True Beauty


As we grow old…the beauty steals inward.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson


Down by the River


Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the summertime, the Santiam River has areas of exposed rock that is usually underwater all winter. It’s fun to explore, and children love the adventure of discovering how water has the power to carve craters in the rocks, and smooth corners like a fine piece of art. Plants spring up in the crevices. Here’s one I can’t identify, yet it caught my eye with its bright red stems.