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.

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The Official National Mammal of the U.S.A.

“Man needs spiritual expression and nourishing…even in the prehistoric era, people would scrawl pictures of bison on the walls of caves.”

~ Fernando Botero, (1932- ) Columbian Artist

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The National Bison Legacy Act was signed into law on May 9, 2016 by President Barack Obama, making the bison the official national mammal of the United States. This handsome and powerful animal has been recognized for its important role in our national history. Cool!

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!

Contentment

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This was the first time that I had ever viewed a real bison!  My husband and I were driving through Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.  We happened upon this big guy basking  in the sun and stopped to take a photo.  It was only then that I noticed all of the sweet little prairie dogs running around him.  Such a contrast the two species were to one another, but both accepted the presence of the other.  They also seemed content with letting me and my husband just watch them for awhile.  So, there we all were — the humans, the bison, and the prairie dogs.  A pleasant moment for me permanently captured.

(Don’t worry!  I did not leave my car to approach this handsome animal. I have too much respect for his power.)