First blush – fall photos from Wake Forest


For the beauty of the earth
For the glory of the skies
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies
Lord of all
To thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise. – (John Rutter)

IMG_E7131This morning a wet, wintery front has moved in and by the time the rain is done and the saturated trees turn to ice the majority of fall color will likely have fallen to the ground and turned into mulch.

So I grabbed some photographs that may well prove to be both first blush and last call when it comes to the reds, yellows, purples, and golds of a North Carolina autumn.

After a glorious weekend, Monday provided one more perfect day of sunshine and 60-degrees, prompting a last-minute game of golf with my friend George. We drank in the cool air, the greens, yellows, and light browns of the rolling Piedmont, the brilliant sunshine, and the gorgeous colors.

George and I share the same sense of deep gratitude and wide-eyed wonder for this place, the blessing of our homes and families, and the community of believers at WFPC.

So enjoy this collection of images from the past couple of days. If there are any leaves left after today you can be sure I will be back out, looking for just the right photograph to share.

Living gratefully, looking forward to what tomorrow has in store – DEREK


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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, 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.

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