favorable conditions…

“We are always falling in love or quarreling,
looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering,
following public affairs.
If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other
to end before we can really get down to our work.
The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly
that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable.
Favorable conditions never come.”

C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory


(a local acorobate dangles upside down on a birdfeeder munching on my blueberries/ Julie Cook / 2020)

I love this quote by C.S.Lewis don’t you?
Isn’t it just so us, so now, so today?

Favorable conditions never come…do they?—
Especially when one is out to find the facts and the truth.

These days, both facts and truth, are collateral damage…
Not many folks are interested in such.
They prefer a fluid sort of something that is quite far from fact or truth.

So those of us who really want to seek out such, that being the knowledge of actual
facts and truth…
well, we simply can’t wait around for the perfect conditions or for the planets
and the heavens to align.
Not now, not today.

So before we tackle such topics…let’s take another day for just ourselves…
let’s take a small reprieve from the heaviness of our times
and let’s peek at what’s going on in God’s realm


(our wee beastie gives us a wee peek / Julie Cook / 2020)


(female hummingbird resting inbetween darting and dashing from feeder to feeder / Julie Cook / 2020)


(a hawk hummingbird moth …who knew of such / Julie Cook / 2020)


(black swallowtail / Julie Cook / 2020)


(a gulf fritillary / Julie Cook / 2020)


(a gulf fritillary / Julie Cook / 2020)


(a gulf fritillary / Julie Cook / 2020)


(even a moth gets in on the act / Julie Cook / 2020)


(a gulf fritillary that is on his last wing…/ Julie Cook / 2020)

But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.

Job 12:7-10

16 comments on “favorable conditions…

  1. hatrack4 says:

    Cute pictures. Did you classify moths and butterflies in your youth?

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    Your photos are stunning. There is nothing like looking to the animals and all of God’s creation to see what’s good on our planet. There’s still plenty of good out there. We just have to search harder.

  3. Love the photos. And thanks for giving the species of moth or butterfly. I recognize only a few when I see them but sometimes know the difference between moth and flutterby. The quotations are so lovely and appropriate. ❤🌹🌹😇😇😇

    • thanks Angie—hope all is well with you in Kentucky!!

      • Other than sheer boredom and a mild stroke things are okay here. I just wish there were more sensible people in this world so this pandemic would soon be over. What’s so difficult about wearing a face mask? You would think people were being asked to cut off an arm or leg from the reaction I’ve seen. If they would all just wear it for a few months maybe the pandemic would be over — or at least declining.

        Sorry, just saw a photo in the paper of several hundred people at a car show in town and not a single mask among them.

      • I hear there’s the big biker rally up in SD where something like 250,000 bikers are to attend for 20 days with no restrictions

  4. oneta hayes says:

    Birds, bunnies, and butterflies, beauty to behold.

  5. Tricia says:

    Lovely photos Julie, such a nice reminder of the amazing creatures God has provided us and the beauty of our world which seems so ugly these days.

    Love the C.S. Lewis quote too, can’t go wrong with him!

  6. Lynda Clayton says:

    Beautiful photos Julie. Thanks for sharing them along with the quotes.

  7. Karen says:

    Isn’t it nice in these troubling times, that nature can give us so much pleasure.

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