Carolyn sent in today’s photos.
I currently live in central Ohio, but I often take a trip down memory lane back to the late 1990s when my husband, Vince, and I lived on 88 acres in east-central Missouri. The closest cluster of civilization was a hiccup along Highway 19 named Swiss, which included a church, a bar/restaurant, a meat processing plant, and a volunteer fire department. The nearest actual city was Hermann, with a population of about 2,500 that temporarily swelled to over 10,000 during the month-long Oktoberfest celebrations.
I truly loved living on our little piece of country heaven, sharing our late-1800s-era dogtrot log cabin with, yes, our dogs. My daily respite was walking through the woods and fields with our furry friends. I tried to garden, I really did, but the clay soil in that part of Missouri is really clay. In fact, old clay pits dot the countryside where clay used to be excavated to make bricks. The pits have since become ponds, which benefit wildlife in the area.
The photos I am contributing are the results of Mother Nature’s efforts and not so much mine. I hope you enjoy my trip down memory lane!
An old chicken house, framed by flowers on an apricot tree.
Daffodils bloom around a stump.
Dandelions at the corner of the barn. Despite their reputation as weeds, dandelions can be beautiful!
Another weed that is surprisingly beautiful—from a distance, anyway—is poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans), which here has colored up in the fall.
Wild roses (possibly Rosa setigera, the prairie rose) frames a view of a field.
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata, Zones 3–9) in bloom.
Morning mist over a pond that once was a clay pit.
Mushrooms dot the grass.
Queen Anne’s lace (Dacus carota)
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Your photography is stunning, as well as the setting!
Your photos are a wonderful example that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and I share your appreciation for all your subjects. Your picture of the clump of colorful dandelions nestled in against the aged foundation of stone communicates delightful rustic charm.
I don't know what to say! It is just gorgeous! Loved every pic.
I enjoyed your photos very much! You have beautiful surroundings. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for sharing. I am trying to create something like your setting on our property. If you stop and look with an open eye, many of the plants that we call weeds are truly beautiful.
These photos brought a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing.
Good eye for photos. Send in more!
How lovely! You must miss those beautiful surroundings!
What a good eye you have for Missouri's beauty! So many of our native plants are truly stunning when you take the time to look. Thank you so much for showing us that beauty.
Just beautiful! Queen Anne's Lace is one of my favorites. You must have been sad to leave such a lovely place.
Absolutely love this post... There are many weeds I find beautiful & just yesterday- I stooped down to pick a dandelion bloom and was amazed at it’s perfect color ... then bemoaned that it was a mere weed ( which constitutes most of what I lovingly refer to as a lawn. Sigh )
Oooh. What a good feeling your photos give me. Smiling, and noting (again!) how I need to plant more daffodils, especially near the old stump near the old barn! Thanks!
Love those pictures - I wanna go live there! (I'm in central Ohio as well)
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