"It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility." - Rachel Carson
Apparently, nature is putting on a show in the mornings, especially since we are having sunny, mild days this week. That is the top of Mount Rainier in the second photo, peeking up over Bainbridge Island.
In case you haven't seen it in person, Mt. Rainier is a marvel. It reaches from sea level to 14,000 feet, and on clear days, it is visible from top to bottom in all of its symmetry and glory. It is humbling and wondrous to see...as are the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, which border Seattle's vistas on the west and east, respectively. Having grown up with mountains and water all around me, I am highly sensitive to nature's awesome beauty. Seeing those mountains looming over the water is comforting. Being able to watch the sun slip slowly behind the Olympic range is a calming - perhaps a holy - experience in the evenings.
May we stop - look - listen - and allow nature to humble us and fill us with wonder today, and every day. God is a creative artist, whose works can fill us with joy.