A Winter’s Tale: Mandeville, Louisiana

red berriesI walk with my dog nearly every day. We often head for a sparsely occupied business park that neighbors wooded areas. The weather has been unusually warm, so we see lots of color, some in-season and some out-of season. Yesterday, I was able to enjoy nature as my dog ran about among the empty fields and under-used buildings. There really is no dramatic tale for me to write, as nature itself provided the material. Feel free to interpret or insert your own dialogue. I concluded with another’s thoughts on the beauty around us.

azaleas

rain results

rose

Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that? St. Augustine. 

This post is linked to Sundays in My City, whose host is Unknown Mami.

11 thoughts on “A Winter’s Tale: Mandeville, Louisiana

  1. The mushroom is fly agaric, a potent mindbender that was popular with native americans back in the day. It is considered poisonous today.

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    1. They grow here in Ohio as well, just not this time of year. I see nibbles taken out of them and even whole mushrooms eaten. My understanding is that our local tortoises are big fans.

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    1. I think it’s always a problem if you don’t own a large amount of land. Things can happen. My dog is a very large dog, and it has taken considerable training to allow him freedom off leash because he manages to menace men and beast very easily. Good luck with Barco.

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    1. It has been unseasonably warm. December 2015 was the warmest on record in this part of Louisiana. Since the New Year, it’s been slightly more bearable, and I don’t have to run the AC or wear shorts outside.

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  2. I’ll be all over the place here. My blog needs help too…don’t give up. You’ll find your purpose. Like these beautiful shots of color. It’s mostly gray here…with lots of white snow. Nice to see the beauty down south!

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    1. Thanks, Anita. Look at Jesus in the Gospels. At first glance, his narrative seems all over the place. He indeed had a unifying message but sometimes it got messy in the details as he lived out the purpose for which he had been sent.

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