Peace in the Valley

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There will be peace in the valley for me some day, 
there will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray, 
there’ll be no sadness, no sorrow, no trouble I’ll see, 
there will be peace in the valley for me. 

–Thomas Dorsey

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4

 

Butterfly Wings

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How do you distinguish a moth from a butterfly? Keeping in mind that there are exceptions, below is a list of physical and behavioral differences.

  • Moths are nocturnal. Butterflies are out and about during the day.
  • When at rest, butterflies will fold their wings back. Moths flatten their wings against their bodies or spread them wide.
  • During pupal stage, a moth cocoon is made of silk. A butterfly emerges from a chrysalis, which is hard and smooth.
  • Butterfly antennae are smooth and have a ball at the tip. The moth has antennae that are feathery or like a comb.

For more information, see THIS PAGE from livescience.com.

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Above is an Emperor Gum moth.

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Photo of the Emperor Gum moth by Fir0002 at English Wikipedia – Adapted (background edited) from File:Polyphemus moth.jpg (Own work) (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=153565

 

 

 

I Like Trees

It is Morning Walk Time again (finally) after days of rain. Walking in the sunshine makes me so very happy. Sunshine almost always makes me high. Is it ok to say that? Winter and spring are having their annual tug-of-war, but I know who will win!

The tree above is one I have photographed quite a few times. The winter ones I took yesterday and I have put the summer one in so you can see how it looks fully clothed. It is so lovely. I do not know how to express my attraction to trees. I just like them.

Click on the link below to see a video of another tree I saw yesterday that I didn’t notice before. It is SO TALL, and unique with its twin trunks.

Video of a Tall Tree with Twin Trunks

Look for Beauty

Sometimes we need to go looking for beauty. If we don’t choose to look for it, we may forget that it exists. If you cannot find it in your immediate surroundings, look to the sky– sunsets and sunrises, stars, or clouds. Look to the blossoming weeds. Look at someone’s eyes. But there is beautify to be found.

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God is the source of true beauty. He can make beauty out of ashes.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Isaiah 61:1-3