Healing in the Garden

-oak leaf hydrangea

On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 

Revelation 22:2
– doing the photo thing

This morning I added a few more photos to the “Garden” section of my new photography blog.

And, “no” – to answer your next question – I am still not sure exactly what I am going to do with the space I have set up at derekmaulphotography.blog. It’s enough right now that the site exists!

But I am actively thinking, and some of the questions I’m considering are:

  • Do I go back and put some of my best existing photos on the site?
  • Do I just use it as a place for new ones, going forward?
  • Do I only showcase the “best of the best of the best?”
  • Maybe switch them out over time?
  • Do I include a “shop” element?
  • Is six categories enough, or do I expand to eight or ten?


So here are a handful of the photos. I have to tell you, the hydrangea help a lot. I have been feeling a lot of pressure lately (99% of it being the challenges around taking care of my mum), and walking into our Secret Garden simply does my soul good.

Yes I know that God grants mercies of grace and peace, and I should be able to engage with those divine gifts irrespective of where I am. But fact is I am spiritually weak at times and I need the serenity of our garden. I’m enough of a realist to understand that God is in the digging and the planting and the cultivating as well as the breathing in. But right now I need the breathing in and there it is.

I am grateful for this serendipity of extended springtime here in Wake Forest; I am grateful for God’s imagination and invention; I am grateful for this good earth. – DEREK

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