Each summer I visit the Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames. Each summer there is a special art exhibit. This year it was a collection of life-size (or bigger) of threatened or endangered animal species from around the world. I think LEGO artist, Sean Kenney, did an excellent job making these colored LEGO blocks come to life. This exhibit ran from June 01-July 05, 2020. But if you missed it--don't dispair--they are here!

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Then the glory of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim. (NIV) (Ezekiel 10:18)  The glory of the Lord entered the temple through the gate facing east----and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. (NIV) (Ezekiel 43: 4,5)

VIEWS OF A FARM BOY

GARDEN ANIMALS

AUGUST--2020

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too big a burden to bare. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

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Polar Bear and Cubs

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Monarch on Milkweed

Jeweled Chameleon

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Snow Leopard

Seahorses & Coral Reef

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Dodo Bird

Disappearing Rhino

Whooping Crane

Giant Sea Turtle

Zebra

Wildebeest

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My View for the Month: On the 2020 season finale of "The Voice," Kelly Clarkson performed her new multi-cultural song, "I Dare You." The simple, but powerful lyrics, utilizing six languages declares, "There is a wolf that preys on a world that strays too far from the garden." It concludes with, "I Dare You--to Love." There was no wolf in the Reiman Gardens when I visited June 30, 2020, but there were wild animals. The lego sculptures of endangered or challeged species from around the globe were roaming around the garden grounds--safe and secure. Now back to the wolf! I think Clarkson's song is secular, but I see spiritual (or scriptural) applications. The book of Ezekiel reminds us that Isreal's captivity was the result of sin. How true that is today! A nation's troubles are always a by-product of falling away from God. It seems like there is a wolf preying on the world today! This old beast seems to be telling us, "Hate is the way to go!" Yet, there is GOOD NEWS--God's blessings returns when His people return to Him. "I Dare You--to Love."

REIMAN GARDENS