Nature

Cloud formations

A cloud. Source: Pixabay.

Miraculous beauty: The sky is an endless source of beauty. It is an ever-changing canvas. One day it is a clear blue with wisps of white. The next it is covered in puffy grey shapes with rays of sunlight streaming through. Every colour and shade and pattern that could be imagined has been strewn across it, and we are all witnesses of this ongoing miracle. That’s why the psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skyRead more

Waterfalls

Goðafoss Waterfall in Iceland

What is it about flowing water that we love so much? A waterfall is a simple thing. It happens where a stream or river flows to a point where there is a vertical drop in its course. And yet, this simple phenomenon – which occurs throughout the world in ways both modest and spectacular – never fails to delight us. Water is precious and it is necessary to life. Flowing water in particular is a sign of freshness and purity.Read more

Butterflies

Butterfly on a rock

We have seen it with our own eyes: Would you believe me if I told you there was a species of butterfly called “Anna’s eighty-eight” that looks like it has a graffiti sprawl of that number on its wings? The first time I saw a photograph of one, I thought I was looking at something photoshopped. But not so. This unusual species is real, and can be found in the wet tropical forests of Central America. The Smithsonian Institute estimatesRead more

Galaxies, Nebulas, and Supernovas

A NASA image of the Swan Nebula

NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have captured some incredibly beautiful and awe-inspiring images of space, many of which they have made available online to the public with open permission for a wide range of uses. I don’t pretend to understand exactly what I’m seeing in these (images below). (The captions are taken from the notes on NASA’s site). But they do fill me with wonder. Just think: the God who made the galaxies, the nebulas, and the supernovas isRead more

Canyons

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Carved by the elements over many years: According to Wikipedia, “a canyon or gorge is a deep cleft between escarpments or cliffs resulting from weathering and the erosive activity of a river over geologic timescales.” These rock formations can be found throughout the world, though the ones found in Arizona, Utah, and California (USA) are perhaps the best known. It strikes me as remarkable that many of the most inhospitable landscapes of the world – like canyons – can alsoRead more