Thursday, August 6, 2009

Country Roads

It is hard to believe that we have lived here in the Ozarks for nearly two years. Arizona is a fond memory now as we love it here. Let me show you why.

Just a short half mile from our house is this part of the country road I drive from and to home all the time. The canopy of trees will soon be turning all shades of reds and yellows as fall approaches.

All of the photos in this post were taken at high noon in response to a challenge by Mike over at Ozarks Photos to capture images with the sun at its highest. The photo below is my favorite of the day!

Just a few steps away from the road are thick woods and ravines, spring-fed watering holes which often host deer and other wildlife, wild flowers, dragonflies, butterflies, and meadows. There is even a dilapidated milking shed that sits within feet of the road but because of the thick woods it is often not seen unless you know exactly where to look. So, with just occasional words of explanation, here is life on my country road:

Around a bend and up a hill, the canopy opens up to reveal the ridge on which we live. The view of neighboring ridges and ravines is spectacular any time of year.

Then in my own front yard are splashes of color around the front porch, bordering on a thick green lawn.

The best part is that all of this grows freely and without need for sprinklers or irrigation. There is enough rain and ground water to maintain this beauty.
Thank you for taking this jaunt down our country road. It is really gorgeous in person when you can smell the freshness of the trees, watch a bright red cardinal fly from tree to tree, hear the sounds of the woods, and take in the silence. To answer the question, "When a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound?" I don't know for sure --- I've never heard one.
The weekend is coming. I hope you have a great one. Find a place and take in the silence --- you'll be surprised what you hear.
In God We Trust


Anonymous said...

Hey Barb,
Kim N here. Looking at your pics, make me miss home.

Jama said...

I love the second picture best!