It has not been the most productive year in terms of blog posts. So instead I will look back at the past year with some favorites, while I have started uploading more extensive collections to my flickr account. Other posts to come will cover flowers plants and trees, and one for objects and buildings.
A trip to Dunedin Peninsula
A trip to Dunedin with the family and stayed in a little batch on the Otago Peninsula. What an amazing environment. On the way there we had the inevitable visit to the Mouraki Boulders. Regardless of the boulders, the beach is a beautiful spot in itself, but the boulders do make it a very special place.
The scenery around the Otago Peninsula can be described as plain spectacular only.
One evening my oldest son and I stayed out to watch the spectacular skies that come with a northwester wind and a sunset. Like here in Christchurch it proves for very colorful skies.
An afternoon to Little River
On the way to Akaroa you pass Little River. On the way back home, the sun was starting to go down and heavy weather was coming in. I ended up in between the sunset and severe clouds around Lake Ellesmere. It resulted in very beautiful strange light scenery.
Visiting our friends near the Nelson Lakes always great times and always spectacular scenery. My favorite old tree on the back paddock and the rainbow over one of the lakes absolutely breathtaking when you are there.
In and around Christchurch
It is easy to forget how much amazing scenery there is in and around Christchurch so here some of my favorite spots.
Is it not amazing that this is all within a half an hours to 45 minutes drive away from home.
Akaroa and Birdlings Flat
No year seems to go by without at least one visit to Akaroa and on the way thereto or from Akaroa: Birdlings Flat.
Guy Fawkes day, here I am ready to shoot fireworks over the bay in Wellington. As it turns out the event was postponed to the next Saturday som more people could come. Still beautiful there at night though.
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Earlier this weekend a walk with my oldest son in one of the many domains in and around Christchurch. It was beautiful in the forest.
A walk with the whole family from Corsair Bay to Cass Bay came with amazing skies as we started in relatively beautiful weather but it turned around with heavy clouds coming in from the sea. Early Dutch painters would have had a field day here.
So here some highlights, enjoy.
Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. Song of Songs 2:12
… See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. Matthew 6:29
Summer to me, besides the beautiful weather is together with the spring the season of explosions of color and fragrance, of amazing flowers that never cease to amaze me, new ones that I had never seen before or golden oldies that look even more beautiful than before. Hard to beat beauty, truly royal indeed, whether it is a magnificent big flower or the tiniest small one, they all have something of a very special beauty to be enjoyed while it lasts. The good news, next season WILL come, there WILL be a new summer again and again and again in which very often the flowers come out even more beautiful, in which the plant has grown to produce even more flowers.
And so it seems with my Christian journey, one day a blossoming flower the other day withered, just as Peter explained referring to Isaiah:
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
1 Peter 1:24
But like I said there WILL be a new summer, in which like the flowers we come out even more beautiful than last season. Maybe that is what Paul meant when he said:
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
Last Sunday after a few very busy weeks I did not go to church and instead I drove out with a Bible, journal and camera and spend some time alone while picking up my son in Cheviot. The route: Christchurch-Kaiapoi-Amberley-Waipara– Waikari– Hurunui–Culverden-Rotterham via Mouse Point- Rotterham-Waiau-via Leader Road to Parnassus-Cheviot. Cheviot- Greta Valley -detour up and down to Motunau Beach-Amberley-Kaiapoi-Christchurch.
Amazing scenery that day.
In Balmoral Forest I stopped for some lunch that I had picked up earlier. Sitting in the back of the truck eating and enjoying my coffee I opened my Bible and Journal. Luke 2: 18, 19 seemed to stick out particularly.
19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 NIV
Now that stuck out to me because as I understood it pondering was something more of a head matter. In the Merriam-Webster it says:
ponder implies a careful weighing of a problem or, often, prolonged inconclusive thinking about a matter <pondered the course of action>.
It seemed to indicate a head matter. Yet, Mary pondered with her heart? It reminded me of something Santana said before one of the songs during a concert.
If we take the time to see with the heart and not with the mind, we shall see that we are surrounded completely by angels.
Again the heart prevails over the normal sensory course. Maybe there is something there? Could it maybe be that the eyes, the ears, the mind provide order to our sensations whereas it is the heart that gives it meaning, truth.
Is it not coincidental that the heart is as the one place in our body that is associated with love. We speak of knuckle heads the Bible of hardened hearts.
The heart as the place where connect knowledge and meaning, purpose, God‘s purpose by the guidance of the Spirit, the place from where the Spirit speaks, the heart as the pathway to wisdom, the truth about everything and anything, ourselves included.
Lunch turned out to be satisfactory in more than one sense and with a smile on my face I proceeded. Further down the road I was sure God was smiling back to me. Something to further explore and try on my journey of life.
Earlier this week I took one of my three beautiful son’s out to go and shoot pictures. If you ask this determined six year old what he wants to become, he’ll tell you that he wants “to be an “artist” when he grows up. He said it when he was four years old and he so far maintains this passion including the endless production that comes with being a six year old. As I have seen him trying to get a hold of my camera, I handed him my old one (Fuji Finepix A900 that needs to be put on the heater before the zoom works) and asked him if he wanted to go for a drive to shoot pictures.
Sure, where do you want to go?
I’ll let you decide that but whatever happens it will include a visit to our newly discovered UNA bakery.
On the way to the bakery he told me he wanted to go into town, earthquake struck as it may be, that’s where he wanted to go and shoot pictures. I will have to say, it was actually quite an inspiration to me as well. In the midst of all the devastation kids pick up on entirely different things.
During our almost two and a half hour walk through town I he took many pictures (as I did but that is for another post) and I would like to share some of them here in this slideshow below.
What an amazingly rewarding afternoon and introducing Tom Dierckx, the Little Renaissance Man.