Saturday, January 2, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I know this post is a bit late to wish all my dear readers a Happy New Year, but ... better late than never, right!  It has been a wonderful season for us here, and we have been enjoying all the joys that this time of year brings.


On New Year's Day we took a drive up into the mountains.


The sun was out and it was a glorious day to be out!



The view of the mountains and lake were stunning...


The park was knee deep in snow.  Don't think a barbecue will be happening today, lol!


The incredible expanse of the lake, mountains, and snow was simply... exhilarating!


I love the six elements shared in exquisite beauty here ... snow, sand, water, trees, mountains and sky!


The water looked gentle and inviting... totally deceptive!



A view of the distant mountains... look to the top right of the picture, the small rectangle protruding rock... I will zoom in on it for you to see close up...


... and a closer view of the rock shaped like a chimney...


Another view of the snow, sand, and water...


Notice the rippled shape of the snow... that is where you can see the water come in at high tide to meet the snow.  We just happened to come today at low tide where you could see the sand.


Rocks that we usually climb in the summer for a better view of the mountains... but I'm not feeling like climbing them today, lol!


We walked out to the far rock, just because we could do it.  In the spring, these rocks will mostly be covered by the spring run-off water.


We spotted this twig, covered in ice... shimmering in the bright sunshine...


Pretty amazing to see the ice formation on this little twig, sticking up out of the rocks!


A local lodge/resort that is now closed for the winter.



I'm sorry, but I couldn't couldn't stop snapping pictures of this view... my camera simply could not do justice to the beauty unfolded there before us!





The snow is so soft looking, that you could almost imagine this as a hot sunny beach picture with soft white sand!  In reality, the temperatures were hovering right around 0 here!



Headed back home... the mountains were reflecting the quickly setting sun in the distance.


A beautiful day to enjoy... the first day of the year!  A prayer rose from our heart... Thank you Lord for this beautiful day you have created for us to enjoy!  May the new year 2016 draw us ever closer to you, and may our eyes never falter from looking to YOU, the Great Provider, Creator, Healer, Savior and Redeemer!  Praying all the blessings of the Lord on your life this year!

22 comments:

  1. Exquisite indeed! Wow, you truly live in a magnificent part of the country. Thank you for sharing your beautiful views. Happy New Year!

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    1. We are simply blessed, indeed! I never want to take it for granted, and it gives me great joy to share the views with my dear blogging friends! I pray the Lord blesses you richly and abundantly in this new year!!!

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  2. Amen! I am at a loss for words after looking at your pictures. Magnificent! And I wonder if the lake ever freezes? Pity the lodge is closed. What a lovely place to stay and soak up all the winter wonderland.

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    1. I understand what you mean, there is a loss for words when you are standing in the midst of such beauty, at times, it hurts my heart with it, because I want to capture it all and hold it for ever, and know I can't. Indeed it is an incredible winter wonderland here. The lake, to my knowledge, doesn't usually freeze, because it is so deep. Many lodges and resorts do stay open on this lake in the winter, but the one I pictured apparently does not. I appreciate your kind words, dear Gina, and pray the Lord's abundant blessings on your life in this new year 2016!!!!

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  3. Beautifully breathtaking! You have certainly captured the glory of our Creator, but oh what it must have been like to be right in the middle of all that splendor.
    Those snow capped mountains...awesome!
    Your prayer of gratitude was wonderful and all to the glory of God.

    Thank you for sharing a glimpses of your winter wonderland with us.
    May this year bring you and your loved ones all the joys of the Lord.

    Much love~ Debbie

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    1. It was a glorious day that we knew was a special one indeed! We are blessed to live amidst such splendor, and causes us to have such thankfulness in our heart for our Lord who created such beauty for us to enjoy! I appreciate your faithfulness to visit dear Debbie, and pray the Lord has mighty and wonderful things for you in this new year! :)

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  4. Oh, such beauty that surrounds you!! Thank you ever so much for capturing it and sharing it with us here! Some of us may never see such sights in person, so we will "live them out" with you here. :) If earth is this full of God's glory, just imagine what Heaven will be like!! Looking forward to meeting you there, sweet friend. Sending you much love and many hopes for a happy new year for you and your family!

