Do you feel like you are in difficult place, a town that has little to offer, a tough job? Take heart! God can make you blossom any where His providence places you. (Acts 17:26) Notice that Joseph named his second son Ephraim because God made him fruitful in the land of his suffering. (Gen. 41:52)
I stopped on I-20 East and took this picture years ago near Leeds, Alabama.
This yellow field along Alabama 431, somewhere between Oxford and Guntersville, was so beautiful I had to stop and make a picture. There were other fields with patches of yellow, but this one was almost uniformly covered with yellow flowers.
This old barn serenely rides the crest of a hill in Warrior, Alabama. I have photographed it many times of the past twenty years or more. This time the colors were enriched by rain and the setting sun.
I love swings. They are like swinging benches. The old Southern houses had one or two on the front porch. Years ago I would drive to Greenville, Alabama and visit Jim Herbert, a nonagenarian, who was full of wisdom and stories. He had two swings on his front porch.
If it was warm we would sit in the two swings and talk. We swung back and forth, back and forth, back and forth and talked. Sometimes we talked ’til way past dark; then the crickets would join our conversation.
I miss Jim Herbert and his swings. He died but the memory of him and his swings lives on.
This swing is at Briscoe Park
My “Empty Bench Series” is a look at nature and people from the perspective of an empty bench. Sit down a moment and view the world from each bench.
The Swann Covered Bridge is one of three covered bridges I visited in Blount County, Alabama. The Swann, sometimes called the Joy Bridge, is 325 feet long making it the longest covered bridge in Alabama. It spans the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River