CEDAR FALLS PARK

CEDAR FALLS

Cedar Falls Park located in the southeastern corner of Greenville County is a 95 acre recreational park maintained by the Greenville County Parks system. The park centers around the Cedar Falls on the Reedy River. The river broadens to a width of some 200 feet as it tumbles along on large flat rocky shoals interspaced with small grassy knolls. The site lent itself to construction of a concrete dam which at one time was used for various waterwheel powered enterprises. The powerful water flow was used to power a grist mill, a saw mill, a cotton gin, and a textile mill at various times throughout the 1800′s. During the 1900′s the waterfall was used to generate electrical power as well until about 1940. The park now provides a picturesque site for family recreation, playgrounds, picnics, walking trails, or just relaxing views of the Reedy River. Check it out for yourself.

CEDAR FALLS

CEDAR FALLS

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And then the Rains came,

CEDAR FALLS in FLOOD STAGE

CEDAR FALLS in FLOOD STAGE

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Blue skies did return over Cedar Falls Park.

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Load up the family and check out the Cedar Falls Park.

 

REEDY RIVER FALLS PARK

REEDY RIVER FALLS
ABOVE THE FALLS

ABOVE THE FALLS

SIDE CREEK

SIDE CREEK

OVERSPRAY

OVERSPRAY

OVERFLOW

OVERFLOW

RIVER PAVILION

RIVER PAVILION

SIDE FALLS

SIDE FALLS

RAPID FALLS

RAPID FALLS

FLOWERING FALLS

FLOWERING FALLS

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK

BASE OF THE FALLS

BASE OF THE FALLS

DOWNSTREAM

DOWNSTREAM

UNDER THE BRIDGE

UNDER THE BRIDGE

LOWER FALLS

LOWER FALLS

VIEW OF THE FALLS

VIEW OF THE FALLS

RAPIDS

RAPIDS

RUSHING FALLS

RUSHING FALLS

REEDY RIVER FALLS

REEDY RIVER FALLS

JULY GALLERY

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CRESCENT HILL BAPTIST CHURCH

CRESCENT HILL BAPTIST CHURCH

TUBING CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER

TUBING CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER

TOCCOA FALLS GA

TOCCOA FALLS GA

 

HELEN GEORGIA

HELEN GEORGIA

RIVER TRAIL MARKERS

RIVER TRAIL MARKERS

BLUE PLUG GROUP

BLUE PLUG GROUP

GONE TO THE BEACH

GONE TO THE BEACH

 

CHARLESTON GAS LAMPS

CHARLESTON GAS LAMPS

WALL FLOWER

WALL FLOWER

 

COKESBURY CHURCH

COKESBURY CHURCH

CLOSED DOOR

CLOSED DOOR

DOWN THE LINE

DOWN THE LINE

OH MY

OH MY

FLOWER SHOW

FLOWER SHOW

ORANGE EXPLOSION

ORANGE EXPLOSION

CHILDREN'S FLOWER GARDEN

CHILDREN’S FLOWER GARDEN

SUNFLOWER STARE

SUNFLOWER STARE

GREENVILLE LAMP

GREENVILLE LAMP

OLD and NEW

OLD and NEW

 

COURTHOUSE

COURTHOUSE

 

CHURCH WINDOW

CHURCH WINDOW

My thanks for contributing photographs by Haley Scruggs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAINY DAYS

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Not all rainy days begin with rain. Many have their start with warmth and sunshine across a grassy slope.

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Some rainy days are just a walk in the park.

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Reedy River Falls before the rain begins.

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Dark clouds quickly fill the sky with the sound of thunder to signal the coming rain. In a matter of minutes we have a rainy day.

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The pavilion near the river offers immediate shelter from the downpour outside.

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Not everyone seems to mind the rainy day intrusion.

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The Greenville Water Works fountain is joined by the rainy waterworks of nature.

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If you came prepared with your umbrella, then it’s just a walk in the park.

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If not it can be a quick dash to a dry shelter.

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The river begins to rise with the ongoing outpouring of rain.

