Friday, April 1, 2011

A Good Hike

A pair of Commas that weathered out winter in under some leaves in dormacy

Spring burn














She walked across the woodland admiring any new growth and what could be homes for elves and fairies. It seemed to be coming alive, new plants bursting forth every minute. A small stream called for finding a good crossing, without the treacherous steep banks to wrestle. The stream had a few other friends that added to its flow, and was so meandering it went all four directions through this valley. Getting across wasn’t as bad as wading through the floribunda roses, thick along the stream side. They seemed to stretch their arms out just to block her way. Grabbing a branch she pushed them aside, with only one good puncture. Up ahead she could see the amber prairie grasses at the edge of this wood.

When she approached she could see some of the most recent burn in this area. It was the start for a new savanna area to replenish its array of beautiful native plants. Mowing trails through the growth gave a break to stop the burn and she sat down to look everything over. The cool of a breeze combined with heat being absorbed by the blackened land. There was shimmer of heat waves over the top of the soil of the newly burnt land. A few trees had been spared, and piles of brush still lay in tangles. Laying back and watching a few clouds change shape she felt the land warm a bit in greeting. It was a nice time in this old land.


A turkey vulture circled low close to the trees. Perhaps this body was the next meal, but it seemed to sense the life within. Soon a small group joined in and decided to look elsewhere after a few drifting circles. The warm sun was very calming as it melted across her face. It soothed and caressed deep in her soul. She stretched and sat up watching the bird’s graceful drift. It made her feel a little hungry watching their foray. They flew back over the woodland areas she had just came from. A hawk joined the sky ballet and flew off real fast to better food. The wind chilled a bit after she cooled down so she put her coat back on. It was one of those days when you don’t almost need it, but wore a coat to be safe.


Walking back she watched for her opening into the woods. She had walked back in this area the previous month but had stayed in the woods. A tiny opening looked like a good try and she headed back along the hedge of roses. A small trail opened to her crossing along the creek. An area with all black rocks where she had first crossed was a little downstream, but this seemed easier. The hills were a fun climb, it was always a challenge to find some pathways when coming to water. The hills were riddled with small streams that fed this beautiful prairie. The final hill seemed a bit easier than a few others traveled that day. Getting back to her car she pulled a chair out of her trunk. Sitting back she retraced her journey and the lovely sights she had found. Perhaps a friend would want to join in the coming week. A cool prairie breeze kissed her cheek, carrying on her happiness across the land.

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Take a little time

A small part of your day

And take heed of all around you

Nature at play.

19 comments:

  1. You have spotted a butterfly?????? I can't wait to see my first one. Lovely photos as usual.

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  2. I forgot a good post to watch is a pair of bald eagles nesting. They have came back to an area for a number of years. Public television did a first showing a few years ago.This is up where I fish a lot, in a very beautiful area of NE Iowa.See them at: www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles
    They give an annoying 30 second commercial at the first but it is real nice to see them so close.I watched them trade places today, the eggs have tiny holes in them and are due to hatch today.

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  3. These are amazing shots! You have such a special eye for capturing that which most would overlook but which is really what gives the special character to your land.
    Blessings!
    Ann

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  4. I try and make tie to read this blog, and kinda look deep into the pics, somethings always there, that you miss the first time around!

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  5. SO many beautiful shots! Ohhhh, I can't wait to see butterflies again :)

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  6. ohhh such beautiful butterflies... those in the base of the trees just make me fantasize about what lives there ...

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  7. Did you see any critters living in those tree holes? I'd be a little afraid of getting too close... :)

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  8. Butterflies, Steve, I am so envious but know that by late summer we will have more than enough for me to see and photograph. Grenville is spreading meadow flower seeds in the back yard as soon as the rains stop here.

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  9. Oh!! Gorgeous butterflies! And I think the Faries must live in those knots! Look at that PERFECT doorframing on that one tree!
    Happy weekend Steve!
    hughugs

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  10. I love these pictures, but then again I always love your pictures. The butterfly is a surprise.

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  11. Great thoughts, Steve. I love this story... and the butterfly! I can feel the prairie wind as I type!

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  12. fantastic hike, I can smell the fresh spring air

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  13. You've captured the slow warming of the season and the prairie's emergence from the long, cold winter very well in these images. And thanks for the link to the eagle camera. I'm watching.

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  14. Every day i tell myself, "i'm gonna go for a hike!"

    And everyday i also tell myself, "tomorrow, because today is just wayyyy to cold!"

    Thanks for sharing yours!
    Leontien

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  15. Thanks for taking me along on your hike. Georgeous.

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  16. I enjoyed my hike with you since it's snowing here in Breckenridge, CO. Have a wonderful spring!

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