Monday, August 12, 2013

A Prairie Song

"I am standing in the summer sun,
where the rabbits hide and the small quails run.
I listen to the prairie's song
in every breeze that comes along."
~Betty Lou Hebert, "Prairie Gentian"

I love living in the country ~

where bright prairie meets shaded woods...

shaded woods embrace emerald green swamps...

and cornflower blue chicory hugs gravel roads.

Where Queen Anne's Lace reach for azure skies...

quaint little veggie stands greet the morning sun...

and gentle hills roll into deep valleys.

Where old gates beckon you to explore...

vegetable gardens dot the hillsides...

and small ponds are home to ducks and geese.

Where towering trees dance with their own shadows...

tiny lakes sparkle beyond prairies...

and rows of cornstalks stand tall to the horizon.

Where wildflowers blanket hills...

statuesque trunks guard fenced fields...

rolling hills sigh beneath the bright morning sun...

and tiny white flowers hide in the shadows of trees.

I love living where
sunshine and shadows play hide and seek,
and serenity sings a prairie song.

"I speak to you continually.  My nature is to communicate though not always in words. I caress you with a gentle breeze that refreshes and delights you.  I speak softly in the depths of your spirit, where I have taken up residence.  You can find me in each moment, when you have eyes that see and ears that hear.  Ask My Spirit to sharpen your spiritual eyesight and hearing. I rejoice each time you discover My Presence."
~author unknown

~  Blessings  ~

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous photos. What a lovely place. There's nothing like the country!

  2. What a blissful place you live in Laurie... I love the pretty blue Chicory all along the roadways... there is no other life I would want to live than in the country... like you, I am blessed to live in the country as well, with so many of those same things you and I both love... we are miles apart in distance, but close to each other in our thoughts... and the things we hold dear to our hearts... your photos are all stunning!... love you sweet Prairie Girlfriend!... xoxo Julie Marie

  3. Laurie,
    This entire post, with your amazing photos,
    brings thoughts of the 23 Psalms to my mind. . .
    and I am restore as evening shadows begin
    to fall upon my side of the Prairie.
    Thank you for sharing. . .
    and for your gentle spirit, dear friend!
    You are a continual blessing in my life!

  4. Beautiful. Still longing to make it out to see you. Seriously.

  5. You are living my dream Laurie! Beautiful lighting captured in the photos and even more beautiful insight captured in your words. That last quote is such a delight! This post is perfection in every way :) You are really blessed, have a lovely week!


  6. Thank-you for the 'heaven's walk' through your home country. Beautiful.

  7. You are so lucky to be surrounded by such beauty, Laurie! I would love the peacefulness and simplicity. xo

  8. Beautiful, Laurie- simply beautiful. The Midwest has a beauty all of its own, doesn't it? Hope you have a wonderful week- xo Diana

  9. wow, its so beautiful Laurie, i want to live there! And i always wondered what Chiccory was! we dont get it here. but now i know!!! I almost expect dorothy and the scarecrow to come skipping through the fields of your photos!! Glad you are enjoying your wonderful summery days! hugs to you sweet lady!

  10. Laurie, I'm right there with you. It's been years since I had seen blue chicory, and your photos brought back wonderful memories of living in Virginia in the early 1970s.

    Your photos are beautiful!


  11. What beautiful photos. I can almost smell the sweet aromas of the countryside. xo Laura

  12. So enjoyed this! Love your creative writing! The photos are gorgeous!

  13. Jeg har nydt at se din billedserie. Det er så fint!
    Hilsen Jette

  14. Laurie, such a beautiful post with gorgeous photos. So peaceful


  15. Gorgeous photo's Laurie! And beautiful words to go along with them:)

  16. Living in the country brings out the best in you "Pretty Laurie". How many times have I told you that you could be a "writer"??? hmmm????
    Great post!

  17. Loved the pleasant walk, loved the feel even though it was virtual.

  18. Your pictures are breath taking! What a gift to see these sights on a daily basis! Thank you for sharing! Visiting from A Southern Daydreamer.

  19. Amazing place whre you live dear!!!!!I live in the country and this is beautiful nature too-it's very good from our children!!!
    Have a nice day ♥

  20. what a wonderful tour, it was fun walking around the country with youou today.

    I'm inviting you to come link up with us for Travel Photo Mondays - the link runs the whole week starting on Mondays - hope you can make it

  21. There's nothing like a country drive, is there? Love your scenes and all the blooms along the way. I love things that wave to me as I go by.
    Hope you are doing well and that you are having some wonderful, cooler days to play outside without getting too sweaty. Its just amazing here this week!

  22. Wow, what gorgeous pictures!

    Jocelyn @

  23. Absolutely lovely.
    Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.
    Angel @

  24. What a wonderful part of the world you live in, I enjoyed the walk.

  25. You sure make a fine case for country living sister!!!
    Absolutely GORGEOUS....................

  26. What beautiful photos! I enjoyed the virtual walk, what lovely surroundings! :)

  27. Oh wow Laurie what a beautiful area you live in ! so nice of you to show us around the little road side stall and the blue chicory growing wild...happy weekend ...Gail x

  28. Beautiful photos Laurie!

  29. beautiful. One of my very favorite things about blogging is getting to know and see so many spectacular places and people.

  30. A beautiful place indeed! There's no place better if you ask me. We live in a little town nestled below majestic mountains. Thanks for sharing your poetic post with SYC.

  31. What a beautiful post. I heartily agree. I feel blessed to live in the country myself. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely weekend!

  32. Beautiful Laurie. You live in a lovely area of the country. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  33. Oh I could almost smell the sweetness of the fresh country air there Laurie! Those prairie flowers are just gorgeous! And oh my goodness that veggie stand convinced me that I must have a veggie stand like that here. xoxo

  34. So very serene, Laurie - love the countryside - I've thought I need to bring my camera when I travel - will just have to do that! When the rain stops :)
    I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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