28,000 Word Frost Collection

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People have this crazy ability to live as if there is no God.

Nature cannot.

Gary

A picture can be worth a thousand words or more.

I’ll add a couple links. I see Cindy used the same header picture as me today and here verse goes along with my blog as well. realchristianwomen Also David from Davids daily dose used a couple of these pictures with his haikus here

Some of my pictures here are posted for free download at unsplash here

Published by Gary Fultz

Outdoors Man, Hunter, Fisherman, Guide, Writer / Author, Photographer, Public Speaker, Musician, Song Writer, Story Teller, Follower Of Jesus. Love God and family and total strangers

104 thoughts on “28,000 Word Frost Collection

  1. Thanks Gary. These are great shots. I appreciate the quiet winter wilderness reminders of our current location and time. Nature has been praising God forever as the nature you have captured here, which can’t be all that comfortable but honors its Creator anyway. Those moon shots display quite the contrast, from extremely bright luminescence to a standard low beam revealing much detail. Camera settings? Or just the time of day… I like how you arranged for those slight branches to encircle and hold it up, like a ring setting. We must pay more attention, as you do, to the call of the wild.

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    1. Thank you RJ. I took the moon shots from the lake so I used the ATV to line up certain trees and lakeshore woods (it’s mostly woods and swamp around the whole lake). I used a tripod and time exposure settings (mostly 20-30 seconds. I tried to take the pictures as the setting sun put color on the trees and put color in the air. A couple lavender evenings helped. The halo effect was when there was a lot of heavy frost forming at night in the cold but foggy air. There is a mysterious feel in those conditions. It was weird but the dog did not like being outside. He sensed something. On all occasions, I got cold hands and a couple times it was so cold a camera battery (lithium two pack) would last 6 pictures and needed changing. Sorry but not getting an electric car to get stranded in -40 weather.
      There are so many laws of nature that have to come together for some of these sights it’s beyond words.

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      1. Well, you did good. Thanks again. And that’s funny. Which makes me wonder when gasoline freezes or which batteries go first. (I’m not checking). Was your dog sensing a predator or just nature doing its mystery stuff?

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    1. Thanks Kendra.
      I, along with many others, got in a car and just drove the roads just like the fall color drives only colder and slower through white crystal land. Then I got the camera, giddy with delight and used up all my batteries. Several times.

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    1. You would have loved seeing the moon coming up on the other side of the sunset on the lake Mandy…and the fish were biting, so it was kind of a hard choice except I already had a fish meal caught. The real miracle of the truths of creation is that we were designed to actually catch them and understand them should we have a mind to do so (another miracle when that happens). I keep explaining it to the little dog Buddy but I may as well try to teach the goldfish trigonometry.

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  2. First of all, these are great photos. I especially love the moon rise (or set) against the backdrop of the forest. These scenes are like God’s reminders of His glory even in places where few can see it. When I worked out all winter year after year, I sometimes wondered how the deer, or the birds could live 24/7 in such a place where I simply endured an 8-hour day with even the best of cold weather gear. How they survive and even thrive without complaining, is God’s wonderful mystery.

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    1. I think of that a lot Pete. How do they survive and even thrive? The moon rising into the colors of a sunset set it apart from many moon rises. God delights in this even if there is no one else to say wow, much less take a picture and share… To my recollection I have never seen a chickadee complain, even in -40 temps (where f and c meet).

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      1. Although we don’t get scenes like yours here on the East Coast of England we do get the sun rising over the sea each morning. The beauty – and difference – of each day is another pointer to God’s creativity

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    1. Sigh…I think sun rises over any big body of water are the most stunning of all. You will have to enjoy them for me. All we have here is mostly little lakes (over 10,000 of them in Minnesota alone).

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    1. Thanks Don. There is quite a trade-off for the scenes in the sense of temperature difference. The adventure of staying warm with possibilities of freezing ones nubbins off is exciting to me. Enjoying the Florida sun or a warm rain seems nice about this time, but you can keep your hurricanes.

