Notes on Genesis Chapter Two

Genesis 2:1 – “heavens” – cf. Genesis 1:1 – all heavens (pl) now finished “host” – could include angelic beings, but doesn’t – simply refers to celestial bodies (cf. Psalm 148:2). Also, Isaiah 34:4 says all the host of heaven, but does not include angels. “finished” – All creation complete – no creation going on … Continue reading Notes on Genesis Chapter Two

July 13 – Creation Reveals

THE RIVER WALK

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. (Romans 1:20)

Relate: This picture is from the top of an old fire lookout on top of Mount Utsayantha. This is an historic lookout post from which a watch could be made over multiple small nearby towns. The fire tower stands at the top of the highest hill in the region from which you can see for miles and miles in every direction. I cannot begin to tell you how beautiful it is to look out from this tower in early autumn. There is no possible way a person can stand in that tower at the top of that mountain and be amazed by the breathtaking beauty of God’s creation.

Through high-school…

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1371. On being asked to write a poem against the destruction of the natural world… ~Dale Biron

Sacred Touches

Poems we love are just songs
we must sing again and again.
~Dale Biron

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Well, yes I have written such poems on occasion and several times in fact, not because I was asked, but just because my heart or soul or maybe some other nameless part of me couldn’t help but do so. I’ve quoted Rachel Carson, Walt Whitman, and Wallace Stegner just to add intellectual heft to my haranguing. And based on what I can tell, so far none of my writing or talking has made a single bit of difference, except that I now stare dumbstruck at the magnificence of a single ocean wave, and cannot take my eyes off clouds and full moons or Giant Egrets, taking one tiny sacred step at a time. After all, isn’t every poem ever just a search and rescue party for our heart and soul– nothing protected, nothing saved, nothing sustained…

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Tufted Coquette

Jet Eliot

Tufted Coquette, male, Asa Wright Nature Centre Tufted Coquette, male, Asa Wright Nature Centre

One of the smallest hummingbirds, when this little orange bullet zooms by, you’re not sure if it’s an insect or a bird.

Tufted coquette, male Tufted coquette, male. See the pollen on the tip of his bill?

Plumes and polka dots, metallic green, a spikey rufous crest, and a red bill–this bird has jazz.

Lophornis ornatus–even the Latin name implies decoration. More bird info here.

We saw them on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, but they are also seen in the humid rainforests, gardens, and plantations of Venezuela, Guiana, and northern Brazil. Measuring 2.6 inches (6.6 cm) long, the genders of this tiny species do not look alike.

Like many hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies, this bird trap-lines while feeding; meaning they repeatedly check the same nectar source, like a trapper checking their traps.

If it wasn’t for the vervain plant they predictably visit for nectar, they would have been impossible to observe or photograph…

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