A Rural Life

“As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration.  I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.”

~John Adams (1735-1826), 2nd President of the United States of America

(Quote Source: quotegarden.com)

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I agree wholeheartedly with John Adams!

Call of the Wilderness

“The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.”

~Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States of America

(Quote Source: quoteaddicts.com)

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Autumn colors begin to make their annual appearance in northern Wisconsin.

A lovely walkway…

“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only tune in.”

~George Washington Carver (1860s-1943), American botanist and inventor

(Quote Source: smithsonianmag.com)

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A lovely walkway at Burwell Park in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Minnesota Summer

“Aaah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends.”

~ Darell Hammond, (1955- ) American actor, stand-up comedian and impressionist

(Quote Source: brainyquote.com)

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Summer comes and goes too quickly, especially in Minnesota.

Like music and art…

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.”

~Jimmy Carter, (1924- ) 39th President of the United States

(Quote Source: brainyquote.com)

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I was amazed by the variety of landscapes one could find to photograph in Utah when I visited there some years ago.  I have posted some before on this blog and today offer yet another.  Utah is a beautiful place!

Roadside Picnic

“Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of the one who sees.”

~Rumi, (1207-1273) Persian poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian

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This was a delightful spot for a roadside picnic while my husband and I traveled across North Dakota.  We lingered much longer than our original plan just to soak up the sunshine, the water, and the fresh air.

Visit the Great Outdoors!

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

~ Gustave Flaubert, (1821-1880) French Novelist

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Summer is just around the corner.  What an opportune time to see new sites and reconnect with the great outdoors!  I took this shot on a road trip across Montana.  Where might you be planning to travel this year?

The Park

“Wilderness to the people of America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium.”

~ Sigurd F. Olson, (1899-1982) American author and environmentalist

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When I am overwhelmed, irritated, or simply bored with the demands of daily routine I love to escape to a “park.”  Whether that park is national, state, or local; it is the sound of birds, the fresh air, and the enormity of the great outdoors that often puts my own concerns into perspective.  This shot was taken on a recent visit to Banning State Park in Minnesota.

Listen to the Ice

“Spring has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.”

~W. Earl Hall (1897-1969) Editor and publisher of the Mason City Globe Gazette

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This is a photo of the ice going out on a river in Minnesota.  If you quietly stand and watch such a site you will actually hear the ice cracking!

Magic Moments

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

~William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish Poet

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After a long day of traveling in the country looking for an intriguing subject to photograph I was headed home.  I had taken some interesting shots, but they all paled in comparison to the amazing pink clouds that appeared on the horizon for the evening sunset.  I was not in the best place for a typical sunset shot, but I am still grateful to this family of cows.

Stress Relief


“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”

~Doug Larson, (1926- ) American Journalist

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I took this shot on a gorgeous fall day while traveling out west.  I was walking and felt rather envious when I noticed the men out fishing on the river.  We must never get so busy  that we fail to take note of the beautiful world which surrounds us!

 

Consider the Next Generation

“There is a delight in the hardy life of the open. There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value. Conservation means development as much as it does protection.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States

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I took this photo in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the fall of 2014.  If you are ever passing through North Dakota, I believe it is worth a visit!