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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