Sunday, November 23, 2014

Down By The River

A passion builds inside anyone who spends time on the prairie.

 

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  1. such a wintry peacefulness.
    this landscape amazes me. so stark.
    and you caught the mink action!….you have the best luck with the wild ones.

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    1. Oh, I know Bernard. I was actually out strolling very gingerly, all bundled up, it was freezing out there by the river. I was trying to find something that spoke to me. Something to tell me I was where I'm suppose to be. And why.
      And then, that little shiny brown mink appeared and I grinned from ear to ear for the longest time! :)

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  2. Your photos are beautiful, woman of the prairie! The river, the tracks in the snow, the adorable little mink....you've captured the best of the land you walk upon. xx

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    1. YOU just made my day, Sagey.
      Always so supportive and your compliments just give me so much joy.
      Thank you for always being here. Always.

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  3. So beautiful & peaceful there..... love the birdy with ruffled feathers in the wind ~ ~ ~
    xo~

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    1. I think it was a flicker. There are a million out there! And it was windy.
      I got off work and instead of going home I drove straight out to the Audubon park, down along the river, where it is most peaceful indeed. I'm so glad I did.

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  4. All that beautiful blue and gold! And the mink! I can't believe it. It had to be a good, good day after that.

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    1. You always read my mind. It turned out to be a good, GOOD day because of that little creature that I'm sure no one ever sees frequently!
      I was struggling with the onset of winter, the cold, the days ahead. Ugh.
      Then, the mink changed my mind. Amazing, huh?

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    1. MINK!! Little Minky.
      Yes, I've named her! And she is a SHE!
      :) :)

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    1. Shiny & brown & wet and such a sweet face. You should see her!!

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    2. The Pink Panther movie?? "Minky monkey" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnlIWpZSPXU
      LOL!!! ;)

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  7. and so winter begins....

    love and light
    ps received a lovely note in the mail last week...made me grin from ear to ear! xoxox

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    1. Winter....and I've got a stack of travel books on Florida next to the fire.
      Imagine, riding a cruiser along the boardwalk, in flip flops, shorts, and the waves crashing to the shore. That sound. That warmth. Carefree. No parkas.
      Haha.
      Nice to see you, Cat. L&L.

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  8. Oh how I love these snowy scenes. I'd love to be there right now! Have a Happy Monday, my friend :)

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    1. Heavens, I know how much you dig the snow!!!
      Yeah, I guess it's purdy.
      Sometimes.
      Always great to have you here, Keith.

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  9. Beautiful...and the little creature added so much to the beauty ...happy thanksgiving

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    1. Hey Jeansy. That little creature was the highlight of my life at that particular moment! Now, I can't imagine going down there and feeling this great if I don't see her again.
      I'm so weird.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. :)

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  10. Oh, these photos...! Blue and gold and white, my heart is soaring through your landscape!
    When I was growing up in the high desert, I spent a lot of time gazing east out over toward the great basin. There's something about all of that space and sky that sets the imagination in motion. It's like the freedom to explore, and the potential of all of that endless land makes your own potential expand.

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  11. I'm curious, where did you grow up, Clare??!!
    The Great Basin. Sounds like a place I must go to. Now!!
    I'm going to look it up. My history is not that polished. I didn't pay attention when I was suppose to! Lol.
    I never thought I would be so in love with the vast land, the wide wide world I'm in.
    The desert. The plains. It's all so wild.
    Makes a person think.
    So great to see your comments. Thanks for that. ;)

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    1. I grew up in central/eastern Oregon. I'm kind of being metaphorical about actually looking over the great basin, but I did do a lot of exploring in the Oregon portion. We lived on the edge of it, and I would pour over maps and imagine it. Whenever I had the chance I would find a high place to sit and look east and imagine what it would be like to soar over it. The land is similar to what I see in your photos in that there are wide expanses of land and sky. To the west of us were the cascade mountains, but somehow the east was the direction of longing for me.

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  12. Little Minky, I'm in love. The pictures have captured this so beautifully. I can't believe its so cold for you there already. Keep warm and keep walking. Walking in the snow is good for the soul x

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  13. we are certainly getting the weather fluctuations, aren't we?! it makes it very hard to stay on a schedule with the horses. i am not a wind lover, and certainly not when it gets the wind chill down to zero... brrrr!! but i do love days like today when the sun shines down and warm and glowy and outdoors is the place to be. yes, these are fine days! great color in these shots-- joyful color!

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