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A Country Walk (Looooong thread)

Posted by luvtosharedivs (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 20, 08 at 11:44

Hi all,

I haven't posted here in months, but I do come back to lurk, enjoying all your fantastic photos. You are all extremely talented!

I just wanted to try something different here. Please keep in mind:
1. This is a test
2. My photographic talent is still in its baby stages - I have a lot to learn, and need much practice.

Here goes....(click on the links)

I took a walk yesterday on my Dad's property, (which is quite overgrown since I moved away many, many years ago.) I wanted to find my old "play" areas to see how they've changed. Come with me.

At the edge of a meadow stands an old A-frame, which my Dad built out of left-over and scratch lumber. This was a great hide-out.

We'll take a path headed East, an old dirt road that has grown over, as you can see. We are headed for the creek, my favorite place to play. The path winds around and through an old evergreen plantation, which used to be filled with christmas trees. One of my jobs was to trim them to Christmas-tree shapes. The path continues past the plantation, where patches of red clover are growing freely....and a closeup.

Here's a healthy 4' Scotch Pine that would make a nice Christmas tree, if you like long needles. These Wildflowers brightened up my day: Ox-Eye Daisies,Crown vetch, and Birdfoot trefoil.

Now, we have a challenge. I must traverse a deep water-filled ditch, then a multilane highway, then another deep ditch to continue my journey. Due to "progress", my Dad's land was sliced in half. Fortunately, the state paid him well for the lower half. It's just a shame that the lower half is now landlocked (I think that's the right word.) It used to be farmed. So much of our farmland is being taken over by progress. After carefully crossing over the ditchline, I made it to the edge of the road. Now this is a bit tricky, because I must cross four lanes of 65 mph traffic. And as you all know, most cars exceed the speed limit.

Made it safely to the other side and NOTHING looks like it used to. The dirt road is gone, and I must find my way through grass that is as tall as me. (Sorry about the blurriness in that one. I set it for infinity - still learning!) But the color of the plumes is pretty anyway. Growing where a pond used to be is a female Willow that is spreading its seeds. The tree is about 40' tall, and wasn't there when I was a kid! Under the shade of the Willow is a Multiflora Rose. Here's a Damselfly, which was hard to focus in on w/o scaring it away.

Getting closer to the creek, we must watch for fallen trees, and many thorny vines and brambles. I just can't find my old adventure path! Oh, I know why - because that was DECADES ago! the fact that we were recently deluged with flooding rains here in the midwest. I could see as I was walking, that the floodwaters reached out into the lowland grassy area to about 2 feet high, since I noticed dried dusty mud on all the native plants. So the creek of course couldn't hold all the raging waters. I wanted to find the Beaver dams that my son had told me about, but couldn't get close enough to photograph any. Pike Creek has subsided now, as most of the waters have continued on their way to Lake Michigan. We kids used to swing across the creek on ropes, or walk across on fallen trees. I imagine there were many generations of kids that did the same. Winter freezing provided fun ice skating, and I always managed to find a thin spot to fall through.

Heading back, I found this animal track which I can't identify. Can you? Through the tall grasses, over the ditch, and before crossing Hwy 31, I shot this Cinquefoil. Quickly crossing the highway, through the second ditch, and I'm back on my Dad's property. Taking a path West, I passed another plantation of trees that need trimming. Grass needs mowing, too! Come on up here this winter and cut your own, if you'd like!

Finally back to Dad's house, I found one more play area with my old swing still hanging by rusty chains, bringing back memories of swinging as high as I could to try and pick a pear off the nearest tree.

Enough, already!
Sorry, that was very long, but just wanted to share with all of you.


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: A Country Walk (Looooong thread)

This is sooo....beautiful, Julie!
It's nice, that some of us can visit the past and bring back memories from our Child hood.
A few weeks ago on a short visit to Switzerland, I could do the exact same thing.
But this time, traveling with my now 23 year old daughter, I could share some of the stories.
Like,.. which trees we climbed, in what forest the kids preferred to play etc.
And, where I was born....
In this farm house my mom had her 5 children.
On the large Acacia Tree to the left we had the swing.
Looking north.


Looking south
Looking out my moms kitchen widwow, north.


RE: A Country Walk (Looooong thread)

That is a very interesting picture story. Liked it immensly.
Konrad your pictures are great too.

RE: A Country Walk (Looooong thread)

Thanks, both of you!

You're right, Konrad, visiting the past brings back great child memories of adventuresome times.

Thanks for sharing your pics! What a fine, huge farmhouse, and well kept up too!
I bet your daughter loved the stories you told of your childhood.


RE: A Country Walk (Looooong thread)

Wow, Jule, that had to take a lot of time to compose. Very nice story and excellent pics to go along with it. I bet that was a very memorable walk. Thanks for sharing!

Nice, Konrad. Looks like the farmhouse was added on to recently.

Those jersey cows are for producing cheese? Thanks for sharing.


RE: A Country Walk (Looooong thread)

Thank you all!
""Looks like the farmhouse was added on to recently.""

Yes, about 30 years ago when my Brother got married and took
over the Farm, then it was added on
to accommodate 2 families.

"Those jersey cows are for producing cheese? "

Yes and no,
They are a very old breed, Swiss origin, they are called Brown Swiss, one of the oldest "clean" breed's out there.
Yes, the Milk is mostly made into Appenzeller Cheese [my favoured], I have taken many pounds home.
Every morning this milk truck is sucking the refrigerated milk from evening and morning, stored in a tank.


Here is a link that might be useful: Appenzeller Cheese

RE: A Country Walk (Looooong thread)

That cheese sounds delicious! I'm going to have to find me some.


RE: A Country Walk (Looooong thread)

Thanks for your kind words!

Coming from a state known for its fine cheeses (Wisconsin), I can imagine that the Swiss are very proud of their Appenzeller cheese. They must keep their "recipes" protected and secret, because App cheese isn't made here!
Surely it's imported here, and I'm going to look for some.


RE: A Country Walk (Looooong thread)

Just wandered over here for the first time (I'm usually on the garden side) and have to say I am so impressed with all your photos.

Julie, your picture story was a pure delight to read and see. I was particularly taken with the old A-frame and the swing, but loved all the pics.

Konrad, what a beautiful farmhouse! And the surroundings - oh my, I really must get to Switzerland one day. I'll be looking for that cheese, as well. : )


RE: A Country Walk (Looooong thread)

Julie-that was a very nice past revisited...loved it...That would be nice if you made a 'book' of this from your printer to pass on to your kids/grandkids.

Nice one too, Konrad!


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