Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Great is Thy Faithfulness

This post has been a year in the making. (Actually a little over a year since I tried to work on it last week, but those wonky computer gremlins played havoc with the pictures.)

On February 14th, 2010, we had a rare sticking snow for these parts.  Early in the morning, I stepped out in my pajamas and slippers to capture it.  I didn’t figure anyone else was awake.

I was wrong.

As I stood in my bedhead glory, the front door across the street opened, and out stepped my neighbor with his own shiny Kodak.  I briefly considered a getaway, but 48 year old women should not  run on the snow in slippers. It's a rule.  I held my ground and faced the music.

I'm glad I did.  He told me that his favorite part about living on our street was the way the Bradford pears lining it changed with the seasons. He had captured them in every season,  he said, and now would get to add a winter wonderland.  He was planning to group them together as a photo story.

I decided right then and there to be a copycat, and I’ve been capturing shots, standing in the same spot, all year. I do try to remember to be fully clothed when I do it, though.

Winter…



Spring …


Summer…


Fall…

And back to winter
This is what it looked like on February 14th 
when I brought my photo project to a finish.


Had it not been for the computer chaos, I would have stopped right there with the barren season.

 But within just a week, look who showed up.     

Our old friend Hope.

And I just couldn't leave her out.

Summer and winter
And springtime and harvest
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Great is Thy faithfulness…


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I'm sharing this with A Southern Daydreamer

32 comments:

Denise said...

I know you probably won't believe this, but while I was reading I was thinking about the trees having buds on them right now. I didn't know you'd include them, but you worked them in too. So, based on our conversation yesterday, our thoughts certainly needed a budge toward hope. I'm ever so grateful that God provided some hope for both of us today. I think I'll go out to my yard and give thanks for his provision and for you. Hugs to you today.

Heather T. said...

Oh, the patience and ability to remember just to take these photos - - BIG kudo's to you :)

They're wonderful!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

The changing of seasons? $500 airline ticket...The winter in the Southwest? Priceless!!

I loved your photos. I lived in Tucson for over a decade and one year it snowed on Easter Sunday! I couldn't believe my eyes.

Thanks for stopping by. Oh, and you're always welcomed to come down...I'll make a special trip to take you to the ocean seaside!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Love this...and that is what I miss from our old neighborhood, I too enjoyed watching the seasons through the pear trees...beautiful, thanks for sharing, I so enjoy nature...Thank You God!

Carol said...

They look fabulous. What a memory to have.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

How fun Debbie! I've often thought that a year in pics would be neat. Maybe the same bird house or yard ornament, this just proves it:@)

Maggie said...

What a great project to undertake, I started something similar with shadow shots taken in the local churchyard but I'm only halfway through the year.
Maggie in Normandy

Sue said...

Hi Debbie, I too am blessed to see the Bradford Pear trees change, and always look forward to seeing them change with each season. Every day as I walk I see the same hope as it is coming forth. Thanks for such a beautiful post.
Hugs, Sue

Joan said...

Love this, Debbie. Beautiful photos. You know I'm looking forward to spring. I decided to link up for Outdoor Wednesday this week.

Blessings,
joan

Dianne said...

Oh Debbie, I am SOOOOOO loving this post--Hope brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes--what would we do without her.

Your street is a little bit of heaven right here on earth--just beautiful!

xinex said...

Wow! God's creation is truly amazing. It is simply gorgeous!...Christine

Sherry said...

Oh that is fabulous! what nice pictures of the changing seasons. I like that idea a lot. I have seen something like that in my children's books. Great idea Debbie! It is quite smart.(does that sound British!) Yah, I thought not! Something missing when you can't type an accent.LOL
Sherry

Donnie said...

I'm glad you decided to stand your ground so I could enjoy these beautiful photos.

Sonja said...

I just LOVE these pictures! And what a snapshot of life, Just beautiful Debbie, and the last p.s. one.... hope! You nailed it today! :)

Crickit said...

