Photo and Commentary ©2018 by Darren Milam
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

If you frequent these Daily Photo Parables, you’ll know Robert Howson has some AMAZING images of birds. Rob will know the name, species, flight pattern, etc., of each one. Today’s image isn’t from Rob’s collection, it’s from mine. You can see that I captured this one in the rain, from too far away, and got very lucky. This (after identification through Wikipedia) is a male Sooty Grouse. I found him up on Hurricane Ridge, in the Olympic National Park. If you’ve ever heard one of these, making noise/calling, you’d think you are about to encounter some sort of Yeti, or Big Foot. The deep call doesn’t sound much like a bird. The males (as seen here) show off their bright yellow markings, found underneath their feathers, hoping to get the attention of a nearby female.

I was recently reading about Creation and thought about how Adam was given the task of naming all the creatures that were created. What a great job – look at all the wonderful birds, animals, fish that God created and come up with a name for them. Obviously, various species of the originals have changed and adapted, but the DNA is still there. The original “code” that our Creator developed is still there. It’s fascinating.

Genesis 1:20-23:

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky. “So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth. “And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

This Sooty Grouse and all the other types of birds out there, are God’s creations and He called them GOOD. I know we can thank God, He gave us such beautiful things to look at an admire.