Prairies and People and Photos, Oh, My!

Tallgrass prairie in autumn ~ Chase County, Kansas

Over the course of nearly a decade, I’ve written here of Texas prairies I’ve come to love: Nash, Attwater, and Brazoria; the prairie-with-trees called Sandylands; coastal prairies like Anahuac and Aransas. From my first stumbling and laughable attempts to ‘find’ the Nash Prairie to my documentation of the land’s recovery after a prescribed burn at the Brazoria Wildlife Refuge, I’ve become increasingly intrigued by the intricacy, beauty, and fragility of our remaining prairies.

In time, stirred by historical accounts of life on the prairies and botanists’ journals, I began to travel. Five years ago, I celebrated my 70th birthday with a weeks-long trip through prairies, grasslands, and bottomlands in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. I discovered the beauty of autumn grasses and saw my first Maximilian sunflowers — although it took some time to learn what I had seen.

Maximilian sunflowers

Through it all, innumerable people shared their own knowledge of and enthusiasm for our prairies and the plants they contain. Photographers offered tips, and land managers and docents took time to introduce me to their own special places. I learned to carry a tow strap in the trunk of my car, and made friends with the deputies and game wardens who stopped to be sure the woman in the ditch wasn’t dead.

Eventually, a choice had to be made. Either The Task at Hand would become a blog devoted solely to the natural world, or a second site would be required. At that point, I began Lagniappe: a blog devoted primarily to photographs of native Texas plants, although insects, birds — and alligators! — have claimed their own share of attention. What I never expected was that Lagniappe — a site taking its name from the Cajun phrase meaning ‘a little something extra’ — would itself be the recipient of lagniappe: the Native Plant Society of Texas’s Digital Media Award for 2021.** 

To say that I was surprised — even shocked — by the wholly unexpected award would be an understatement. Still, the timing was apt. This is Native Plant Week in Texas, and Lagniappe stands as a salutary reminder that every week offers something of beauty or interest from the natural world.

Even more remarkably, four of my five submissions to this year’s Native Plant Society photo contest were chosen as winners. Each year, members of the organization are invited to submit one photo from each of Texas’s twelve ecoregions. In 2019, I sumitted three photos; last year, I submitted four. This year, having traveled more extensively, I was able to submit photos from five regions; to have four of them recognized was pure delight.

Because of the rule that none of the entries could have been previously published, none has been seen on my blog. Rather than reposting the winners here, I’d invite you to visit this post on Lagniappe to see them.

I thought it interesting that a Native Plant Society Member recently asked the same question that commenters on Lagniappe sometimes ask: “How do you find these things?” My response always has been the same. Early on, I took to heart the advice offered by Georgia O’Keeffe, who liked to say, “Take time to look.” It’s the results of looking that have filled my blogs, and now it’s time to begin looking again.


Comments always are welcome.
** Observant readers may have noticed that the title on the plaque isn’t “Lagniappe,” but the blog’s tagline. A new, ‘edited’ plaque is on its way, and I’ll update the image when it arrives.

128 thoughts on “Prairies and People and Photos, Oh, My!

    1. I’m happy not only for the award, but also for the opportunity to share it with my readers. As much as I enjoy creating the posts, I enjoy the back-and-forth in the comment sections equally. That’s where new questions get raised and new insights offered; it’s all part of the fun.

  1. I am thrilled to know that you have been recognized for your expertise and your love of the land, Linda. I am so happy for you.

    1. It’s interesting. When I began The Task at Hand, one of my goals was better writing. With Lagniappe, one goal was better photography. When I learned that both my text and images played into the award, I couldn’t have been happier. Thanks for being a part of this little venture for so long!

    1. Thanks, Gary. It’s been a while since that trip to the Nash, but it seems like yesterday. I’m sure it was your mention of the place in your blog that made me aware of its existence, and I certainly have enjoyed my visits there. At least I can find it, now!

