Monthly Archives: January 2021

Musing: Rainbows

It was another gloomy day in central Iowa.
Dense fog warnings for commuters.
Thick clouds hiding any hint of sunshine.

It was the perfect day to go back to bed.
But I had to take the original copy of my best beloved’s will to the attorney.

On the way home, I detoured by the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens.
I had no intention of going in.
Just wanted to walk along the Des Moines River (the paved path had been cleared).

This rainbow colored sculpture caught my attention.
In a landscape of white and shades of dreary, I couldn’t help but smile.
The bright colors lifted my spirits.
And left me thinking about rainbows.

A sign of hope.
After the storm – between storms – the sun peeks through.
There is a moment of calm.
An opportunity to pause, to take a deep breath.

Time to remember.
The story of the Great Flood and the bow God set in the clouds. (Genesis 9:12-16)
A sign from God. A sign for God.
That God will see and remember the promise not to destroy all flesh with a flood.

But there are still floods. There are times of destruction.
Periods of being overwhelmed.
Some as a consequence of life, of living, of being part of creation.
Many a matter of our own making. (sigh)

Yet there are rainbows.
Reminders to pause, to take a deep breath.
Opportunities to be still, to remember, to give thanks.

God remembers.
Has been been with us through the storm.
Will be with us when clouds gather and floods come.
Is here now.

For today, that is enough.

Photo Challenge: Puzzle

I’m so excited that Frank of Dutch Goes the Photo! is back with his Tuesday Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is “puzzle.” He used the word “puzzlement” in his blog post, making me think of the statue in this first picture.

“Thinker on a Rock” by Barry Flannagan, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Des Moines. Photo by TLClark, 1/8/2021.

There’s nearly always a jigsaw puzzle in progress on the card table at my house. If you only look at the front of the pieces, this one is a challenge. But if you notice the back, putting it together is somewhat easier.

My father emails me most Sundays with a copy of “the fiver” – five intertwined Sudoku puzzles. He usually adds advice like “turn off the TV, get something to drink, and do the fiver.”

If a jigsaw puzzle or a Sudoku aren’t your thing, maybe you would enjoy a puzzle for your brain found in one of these books. (I’m a bit puzzled about the atlas being on this shelf!)

May you solve – or least come to terms with – every puzzle that comes your way this week.

CMMC: January Color – Pink

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge color for January is pink. I’ve tried to come up with photos of a variety of objects. The hardest part was choosing just one pink flower!

Pink Office and Art Supplies. 1/14/2021.
Pink Shoelace and Shoe Tongue. 1/14/2021.
Pink Fabric. 1/14/2021.
Pink Glass. Pappajohn Sculpture Park, 1/8/21.
Hibiscus (I think!). Reiman Gardens, Ames, Iowa.

Photo a Week Challenge: Abandoned

Smith Mine Abandoned Buildings. Photo: TLCLark, 11/17/2020.

I’m a week late to the challenge, but have thought about this picture since Nancy Merrill issued her photo a week challenge: Abandoned. These buildings mark the Smith Coal Mine, “the site of the worst underground coal mine disaster in Montana history.”

My parents and I had taken a drive, in part, to check out this site near Bearcreek, Montana. As much as we would have liked to get closer to look around and take pictures, we heeded the “no trespassing” signs. Besides that, the wind was cold and it was a steep walk down to the fence.

CMMC – Word that Contains the Letter U

Mallard Ducks, Riverfront Park, Billings, Montana. Photo: TLClark, 12/31/2020.

Ducks. For Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – “Word that Contains the Letter U.”

Ducks in Flight, Riverfront Park, Billings, Montana. Photo: TLClark, 12/31/2020.

Rusty Nail. On a some old, falling apart piece of farm equipment.

Rusty Nail. Photo: TLClark, 11/21/2020.

Shuffle. The picture was taken in response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt last Monday but I didn’t get around to writing a post. Playing pinochle with my parents was more fun than blogging.

Shuffling Cards. Photo: TLClark, 12/28/2020.

Upside Down Umbrella. It’s a picture from a few years ago that I didn’t use for one of Dutch Goes the Photo! Tuesday Photo Challenges. (Frank, if you see this, know that you are missed.)

Upside Down Umbrella. Photo: TLCLark, 8/7/2019.

Tulips. All kinds of colors – a departure from my usual “one flower” approach.

Tulips, Reiman Gardens, Ames, Iowa. Photo: TLClark, 5/4/2018.