Sunday, December 8, 2013

Even in scrublands there is beauty

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted;


"He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners;


"To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.


"So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."

Isaiah 61: 1-4


Rough areas are amazing to me. Pine scrub, dunes, beaches, sandy burr-ridden roadsides - many of these tough environments still contain a profusion of species that thrive despite the poor quality of the soil. 

I took these shots a couple of weeks ago on a nearby prairie. The terrain is mostly comprised of a few shallow wetland areas near sandy hills containing pines, grasses, cypress and rough brambles.

Every time I go for a hike I always find something worth seeing; what a blessing it is to live amidst such beauty.

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