  2. Congratulations, Linda. You preach the gospel of native plants exceedingly well. People often ask me, “How do you see all those birds?”, frequently followed by “And how do you identify them?” I don’t need to tell you my answer!

    1. Thank you, David. It is indeed good news that we’re surrounded by so much beauty, and that an increasing number of people are paying attention to the need to preserve and nurture what we have.

      Taking time to look is a good and necesary first step, but I’ve always chuckled at another O’Keeffe line: “I still like the way I see things best.” I’ve decided that developing that personal way of seeing is at the heart of good photography, and I sometimes think it’s critical if we’re to tempt people toward greater invovlement with the natural world in all its forms.

  3. Yippee-Ty!!! is how we Texans react to the really GOOD STUFF. So well deserved, and what a treat when it comes as a surprise. No surprise to me. Excellent photography; concise, accurate and creative writing that comes together seamlessly should be rewarded. Congratulations, Linda…Yippee-Ty!

    1. I don’t know this, but I’m certain the award was based as much on my writing as on the photography: not to mention discussions in the comment section that help to make the blog an educational tool. That’s one reason I was so pleased to have four photos selected as winners; it was a separate affirmation of that part of the blog.

      It certainly was a surprise. Even better, it’s still a bit of a mystery. For Lagniappe to be considered for an award, someone had to nominate it, and I have no idea who that person might be. To be honest, I think I prefer it that way. A little mystery in life is a good thing.

    1. Isn’t it, though? Sometimes a second or third look doesn’t hurt, either. Like a ladybug hidden in a flower, there are wonderful mysteries all around us, just waiting to be seen.

  4. Dear Linda
    Congratulations! Well done. We are all very impressed.
    We love these harmonious lines in your first picture.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    :-) :-) :-) :-)

    1. Thank you, Klausbernd! I’m pleased you like the prairie photo, too. It took me some years to understand why the move from sailing to prairie traveling seemed so comfortable. Finally, I realized what they have in common: the horizon.

      My best to the Fab Four!

      1. Good morning, dear Linda,
        nevertheless it’s quite a difference between sailing and travelling in the prairie. But we can see the similarities, the wide horizon, as well.
        All the best from us
        The Fab Four of Cley
        :-) :-) :-) :-)

    1. Thanks, Sue Lane. If someone had asked, “Which will come first — a blog award for you or the completion of SH146?” I would have bet on the construction. Now, I’m glad I didn’t have to wait for the highway project to be completed first!

  5. Congratulations Linda! What an honour to receive such a prestigious award from the Native Plant Society of Texas! I am sure that had you submitted the first picture of today’s post on the prairie they would have chosen it too. The way you took this photo with that particular perspective is very impressive.

    1. The award was a great surprise, and a great honor; thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the prairie photo, too. I came upon that scene in late October, in an area of open range. I’m eager to make one more extended trip through the area — I missed my 75th birthday, but I surely can manage it before my 80th!

    1. Thanks, Laurie! I see you had a special treat yourself, with that visit from Jason and Judy. I’m eager to read about it, and so glad to see them mentioned. I’d been wondering how things were going for them.

  6. I originally opened this post on my phone, but came back on my laptop to better view the photos you had posted on Lagniappe. Congratulations! It’s so nice to be recognized for one’s efforts. And well deserved, I might add.

    1. This was the year I realized taking lots of photos has one unexpected advantage. I found some in my archives that hadn’t yet been published, so they were available for the contest. I didn’t even enter until a week before the deadline; I’m sure glad that I did!

      Thanks for taking a look at the larger views of the photos. It’s fun remembering the times and places when they were taken.

    1. Thanks, Neil. We all find our little niches, and I guess I’ve found mine — although I do my ambling far from the urban streets! I’m so pleased you took time to visit and comment; I hope you find something of interest here from time to time.

