Friday, December 13, 2013

Unexpected Treat

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Last weekend we were snowed in and we're still covered with snow now, which is pretty unusual for us here in the southern end of Illinois, and that snow created fog, a snow fog. The other day, shortly after Jim left for work, he called to tell me about the snow fog and to let me know there were some good pictures to be had if I would brave the snow and cold. (Remember, Patty turns into a popsicle below 60 degrees and we are waaaay below 60 now.) I didn't have to think twice though. I woke up Esther, invited her along, and started hauling on whatever winter gear I could get my hands on (and I'm so glad there's no picture of me in that get-up! LoL.) 

Esther rolled out bed and we were out the door within 15 minutes. I'm so glad we did! Here's what greeted us at the end of our driveway...


There was almost no fog though and I was afraid it had all dissipated in those 15 minutes. But then we turned and went up the hill... 


We found the fog and so much more!


We got in and out of the car many, many times in the two hours we spent out shooting pictures, not to mention the times we kept the windows down (and the heater blasting!) so we could shoot from inside the car.


The fog nestled into the low lying fields and hovered over swampy areas.


It added a magical beauty to landscape we normally zip past without really seeing.


The snow fog was an unexpected treat in this week that would have been otherwise burdened with snow.


It reminds me of the difference God has made in my life. He creates the magical beauty that I would miss otherwise, and that beauty transforms the burden of unwanted things in my life into unexpected treasures.

So tell me, is there a burden in your life that God is turning into an unexpected treasure?

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20 comments:

  1. What a wonderland, Patty. Definitely worth braving the cold temps to enjoy and photograph. Love the lesson that comes with the photography as well. God Bless.

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    1. Oh, it was worth it, Nancy! So pretty!! =]

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  2. Absolutely stunning! I'd never heard of snow fog until just recently when people began to post about it on Facebook. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Barb! It was so cool to see that fog hovering over the snow like that.

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  3. Wow. So cool, and beautiful! Love the pictures!

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    1. It was, Jo! You know how much I hate the cold but the scenery far outweighed the cold. =]

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  4. How very beautiful! I'm trying to think - have I seen snow fog before? I don't think I've noticed. I'm going to now! Thanks for sharing your awesome pictures.

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    1. it's just fog caused by the snow, Karen, so often we just overlook it as another foggy day or another snowy day. And when you look across the field it can be just shades of white so it's easy to ignore on snowy days.

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  5. Incredible photos, Patty. Thank you for sharing them.

    I'm praying there will be an unexpected treasure to the burden I'm facing right now. Just haven't seen it yet.

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    1. Thank you, Jodie. I'm praying you'll find the unexpected treasure in the midst of your burdens.

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  6. Beautiful photos! I've had many hidden treasures under some pretty heavy burdens.
    Blessings,
    Diana

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    1. Diana! So good to see you! I've thought of you often and have been wondering how you're recovering. Been praying for you.

      Thank you. I love hearing about those treasures amongst the burdens! God is faithful.

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  7. Your pictures are beautiful. My you have more snow there than here! I am not sure I would have gotten out of bed to go take pictures but see what I would have missed!

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    1. It's lots of snow for us, too, Terri. I'm ready to be done with it all, but at least it's pretty. I'm kicking myself for all the times I didn't go out when I had the opportunity. I've got to remember this the next time I'm tempted to skip out on something.

      So good to see you, Terri!!

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  8. Stunning photography! I am fascinated by all fog. Living on the ocean, there are perfectly sunny days where a fog will come rolling down the beach literally swallowing up people as it comes closer. Also sitting in my family room at the edge of the marsh, the fog rolls toward my house and stops abruptly at the edge of the marsh ... Like a white wall at the edge of my green grass! Fog - one of God's truly mesmerizing gifts! Thank you for reminding me, Patty!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Fog fascinates me too...but fog along the ocean is breath-taking. Enjoy it for me!! =]

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  9. Beautiful photos! But you can keep your snow!

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    1. Aw man, you're no fun, Tom! I'd much rather share with my friends! =]

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  10. Beautiful! I love snow! We're in the middle of a storm right now. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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    1. You love snow?! Oh Karla. Hope you're dug out by now!!

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