We gave Jesus the son of Mary Clear Signs


“We gave Moses the Book & followed him up with a succession of messengers; We gave Jesus the son of Mary Clear (Signs) & strengthened him with the holy spirit. Is it that whenever there comes to you a messenger with what ye yourselves desire not, ye are puffed up with pride?- Some ye called impostors, & others ye slay!
They say, “Our hearts are the wrappings (which preserve Allah’s Word: we need no more).” Nay, Allah’s curse is on them for their blasphemy: Little is it they believe. Continue reading


Creation of the heavens & the earth


“Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day,- there are indeed Signs for men of understanding,-

Men who celebrate the praises of Allah, standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heavens and the earth, (With the thought): “Our Lord! not for naught Hast Thou created (all) this! Glory to Thee! Give us salvation from the penalty of the Fire. Continue reading

One Nation


“Mankind was one single nation, & Allah sent Messengers with glad tidings & warnings; & with them He sent the Book in truth, to judge between people in matters wherein they differed; but the People of the Book, after the clear Signs came to them, did not differ among themselves, except through selfish contumacy. Allah by His Grace Guided the believers to the Truth, concerning that wherein they differed. For Allah guided whom He will to a path that is straight.” [2:213]

Signs for a people that are wise


“Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of the night and the day; in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which Allah Sends down from the skies, and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; in the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth; in the change of the winds, and the clouds which they Trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth;- (Here) indeed are Signs for a people that are wise.” [2:164]

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Night Herons in Arizona

Christopher Martin Photography

Out of the shadows - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Among the tangles - 2014 © Christopher Martin

When we were in Sedona a couple of weeks ago, I drove to the Page Springs Sanctuary in search of birds to photograph.  Arizona is the winter home to many species that summer in Canada and I enjoyed seeing a pair of Black-crowned Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) during my visit to the river near the springs.

Heron's yawn - 2014 © Christopher Martin
It was mid-morning and they were not active.  They were perched over the river deep in the tangled branches of the huge trees.  This yawn was the most action that I saw while I watched them.  Didn’t bother me, they were great to see resting in this quiet forest.

Perched in shadow - 2014 © Christopher Martin

A red eye in the trees - 2014 © Christopher Martin

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Notable Nuances Photography by Susan Wilkinson

Canon 6D, f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200 @ 439 mm. Canon 6D, f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200 @ 439 mm.
Finally! What an incredible day my husband and I had today at Sequoyah NWR. We saw so many bird species that we don’t usually see. The most exciting sighting of the day, hands-down, was the Bald Eagle! This is a life bird for me, so it makes it that much more thrilling that I was able to photograph it, too! I’m always elated to get a new life bird checked off my list. The “icing on the cake” is to capture the moment in a photograph. I love going through my images…remembering the “thrill of the chase” and the fulfillment of checking it off my list.

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