Thursday, March 3, 2011

Garden Dreams

A few bulbs peeking around my yard.

A great find two days ago in a melt runoff coming through the prairie.

Huge flocks of snow geese overhead, this was the third big flight of the morning.











Where I usually fly to this time of year, Padre Island. This Great Blue Heron didn't listen to me that it was time to fly home, it was more into watching the waves for something good to eat.


Classes were going well, but she still hadn’t met very many new friends. Whenever she had the chance she enjoyed going over to her newest friend’s home and hear stories of this wonderful prairie. She yearned for spring to arrive to be able to witness the wonderful bloom described to her. They had found some papers describing where her people lived and found it was near to where they lived. Much had been lost with poor record keeping and not wanting to speak of moving the original occupants away from their home. A signed paper gave the government the right to relocate them and they were pushed to a land they had never been to. These stories sounded like what she had heard from her family, but even their parts of information had been lost.

A small group at her college had assessed some recent information found when excavating for a new building on campus. They had found evidence of a village, but were unsure of the time it was around. The site was a wealth of fossils also, that drew more attention to the site. They had found a large set of bones from giant mammals that also roamed this land. She hoped to meet some of this group and learn more. It amazed her to hear these stories of huge animals roaming the area when she rarely saw any. She shared these stories with her friend and they tried to imagine wild animals in her yard.

Taking a ride out into the country, her friend took her to the old homestead where many of the seeds came for the flowers in her yard. They were amazed at how it had all changed, the home was huge compared to when she had came out the first time. A lady farmed the land, and invited them in. She told of how her mother in law was from a tribe that lived there. Her husband had met her right before they were sent south and went down and brought her back to the land she was born in. The stories had been lost with most of the family passing away or moving. Her husband had left her with the farm that had been his parents, and she built it up with a sister who lived with her for many years. Now her son and his wife had started farming nearby and helped her with a few things when she needed it.

Putting on her coat and boots she took them out along her house to a large pasture near a stream. She told of the picnics that were shared with her family after they moved to town and how they always took a few things back to remind them of the prairie they left. It was sad to have loss of contact with her husband’s family, but he had moved away and worked on the railroad. She laughed when told of the story of the garden chair, and how it was moved to nice areas each year. She said she would have to come and give it a try someday and feel the spirit of the huge garden. She showed them an area where she kept a few chairs and table during the warm months and listened to a stream sing to her while she rested. Her warmth and happiness was embraced by all, and carried away on a gentle prairie breeze.
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Times do change
But thoughts always
Remain the same
Carried in our hearts and souls.















19 comments:

  1. Another beautiful collection. That line between winter and spring sure is blurred right now.

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  2. I do love seeing little Springy signs everywhere.

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  3. Great photos again. Thanks so much for sharing these places.

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  4. WOW---I'm sure a trip to Padre Island would be fabulous this time of year---after a long winter on the prairie.......Beautiful picture of that heron... What a gorgeous bird...

    I love seeing your 'tiny' signs of spring... Every little sign helps, doesn't it????

    Have a great evening.
    Betsy

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  5. I like how you started with the hope of spring and ended with the reality that winter is still here and not yet ready to give up it's hold completely

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  6. so nice to see those signs of spring!! YAY... lovely pics as always... thanks

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  7. I loved the photo of the snow geese. What an amazing sight that would be. Love the signs of spring, too. It won't be long now.

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  8. You have a definite gift with patterns. Great post.

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  9. I got so envious when I saw the flocks of geese flying! I wish I could see a view like that!

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  10. It's so nice to see signs of spring. Hope the signs keeps coming! The sooner its here the better :)

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  11. Warmth and happiness is always contagious... yours is!

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  12. Garden dreams come true in spring !
    Yesterday a I saw a grey heron near the road. I was in my car,I took my camera and shot him twice but my photos are not good.

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  13. Nice to see those "emergers" and the snow geese. Looking forward to seeing what San Padre Island looks like....

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  14. such beautiful images...this time of deep transition.

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  15. Beautiful photos, and Padre Island sounds great right now.

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  16. Steve, despite the early plants pushing through it does seem like you still have lots of winter around your area. We too have daffodils and other plants showing their greenery. Only the birdseye speedwell and nouse-earred chickweed have bloomed on the lawns. There are also lots of snow geese here on the VA eastern shore and we see them flying overhead or in the fields.

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  17. I am absolutely loving your 1st 2 pictures! And the TITLE IS PERFECT!!!!!!!!

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  18. loved this wonderful visit!



    Aloha from Waikiki


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  19. Wonderful photos of early spring! I keep looking for something popping out of the ground, not a thing, no robins this far north either.

    I entered the blue butterfly at Birds and Blooms website as you suggested and they published it.

    Thanks

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