  7. Linda, I was introduced to your writing by Sue Lane France, and I was immediately an admirer. Thank you for sharing the wonder of our incredible world. Mary Lee Marcom

    1. How kind of you to stop by, Mary Lee. I suspect you’re living in one of my favorite states; there are several blog posts here dedicated to such things as my tour of WPA art in Arkansas post offices, the Crystal Bridges Museum, and early life on Rich Mountain. As a matter of fact, I’m a member of the Arkansas native plant society; there are a lot of treasures in that part of the world, too.

  8. Many congratulations, Linda! A deserved honor for your gorgeous photos and documentation of Texas Native plants! I’ve enjoyed both of your blogs and look forward to seeing what’s new.

    Funnily enough, in past years I’ve always devoted several posts during Texas Native Plant Week but I guess my blog burn-out is real as I couldn’t get anything done.

    1. I didn’t realize it was Native Plant Week until yesterday: too many things on my mind, I suppose. I’ve always enjoyed your posts related to the event, but I suspect garden and bee work has you well occupied. I have noticed some bloggers reappearing after extended absences; several have mentioned feeling reinvigorated with the cooler temperatures. That’s surely true here!

      1. I’m definitely gardening, now that the heat is *mostly* done. My front garden will take front seat once the tree comes down. I’m sad about the tree, but looking forward to the challenge of a new, full-sun garden–a first for me!!

        I’ve learned so much from your blogs, seen plants that I may never see in real time. Your work is appreciated by many people, I suspect. Thank you!

    1. It’s been quite a journey, for sure. I still have a few of my WU posts tucked away in my files — not to mention the photographic record of your travels through Louisiana. What a time that was — here’s your visit to Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge for crawfish. Good times — and only the beginning. Did your avatar ever come back home to you?

      1. No, she hasn’t. I don’t remember exactly who she was with, the last time she was seen. She’s probably hanging on a nail somewhere or up on a closet shelf. LOL

  9. What wonderful news, Linda, and very well deserved.

    Somewhere in the archives I have an email from you where you asked …”should I turn to serious writing?” I am so glad you did. Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration.

    1. And as I’ve reminded you several times over the years, I still have that bit of advice you offered to students:

      “Enter this room with an open mind;
      Discipline yourself to listen carefully;
      Structure your work
      to show your thinking clearly;
      Remember it requires effort to learn
      and make progress.”

      That still holds true — for words and images.

  10. Crowds are forgettable; it’s the individuals you remember. When you move out into the crowd and meet the individuals one at a time, that amorphous crowd becomes faces and lives. That’s as true of prairies, or swamps, or forests as it is of a crowd of people. That’s what stopping to smell the roses is all about.

    1. That’s exactly right. And in almost every case, when I look at a photo — even one from several years ago — I can remember when and where it was taken. I also remember where I first encountered certain flowers. That’s one of the best reasons to look at other’s blogs, and to browse through native plant sites. It helps something new to stand out from that crowd.

    1. Thanks, Brad. As I sometimes tell people who ask how to begin exploring, the best way I’ve found is to be like the bear who went over the mountain; just go out and see what you can see.

  11. What a great quote, and how lucky we are that you’ve taken it to heart, Linda! Congratulations on your awards and keep your eyes and ears tuned to Nature’s glories. We all learn something from visiting here.

    1. I daresay I’ve learned the most, Debbie. Now, if only I could learn to spot poison ivy and poison oak before I get into it. Robert Frost was right that the woods are lovely, dark and deep, but they’re also full of the darned stuff and I’ve brought some home two weekends in a row. It’s not widespread and not particularly itchy now, but I sure would like to know how I managed to get it under my chin!

      1. You must’ve touched it and transferred it. That’s the likeliest explanation. I’ve also heard that you can get it by petting a dog who’s come into contact with it. Nasty stuff, indeed!

