Tag Archives: La Grande

Carrying our load

”As a pilgrim we, we sometimes journey.
We often know not which way to turn.
But there is One who knows the road.
Who’ll help us carry, who’ll help us carry,
our heavy load.”

Aretha Franklin, from her album  “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism”

Her life was not easy.  We all ultimately survive on grace and faith, as Max Lucado said in the quote I used in last week’s post.

Psalm 119.105, La Grande OR

Seeing miracles

“Around us life bursts with miracles—a glass of water a ray of sunshine , a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.  Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles.  Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; earth that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.  Where we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.” Thich Nhat Hahn.

 

1 Corinthians 2.9, Grande Ronde Valley, Union County Oregon

 

Spring, Mt Emily Recreation Area

The Mt Emily Recreation Area above La Grande and the the Grande Ronde Valley in Union County Oregon calls recreationists anytime of year–hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing in the winter, and mountain biking, riding dirt bikes, hiking the rest of the year. We are so blessed and fortunate to have such a great place to enjoy so near to us.

 

MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon, MERA mountain biking
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon
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MERA dirt biking, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon

 

Mt Emily Recreation Area dirt biking, Mt Emily Recreation Area, Union County Oregon, La Grande
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon

 

 

MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon

 

 

Morgan Lake winter

Morgan Lake sits above La Grande, in Union County OR. Although the road up there is steep, it is only a fifteen minute drive to reach it. Few people visit it in the winter, so the tranquility is always refreshing. Late afternoon light and sunsets are exquisite.

 

Morgan Lake, Solstice sunset
Morgan Lake OR
Morgan Lake OR winter
Morgan Lake OR
Morgan Lake
Morgan Lake
Morgan Lake
Morgan Lake, solstice sunset

Spring in the Mt Emily Recreation Area (MERA)

The Mt Emily Recreation Area is less than a fifteen minute drive from where we live.  When the Boise Cascade timber company decided to sell its land for home development on Mt Emily, a group of dedicated and far sighted people raised funds for Union County to  purchase this land.  The MERA provides trails for hiking, mountain biking, off road  motor cycles and 4 wheelers and horses. These multiple users cooperate to make maintenance and trail development happen.

 

Meg and I have enjoyed hiking, biking, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing here.  This spring has been particularly intense for us. We have hiked here several times a week, watching the first round of wild flowers appear, peak, and slowly fade until next year.  Our minds and memories have enjoyed wrapping around this nuanced and delicate beauty.

 

“If I could stop time and contemplate the true beauty of a given moment, my eyes would widen and my jaw would drop. (Wait, I can do that! That’s why I photograph!) ” Dewitt Jones

Glacier lilies Mt Emily Recreation Area
Glacier lilies Mt Emily Recreation Area, Union County OR
glacier lily MERA
glacier lily MERA
grass widow and buttercup
grass widow and buttercup
Grass widows MERA
Grass widows MERA
Spring Mt Emily Recreation Area
Spring Mt Emily Recreation Area
Meg hiking in the Mt Emily Recreation Area MERA
Meg hiking in the Mt Emily Recreation Area MERA, Union County OR
Meg photographing glacier lilies in the MERA
Meg photographing glacier lilies in the MERA, Union County OR

 

Glacier lilies
Glacier lilies
Spring beauty
Spring beauty
Yellow bell, MERA
Yellow bell, MERA
Yellow bell
Yellow bell

A thought and a prayer and a Psalm

Jesus “rebuked” the wind and sea by saying, “peace, be still.” Mark 4:35—41.  Christ Jesus, rebuke the storms in my life. Command my worries and anxieties to be still, and grant me your peace. Make be willing to be yoked with you and let you be the one to do the heavy lifting, the hard pulling as I give you my life freely and fully.

“The Presence of the Lord was at my side and I could live with trust, not fear, again.”  Psalm 118:6, from Ancient Songs Sung Anew
Sunrise, La Grande
Sunrise, La Grande

He makes all things beautiful in His Time

“One thing we know for sure about our God: Our God is a God of the living, not of the dead. God is life. God is love. God is beauty. God is goodness. God is truth. God doesn’t want us to die. God wants us to live. Our God, who loves us from eternity to eternity, wants to give us life for eternity.

“When that life was interrupted by our unwillingness to give our full yes to God’s love, God sent Jesus to be with us and to say that great yes in our name and thus restore us to eternal life. So let’s not be afraid of death. There is no cruel boss, vengeful enemy, or cruel tyrant waiting to destroy us – only a loving, always forgiving God, eager to welcome us home.” Henri Nouwen

 

Mt Emily La Grande Oregon
Mt Emily La Grande Oregon

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

Wallowa LakeWallowa Lake