Saturday, July 24, 2010

Prairie Story 28-New friends in an old land


Partridge Pea

Prairie Mimosa

Ironweed

Where the skies are cloudy all day..........

Prairie Blazing Star


Tiger swallowtail feeding on phlox


Queen Anne's Lace
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This still was a rugged land, and look how fragile our lives can be in such a severe yet beautiful world. Their family had started with eleven children, now there was nine. His sister lived with he, his wife and five children, in a home their parents had built. Most of the family had moved to follow jobs with the railroad and were scattered all over the prairie. He farmed a small plot and fixed harnesses, saddles and other rigging. Many of his relatives had crossed the southern border to come to this land of plenty, living at their group of homes. A coyote wailed in the distance, birds chirped out a song, harmonizing with a chant carried across this land, a song of life.

Only a few stayed with the farming jobs they first acquired, the hustle of the larger cities tempted them with new jobs. The packinghouses became affluent with an array of different languages and cultures. It was a rugged lifestyle, hard work that took its toll on their bodies and souls. The new cultures combined, emerging families moved onward toward building our great nation, but still retaining pride in their heritage.

Coming in from the fields one day, a wagon loaded with furniture and a family approached him on the road. Buenos dios shouted the husband. He blushed and responded rather slowly, for he had lost a lot of his Spanish his Mother had spoken to him as a child. They had been told he had a home to rent from the priest in town. He took them to the small home his parents had settled in and they marveled at the wonderful home. He felt warmth spread over his body when he realized this spirit was just as when his parents arrived in this land. These people had revived the prairie spirit, and were ready to become part of this great land. That night they shared stories on his veranda, talking about a land his parents came from he knew so little about. In exchange they found out about a land they knew so little about, and this old land became renewed. A flowery breeze carried away their laughter, across this beautiful prairie night, sharing it with all that would listen.
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It was a new way
On a new day
That I felt your presence
Even though you are so far away
Yet so close to my heart.

9 comments:

  1. What lovely images and a beautiful story. You make me feel closer to the prairie and it's rich history in the past and the captures of the present. You accomplish both with seemingly great ease. Super Post!!!

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  2. Thanks a lot for being my 100th follower and for visiting my blog, I looked at your blogs and you take pictures nicely. I haven't seensuch flowers before or maybe I did but I just don't know their names. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Your pictures are just beautiful, I especially like the butterfly

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  4. I'm glad you have the picture of the blazing star plants. I took some pictures of this kind of plant but didn't know what it was.

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  5. Beautiful photos and inviting story.

    Darryl and Ruth : )

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  6. nice to have time to enjoy nature...nice images

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  7. Love the cloud and the butterfly pictures. I took some pictures of that same butterfly yesterday but yours came out so much nicer. Mine was on a dried up pine needle background. Great shots!

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  8. superb butterfly! you really love nature! regards

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  9. nice story and pictures such an awesome sky photo

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