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rhododendron gardens at Jenkins Park
Nature

Garden

May 26, 2017

“Beaverton, Oregon. The rhododendron gardens at Jenkins Park.” Submitted by Paige Landreth McCaffrey.

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Nature

Clouds

May 25, 2017

“Listening to the clouds.” Submitted by Kevin Laughlin.

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Nature

Sunrise

May 24, 2017

“God is a morning sunrise!” Submitted by Hugh Robins.

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Moon in Morn

May 23, 2017

“Moon setting in early morning over St. Charles.” Submitted by Lorna Shobar.

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Animals

Dog

May 22, 2017

“I see God in this puppy at play with nature.” Submitted by Amanda Eagle.

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