Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall Splendor




This is a sand prairie in Two Rivers State Park in Nebraska between the Platte and Elkhorn rivers.


You can rent these to camp in the park, but they say no pets, so Lily wasn't happy with that.



 

The sun sparkled through the trees and covered his tent with a lovely pattern. He woke to the cool air and snuggled even deeper into the soft blankets. This is a time of year when he didn’t want to get up, just to savor the wonderful feel of the mornings. He often lay just listening to the world around him and trying to identify all the different sounds. A breeze carried excitement as he listened to a dove calling out, with a jay answering back. A rumble was carried up the river valley and the sun faded as a few clouds carried in a much needed storm. He got up and pulled a chair inside with him and let a tiny dog chase after a sparrow before they both returned to enjoy the wonderful cool of the morning. Rain began to move across the hills and he was happy not to have to do anything but listen to the stillness as all out on the prairie watched the new weather pattern. Just as fast as it came in, it left him waiting for the sun to return its charm to his tent. A new pattern showed the delicious sheen left by the rain and he began to think of the pastries he had in the car. They were calling out but became delayed thoughts as he rolled over and wrapped back up in those soft blankets. The wind occasionally moved the soaked tree branches providing an occasional shower to enjoy again. The dove began its song and lulled him back asleep.



 

 

14 comments:

  1. really love the view with the sunflower & butterfly. so beautiful. (:

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  2. I love all that yellow! But, I don't really think I'd want to sleep in a box car even if it is a beautiful yellow.

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  3. No Pets? Now that isn't fair. I don't blame Lily for not being happy about it

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  4. You show a lot of fall splendor. I keep seeing the yellow flowers and thinking they are familiar. I can't seem to come up with a name.
    Nothing like being out in a tent and hear all the sounds.

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  5. Fall is beautiful on your prairie. I especially liked the fog, the butterfly, and the walking stick. Very nice set of images.

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  6. That first photo is amazing, Steve. Hugs to Lily. :)

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  7. More beauties and that sweet little princess at the end.

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  8. How lovely to wake up that way, with all that beauty surrounding you. The photos are fantastic. Lily looks like she is smiling.

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  9. Love the train car rental idea! Never heard of it!
    Ahhhhh sweet Lily!
    hughugs

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  10. Wonderful writing and photos. Lily is so sweet. I'm always impressed with those Mantis'. Such a strange insect, like it is looking at you, isn't it?
    Such lovely yellow flowers. I also like the first photo with the fog. Great.

    Grethe ´)

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  11. I like all those flowers. I haven't seen many flowers this year.

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  12. My boys would love to camp in that caboose! Such beautiful pictures!

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