An exciting adventure looking at the land and the people around me.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Tall Bluestem reaches for the heavens
Eastern Bluebird eggs
Beetles cover this ironweed blossom
A tiny yellow Sulphur butterfly flitted along with me as I walked the hot trail looking for a few new friends to enjoy. Birds cheered out praise for all the beauty that surrounded me. It was a beautiful day even with the heat being sometimes oppressive. Brown coaxes its way in among all the green from lack of rain. A few days earlier I was going to visit one of the most enjoyable roadside plantings I had seen all summer, only to arrive and see it had been hayed. The lack of rain had taken its toll on this area with farmers looking everywhere for hay to bale for the winter. A Black-Capped Chickadee joined in with a Jenny Wren arguing who had ownership to a tree. They fluttered close to me and soon attracted a few other birds to see how this would work out.Perhaps there was something good to eat and all wanted to be part of the buffet offered. They continued off into the thicket and I continued on with my hike. My tiny companion butterfly stayed with me for quite a long time, I wondered if it felt a need for companionship on this sultry day and thanked it for coming along. Up over the rise I saw a tiny cemetery, with its monuments created to celebrate the lives of many who had settled in this area and created a new life for their families over the generations. A skull sat up ahead of me, a raccoon perhaps from the hair still on the nose. I sat it up on a nearby post to perhaps let it dry out more to share at a local conservation center. Many thoughts come to me while I roam this lovely land, and I let them drift off to others on a gentle prairie breeze. Happiness found again and again, out on the prairie.