A Day Observing God’s Glory

It happened a little over a week ago, but I am just now finding the time to write about it. My two sons and I took a field trip to our favorite haunt, St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge. It would take a whole series of posts to describe all that we saw and experienced, but it was an incredible day observing the glory of God in His creation.

We were able to get within arm’s length of baby alligators, saw some awesome sights on a hiking trail, identified over 50 different species of birds, had a nice picnic lunch, took a boat ride on the nearby Wakulla River where we saw a 12 1/2 foot long gator literally launch himself out of the water in an attempt to catch a FLYING great blue heron. We then went swimming in the 69 degree water of the springs there. We grilled some brats and sausage for supper and discovered a new dessert that was almost too good to be true, ROASTED CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOWS STUCK BETWEEN THE SEPARATED PARTS OF AN OREO COOKIE. (Kings should eat so well.) We saw deer, a raccoon, got buzzed by a bat, serenaded by bullfrogs and illuminated by fireflies.

It was a trip that started at 7:30 A.M. and ended about 10:00 P.M. and it was non-stop, but we all decided we would do it again in a heartbeat.

Here are a few pictures of some of the things we saw.

A baby alligator


Is God great or what?


12 responses to “A Day Observing God’s Glory

  1. Wow! Great pics. It’s always so peaceful and refreshing at your blog.

  2. AWESome!

    just one ting , ya didn’t go swimming with the gator did ya 😕

  3. Thanks, Bro.

    Janice, actually we did go swimming within sight of where the big gator went after the heron. While we were swimming, there was a bull gator who was growling on the shore opposite from us.

  4. What a wonderful day for you and your boys! I frequent a blog of a lady who kayaks on the Wakulla, and she has some wonderful photos (mostly birds.) Your photos are great. Those gators are something else.

  5. WE WERE on a different kind of god’s blessing adventure, the rocks of zion’s in utah and bryce and ceder breaks, all god’s handiwork also

  6. Thanks, Beverly.

    Barlow, that is beautiful country out there. I have seen pictures of Bryce Canyon before and would love to go. I did have the chance to visit the area around Moab a long time ago. We saw a canyon there that I think was called Dead Horse Canyon. I remember it was really pretty.

  7. Hi Bro. Gordon,

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. It brings back much memories because we always launched our fishing boat at the lighthouse ! It is good fishing in the gulf at St Marks ?


  8. yes, we have been to dead horse point

  9. Gordon,
    Not only a preacher, but a photographer.
    Great pictures, and a great time with the sons.
    God bless you.

  10. Well, Bro. Tim, as they say, even a blind hog finds an acorn every now and then. 😉

    It’s always good to hear from you.

  11. Gordon:

    Sounds like fun! But I couldn’t believe it when you said you “grilled some brats and sausage for supper”! That sounds like something these yankees up here would eat! (Before I moved to Michigan I thought a “brat” was a misbehaving child!)

    Anyway, sounds like ya’ll had a wonderful time and it reminds me of my childhood.

  12. Yeah, I’ve tried to tell my boys that “brats” are Yankee food, but they found them at Wal-mart, what is a dad to do?

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