The Plunge…

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Eastern Great Egret, Australia. The Great Egret’s overall plumage is white, and, for most of the year, when not breeding, the bill and facial skin are yellow. The feet are dark olive-grey or sooty black, as are the legs. During the breeding season, the bill turns mostly black .
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The Plunge!
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Success!
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Manouvering…
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Done!
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Quite pleased with himself.

Photos taken in the coastal area of Eden, NSW, Australia.

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Nodding beauties…

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Daffodils bring joy every Spring…
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The long, cold, dark winter breaks into singing in Spring, accompanied by beautiful nodding daffodils.
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The Bible tells us that the “winter” of our lives, the “tears” in life, will be followed by a shout of joy in “the morning”. This is the Promise for every Christian.

Beautifully expressed in this song by  Fernando Ortega: “In the Morning When I Rise Give Me Jesus”. Here’s the YouTube link if you’d like to listen.

Fernando Ortega

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Cocky photoshoot, Halls Gap

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The sulphur-crested cockatoo is a relatively large white cockatoo found in wooded habitats in Australia.
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Halls Gap is a town in Victoria, Australia. It is located on Grampians Road, adjacent to the Grampians National Park. The town is set in the Fyans Valley at the foot of the Wonderland and Mount William ranges. At the 2016 Census Halls Gap had a population of 430.  (Wikipedia)

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The approximate driving time from Melbourne is 3 hours.
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The Grampians is known for some of the best natural scenery in Victoria. Camping, hiking and rock climbing are popular activities. There are also many lakes and waterways dotted throughout the region where camping, bird watching and fishing are enjoyed. There are also  beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking lookouts.
The Grampians is the best place to see Eastern-grey Kangaroos up close in the wild and high in the massive gums you will spot the loveable koala.  (Link to photos on the web: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=koala+bears+in+grampians&qpvt=koala+bears+in+grampians&FORM=IGRE  There are also 36 species of native mammal and 35 reptiles.

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The sky above…

The sky above our garden…

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These photos…
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were taken…
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at 3pm on Good Friday…
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the time Jesus died on the Cross.
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Then three days later Jesus rose again!…..

…yet that’s not the end of the Story…

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A few Bonsai in Autumn

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Crab Apples…still holding on…
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Liquid Amber

The Japanese Maple Bonsai here are from the seed of the tree pictured above and below. Photos taken a few weeks apart show leaves now displaying splendid Autumn colors.

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Japanese Maple Forest approx 17 years old
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Japanese Maple bonsai almost ready for winter shaping.

(Below) Japanese Maple, a few more photos….such a glorious sight this Autumn!

(Below) Bonsai: Japanese Maple, Golden Ash, Liquid Amber, Chinese Maple

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Bonsai Autumn forest floor

(Below)  Chinese man in repose

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[A little note: Tho I’ve been on the Bonsai journey over 17 years, yet still as a beginner, this is a fascinating adventure offering so much more to learn and discover… guess it just takes time! 😊 ]

Australian King Parrots again

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Male
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They love the olives!
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and a rare feed of sunflower seeds

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Invitation to read my story

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You are invited  to visit the Blog Page which shares my story, published in the book entitled “Out of the Hand of the Enemy”, Australia, 1999. For more information select My Story of Grace from the Menu (last entry) at the top of this Page.

 

 

 

 

Real or Counterfeit? Post 2

However did these weeds escape being noticed? Hidden by “camouflage” among the dahlias in early growth, yet once the “fruit” or flower matured it then became obvious, that No! these plants are a counterfeit , definitely not Dahlias!

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Can you spot the difference? There are three different plants growing here together.
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Only when the plants “fruited” or flowered, was the difference noticed.
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Obviously not dahlias. Also below.

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The real thing! Dahlias

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The similarity of the weeds to the plants growing together is often quite astounding to me. It brings to mind several teachings of Jesus, recorded in the Bible:

Jesus warned Believers about “wolves in sheep’s clothing”.

The person or prophet may look like a sheep, but that may not be the case, they could be a “wolf” camouflaged in sheep’s clothing.

Jesus said:

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:15-16‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/mat.7.15-16.kjv

Jesus also spoke about the Harvest at the End of the Age:

“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:24-30‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/mat.13.24-30.kjv

In my paraphrase:

Jesus explained this truth by a picture in nature: Don’t pull out the weeds yet, or you might pull out the cherished wheat with the weeds. Wait until all is matured, and the fruit is obvious to all, at the end of the Age, and then the Harvest will take place.  The Righteous into Eternal Life, and the Unrighteous into eternal damnation…,,.

Also see an earlier blog, “Real or Counterfeit”.

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