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The Path of the Monarch Butterfly

DSC_0091Lately, I’ve been reflecting upon the butterfly and the dramatic change that occurs during its very short life span—the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly—along with the migration of the Monarch Butterfly.

And comparing it to the change that will be occurring in my life—DSC_0068



We’re leaving California next month to build a home on some acreage in the Midwest, and I am VERY EXCITED about this change!!!  I will be closer to my family. I will also be near a wildlife wetlands refuge–New material to photograph and share! Yay!

DSC_0067Back to the butterfly.

The beginning of this month, my husband and I visited the Monarch Butterfly Grove, at Pismo Beach, California, where thousands of butterflies west of the Rockies migrate each winter, clinging to the leaves of the fragrant eucalyptus trees for warmth, food and protection. These butterflies are four generations removed from the ones who migrated here the year before. Yet, they know exactly where to go, guided by an Unseen Hand.

May that same Unseen Hand guide all of the changes along all our paths…

God Bless!

Glenda Brehm








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The Cat Haven Path

For something fun and different, my husband and I visited the Project Survival’s Cat Haven in Dunlap, California. This sanctuary for endangered wild cats is found in the foothills right before the entrance to Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks off the Hwy 180 entrance, near Fresno.


Watch out for Big Foot!



Immediately we were greeted with a sign and a bit of humor. BIGFOOT! Ha! Ha!

About the cats…

Jet was the newest addition to this haven for cats. He is a young leopard. I asked, “What about his spots?” The docent leading our tour replied, “He has spots.” I looked again and sure enough they were there. Faded blacks spots sprinkled his jet black coat.


Snow Leopard

This beautiful snow leopard doesn’t necessarily need to live in snow. Each animal has a built-in insulator that adapts to fluctuating temperatures. So, even despite the warm California foothills weather, they fit right in!

These two stunning jaguars are TWIN BROTHERS! When they saw our docent, they rushed to the edge of the cage to greet her! She explained that someone else had raised them, but they know her too. She is like the aunt that comes to visit every once in awhile and that is why they get so excited. Jaguars were once native to California.


Twin Jaguars















The white tiger, Diana, and the Bengal Tiger, Kong, are housed in separate compartments, and are intermittently let loose into a grassy area that houses a swimming pond. Tigers love to swim! And, they can swim great distances, too. In the wild, they are known to swim from island to island. Kong is a senior now and doesn’t swim very much. He spends most of his time sleeping.


Mountain Lion




Among many other cats that we saw were: a mountain lion, an Eurasian Lynx,  and of course, the King of the Beast!  For more information about Project Survival’s Cat Haven, visit their website at:


Eurasian Lynx


King of the Beast!

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Psalm 119:1-8

When my husband and I decided to walk down the path of scripture memorization for the summer, we landed on the 119th Psalm–breaking it up into many sections. We just completed the first eight verses and would like to share these poetic words of David as they intertwine with his love of God’s law.


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Deserts & Silver Mines

The desert swallows me every time I travel through it. The enormity of it never ceases to amaze me.

DSC_0103This snapshot of the abandoned silver mine town of Calico, California, is located in the Mojave Desert near Barstow. Tucked into the Mojave’s barren hills, it is now a popular tourist attraction. I really like this picture because it speaks to me of just how immense the desert truly is. (That’s me in the far right corner. Notice how small I am compared to the landscape.) Incidentally, The Mojave Desert is only a fraction of the land mass known as the Great Basin.

Imagine driving through this vastness for hours. Then, imagine traveling by foot as many did in the 1800s.

I paired this picture with this particular Proverb because of the history that seems to follow the mining towns–A history of lawlessness. Of the three mines that I have visited, the saloons outnumbered the churches by a huge margin.

Regardless, the abandoned mines, as well as the desert of the American west, fascinate me.  Perhaps, it is because I never saw either one until I was an adult.

To more adventures!


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The Narrow Way


Arches National Park, Utah

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Be Still and Know


Sunset over the Pacific Ocean in Cambria, California

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A Time to Ponder

With the ocean on one side and mountains on the other, this boardwalk made for a perfect path in which to do some pondering! This picture was taken in the evening as the sun was setting upon the Pacific Ocean along the central California coast.

Moonstone Beach Drive in Cambria, California.

Moonstone Beach Drive in Cambria, California.



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God is Our Refuge & Strength

A walk along Moonstone Beach near the little seaside town of Cambria—tucked in among the mountains of the Central California Coast—provided my husband and I with plenty of photo opportunities. Here is a picture of some seals resting amid the waves, which repeatedly crashed against the rocks. The way these animals seem so oblivious to the constant water spray reminded me of the verses in Psalms that I have attached to this picture.


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Cold Springs Nature Trail, the last of the pictures

Welcome to the end of the Cold Springs Nature Trail pictures. What a beautiful hike this was! Now it’s off to more exploring. I will post some of my new experiences later in the Fall. Enjoy!

Sequoia National Park Sign


The Cold Springs Nature trail is located in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park.



Wildflowers & Waterfalls


Wildflowers along the trail


The Cold Springs Nature Trail ends at what once was the mining town of Beulah.


Path leading out of Cold Springs Nature Trail. ONTO NEW ADVENTURES!!!!

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Cold Springs Nature Trail, Picture #4

Cold Springs #4.JPG

Another small waterfall amid pines, firs and wildflowers.

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