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  3. Gary, these are stunning captures! Your words captured everything I feel about God. HIS evidence is all around us. God bless you my friend. I pray each day for your family; particularly your daughter. We had 5 inches of snow here; many falling limbs. My Mom shared how fortunate I was it didn’t hit the roof I had replaced on Monday. I shared that God’s trimming was just as it should be! Nature did the work! I’m moving this west to be closer to the hospital and drs; most importantly, family. The winter wonderland around me just added beauty to this situation. Stay well, Gary. God bless you all! I always enjoy your posts and pictures.

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    1. I pray for you as well Karla (almost every day). Glad you could move closer to family. God touches us his way, in ways we do not ask. We see that with our daughter. Awhile back I repaired a roof that had a limb penetrate the roof and ceiling of the master bedroom of friends of mine. They awoke to a four inch thick pine limb sticking down over their bed a couple of feet through the ceiling. That added another layer to their “before I go to sleep prayers”

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      1. Thank you, Gary, for your prayers, encouragement, and support. I meant to say I’m moving this “weekend”, although West is my favorite place to go. Like that couple, I see evidence of the many prayers I pray that come to fruition in the most amazing and unbelievable ways! Stay safe and blessed, Gary.

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    1. That is encouraging Wayne. You get those kinds of days as well where you are but we are generally 10 -20 degrees colder here. That means the frost and snow hang on longer. When we leave the car outside even the tires are covered with frost (as well as the roads and driveway), which means the car is more like a curling stone with no traction and goes straight ahead no matter where the tires are turned. One needs a broom to turn at the end of the drive way.

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    1. Strange story on the owl Linda. I was walking down the driveway and the owl flew past my head and lit on a limb in front of me facing the other way. I hurried for the camera in the house, put it on the tripod as it was getting dark but the sky had red hues left from the sunset.
      I had to use a timer to reduce camera shake and the shots were about 6 seconds long. The owl wouldn’t keep his head still. The shot that worked: he was looking the other way. just before the camera was to go off I made a mouse squeak type noise. He immediately turned his head straight back at me and held it for the six seconds while I didn’t move (I know…TMI, but that’s the story background). The re sky was washed out to get the owl to show up but some of the limbs seem red.

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      1. I was so mesmerized by the owl, that I did not focus on the branches at all. I love owls! Now, that you mentioned the red branches, I can see them. This is just a wonderful photograph all around!!!

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  4. Reminded of George Robinson’s old hymn, ‘Heaven above is softer blue, Earth around is sweeter green; Something lives in every hue, Christless eyes have never seen; Birds with gladder songs o’erflow, Flowers with deeper beauties shine, Since I know as now I know, I am His and He is mine.’ (probably penned in summer!)

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    1. I agree Ted. My shortest sermon ever so far. God did it all and all I did was push some buttons around and share. It’s a little like the sharing the gospel once we get it.

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  5. Gary, wow, just wow! Words and all. I’m going to spend some time in this sacred space you’ve created and soak in the splendor. I’ve said it before and I wasn’t the first to coin the phrase but each picture is a sermon!

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    1. One of my favorites as well. The fun part for me is each person seems to gravitate toward a different picture than the next person. The fence line-lone-frosty tree picture is what people see stepping out of our church door across the road. reminding every one of use to walk the line and visit the lonely and hurting. Help others across the fence. A picture sermon in case anyone didn’t get it in church.

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    1. Thanks Suzette. The message was like a giant splash across millions of acres, I somehow had to corral and frame it with accentuating in mind…God’s glory in doses we can handle. Barely.

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  6. Like many others, I like the moon shots so much. And all the others. Beautiful!
    “People have this crazy ability to live as if there is no God. Nature cannot.” — Your own quote? I love it!
    It reminds me of when I saw Harrison Ford interviewed once on TV; he said, “Man needs nature. Nature does not need man.”

