O Beautiful

July 9, 2012

in Family & Friends, Near and Far, Photography

Here is the last batch of photos from our trip out West this summer – and it is by far the most successful. Most of these pictures were taken while crossing from Colorado into Kansas.

Just for kicks, I added texture to some of these shots:

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Doesn’t the texture make it look like a painting? Especially given the subject matter.

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Lots of yuccas out there – this is decidedly desert-y. Soon this will be my backyard! What’s with the drought in the Midwest, I mean.

Already is, actually.

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If you look closely, you will see a very faint outline of the Pike’s Peak on the horizon.

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Now, this is very interesting – this, I believe, is a horned lark – the only true North-American lark, as meadowlarks are not true larks but, rather, close relatives of starlings. Listen to a starling sometime, and you will hear meadowlark notes; or look at a meadowlark and tell me if it doesn’t look like a fat, striped starling.

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This here is one of my favorite shots. This was so beautiful.

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The color scheme was just amazing.

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There are few things more beautiful in the world than ripe, golden wheat waving in the prairie wind, whose sublime beauty matches its high purpose – to bring bread, the very stuff of life, to our tables.

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Here is what it looked like without the texture. Breathtaking!

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O Beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain… Did you know that this song was inspired by this exact area?

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The transcendent beautify of this landscape brings tears to my eyes.

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These wide, high Western skies are like nothing else. The sky around here is not even blue – the near-100% humidity of Wisconsin summers renders of it dirty-white.

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Look at this sky – so high, so open.

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Yuccas everywhere! So, so dry. This is how you get that blue sky.

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It was also very, very hot.

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But you know what’s really disconcerting about this landscape? The distance you have to drive to get from one town to the next, let alone one with groceries.

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By the time we reached this, we were desperate to find a grocery store.

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The shining beacon of hope!

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Cause otherwise it’s all like this for miles and miles around.

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You know you are in the beef country when you come by a town named “Bovina.”

I loved the emptiness of this but… I wanted to go back to Wisconsin, the Viroqua Food Cooperative, and my own gourmet cooking! My family is used to the food of such great quality that leaving is always a huge, monumental shock.

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I WANNA GO HOME!!!!!!

Here are the rest of the posts from our trip:

Back from out West

Viroqua and the Driftless Area of Wisconsin

Camping in Iowa, Family-Style

The Plains

The Rockies

Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado’s Manitou Springs

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

 

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1 Violetta July 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Love your blog – cant even remember how I found it! :-) Oh yes, I do remember! I was typing “fried potatoes Russian style” and I found a recipe! You see, I am Russian myself but I cant make that dish to save mtpy life! :-D anyway, thank you! Love your photos too – it lifts my spirits! It’s rainy and miserable here in the UK so I really miss the sun!

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2 Sofya July 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Thanks! That is si sweet of you.

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