Winter collage

Winter collage

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Unknown Stories...

Having been mostly absent from this semester's Alphabe-Thursday... the weekly postings and visits have been missed. Tardy to class but here is the letter "U" for - Unknown Stories...

Needing to clear accumulated cobwebs from my end-of-winter brain, I put on a comfy old barn coat and a knitted cap, grabbed the camera and headed up our walking path. It is rare to find a few moments of total alone time...even our shelties were close by Mr. Outback as he added to the future year's wood supply. As my walk began, I could hear the whine of the chain saw in the distance.
Gradually it faded and the sounds of nearby birds took over. A wind, high in the budding tree tops, joined in and I left the known path to head into the woods. As muddled thoughts cleared, my attention was drawn to what was around me...twigs and dried leaves crunched under my feet (careful where stepping as I have used up my allotment of broken wrists.)

The outlined path across our field - deer, bears, turkeys...do they cross in the night or when our backs are turned?

An odd growth pattern in an otherwise normal looking pine tree?
 
 A little stream borders the property - where is its source? 

Speckled leaves announce that trout lilies will soon be in bloom - legend has it that they are timed to the beginning of trout season...

A moss covered rock...deposited eons ago as glaciers moved across the land.

An industrious woodpecker's activity is discovered...better here than on the side of our log house...

One of the numerous mounds of rocks that dot our property which was originally farmland...and a reminder of a long ago farmer who persevered in clearing the fields for planting...


On the pond...Mrs. Goose warms her nest of eggs out on the little island...how many goslings will we see this season?
 And Mr. Goose paddles nearby guarding his territory...
As I return home, my head feels clearer and it was good to stretch the limbs - to explore on a cool Spring day, take in the wonders of Nature that are so close at hand and think about their Unknown Stories...

Be sure to visit all the other "U" postings over at Miss Jenny's - .http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com




23 comments:

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I loved going on your walk with you! I have a woodpecker who has pecked the logs on the south side of my house until they look like swiss cheese...

xxoo,

RMW

Donna Heber said...

I very much enjoyed my stroll with you today. Nature does indeed have so many untold stories. There is nothing like a walk to clear the mind.

Tina´s PicStory said...

beautiful pics! :)

Tina´s PicStory said...

... no ultrasound :) but if you see my following post you can imagine :)

lemonverbenalady said...

Glad to see you can walk on the ground and don't have snow. It is very cold here today, relative to what we have been having. I understand the cobwebs. I think I had a bit of those. xxoo Nancy

Judie said...

Pat, what wonderful, and meaningful, photos. There is nothing that clears one's head like a good walk in nature!!

NatureGirl said...

Just wanted to thank you for your comment on my "Up" post about blogging layers. It was very helpful and insightful. Thank you for taking the time to write that!
Happy AlphabeThursday!

Vicki/Jake said...

Nice walk...glad we went:)

Turtles In North Dakota said...

Wow your walk was wonderful and oh so beautiful :)

Herding Cats said...

Beautiful pictures. A walk rich in so many questions.

Carrie P. said...

Lovely posts. Taking a walk in nature is always a very good thing. Some really great things to see. I can only imagine how much time that farmer took moving all those rocks. As we work cutting down trees for our garden I thought about other farmers and the work they go through to grow crops. A person really has to love being a farmer to do that.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely posting - you made nature come alive! Thanks for sharing and for your beautiful prose.

Chris

Sue said...

Thanks for the walk. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

=)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a lovely walk! I love getting to see the ducks!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a lovely walk! I love getting to see the ducks!

JCnNC said...

What an interesting grownth pattern on the pine tree !!! We pretty much did the same over the weekend - out all over the property taking Spring pictures. Lovely time of the year. Thanks for taking us along on your stroll. Judy C

EG CameraGirl said...

Thank you for this walk over your land. Y0u live on beautiful property - pond, trout lilies, geese. Wonderful.

Erika said...

Thank you for taking me on your walk. I am always intrigued by moss covered anything; I try to figure out how it grows and still looks strangely beautiful.

Pondside said...

That was a wonderful walk - so much to see and it is worth scrolling back to look at the photos again. The Trout Lilies will be beautiful soon, I know, and the goslings will take over the ponds as their mama teaches them to swim. I've watched little families like this one from hatchling to flying goose.
I'm glad you navigated the paths with no incident involving a wrist or ankle! It was a lovely walk.

Cheryl D. said...

You live in such a beautiful area--so full of nature!

Friko said...

There is nothing more uplifting than to get outside, on your own two feet, and look around you with open eyes. If you have a camera with you, then so much the better.

So many of us are doing just that, we'll surely lift the mood of the globe all by ourselves.

JCnNC said...

Loved your walk - Spring is beautiful everywhere this year.
I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. You can go to my site to copy the button. You have a great blog and it's well worthy of the nomination. www.shadetreequilting.com Hope you accept. Judy C sends best wishes.

Jenny said...

That is such an Unusual growth pattern on that pine... strange!

I loved all these Untold stories that you experienced on your walk...

Thanks you for sharing them with us for the letter "U"!

Great job.

A+