Lord, make me a instrument of your peace

“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

“O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.”  St Francis

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A late season transition

Fall comes to a close in NE Oregon, from the Grande Ronde Valley to Wallowa Lake. Saturday was overcast, the type of day where normally I would not have gone out with my camera.  But we had friends visiting from Hong Kong and we wanted to show them Wallowa Lake. As it turned out, the sky was filled with dramatically defined dark clouds and special subtle shades of light shone through.


attitude adjustment, Joseph Oregon

“Attitude Adjustment, Joseph Oregon

Egglegson Corner, Wallowa County

Eggleson Corners, Wallowa County, Joseph Oregon

Minam Canyon, Wallowa County

Minam Canyon, Wallowa County

Mt Emily barn, Grande Ronde Valley

Mt Emily, Grande Ronde Valley, Union County

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A Prayer of long ago that speaks to us today

Despite what the politicians tell us, their rule/glory is not our final destination.  We are all part of God’s love, and we are called to reach out to ALL people with that love.


“According to the greatness of your goodness and your many mercies, look down on me and hear the prayer of your poor servant, exiled far off in the land of the shadow of death.  Protect and keep the soul of your servant, traveling amidst the many dangers of life.  By your grace, direct him along the path of peace until he is back home in the land of everlasting brightness.Amen”  The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis

You  show me the way of life,
  granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever.
                                           Psalm 16:11
New England fall

Maine colors

Every time Meg and I go to New Hampshire to visit our son and his wife, I wonder if I will see anything “new and different” to photograph. Always, however, I find changing  light and shadow, unique perspectives and angles, new locations.  This October we spent time in Maine.  Here are some of the pictures.



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Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park

Maine fall



Maine fall


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Maine, Petite Moran Wildlife Refuge




Waiting patiently

“Help me Lord to be more conscious of your presence. Teach me to recognize your presence in others. Fill my heart with gratitude for times your love has been shown to me through the care of others.”

I do need to renew my confidence in God’s Presence on a continual basis.  I have full confidence that He showed his Love, Mercy, Compassion and Justice through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Yet, like all of us, I wish I did not have to wait to see this mercy and justice distinctly happen in all  troubled parts of the world, in all  troubled heart.. Ultimately, all I can do is share my love and compassion with others—and recognize the faith of Psalmist, the faith I must maintain, “wait upon the Lord.” And while doing so, serve others.


fall New England
New England fall
Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
    while I am here in the land of the living.
 Wait patiently for the Lord.
    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Psalm 27

Hiking Mt Osceola, New Hampshire White Mountains

Trails in the White Mountains reflect the toughness of their New England forebears–granite rocks, web like roots, straight up, unswerving direction. The switch backs of the West, with their overall smoothness, are a delightful luxury after the trail challenges here.  Meg and I enjoyed a hike up Mt Osceola led by son, Michael, last Saturday. It took a while to adjust to difficulties, but by the end, we were ready to come back another time.


White Mts
White Mts
White Mountains
Mt OsceolaWhite Mountains

White Mountains

White Mts
White Mts

Mt Osceola

Acadia National Park

Meg and I enjoyed Acadia National Park at the height of fall colors. Shaped  by fire, heat, water, and ice, the land is an exquisite tapestry of geologic features formed over five hundred million years ago. A vacation land  for the well to do in the early twentieth century, Acadia was recognized as a place for all to enjoy. The National Park was established in 1919. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. planned and donated an extensive carriage road system, which is still actively used today for hikers, bikers, and even carriage riders.

Another tradition that still exists from Acadia’s earliest years are popovers and strawberry jam at the restaurant on Jordan Pond, Jordan Pond itself is a pristine water source that provides water to the park, and offers a wonderful trail around it.



Acadia. Bay boulder color distance fall color



Jordan Pond popovers, Acadia

Jordan Pond, Acadia
Jordan Pond, Acadia
Jordan Pond, Acadia


Schoodic Point, Acadia


3000 feet in 3 miles

There is no steeper trail in the Eagle Cap Wilderness than the one my long time hiking partner, Bob, and I took this backpack trip the last Thursday/Friday  of September. Three thousand feet up in three miles! The trail to the Legore mine and the meadow above  is as close to straight up as a trail can be. I had done it several times in my fifties, but at 73, with a backpack, it is much, much steeper than I remembered. What had seemed an easy ascent–and descent (going down was more treacherous than going up)–twenty years ago, was far different now.

We did 1500 feet up to Sawtooth Peak Friday morning. We saw both big horn sheep and mountain goats. Then we headed back down to camp, packed up and dropped the 3000 feet to the trailhead. (Lots of elevation for one day) I was as tired as I have ever been, but still exhilarated by what we accomplished!


Hurricane Creek. Falls Creek. Eagle Cap Wilderness


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Where we camped above the Legore minelegore-meadow-wm

Hiking up the gully to the bowl below Sawtooth Peak








Legore Mine, Eagle Cap Wilderness

legore mine

The freshness of fall in Wallowa County

I enjoyed a Friday overnight stay at our shared cabin at Wallowa Lake in NE Oregon. Kokanee, a landlocked salmon, are running in the Wallowa River above the lake. Their redish colors are mirrored in the beaufiful fall maple leaves in downtown Joseph. The air was fresh and clear early Saturday morning, a great befinning of the fall.


Wallowa Lake, NE Oregon

Wallowa Lake



Wallowa Lake and Bonneville PeakTeasel and spider web

Teasel and spider web

Kokanee in the Wallowa River

Kokanee in the Wallowa River

 Chief Joseph Mt above the town of Joseph, Wallowa County

Chief Joseph Mt above Joseph, Wallowa County

Downtown Joseph, Wallowa County

Downtown Joseph, Wallowa County

Kokanee sculpture

Kokanee sculpture in downtown Joseph

Photos by Eric Valentine