What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wednesday Treasures-A Pause That Refreshes...

Happy Wednesday Morning!

"This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalm 118:24

We are off to a rather foggy start this morning here on Still Waters Pond, but it promises to be a sunny and warm day.  Sadly, we are no longer hearing or seeing our sweet Sand Hill Crane family. They seemed to have moved on in the past couple of days.  I guess "Colt" finally got big enough to take out into the bigger world beyond our pond and yard. Perhaps he is now learning to fly. I wish I could have seen him fly for the first time, but maybe they had to take him to a more open space where he would be safer as he takes that all important step to adulthood and freedom. I hope they will come back by and visit now and then, but apparently it was time for them to "leave the nest".  We aren't seeing our Canada Geese much anymore either. I don't think that our geese migrate north as we see them over on a larger lake quite a bit all year long. I believe they just like the smooth wide open space of a big lake where they can swim without so much obstruction of lily pads in the way. Hopefully they will come back here again in the winter like they normally do.  Until then, we will enjoy the peace and quiet of Still Waters Pond with the bluebirds nesting and the occasional Great Blue Heron fishing. There's always something to enjoy watching.

Just while I was writing t his the Bluebirds were busily chasing away a Blue Jay from their nest. 
Like I said, there's always something to watch out there, even in the fog!

And if we get bored here, we can go over across town to where we take our daily walks. Every so often God gives us some real surprises, like this:

This young buck and doe were standing in the road as we were walking by, and we had quite the "stand-off" for about five minutes.  I believe they were just as curious about me as I was about them.

You can see that they are conferring with one another about what they should do. Should we run, or should we just stand here and pretend we aren't here so maybe they won't see us...

I believe they are actually twins, brother and sister, as they appear to be about identical in size, and you can tell they are still quite young...maybe yearlings.

I was SO happy I had my good camera with me so I could zoom in on them, as they were actually quite a distance away from me...

I was afraid to move, and so were they...

So this went on for quite a while...

"What should we do? Do you think we should make a run for it?"

"Maybe if we just ignore her she'll go away and we can go on about our business..."

"No, that doesn't seem to be working.  I think she'll stand there all night if we don't do something..."

"Maybe if we make it look like we are getting ready to run after her she will get scared and leave us alone..."

"No, I don't think that's working.  She's a pretty tough lady. I don't think she's going to leave until we do..."

"Well, then, I guess we are just going to have to make a run for it..."

"Okay...Let's get ready to run..."

"Okay, you go first and I'll stand guard and watch her and then I'll follow..."

And with that they disappeared back into the woods and we were both free to go on our way. But they were right, I would have stood there forever watching them, if it hadn't been for my hubby walking back behind me and telling me it was time to go...
Yeah, sometimes we need someone to take the lead and make us get a move on or we'd be stuck in one spot and never get anything done...
But then again, sometimes we need to take a break and just rest...and listen to nature...and listen for God's still small voice telling us which way to go or what to do next.

"1. As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
2. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?"
Psalm 42:1-2

So, maybe this was our call to pause and listen for God's still small voice this morning, telling us which way to go and how to order our day.  I know this post went a totally different direction than what I thought it was going to be.  Apparently God knew what I needed and perhaps what you needed as well. So until next time, take a few moments to stop and listen for God's voice this morning before you head out for your day. It's that "pause that refreshes..."

Have a wonderful day!



  1. I love seeing the beautiful deer...they are so sweet and yours were good to let you photograph them. I drove over to Pruitt to hike and saw a pair of Cranes...but no little one with them. You sure get some neat sightings at your pond! Enjoy your day. Stay cool!

  2. The yearlings are quite lovely. I am glad that you had the opportunity to take so many photos. I am hoping with you that you'll see the cranes again.

  3. Beautiful post Pam. Love the bluebird and the deer. Such great photographs!

  4. The deer! My old heart would have been beating out of my chest with love. I'm so sorry you missed seeing Colt first solo flight, but as you've pointed out, each day brings its own gifts. Your images always lift me up!

  5. You've posted some beautiful photos of the deer and how perfect is the Bible verse.

  6. I enjoyed the photo narrative from the deer - made me laugh. That pond is stunning. To be able to look out at that - day to day, and observing the bird and animal life is rare. I feel sad too, about the Crain Family moving on.

  7. No matter how many times I see deer in our yard, I'm always in awe at their beauty and grace. You got some fantastic photos here, Pamela!

  8. Oh my goodness, the deer are so beautiful and they do have identical faces!! Wow! Sorry the cranes have gone to bigger waters. Keep us posted when you see them again!! xo

  9. Oh wow! I would not have wanted to leave either. Beautiful animals.

  10. The photos of the deer made me smile, I love watching nature! and we certainly can not beat what God gives us on a daily basis to watch and photograph. I have a wordless Wed post up. I truly appreciate you, your post, and your support, prayers to me

  11. I would have stayed and photographed until the deer left too.


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