Trapped by the Ice – Jan. 1, 2014

I have a confession to make. My photography obsession gets me in trouble sometimes. I just can’t resist seeing what’s around the next corner!

New Year’s Day 2014 I went for my customary photo walk. Trouble was, we had been buried in ice for several weeks and the walking was dangerous everywhere. Still…..

First stop the top of the Chedoke radial trail.

Top of the Chedoke Radial Trail
It was awfully slippery, solid bumpy ice, with a narrow patch of snow down the side. I started down a ways on the snow but it was very slow going so I stopped. Closing my eyes I prayed, “Lord, can I go on or should I turn back?” I felt to turn back. Didn’t really want to but if you’re going to ask you better listen.

As soon as I turned around I saw this:

Cardinal at the top of Chedoke Radial Trail

Like a reward this little sweetie was posing for me. He stuck around and I got several great shots him.

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Cardinal at the top of Chedoke Radial Trail

My appetite for shooting not yet satisfied I decided to go to Sam Lawrence Park to see what was what. Just as I suspected everywhere was hard bumpy ice.

New Years Day 2014 - Sam Lawrence Park

I slowly picked my way toward the hill, stopping to enjoy the view of the city every few feet.

New Years Day 2014 - Sam Lawrence Park

When I got to the hill I had a choice to go up or down. The stairs looked pretty bad but I could see a narrow bit of pavement along the stone wall going up. I decided that might be a good way to go. At least I’d have something to hold onto. Not so much. By the time I reached the top I realized what a bad idea this was. But I just had to see what was around the corner.

New Years Day 2014 - Sam Lawrence Park

More ice. As I stood at the top of the hill and surveyed my surroundings I started to get scared. If I fell I was in trouble. Even with a cell phone to call for help it would be hard for anyone to get to me very quickly. I was icebound. And it was COLD!

New Years Day 2014 - Sam Lawrence Park

I didn’t want to go back the way I came. The stairs going up from the bottom were starting to look good, but it meant I would have to go down before I could go up again. And the way down was a long steep icy hill. What a foolish spot to get myself into.

New Years Day 2014 - Sam Lawrence Park

So again I stopped to pray. Should have done that when I got there but better late than never! I felt God say ‘turn around’. I turned slowly on the spot and stood there, afraid to move, remembering how hard it had been to get this far. Again I closed my eyes and asked, “Really?” ‘Go’.

He led me to the other side of the path, away from the wall I had been clinging to, through a small space between the trees I hadn’t noticed before. It led me up beside the road and onto the sidewalk, completely avoiding the way I had come. I was back in my car in no time, so grateful for His help even when I had been so foolish.

He could see a way that I couldn’t see, all I had to do was ask. Next time I’ll ask BEFORE I get in a situation!

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