Thank you for being so patient! What beautiful pictures of the seasons. Definately...GREAT is God's faithfulness and beauty!

Mary said...

This is wonderful! I love seeing the change with the seasons! I'm trying to decide if I prefer the fall or spring the best, it's a toss up for me. Still chuckling over your bedhead glory~ thanks for the beauty & the smiles :-)

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Love the pictures. Love all the pictures. You are one talented yakker. Love you too!!!
Blessings,
Bren

Kelli said...

SO thankful that Faith is being sure of what we hope for!!!

Southern Gal said...

What a beautiful journey recorde in the trees. I love Bradford pears in every season.

Ann said...

Beautiful, Debbie.

I noticed little buds forming this week, on my cherry tree.

I LOVE admiring God's work all around us.

Cheers.

Light and Voices said...

Isn't life grand!
Joyce M

Angel said...

What a wonderful idea showcasing the faithfulness of God in every changing season. Great post!

Sharon Kirby said...

Oh Debbie - This was just so beautiful. I really needed this right now - I just found out that a dear friend's dog has just been diagnosed with cancer. I've been crying...

What a great message you have given me. That God's faithfulness is there, all the time. Through every season, even in the barren ones. How I need to lean on Him, lean into Him, right now.

I am so glad that you're my friend - and I am so grateful for your presence in Blog Land. This was a lovely and almost poetic post. The pictures were special - creation points us to the Creator, and His message of Hope in the many beautiful shades of His seasons...

GOD BLESS!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

What a beautiful view...and how wonderful to have a record of the changing seasons and His faithfulness (())

At The Picket Fence said...

Hootie Hoo my friend! I just think I'm going to keep saying that all year round! I love this idea and was thinking about a few places around our house where I could try and do the same thing. Of course, I need to actually remember to do it which may be a challange! But your photos are exquisite and I have been so happy to see our old friend Hope paying us a visit here in the NW too. :-)
Vanessa

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Debbie,
You feed me spiritually, providing me with pictures and words to ponder. Thanks for being a doer, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22) Your stunning images of your amazing trees through the seasons are such a sweet reminder of having faith in our creator. Oh the hope of Spring, I'm feeling it! Just once, I dare you to turn the camera on yourself. I'm dying to see your bedhead hair, robe and slippers!

I'm hoping to make up for lost posts the next few days. We have been entertaining over the holiday, so I have some catching up to do. Hope your hubby likes the chicken. Mine sure does! Hugs from IDAHO...

Chatty Crone said...

Oh I love the idea of taking the same picture each season - I am going to think of a place to do that too.

Your area you took a picture of is beautiful.
Love the fall, spring, and HOPE!

sandie

Canadagirl said...

Ohhh I loved getting to see a splice of what you see in your neck of the woods! Thank you for showing us in all those times of year. I think this year for a picture project I will do the same idea. To take a picture of the same spot but different seasons and then to frame it is so fun. *grin*

Blessings and ((HUGS))
In Him<><
-Mary

Sharlotte said...

I love this post. What great pictures...what great views. You have an amazing street with gorgeous trees! I tried to pick a favorite, but each one has it's own beauty! Thanks for sharing!
Sharlote

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Beautiful pics - and one of my favorite hymns! Hope ... don't even want to think where I'd be without it! Thanks for your faithfulness throughout the seasons - so you could encourage me tonight. :-)

FrouFrouBritches said...

Oh my gracious! I want to live on your street! How beautiful!!! I live in a fairly new subdivision so we are missing pretty trees that are fully grown. Bradford Pears are one of my very favorite trees! I love them!!!! You did such a great job! Such beautiful pictures! God is so good!

What kind of camera is your shiny red Kodak? It takes better pictures than my plain ole black Kodak!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Worth the wait! Love the photos, and I love the way you tied it into Great Is Thy Faithfulness. laurie

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