    1. I need to be far more diligent about taking time to look where poison ivy/oak are concerned. I brought a tiny bit home from Bastrop, but somehow I afflicted myself with more of it in the east Texas woods on Sunday. How I managed to get it under my chin and on my neck I can’t imagine, but there’s been a lot of cleaning and washing going on. It’s still not as bad as chiggers!

  12. Congratulations!
    Good to see you again after some years.
    Didn’t know you had worked at Phebe Hospital – must have been before I got there in ‘92.

    1. Believe it or not, I was thinking about you a couple of months ago when a friend and I were discussing Nanaimo Bars. I still haven’t made them; she said they were too sweet and not worth the trouble, but I think they look delicious.

      You did make it to Phebe after me — I was there in the mid-70s. They have a new website, and some new services are being offered, like eye care.

      It’s so good of you to stop by. I hope all’s well with you and yours.

    1. Thanks, John. I love Texas, and I still have some Texas stories to tell. I need to stop yammering about it and just write the darned things. Speaking of Texas, have you come across the website called Traces of Texas? It’s the best kind of time sink: history, lore, photography, food. The fellow who maintains it does a top-notch job: he’s a crack photographer, writes well, and knows the state.

  13. Wow! Congratulations on your award, well deserved! I am not at all surprised that four out of five photos were winners, they all shine out to me. You truly are a talented photographer and writer, maybe you will get an award for the latter soon. Congratulations!!!xxx

    1. One of the things I most enjoy about blogging is the interaction; had this award not come along, I would have continued on, perfectly happy to have my readers as one of my primary rewards. But the award did come, and it’s been fun to share it with people who’ve been along for the ride — like you! Finding the similarities and differences in our worlds is great fun, and at this point I know more about gardening than I ever imagined I would — not to mention the complexities of rescuing hedgehogs!

  14. I am so glad that you are fond of the prairies . I have been in love with them for years because I grew up living on a farm that had a small one that was maintained just for the hay. It is still in existence which makes me so happy. My hope is that it is never destroyed.

    The prairie in your photo here is more than beautiful. I can’t find adequate words to describe its beauty. Many years ago I met a couple from Temple, Texas who reclaimed about 100 or so acres, It was called the Burleson prairie but I have no idea if it still exists. Also many years ago before the Darr prairie was sold and destroyed to make way for commercial enterprise, I dug a few pieces. Some I planted on my small acreage in the country that at one time had been prairie. I planted big and little bluestem, switch grass, and Indian grass. And on my one acre here in town I planted a few sprigs of Texas blue grass which has done very well and has grown into a tiny plot of about 4×4 feet. When it blooms it waves in the air like tiny flags. It remains green just about all year if given water in the extreme dry months of summer. It doesn’t take much. Again, congratulations on your win and the beautiful wood plaque. I love what you have accomplished.

    1. I wish you could ride along, Oneta. We’d have a wonderful time, telling stories to go along with our looking. I know a few places where we could get a good piece of pie, too. Why not?

    1. Thanks, Derrick. The award and winning photos are wonderful, but I’m feeling the need to move on. The story of the beginning of The Task at Hand is pretty interesting, too. I haven’t posted that entry in some time; it might be worth it, since readership turns over every so often.

    1. And let us not forget the true heroes of the coastal prairie: the good ol’ boys in the F150 who show up at just the right time with a tow strap. The stories are legion, and those stories are their own reward. There probably isn’t an award for the number or quality of creative encounters with fishermen, hunters, ranchers, and gator wranglers, but there should be. Onward, indeed!

  15. Congratulations Linda! It is wonderful that your photography receives recognition. As this post remembers the prairie, my own thoughts took me back to a similar landscape in eastern Montana, where I taught for 25 of my 40 years. I will always treasure the unique beauty of nature there.

    1. It is a different sort of beauty: one that doesn’t immediately or automatically appeal to everyone. That’s why walking the prairie is my preferred way to experience it. The blur of grasses seen from a car resolve into dozens of different plants; the swath of color becomes a world.

