A Bat for Halloween

A bat flies in above the trees, just in time for Halloween

A bat flies in above the trees, just in time for Halloween. Fortunately, he appears to be a friendly bat.

People are often afraid of bats, but we enjoy seeing them in our yard. Bats eat insects, and we have plenty of those where we live, so we could use even more bats than we have. We even talk of putting up a bat house or two, but we have not done that yet.

I doubt, however, that the bats that live around here have such nice smiles and Dracula-like hairdos. But maybe they do. It is difficult to tell, because they are usually only out as it is getting dark. So without any hard evidence to the contrary, this is what I picture them looking like. Happy and friendly bats are always welcome here.

Good or Bad

Are things good for us or bad for us? That depends!

Take fire for example. It can be bad if it is burning down something important. But it can be good if it is being used to provide heat or cook our food. Water is the same. Too much water is a flood. Not enough water is a drought. Just the right amount of water is difficult to come by sometimes.

A bat infestation in your house would be bad, but bats to eat the insects that you don’t want are a good thing.

Isn’t it interesting how God’s creation works? So many things are good in moderation, but bad in extremes. It is up to us to respect creation as much as is possible, because we are God’s creation just like all of these other things are.

God’s creation continues to fascinate and amaze me, and it probably always will.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. - Psalm 139:13-14

About the Artwork

This one was fun to do. And I did not have a plan before I started. I just pulled out my iPad and started sketching. With Halloween approaching, I decided to draw a bat. I then tried putting a face on the bat, and it evolved into what you see here.

The background was also fun, even most of the moons I draw end up looking similar. I already had a palm tree brush in Procreate, so I used it in various shapes and sizes to draw the trees below the bat. So obviously, this bat is not in Tennessee. I also had a stars brush, which I used for the sky. And then I gave it a bit of an aura instead of just having a flat-color sky.


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Burnsland is Steve Burns, with generous help from his lovely wife Laura. Steve is a husband, father, photographer, webmaster, writer, podcaster, artist, Christian. Steve enjoys sharing his photography, art, and stories through Burnsland.com, from the Burnsland World Headquarters in Tennessee.