Autumn Leaves

Reblogged in response to the Daily Prompt, Leaf, and also, because the first day of Autumn just past. ๐Ÿ™‚

Following Him Beside Still Waters

In response to Ceeโ€™s Fun Photo Challenge: Autumn โ€“ Metal. You may remember the fall photos I shared last February of my grandmaโ€™s lake โ€“ but that same day, I took a bunch of close-ups of leaves as well that I havenโ€™t shared before.

This one is probably my favorite of these. I like how the fall colors pop against the reflection of the sky on the lake:

These scarlet leaves were so glossy that glare ruined many of my shots, but this one turned out:

I believe these are oak leaves:

And I think these are maple. I like how half is changing and the other half is green, like it couldnโ€™t decide if it was ready to embrace autumn:

If you want to see more fall photos (and a poem), I posted this last November: Fall Magic

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Verdant Plants And Other Things Seen That Are Green!

Green! What a great topic for the week after Saint Patrick’s Day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Onions in my garden


This reminds me of the Trinity – and will be used in a poem by that name once I finish the edits.


Green grass and seed pods


Wild violet leaves – they remind me of hearts. โ™ฅ


These are photos of a green snake I found a while back. I originally posted about it here. for the Color Your World challenge, Screamin’ Green.


Here are green tomatoes and a green pepper from my garden last year.


Pears from my mom’s pear tree last year.


Looking up at a Granny Smith Apple on the tree. (Originally posted here for the Color Your World challenge, Granny Smith Apple.)


Color Your World – Screaming Green: Snake

I think this works for screaming green quite well. Literally and figuratively, because most people would probably scream when they see what is green in these photos… ๐Ÿ˜‚ I found it on the path next to my garden spot in 2015.


This green snake isn’t poisonous. I don’t think it even has fangs. So you know I had to get close-up. They say that if a snake has diamond shaped pupils, it’s poisonous. If that is the case, then this is proof that little guy is non-poisonous. XD


I wanted a shot with him up off the ground a bit, so I grabbed a stick, stuck it under the head, and slowly lifted up… (this snake was very tolerant of me for some reason.)


And then I got a close up of that pose…


I am thankful that God bought this little fellow into my path so I could get these photos. I nearly stepped on it; and then I realized that a stick usually isn’t bright green… ๐Ÿ˜‚

Who says the grass is greener on the other side of the fence?

In Donโ€™t You Wish (Sierra Jensen series #3.), on page 111, two characters talked about how the grass always seemed greener on the other side of the fence. Christy suggested that maybe the grass on Sierra’s side of the fence needed to be watered. XD

That got me thinking.

Sometimes, I can spend so much time looking at the green pastures on the other side of the fence that I forget to water my own grass with Living Waters and take care of my field, which in turn causes my grass to look even worse in comparison to other people’s fields. I couldn’t help but remember Psalm 23:2: He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters. How can I lie down in green pastures if I’m so sidetracked by the other side of the fence that I don’t take care of it? I don’t want to lie down in unrolled hay. X)

Suddenly, it hit me – I had the wrong approach all along. Looking at other fields of grass can cause envy, which is not a good thing:

Proverbs 14:30: A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

I realized, I need to stop comparing the sides of the fence. But that’s sometimes really hard to do, when the other side is within my visibility… and looks SO GREEN. (I guess this would be the epitome of the phrase, “green with envy”? XD)

Galatians 5:26: Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Therefore, I’m going to try to focus on my side of the fence. Water it daily with Living Water. It may take a lot of practice to learn not to look. But practice makes perfect, right? ๐Ÿ™‚