  16. I Love your answer to how do you find this stuff. Taking the time to look is the key to so many creative endeavors.

    1. It certainly plays into your painting, doesn’t it? But just ‘looking’ isn’t the end of it. A few times, I’ve come across a group of plein air painters, and it’s fascinating to see how each of them is portraying the scene in front of them. There’s seeing, and there’s vision, and that can differ considerably from person to person.

    1. Thanks, Tom. As you might imagine, it was quite a surprise. There’s nothing like finding a blaze or cairn that says, “Yep. This is the right path.” On we go.

  17. You have received a well-deserved AWARD, but your readers continue to reap the REWARD.
    Thank you for sharing the view from your mind’s window.

    Most folks would not say “Florida” when you ask where they would go to visit a prairie. Our Sunshine State once had over 2,000 square miles of dry grass prairie. Remnants of that ecosystem are among our most favorite places to explore.

    “Take time to look” is the best advice to follow for anyone venturing into nature. When I first started “birding”, I soon learned in some circles it is considered a seriously competitive “sport”. (If you need something to do on a rainy day, watch the movie “The Big Year” to get an idea of the concept.)

    I don’t play well with others (one friend told me I didn’t have the required “killer instinct”.) so I soon went my own way with bird-watching instead of birding and “took time to look” at all the marvelous wonders there are in the world.

    Congratulations on your steadfastness in writing, photographing and – living!

    1. I smiled at your mention of birding as a competitive sport. It didn’t take me long to figure out that the ‘life list’ is very important to some people — not to mention having more entries on that list than others in their group. Ironic, that their approach to birding sometimes seems a bit lifeless.

      As for the killer instinct, you’re reminded me of a quotation I can’t source, but that always makes me laugh: “The best thing about working with plants is, if you have a really bad day, you can go home and eat a salad.”

      Steadfastness is good, as long as that spinning wheel keeps contact with the ground, and keeps moving forward. I’ve been in the process of rediscovering the music of Rodney Crowell — especially some of his newer work — and I’d say he understands the dynamics of life as well as anyone. There’s a time to celebrate, and a time to reclaim the steadfastness that routine implies.

  18. Congratulations!! “Take time to look” is such good advice for anyone at anytime. As for looking in Texas, some of my family are still considering a trip there, on which I may accompany them, and follow your example more specifically and concretely. Every sighting on your blog(s) of the wonders in the state makes me more eager.

    1. With your keen eye and your appreciation for nature, you could busy yourself with looking in our state for a good while. I hope you do manage a trip. In the words of T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock, ” Oh, do not ask, “What is it?” Let us go and make our visit.”

      Thanks so much for visiting here, and for your kind words. One of the most interesting things about success can be its ability to freeze us in place. I’ve read Tennessee Williams’s essay titled “The Catastrophe of Success” a couple of times over the past week, and appreciated it in a new way. I think you’d appreciate the entire piece, but this strikes me particularly:

      “The public Somebody you are when you “have a name” is a fiction created with mirrors… the only somebody worth being is the solitary and unseen you that existed from your first breath and which is the sum of your actions and so is constantly in a state of becoming under your own volition — and knowing these things, you can even survive the catastrophe of Success!”

      1. This idea is worth some contemplation— !

        I’m not familiar with Williams, nor have I thought much about the idea of success, but what you’re shared resonates with so much I have been musing on lately…

        More and more I feel how my “success” at taking one more breath and surviving the day is a great gift, and I’m looking forward to being surprised and delighted by the coming gifts, which might include meetings with any number of friends and natural wonders.

        Thank you, Linda!

  19. This is exciting news. What an honor, well deserved btw. I am thrilled for you and know that I’ve enjoyed your ability to take the time to look at what the prairie readily shows us. And your photos? Wonderful.

    1. It was exciting. I was more than pleased to share the news with my readers, and (let us be honest here) to bask just a little in the glow of the award. Now, it’s time to move on — both literally and figuratively. Life is movement, and getting stuck in positivity is just as counter-productive as getting stuck in negativity. So: onward we go! Who knows what sorts of flapdoodle await?

