Down by the Riverside

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Down by the Riverside

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When life’s pressures push my pulse

and thoughts run along a thousand roads

tis’ when I know I need some refuge

to breathe in peace that nature holds

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 I wander down by the riverside

to drink in delights that I may see

Earth soothes my turmoil deep inside

as I partake of serenity

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But what of days I cannot go

to visit creation’s healing calm?

Upward I seek the Creator’s heart

whose artistry is both my joy and balm.

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Wendy/2013

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Today I am sharing with you the hike my oldest son and I took along Brown’s River on a hot day in August.

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My son and I love how we feel when we are away from the noise and clutter of town.

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We both like to take pictures; we did.

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These are some of the ones that I took…

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Parts of the riverbed were quite shallow.

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Some sections looked like ancient carvings.

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We went for a refreshing swim in our clothes,

while ignoring the suggestion of the sign.

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The other hikers were swimming at the waterfall.

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I prefer to photograph waterfalls than to swim in them.

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It was nice to walk back cooled off from the August heat.

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My son, who has younger eyes than I have, spotted another hiker enjoying late summer.

 I borrowed this photo from my blog:  http://naturephotopoems.wordpress.com

Check it out if you love micro poems on nature photos.

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I hope that you have found this hike as refreshing as I did.

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Riverside Blessings ~ Wendy

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Creation has a lot to say about its Creator.

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72 thoughts on “Down by the Riverside

    1. Natalie, it is interesting how I was walking around the neighborhood with my husband when you wrote this comment; because, I have a sore foot in recovery and this was my first real walk in two weeks. It was so nice to get out in the fresh evening air. I did have some pain towards the end of the walk – it was worth it!

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy

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      1. Oh, Wendy, I’m so sorry you’ve been dealing with a sore foot. I do hope it is healing well and getting less and less sore. I do know how wonderful it is to be able to get back outside and breath in the fresh air. Ruach is the ancient word for air and it is the same word for the breath of God. That’s why it is so refreshing to be outside where His “breath” can fill us with His presence. Take care, my friend. Blessings, Natalie

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  1. I meant to comment on this a couple days ago. I was reading somewhere that we meet God not just in prayer and study, but we meet Him in nature, art, music, poetry etc. Your photos remind me of that 🙂
    Blessings
    JC

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  2. Love hiking by the water’s edge – we don’t get much of it here – in fact, none of it. Beautiful shots of nature – love especially that waterfall – we have one waterfall in Singapore – 100 feet tall, man made 😦

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  3. We’re blessed to live near two beautiful rivers and going riverside is one of our purest delights. Gorgeous photos and words, Wendy. Nothing soothes my soul like nature does and going on a photographic journey with a friend is also another pure delight. 🙂

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  4. hey…hello how r u and this time ohoo…gr8 🙂 gr8 :)….ur eyes working beautifully…and one more thing u write beautiful as well…heart touching……nice..:)

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  5. How can a noisy river be so peace-inducing 🙂 ? Flowing water, even in your wonderful photos, delights me. Just too many stories of rivers/lakes to tell to explain my feelings about them. Your photos and poem were very timely for me personally.
    Peace

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    1. My daughter and I were in a garden, recently, that had a small pond and waterfall, and she exclaimed, “We need one of these in our garden!” I agree that flowing water is so soothing… to all ages. 🙂 Thank you for your visit.

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  6. What beauty! Looking at all the rocks, I am reminded of Luke 19:40; ” And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace , the stones would immediately cry out .” To praise Jesus is such a privilege! 😀 Shalom. Beth (ps: how cold was the water?)

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