I’ve had to laugh at all the epic natural disaster references running around the past couple of days. “Snowpocalypse,” “Snowmageddon” (often misspelled as Snowmaggedon), “Snowzilla”, and the so-often-overused, “Storm of the Century.”
Here in Wake Forest the “event” has certainly been disruptive for normal life – people are (for the most part) being smart about staying off the roads, tens of thousands of people have lost power, we had to cancel my small-group this morning, and we’ll likely only have one worship service at WFPC tomorrow – but we’re hardly in an emergency situation.
Later today, after we’ve had hopefully a little more snowfall, I plan to take a long walk with my good camera. This is a beautiful community, and the addition of a light frosting makes for perfect picture-postcard conditions.
In the meanwhile, here are the few shots I took earlier this morning. If you’re wondering about the birds, I still haven’t acquired a really good telephoto lens. When I finally get one, I don’t plan on compromising (so if you’re anxious for better wildlife photography, it looks like a few more of you are going to have to buy a bunch of books!).
I’ve said this many times before, but I really am grateful for the complete range of seasons we enjoy here in North Carolina.
The seasons speak to me of the beauty of a balanced experience: spirit, mind, and body; the temporal, and the eternal; seen and unseen; life, and life beyond life; perishable, and imperishable; dust to dust, and deep calls to deep.
“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face; now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).
It’s all good, and it’s all a Great Adventure!
In love, and because of love – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.