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    1. Indeed, I think that myself... if we are partakers of such beauty and glory here, I can hardly stand to imagine what heaven holds for us! Whenever the Lord chooses for us to meet - here or in glory... I will look forward indeed to that meeting! Praying for you too dear friend, and appreciate your friendship so much, and believing mighty and wonderful things in store for you and your sweet family in this new year! :)

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  5. Oh Marilyn...what exquisite beauty was in this post...I am in awe at the majesty of our Creator...I am so delighted to have shared in the happiness of your outing, Marilyn! You do take incredible photographs which draw one in...
    May the Lord bless and keep you this year...thank you for your sweet friendship!
    With all my love...
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. I too am left in awe at the majesty and glory here on earth for us to enjoy! I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures, and another chance to give glory to the Lord for all His many blessings! How blessed we are indeed, and I look forward to what the Lord has in store for us in this new year! Praying beautiful and wonderful things for you and your family, dear Kelly-Anne! :)

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  6. Thank you for taking us on your walk in the mountains, Marilyn. Such beauty in Creation! Your images show the splendor in God's Hand.
    Happy New Year to you and your family....may the Joy of the Lord surround you all in 2016.
    Debbie
    xo

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    1. I'm so glad that you were able to enjoy the little day trip with us Debbie, it brings me such joy to share the amazing beauty of our Lord's creation that never ceases to amaze and thrill our hearts with its beauty! Praying that the blessings of the Lord are rich and beautiful in your life in this new year! :)

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  7. So many thoughts come to mind as I read your posts and see your photos-one is you must have really good snow tires to be trecking all over with those conditions, secondly I wonder if you are by Coeur d'Alene? I haven't seen much of Idaho, but love what I've seen. Hubby and I hope to get an RV in two years, so I'll probably get to explore then. Thanks so much for sharing with me and always encouraging us in the Lord.
    Blessings,
    Noreen

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    1. Oh I'll be glad to answer your questions... we do use studded snow tires on our other vehicles that aren't 4x4, but on our 4x4 truck we have aggressive all season tires, and that gets us just about anywhere we need to go. And yes, we are not too far from CDA... it is a beautiful town! If you ever make a trek up this way, do let me know, as I can share with you some wonderful places to visit :) Sure do appreciate your friendship over this year, and pray the blessings of the Lord on you and your family in this new year :)

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  8. Hi Marilyn,
    These photos are breathtakingly beautiful! You are indeed very lucky to have these views! The snow covered mountains are so pretty! I just wanted to pop over and wish you a very happy and blessed new year. I too am a little late with my happy new year wishes as I have been preoccupied with family issues. Enjoying some blog visiting tonight. it's been too long!
    xoxo
    Linda

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    1. Oh thank you so much for your visit Linda! It is so good to hear from you, and I know that you have a lot going on with the illness in your family, and I am so thankful to hear from you! I'm glad you enjoyed the views of the mountains, they never cease to bless and thrill our soul, it is one of our favorite things about living up here, among many! Praying for you that the Lord blesses your life in a rich and beautiful way this year! :)

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  9. What a glorious sight to start the year.
    Happy 2016!

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    1. Oh yes indeed, it was an amazing way to start the year! Thank you for your faithful visits Lux! May the Lord bless you in this new year! :)

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  10. Happy New Year to you, Marilyn!
    I must say all that snow and your view is simply stunning!! I am a bit jealous...
    Here on the plains, we haven't gotten much snow. Thankfully our mountains have! Sometimes I think we moved to the wrong part of the state. We are mountain people living on the plains... ;)
    I hope you have a delightful week!
    Hugs, Amy

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    1. Oh dear Amy, thank you for your sweet words, and I feel your pain... I would miss the mountains dearly if I were living on the plains, oh my! I know that you do get away to the mountains when you can though, and at least you are not so far from them that you can't get away to them! I do appreciate your visits here, and pray the most precious blessings of the Lord on you and your family! :)

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  11. Happy New Year to you, Marilyn!
    I must say all that snow and your view is simply stunning!! I am a bit jealous...
    Here on the plains, we haven't gotten much snow. Thankfully our mountains have! Sometimes I think we moved to the wrong part of the state. We are mountain people living on the plains... ;)
    I hope you have a delightful week!
    Hugs, Amy

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