Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This rural life

I've been enjoying my time off from bloggy-land, I have to admit, and I will continue to take things slow and easy when it comes to blogging for a little while longer. This is actually the first time I've cracked opened my laptop in days, which is a first in many, many months. Reading from an actual book has been most satisfying of late.

Today at work a friend and I were discussing how the local soy and corn crops seem to be faring as a result of the uncharacteristically wet summer we've been having (from all outward appearances, they both seem to be growing tall and hardy), which led me to think about the fact that I only pass by corn fields on my drive to and from work - no soy along my route this year. This, in turn, got me to thinking about how blessed and happy I am to leave "out in the country." Not that the city of Athens is a big hustle-and-bustle place (not by a long shot!), but living "out" has a certain charm that I really just can't get enough of.

As I started thinking about my rural driving routes, the number of country encounters started to add up in my head fast. There's the corn fields, cows and horses. And goats. And sometimes chickens... and turtles and deer, bunny rabbits (please stop darting in front of my car!), and woodchucks with their familiar and silly waddle. And the lovely aroma of skunk.




Bluebirds on phone poles and wires, Tree Swallows and Barn Swallows in low flight over road and fields, maybe a Great Blue Heron at a pond's edge if I'm lucky... Mockingbirds, Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbirds and Turkey Vultures (not to mention wild Turkeys).

Wildflowers galore, morning fog, and ponds. All part of the rural landscape that I know and love so well...

And then I come home to find that the power is out, another "charm" of country living. That's okay... I'll take it. I don't think I could go to bed to Katydid song nor hear coyotes howling and yipping at night if I lived in town. Yes, this rural life is quite fine by me.

9 comments:

Kelly said...

...it's all so beautiful. You are very lucky to live where you do. I loved the drive to your house and seeing the amazing countryside! I'm going to be spotty over the next couple of weeks as well. There is so much to do...and only so many hours in the day...

NW Nature Nut said...

Lovely photos. You live in beautiful country!

Monika said...

Beautiful reflections and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

Nature As Is said...

Heather I'm glad you have enjoyed some you time from Blog Land!! It's nice to curl up with a good book isn't it.... Your pictures today are great and thank you for sharing.

Have a wonderful day

Heather said...

Kelly - Every day I remind myself how lucky I am. Glad you got to experience it first-hand! And yes, only so many hours in the day.. take all the time away you need. Don't worry about us!

Michele - Thank you!

Monika - Glad you enjoyed it!

Crista - Yes, the time off has been nice. I've gone from bookworm to computerworm, so it's nice to be reading again. Thanks for the comment.

RuthieJ said...

When we built this place in 1988 it was still pretty much surrounded by "country" but suburbia and industry has slowly encroached and we're almost completely surrounded now. I'm glad at least that all the neighbors (and us) have 5-acre yards so there's a little bit of country that can't be taken away.
(Love that deer picture!)

Kathiesbirds said...

I'll second that, thank you! Love the shots, especially the last one. What wonderful colors and composition!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Beautiful shots Heather. I love the picture of the cat tails. Yes, it is great to live in the rural parts of Ohio.

Shelley said...

Wow - all exquisite Heather! Country life isn't so bad...