Friday, April 15, 2011

The Brenda Photo Challenge

Now many of you have been enjoying some great photos and stories I share have had them for one year. I thought I should do something special and downloaded a blogoversery card, plus stop on over at the house and help me babysit tomorrow when all this happens. The main theme for this post is the Brenda Photo Challenge, an elite themed photo essay that changes each month. It is remarkable how the interpretation meanders like a gentle stream out on the prairie. For those who are new or haven't viewed my site let me fill you in what you have missed. Out On The Prairie is a collection of stories about families living on the prairie around the United States. I have met some wonderful families who have lived and perhaps farmed in the same area for generations. After I interview a family I build on this idea and write how I might see them as they all lived. My photos show my travels around the areas looking at the inner beauty nature has to offer. A few things around the yard.






First big snake of the year, I had to help it stay safe as it crossed the road into a wetland around the lake. This was 3 1/2 feet long.


New calves dot the field.




The tulips are just getting started, I have a large collection that will bloom from now until around Mothers Day. I have been showing lots of woodland blooms in past blogs.

34 comments:

  1. I still only have a couple of daffodils that are out right now -- it's snowing (just a light, wet snow,) but I'm hopeful things will start popping when the sun comes out again.

    Love your flowers. :)

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  2. We leave for prairie country on April 26. Watching the weather to see what we'll need to pack. Looking forward to seeing what's there!

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  3. You've got a nice collection of beautiful flowers there! I like the snake too. And that's a real neat hole in that tree. Perfect for squirrels..Ha!

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  4. Good stuff! Happy one year blogoversary! I hope you are here for many more.

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  5. Lovely pictures. The dandelion on the hole in the tree is intriguing. The snake crossing the road is a sure sign that winter is over. Your comment about your tulips reminds me that my son has bulbs from tulips that were given to him by my mother-in-law. She got them from her mother-in-law. Family tulips.

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  6. I love seeing your flowers, Steve. It seems so long since we've been able to enjoy the many colors and fragrances of the little beauties. Your spring is a bit ahead of ours, but we're on our way. :)

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  7. The opening pic looks like an owl holding a dandelion. Wonderful blooms. Can almost smell em.

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  8. Beautiful Spring photos! I sure hope your snake buddy was a friendly fella.

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  9. This post is a Spring tonic!

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  10. I can't believe how far along your spring is compared to us. Such beautiful photos.
    Thanks for your kind comments, I'm happy to be back and even happier to catch up on your wonderful posts

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  11. Beautiful flowers, it looks like spring has sprung on the prairie. That was nice of you to help the snake across the road, he's a nice one.

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  12. Time of spring flowers is over, here. My lilly of the valey is already blooming. My red peonies are on the point to bloom too.
    Everything is ahead because we got a very nice weather as soon as springtime is arrived.
    Prairies in America are very beautiful. I love your stories.

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  13. oh you have hyacinths I just love those. We just got in our yearly shipment of spring flowers at work and I was very disappointed that there were no hyacinths this year.

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  14. beautiful spring pictures. all those lovely flowers are already done here.

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  15. Sure do love those magnolias!

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  16. I love the little yellow flower poised on the tree
    beautiful

    thanks for visiting my post

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  17. I love all the flowers, it really sings Spring. I've always wanted to get magnolia but I don't have enough space in my garden. Great photos Steve.

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  18. Hahahaaa...Happy 101!!! Love it Steve! And I'm SO fortunate to have found your sist as well! You photos are Gorgeous as well as your stories...I can almost smell those blooms! And hope Mr Snake made the trip over to the Other side!!
    Happy weekend!
    hughugs

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  19. I love the first magnolia blooms picture and also the tree hole the best! Beautiful! All except the snake, that is, LOL. I'd be looking for a ball batt... Just saying!

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  20. You make me ache for warmer weather.

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  21. These are all so beautiful and colorful. The snake being the exception but how cool is that. Great job :)

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  22. Great Spring photos..I would have helped the snake across the street, too! I helped a turtle once. I hope he appreciated it!! How cute to see all those little calves!

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  23. I love your Spring pictures, can almost smell the scent of the flowers.

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  24. You are definitely a few weeks ahead of us, spring wise. I loved your pictures, all except the snake... ewwww. Happy blogversary!

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  25. Lovely pics!!!!

    Thanks for sharing
    Leontien

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  26. Love all your pics! Daffodils are always one of my favorite things about spring. I wanted to photograph a tulip tree this spring, but couldn't find one on "public" property to do so. I'm so glad I've yet to see a snake this season :)

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  27. Hi Steve, You really have some gorgeous spring blooms.... Our Daff's are almost gone --and the Tulips are going fast... I wish I could go back and do the past month over again... ha ha

    Your hyacinth blooms are gorgeous... Ours were kinda sparse this year.

    Have a great day.
    Betsy

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  28. Steve,
    such beauty on the prairie...culd you tell me what those small orange flowers are in the last photo? I recall all the others but that one which is so pretty!
    Ahhh, too bad spring flowers are almost gone...
    thanks for stopping by and surveying the damage to our town...it's just incredible! I know we fared well in comparison to other places and it's just verification that we do NOT have the upper hand in this world in which we live...a great reminder!

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  29. Beautiful spring shots Steve! Its so nice to see what spring looks like given we haven't greened up here yet!

    You have accomplished so much on your blog this year. Congratulations! And good luck to the coming year.

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  30. What a perfect collection of flowers... a spring bouquet. Congrats on one year of blogging. May you continue for many, many more.

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  31. I love the fact that you protect snakes. I am fascinated by reptiles, and it always makes me sad when people feel the need to kill every snake that crosses their path.

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  32. Happy Blogaversary! :D You have done a fabulous job; give yourself a big pat on the back! ;)

    PS. I love the colored lettering! :D (And of course... the photos, too.. esp the snake, and the vertical photo of the pink flowers).

    Corine :D

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  33. Happy Blogaversary! Great pics. I just signed up for the next challenge. Have a good week.

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