreated.IMG_2302

I sat a while and watched the gulls and geese and enjoyed the beauty. IMG_2301 The wind seemed to keep the gulls huddled on the snow.  In “the one that got away”- I didn’t have my camera ready –  all the gulls rose but could not fly into the wind and were forced back and down onto the snow. IMG_2316  This time they kept low to the water and made a turn back to the road. Someone had stopped and was feeding the geese and gulls from their car.

And then I went home, feeling like I had not accomplished what my soul needed.


Thursday:   IMG_2337 But it did warm a bit and I wanted to go away and I wanted to stay at home. So I pulled on my boots, coat and mittens and walked out the door to my own back yard. IMG_2340The focus of the day in the devotional I am following was peace and the verse I was thinking about was from Luke 19.

Jesus was weeping over Jerusalem when He said, “…if you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace…”

I stop on the step as a goldfinch lands on the feeder just a few feet away. He seems at peace with my presence as I pull the camera from my pocket and snap away while he busily feeds from his provision.


I walk slowly listening to the crunch of snow as I walk through the field. I stop to look at tree bark and seed stalks and the beauty of light and shadow and think of things that make for peace in life. IMG_2352

And the things that steal peace till I wander around in confusion.


I keep crunching along among deer tracks and rabbit trails and other critters trails too, caught up in the beauty of glittering snow and grateful for whitespace in my own back yard!

4 thoughts on “January energizing

  1. Rachael @ Inking the Heart

    I love this post and the wandering around in nature that you captured. Beautiful pictures and the Jesus weeping verse is one of my favorite verses to reflect on as we get close to the lenten season. Blessings to you! I am coming over from (in)courage. I will be an Exploring God’s Nature in Nature leader for the session. Looking forward to getting to know you! Love, Rachael @ Inking the Heart

    1. Elaine Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Rachael. Enrolling in the (in)courage session is a new experience for me; I’m looking forward to it.

  2. Cathy

    Good morning Elaine! I love your devotional thoughts from nature. The reservoir is a lovely spot. We’ve driven past but have never stopped. Another place I love in your area is Ladew Topiary Garden, but it’s been a long while since we’ve been there. Wasn’t the warm temperatures yesterday lovely?! We helped our son and daughter-in-law move into their new rowhouse in Canton. Perfect moving weather and a brief respite from the cold and snow as we’re to get 5 inches of snow overnight here tonight! I love seeing the animal tracks in the snow, though. It’s like grand central station here. It makes you realize how much goes on while you’re asleep.

    1. Elaine Post author

      I’m so glad you had one of the only warm days of January for moving day! The forecast is about the same for us. I wondered if you knew Ladew; I was sure you would enjoy it. My favorite time is spring but a friend from Columbia went this past summer and just raved about all the bloom so I may have been missing out!

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