  20. How wonderful! I have left a longer comment on the Lagniappe site, but I’ll express again here what a beautiful job you do with your state and regional travels and photography.

    1. Thanks, Lexie. I’m looking forward to the fall and winter more than usual this year. It’s a good season for traveling our state, especially in those areas where geology rivals botany. I love my area, and east Texas, but north and west are good directions to travel, too.

    1. Thanks, Jeanie! We’ve traveled a good way together. I do wish Oh! still were with us to enjoy this, but perhaps she is sharing in the fun, in her own way. Life has changed a good bit since those first years when we all were encouraging each other, but change is good, too — and your encouragement still means the world to me!

    1. ‘Passion and love’ sounds better than ‘obsession,’ Curt. If my mother still were around, she’d call it craziness, but of course, if she still were around, I’d not have the freedom to truck around the countryside as I do, so it wouldn’t matter. What does matter is that I do love being out and about, and discovering this or that, and coming back home to share it. I once was asked “Which approach to blogging do you prefer?” I’ve always thought the best model was a five-year-old, running in with a rock or a June bug and saying, “Look what I found!”

      1. I really like your analogy, Linda. And I feel the same way. Seeing new places and learning new things has always brought me great joy. And behaving like a youngster, helps me think more like one. Like you, sharing is an important part of the experience. –Curt

        1. I came across a comment by a fellow who maintains a fabulous website dedicated to Texas. He has a photo section, a forum, and a blog. Someone asked him recently when he was going to publish a book. He said, “My blog is my book.” I really, really liked that!

          1. Would you believe, Linda, there is a book out titled “How to Blog a Book.” You write it on blog and then adapt it for Amazon. I more or less did that with my Peace Corps book but self-published. Just think, you could write all of your travels around Texas off on your income tax.

  21. I’ve been impressed from the start with your ability to see just the right angle to capture the beauty of your subjects and raise our own curiosities about the plants and their flowers. I for one am not surprised that you’ve received this recognition. Just as so many of us are impressed with your way with words and language so too with your photography skill. Congratulations again! You are more than deserving of this award.

    I chuckled when you mentioned O’Keeffe’s advice. That was the title (almost) of one of my first blog posts.

    1. I still laugh when I remember the title of my first post here at The Task at Hand: “Dazed and Confused.” It’s still apt, although I might edit it to “A Little Less Dazed, but a Little More Confused.” On the other hand, ‘dazzled’ is etymologically related to ‘dazed,’ and the past years certainly have led to a certain dazzlement when it comes to the natural world.

      I think the comments I enjoy most on Lagniappe are ones like, “I didn’t know Texas looked like that. Just as Iowa = corn for many people, and Idaho = potatoes, Texas = cactus and dust for many people. Helping to break down those stereotypes is a great deal of fun!

      1. I have to admit that I was not aware of all of Texas’ ecoregions. Of course it is large enough to be its own country (I believe there is active discussion on that topic) so not really surprising.

        In reading Cheri’s comments above this comment box I see that it was your birthday on Saturday. Belated but Happy Birthday.

        1. It is amazing. Even if I drive only two hours in any direction, I can visit woodlands and forests, prairies of various sorts, beaches, and wetlands/marshes. Four hours? Its the Edwards plateau, and the hill country. Beyond that? Well, there’s a reason I rarely make it to the Panhandle or west Texas. I love seeing this sign at the Louisiana border.

          Thanks for the birthday wishes. Three-quarters of a century feels pretty darned good.

          1. It’s about 350 miles to Acadia and that feels like a long drive. 800+ would be at least a two day drive. I’m not surprised that there are parts yet to see your smiling face. Our loss as I am sure you’d have some tales to tell.
            I’m just a year and a half behind you and my response to any who tease me about my age (mostly my co-workers) is that it’s better than the alternative…at least so far. And it’s a privilege all too many don’t achieve or get to enjoy.

