Sunday, January 12, 2014

Winter Afternoon

The sun is positioned low in the southwest sky as it begins its decent over Balmer Park during a wintery January afternoon.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Where Eagles Dare

I just came across these photos from one of our visits to La Crosse back in November.  The bluffs that line both the Wisconsin and Minnesota sides of the Mississippi River are home to a growing population of bald eagles.  It's always a thrill to see them soar over the wetlands and parks that surround La Crosse. This pair was taking a break high up in a tree in Pettibone Park.

Below is a close-up of the fellow on the left.  I sure wouldn't want to be the prey in his line of sight!

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year, New Outlook

This little re-purposed silo is a small chapel that's accessible 24/7 at the nearby Fox River UCC.  I think I've posted it before, a long time ago - but it seemed so lovely against the stark, snowy gray day that I had to take another look.

The outside stained glass window is new. Inside it's a bit chilly, but homey. A little stone bench gives one a place to sit and contemplate or pray. There is a mini-alter that even has a velvet padded kneeler for comfort. And of course, the simple wooden cross to remind us of the chapel's purpose. There is a small, red eternal flame lantern that is suspended below a tiny stained glass window in the corner as well.  The scene shows a dove carrying an olive branch, the symbol of peace.