Sunday morning Word

Sunday morning Word

Captivating clouds

Sunday morning coffee and the Word


God’s glory displayed majestically about a mile from my house

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

The weekly photo challenge was to depict “beginning”. The perfect beginning to my day is to walk outside with coffee and bible in hand and watch the day begin.

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Beginning

Brand new day!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

This week’s photo challenge was to demonstrate FOCUS.


New growth

New growth





butterfly garden

butterfly garden


Weekly Photo Challenge: One shot, two ways

Weekly Photo Challenge: Golden Hour

The challenge this week was for photos taken in the “golden hour”. I’m blessed to live in an area where a picture within an hour of sunset is always beautiful.

Everglades sunset

Everglades sunset

Sunset from out dock

Sunset from our dock


Sunset on Chokoloskee causeway

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the background

My youngest not far from our home on a November day; we are surrounded by beauty and blessed by it.

moe silhouette

Looking up from my lawn chair

I was sitting out in the sun today, taking time out to reflect on the week, and this little guy was making a fuss hanging out in a tree overhead.

Hanging out looking for bugs

Hanging out looking for bugs

Soon after, a friend joined him

And then there were two

And then there were two

I got to watch them chase each other around the tree

Around the corner

Around the corner

Look at me

lizard on a buoy

lizard on a buoy

I almost missed the little guy.  He eyed me warily as I killed time carelessly glancing in his direction while I waited patiently for the chance to photograph the beautiful red cardinals that frequent our feeder.  It seemed as though he was posing, wishing he was worthy of waiting for.  Oh, but he is just a lizard; nothing pretty or colorful or spectacular there.

But, like all of God’s creatures and creation often does, he made me think.

Why are we always drawn to the obvious beauty, the thing that seems to captivate our attention and makes us utter exclamatory phrases?

The lizard in all his…well, his uniqueness, is helping keep the insect population down in my yard.  That’s a good trait if you ask me!  Some think them a nuisance, but these are just the small wild lizards that dart around all through the yard, under the porch, rattling the bushes and hasten to hide if they sense our cat skulking up to terrify them.  I find them entertaining and amusing.

In my quest to enjoy the small things and be grateful for them, I want to salute Mr. Lizard here and thank him for reminding me to notice ALL of God’s creation, not just the animals and people that are blessed with outward beauty or obvious intelligence.

Mitch Teemley

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