Ledges

I have found a place.

It is only a few miles away, nested in the valley of the Des Moines River. It is peaceful there, tranquil. Encompassing. The grasses grow tall, the sun beams upon hills and worldly creatures--birds, spiders, fish, frogs, humans--find each other. They converse in a language unspoken; they rely on reflections and textures to tell each other stories. Visitors--people--come to be a part of this natural world. They embrace the scratchy sandstone, the dirt and mud and grass.

The younger you are, the less clothes you wear. Grandfathers and grandmothers don long pants and hats. Parents wear t-shirts and shorts, while bikini-clad teenagers lounge upon picnic tables and towels, tanning their freckled skin. Children wear bathing suits. Little kids wear underwear. The littlest wear nothing. All wade through the streams, pushing their soles into the mud with a satisfying squish. Minnows. Rocks. Water. An endless flow of motion and wet energy.

It is a beautiful place, friends.








































April 1 marked the anniversary of this blog; it is now three years old.

That being said, I want to thank you all for being patient with me; for continuing to read this little blog. Though I lack time for regular posts, I do read each and every comment. Your words bring small joys to my days, and I cannot thank you enough for your wise words, your small pleasures. I wish I had time to respond to each kind word I receive, for it is utterly due. Though I have not excelled at reciprocating, please know that your thoughts, comments, ideas, excitements, compliments, recommendations and humorous outbursts are very much appreciated.

Thank you. Have a wonderful weekend, friends.

7 comments:

  1. Love the picture of the black and white crawfish! It's like it's saying hello!

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  2. Great photos! Almost feel like I can hear the water. :)

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  3. stunning... these are perfect! i love your writing in the beginning. and the mood that these photographs portray is so great : )

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  4. Happy birthday blog :) Buon compleanno :)

    I love this place.. It is so far from chaos and civilization and the daily life of our cities :)
    nature always gives us a feeling of peace :)

    Ciao :)
    Valentina

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  5. Hey Dawn. These shots are quite lovely! I have been obsessed with little critters lately so I really adore the crawfish/crayfish shots. I went on a walk on Monday and found dozen and dozens of turtles. It was so exciting!

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  6. I love these lines:

    "The younger you are, the less clothes you wear. Grandfathers and grandmothers don long pants and hats. Parents wear t-shirts and shorts, while bikini-clad teenagers lounge upon picnic tables and towels, tanning their freckled skin."

    You are an amazing writer. Your words and pictures are so descriptive and you always capture even the best small details. I love reading your posts and looking at the photographs attached. Very inspiring.

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