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    1. It is my quote Kathy, but being there is nothing new under the sun, I have no doubt many have said or thought it. Harrison is right. I have seen that quote someplace beside his picture. There is something about a big full moon rising up steadily. It travels seemingly slow but if you are not camera ready the shot is gone quickly.

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  7. Nature is the clearest evidence of a God created world. I can’t fathom witnessing some of the amazing attributes of nature and not believing in him. He is evident in every vibrant color and every drop of rain. Love how you are able to capture so much of God in your gorgeous pictures. I especially love the owl!

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    1. I actually had a long spiel partially written. When I went to edit, I erased what distracted from the message of the pictures (which was about everything). Then this thought hit me and I kept only that thought.
      Now I have to talk to my wife for quite a while so I can use up my words for the day.

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    1. Thanks Jim. Being all there in the present moment is a passion. There is a personal amazement in being alone on a lake with the setting sun creating a lavender sky, being reflected off the frosty forest and a big moon rising through the trees in below zero (f) air. All sound soaked up by the snow and frost. Yet, one can hear their frosty exhales and ones own heartbeat.

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    1. Thanks Anita. It’s rare that we get a lavender sky from the sunset in the west while full moon comes up in the east on a clear cold evening with moisture in the upper atmosphere to magnify everything and form continuous frost. Even my beard was frosty (I don’t do selfies).

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  8. They’re all beautiful, but the resilient owl and the huge moon between the balsam trees are my favorite.

    Thank you for the mention and link back to our post. I say our, because your photos inspire my poetry to a higher level than I’d reach on my own.

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    1. I like the balsam moon and owl as well David. On one of my shots I remember thinking “now how would David haiku this?” It’s an iron sharpens iron thing I believe. I know musicians who work off each other and radio personalities who feed one another. A template for body life.

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    1. So true Jennifer. I live in the edge of a lot of wilderness and nature never ceases to amaze. The awe within me comes from God in the awe of the common and unique alike. Infinite artistry. Just when you think you have seen it all there are hints one just stepped into the showroom.

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    1. Thanks AJ. Nature is true to itself in creation. Don’t those pics make you want to run right up here and go ice fishing?? I should have included a couple good fish pictures I guess

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    1. Taking the grand kids tomorrow afternoon when it’s the warmest. -7 with 22 below wind chill. I’ll have to set up the pop-up with a heater to fish above zero and eliminate the wind.
      We will see how long they last.

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  9. We can find a little bit of Eden glory in nature. It’s the wonder of God and what awaits us in paradise again someday when He creates the new Heaven and Earth. Beautiful photos, Gary.

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    1. Thanks Nancy. I often do imagine Eden while taking nature photos. Somehow it’s harder to imagine Eden in the cold of winter but I think you are so right about that. God puts his wonder in so many places we cannot go or ever see or discover. It’s definitely not about us but I’m glad God decided to adopt.

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      1. I agree … much harder in the winter but there is wonder in your photos and that draws us to his majesty.

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  10. I think folks are distracted so much from the material world they don’t see the simple things like what your photos portray. How often do folks just look up when under a tree and see the beauty of a leaf as the sun is shinning on the other side. I do that all the time. I believe photography helps me to see even more because I am looking to stop time with one photograph. To things so close that it can be mesmerizing at its beauty. 🙂

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    1. Yes, so true Sandra. I do not naturally notice details unless I really focus, almost fixate, on something. The camera helps me do that. The last few years I have watched other great photographers (like you) with how they look at a scene or a flower or bird. What they notice amazes me. The perspective they bring to a photo and how it’s framed can make me giddy. The details they want to bring out or blur. The back drop in adding or subtracting context. Right now my technical ability (an advanced beginner) is way behind my ability to see so that’s frustrating but challenging. Pictures give me insights into life and I cherish that aspect.

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