Grand Hotel

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is about as “grand” as you get, so I have chosen it for this week’s challenge.  F.O. Stanley, creator of the Stanley Steamer car, built this hotel in 1907. Probably more famously, it was the inspiration for Stephen King’s book “The Shining”. Recently, the Big Thompson Canyon road up to Estes Park was repaired after our historic, 1,000 year flood in September, so I was able to visit and snag this shot.

Stanley Hotel

He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.
Psalm 147:16

Tail of Two Tigers

I caught these two kitties napping at The Wild Animal Sanctuary, a fabulous rescue home for tigers, lions, bears, wolves, and other large carnivores. Located in Keenesberg, Colorado, they rescue “exotic and endangered large carnivores who have been abused, abandoned, exploited or illegally kept.”  This is my entry for the A Word A Week Challenge, “Two“.

Two Tigers

They came to Noah and to the ship in pairs—everything and anything that had the breath of life in it, male and female of every creature came just as God had commanded Noah. Then God shut the door behind him. Gen 7:15-16 NIV

Eerie at Grey Rock

I thought I probably wouldn’t participate in the Eerie photo challenge until I hiked up Grey Rock today and ran into this particularly creepy burn area. Every tree was a black matchstick and with the dark clouds, it just gave me a little shiver. Poor Grey Rock, it has burned three times in the last five years but the views are still magnificent.

Eerie Gray Rock

“He will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”

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Ice particles at Grey Rock

Michelangelo’s David

A cast reproduction of Michelangelo’s David at an exhibit in Denver. He was so fabulous, I couldn’t stop shooting…

David Collage

“This very day God is handing you over to me. I’m about to kill you, cut off your head, and serve up your body and the bodies of your Philistine buddies to the crows and coyotes. The whole earth will know that there’s an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you to us on a platter!”

That roused the Philistine, and he started toward David. David took off from the front line, running toward the Philistine. David reached into his pocket for a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine hard in the forehead, embedding the stone deeply. The Philistine crashed, facedown in the dirt.

That’s how David beat the Philistine—with a sling and a stone. He hit him and killed him. No sword for David!

Samuel 17:45-50 MSG

Ancient Horizon

Me and my brother at Persepolis, Iran circa 1978. Captured by my mother with a Minolta 35mm. Persepolis was built by Persian Kings Darius and Xerxes, friends to the Jewish people. King Darius ordered the continued restoration of the Jewish temple and Xerxes married Esther, who turned the tables on Haman and convinced Xerxes to save her people from destruction.

PersepolisColor

I hereby give official orders on how you are to help the leaders of the Jews in the rebuilding of that Temple of God:

1. All construction costs are to be paid to these men from the royal bank out of the taxes coming in from the land beyond the Euphrates. And pay them on time, without delays.
2. Whatever is required for their worship—young bulls, rams, and lambs for Whole-Burnt-Offerings to the God-of-Heaven; and whatever wheat, salt, wine, and anointing oil the priests of Jerusalem request—is to be given to them daily without delay so that they may make sacrifices to the God-of-Heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons.

I’ve issued an official decree that anyone who violates this order is to be impaled on a timber torn out of his own house, and the house itself made a manure pit. And may the God who put his Name on that place wipe out any king or people who dares to defy this decree and destroy The Temple of God at Jerusalem.

I, Darius, have issued an official decree. Carry it out precisely and promptly.

Ezra 6: 8-12

Called to Construct

It’s amazing, as a woman, to see how men love to construct things. Something deep in their hearts compels them to BUILD. There are many styles and sizes…architects, engineers, carpenters, brick layers, plumbers, even musicians, painters…there’s an endless list of jobs for men to roll up their sleeves and build something GREAT.

As a small example, Boettchler Hall in Denver, below. When I asked why those crazy discs were hanging from the ceiling, I was told the sound waves bounce off them and back into the concert hall to improve the acoustics. Now who thought that up? I love it!  And they work; after listening to the symphony, my body and soul were reverberating from that glorious music.

Boettchler Hall, Denver

It’s astounding what men can build out of rock, wood, metal and water. How they come up their brilliant ideas and actually implement them is miraculous, even according to the Bible. The Tower of Babel story speaks of the genius of men when they get together as a team to build their dream:

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinarand and settled there.

They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.”  They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

If all the men of earth got together, NOTHING they could think of would be impossible for them…that’s a pretty amazing statement. That’s how great God made us. No wonder men slip into humanism or the temptation to think they are gods. I guess God mixed up our language to keep us just a tad humble 🙂Denver Performing Arts Center, Home of Boettchler Hall

Denver Performing Arts Center, Home of Boettchler Hall

Saturated Stained Glass

When I walked into Montview Presbyterian Church in Denver yesterday I knew I had found my answer to the “Saturated” photo challenge.

Saturated Stained Glass

A bit of an extremist, since I walked away from the Catholic Church in my twenties, it’s been difficult for me to appreciate the beauty of old churches like this. But over the last decade I’ve come to peace with my religious upbringing and realized it served a good purpose. Although I am strictly a non-denominational girl now, I know many lovely Christians in the old denominations. As the stained glass says in this photo:

“There is one Body, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God, and Father of All”  Eph 4:4-6

Dinosaur Dimensions

For the One Shot Two Ways photo challenge: Dinosaur Ridge in Golden, Colorado, discovered by accident during construction of the West Alameda Parkway in 1937. One of the few places in the world where you can touch the fossils.

Dinosaur 1Dinosaur2God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds.
And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 24:25

More Black and White Photos…

Horsetooth Ridge, Fort Collins

Winter is an Etching

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