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JUNE GALLERY 2

MT. CHARLESTON
LAS VEGAS VALLEY

LAS VEGAS VALLEY

NEVADA SKIES

NEVADA SKIES

HIGHWAY TO MT. CHARLESTON

HIGHWAY TO
MT. CHARLESTON

HIGH ABOVE THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY

HIGH ABOVE THE
LAS VEGAS VALLEY

MT. CHARLESTON

MT. CHARLESTON

MOUNTAIN RIM

MOUNTAIN RIM

MOUNTAIN HIGH

MOUNTAIN HIGH

DESERT MOUNTAIN TREES

DESERT MOUNTAIN TREES

ABOVE THE TREE LINE

ABOVE THE
TREE LINE

MOUNTAIN VALLEY

MOUNTAIN VALLEY

MT. CHARLESTON RIM

MT. CHARLESTON RIM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNE GALLERY

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NEVADA MOUNTAINS

NEVADA MOUNTAINS

HOOVER DAM

HOOVER DAM

LAKE MEAD

LAKE MEAD

FROM HIGH ABOVE

FROM HIGH ABOVE

BRIDGE ACROSS COLORADO RIVER

BRIDGE ACROSS COLORADO RIVER

OLD GLORY A TOP HOOVER DAM

OLD GLORY A TOP HOOVER DAM

COLORADO RIVER

COLORADO RIVER

VIEW FROM THE DAM

VIEW FROM THE DAM

ARIZONA MOUNTAINS

ARIZONA MOUNTAINS

AN ARIZONA VIEW

AN ARIZONA VIEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE NEXT STEP

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DSC01544The last two weeks in May bring about a recurring annual event across our land which marks a milestone in the lives of our youth. That yearly event is graduation. It may be graduation from high school, technical college, or university studies. In our modern culture of concern over self-esteem for our children, many schools even have graduation ceremonies for primary grades. All this is okay but the interest of this article are those graduations which are major steps in our life plans.

These graduation events are more than the public recording of achieved formal education requirements. Within these events are contained hopes and dreams of the graduate and a sigh of relief from the parenting adults. Each of these graduation ceremonies becomes an inerasable moment in a person’s life. A forever mark in their life timeline that punctuates the end of an era and the beginning of a whole new adventure. The day after graduation, the graduate is required to begin new again. Oh, they may in actuality sleep late from the celebratory activities of the night before, but they do begin again. They may even go back to school or their previous workplace the next day but they begin again. Their next step in life will always be as a graduate now.

As parents, grandparents, or just well wishing relatives and friends once the congratulations are given and received, we immediately turn our attention to their next step. Most often we ask, “What’s next? What are you going to do now? What are your plans for the future?”  These are all good questions most usually asked out of concern and well being of the new graduate. Many times whether requested or no, we in our goodly concern rush in with our opinion of what their next step should be. The graduate may already have considered their next step and options, and we are always obliged to give our free advice to what they should consider. This is all well and good, but there is one declaration we should give which is universal to every graduate.

Every graduate should hear from a concerned loved one, “Seek to do God’s will for your life.” Our advice to them, their next step should always be to discover and pursue God’s will for their life to the best of their ability. God has a plan and a purpose for the future of each new graduate. Within this divine plan are held every good and wonderful blessing our creator has stored up for them. Whatever direction or next step they choose to take, if it is contained within God’s will for them, it will be the right one. We should encourage our new graduates to dream big, be all they can be, live with passion. These too are contained within God’s will for them. What we need to insure that they hear from us is that only within God’s will can all the other things be available to them.

To aid them in their search to ascertain God’s will for their continual next step, suggest prayer, scripture, listening, observing, and finally peace which can truly only come from God. A good place to start , suggest Romans 12:2 for their hearing. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”(NIV) The Amplified Bible goes on to explain, “even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” God knows His plan for you. The new graduate will benefit in the choice of their next step if they seek this plan. Their search to acquire this most valuable information begins with the knowledge of God’s word and self-observation.

Although the entire written word of God, the Bible, is for them and us a source of instruction in choosing our next step, I will also suggest the Psalms as a beginning to the search for God’s will in our life. Here particularly, I suggest Psalm 16 to guide the process of renewing their mind to discover God’s will for their life. The entire Psalm is fruitful, but I wish to make note of a few key verses. Verse 2 says, “I said to the Lord,’You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.’” This simple truth reveals that all our dreams, hopes, and plans exist only within God and His will for us.

In Verse 5 we see that His plan is ordained for us and are given the assurance of His power and providence to see it to completion. “Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.” Within God’s plan and will for us, we have the security to know He is able and will provide to see it through.

Finally Verse 11 tells us that we are able to know His will for our lives and within that plan are found all the goodness that He desires for us, His creation. “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

At this time of year we should celebrate with our new graduates. Their achievements should be marked with congratulations and honors. We should acknowledge their labor and encourage them to take pride in their accomplishments. One further thing we should do to benefit our graduates is prayerfully advise them in their next step. That next step they choose should be to acknowledge their Lord, and to seek His will and plan for their life to come. Congratulations to all the new graduates, especially those I hold dear. Choose your next step wisely.

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