My personal bucket list wish for the Alaska trip included sitings of wildlife. Just reading about the seven-foot wing span of bald eagles excited me! With this magnificent bird flying overhead everywhere, Dave caught this photo for me.
Why choose the Willow Ptarmigan (small grouse) as the state bird when the bald eagles soar effortlessly through the crystalline skies? My thoughts went to the familiar verse written by the prophet Isaiah.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” Isa. 40:31
Again Psalm 104 came back to me. “He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from His upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of His work.”
We had talked with folks who had visited Alaska and seen no moose at all. Yet on a walk through Kincaid Park in Anchorage, this moose munched leaves right in front of us. Dave and I would be fortunate enough to see a total of 14 moose on our Alaskan adventure. While lions, bears and wild goats, as well as leviathans have verses about them, I could find no direct reference to moose. Still, Psalm 104 covers all His creation in verse 24. “How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.”