  22. I think these photos are great! They depict the small details of everything in them very well. All the angles were very easy and nice to look at. I love the picture of the tallgrass prairie in autumn. Very well done!

    1. Thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed them: particularly the photo of the prairie, which is one of my favorites. And, yes: it’s the details that so often make for a good image.

  23. This is awesome Linda! I’m so pleased that your wonderful photography and writing are formally acknowledged with the Award and the winning photo entries.. Congratulations!!!

    1. Thanks, Liz. It was delightful to know that someone thought to nominate my blog for the award, and of course I enjoyed having some of my photos selected for notice. Now, I’m ready to move on, and look around for some new delights to share….

  24. How interesting. Your award makes my silly question about the risks of splitting your blog singularly irrelevant! Congratulations, Linda.

    1. Thanks, Cheri! Asking questions always is a good idea — even when the ‘reasonable’ answer is happily ignored! I’ll grant that it’s been more work than I imagined, but it’s been immensely satisfying, too.

    1. It’s easy to equate the miraculous with the extraordinary, but in truth, the greatest miracle may be the ordinary: rightly seen. It’s a lifelong project to develop that ability to see, that’s for sure.

  25. Congratulations – very well deserved. Your blog is a labour of love and your passion for the subject shines through. Finding the plants, taking pictures and writing the posts needs dedication and thoughtfully answering so many comments is something that is easily underestimated.

    1. I once wrote a post about how we come to know anything — in nature, particularly — and I made the point that knowledge and love belong together. If we come to love something, we naturally want to learn more about it; when our curiosity is piqued by what we learn about the unfamiliar, love often develops. I’m no botanist and I’m certainly not as skilled a photographer as I hope to become, but I enjoy introducing people to what otherwise might escape their attention. I figure it’s the least I can do for this wonderful world!

  26. Catching up each evening while doling out reading sessions, I read this one a second time – and could not wait until totally caught up before leaving a comment! What a beautiful tribute to you – and well deserved! Congratulations! I will close the computer now – a nice spot to hold your good news close at hand – then surrender to sleep.

    Catch-up time at the museo keeps me busy, and ‘recharge’ personal batteries has been a slow process..but each day I get closer to ‘norm.’

    Until the next ‘catch-up’ moment.

    Congratulations again!
    Love, Lisa

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I decided not to mention this on your blog, figuring that you’d get here once your own exhibit was a little more under control, and you had a little time. It’s been wonderful following your own special event; the amount of work involved in such a complex endeavor is staggering. Well done to you, too!

      In a way, the best thing about this award is that it came ‘out of nowhere,’ as they say. I was nominated by someone, and I’m rather enjoying the fact that I still don’t know where that nomination came from. None of us knows everyone who’s reading our blogs, or following our work — as you so well know. Assuming that commenters are the full scope of our readers is a mistake, and I always think of those unnamed ones when I’m posting, too.

      Keep recharging, and enjoying. I’m off this weekend to see which new birds have arrived on our north winds. Last weekend, I heard sandhill cranes for the first time this year. Perhaps they’ll reveal themselves this weekend!

      1. Lovely update, and yes, ‘out of the blue’ is often the most refreshing surprise. Enjoy your weekend outing; I’ll spend tomorrow afternoon in the (closed) museo – tweaking things and working without distractions. You’ll return with some great new stories and images!

    1. Thanks so much. Just last weekend I re-learned that lesson about there always being ‘something more’ to see when I came across this loblolly pine with the sun shining on it. The glory of that ‘present’ certainly equaled the honors of the past.

    1. Thanks, Debra! I understand that feeling you have. The years are passing entirely too quickly, and life is still more complicated than I’d like, but I swear I’m going to get back to Chase County — and some of the other spots I’ve been reading about. One of these days! After all — how else am I going to get new photos?

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