Friday, October 16, 2015

October Beauty

I decided it was time for an old-fashioned, non-controversial post.  Top on my list were articles about the St. Louis Zoo and the National Hot Air Balloon museum, but a  [very grumpy] person could say the election is already a zoo and the candidates are full of hot air, sooo...instead, here's a post to celebrate the beauty of an Iowan October.
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."  --L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
"Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower."  --Albert Camus
 "Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons."  Jim Bishop
"There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God;
A place where sin cannot molest, near to the heart of God."
"There is a place of comfort sweet, near to the heart of God;
A place where we our Saviour meet, near to the heart of God."
 "There is a place of full release, near to the heart of God;
A place where all is joy and peace, near to the heart of God."
 "Oh Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the heart of God;
Hold us, who wait before Thee, near to the heart of God."
--Hymn by Cleland B. McAfee
 "The Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: 
no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly."  --Psalm 84:11

52 comments:

  1. Nice post, I like that you added the words from this wonderful old hymn to your beautiful Autumn scenes!

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  2. Glorious autumn scenes from Iowa and what a blessing to read the words of that wonderful hymn! I will take that phrase "near to the heart of God" and tuck it away in my heart and ponder it as I go about my day!

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  3. Ahaha! I like and agree with your "grumpy" quote. That said I love hot air balloons and would definitely be interested in a post about them. This Autumn post was lovely too. So many beautiful colors!

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  4. This lovely post sure put a smile on my face this morning. I enjoyed the beautiful Autumn colors in each picture and I loved the quotes and hymn. Great post... :)

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  5. Great photos and I like your "story" line!

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  6. Gorgeous photos! I love the amazing autumn colours.

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    1. So do I. Autumn is such a beautiful season...I just wish it didn't have to be the harbinger of winter!

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  7. Beautimous photos Bethany! :D Those leaves!

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    1. God is a wonderful artist; His creation is beautiful.

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  8. Bethany, October is the most colourful month of the year looking at trees. They look similar at y place. Greetings from Europe

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Gosia! Glad you are enjoying a beautiful October as well.

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  9. Your opening comments made me smile and I so enjoyed the photos!

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  10. Beautiful photos, Bethany! It's such a photogenic season. Enjoyed the hymn, too.
    Have a great weekend!

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  11. Gorgeous autumn photographs! It is very nice to step away from the craziness of elections and enjoy nature's beauty. I had a good laugh with your line: "the election is already a zoo and the candidates are full of hot air". Indeed. We've been dealing with the same thing in Canada but at least tomorrow it'll all be over.

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  12. Gorgeous and brilliant colours, Bethany! And so lovely to see some of our Canada geese visiting, too! :)

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    1. Glad you Canadians share them with us once in awhile. ;) Thanks for stopping by Linda!

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  13. You have such amazing photos. You should share them with my Australian friend on Sundays. Which is our Saturday. Scroll down and find her Sunday photos and see if you'd like to make a new friend. :)

    http://river-driftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for the link to her blog--nice place! Thanks for stopping by Christine!

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  14. Hey Bethany, These are gorgeous autumn images! We don't quite have the colors here on the coast of VA, but I did see a few in NC last week. Oh the politico....I am holding off reading all of those posts until I have a strong cuppa by my side ;)
    Have a blessed week~

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  15. October is my favorite time of they year too. Looks like God has painted it beautiful in Iowa too.

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  16. God does such beautiful work! Thanks for displaying it so beautifully, Bethany. I have gotten behind on reading your political posts, but love that you are doing them...reporting your perspective which I appreciate as I try to formulate my own :) ....which may be similar to yours on many points. xx

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    1. Good to hear you have the "correct" perspective. ;) heh...glad you're stopping by to read!

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  17. Love your opening paragraph! Lol!! Such gorgeous photos Bethany. The most beautiful season of all in my opinion. ;)
    Thanks for sharing. xoxo

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  18. Beautiful! I love the first picture, and of course I love the Anne of GG quote :)

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  19. What a colorful post, filled with such beautiful photos, Bethany!
    I had a blast - great photos!
    Have a Beautiful Day!
    Peace :)

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  20. What a stunning shot that first one is, but I sure enjoyed all of them!

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  21. Gorgeous photos! You have a lot of talent behind that camera!

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  22. Hi Bethany, What a great post and, yes, a big breath of fresh air! :-) I don't mean to sound like I'm not enjoying the posts on the candidates ... I am indeed, but they take a good bit longer to digest and enjoy. :-) Your photography here is excellent. My favorite is the third from the top ... if that doesn't say Autumn I don't know what does. Great shot. I also like the way you incorporate the quotes, hymns, and verses.

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    1. Thank you John! It is nice to take a break from politics once in awhile and enjoy the beauty of God's creation. I appreciate your thoughtful comments and viewpoints.

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  23. Lovely photograph. Happy Autumn and boogie boogie.

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    1. Thank you! Have an awesome autumn as well!

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