Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Scenes From Broken Kettle Grasslands

In my last post I promised to share some scenery from Broken Kettle Grasslands with you. I also told you that I had a little negative part of this adventure to tell you, but let's get into that part towards the end. I just really would like to show you these pictures of this beautiful place.

The benches in the picture above are just a short way past an entranceway through the fence that keeps the buffalo in here. The rest of the fence is electrified. The buffalo aren't really confined because it's almost as big inside as it is outside. This place stretches out for miles. That's why I never saw any buffaloes.

I must admit that I altered these pictures in my new favorite photo editor though. But really all I did was fix the light levels so that you could see the sign better. You can see by the shadow that I was pointed in the wrong direction for the Sun.

The first thing I thought when I got here was that this place is a paradise. Seeing all this with your own eyes can be breathtaking. It popped into my mind that it would just be wonderful to live in a place like this, and then I remembered that I do! I really do! I only live a few miles from here.

I'm sure there are similar places for those of you in other parts of the world though. I've seen pictures of Ireland that look very similar. I often wonder if that's why my family settled here. I've recently seen pictures from Turkey that look similar to this. If you're interested, I know where you can get prices on Altinkum Property there. It's worth a quick look.

Me? I'm happy right here in Iowa. I've found my paradise. Yours may look similar or it may look different. I do have to say though that I prefer a few more trees than you see here. There are a lot more trees up the road where I live. I love being in a forest.

Oh wait! I was going to tell you about something that happened here that I didn't like. When I got home I felt something creepy crawly on my leg. I had to take my pants off to get to whatever it was.

It turned out to be a tick! Altogether, I found three of the nasty little parasites crawling on me. I had to do a thorough check of myself and the dog. The dog didn't get any this time, luckily for her. And they didn't get to sink their chops into me, so we were both lucky. I must have just stepped in the wrong spot. It's the kind of thing that happens when you are outside in a wild place.

I got some great pictures out of the deal though. Like I said, this place is what I think of as paradise. These rolling hills full of green green grass where the buffalo roam. Occasional sanctuaries full of trees. A stream running through it all. That's heaven. What does your paradise look like?


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  2. Those are some stunning photos! My human is totally a city girl, but she is glad to live in a big city that is very near a huge forest (Angeles National Forest) so she can get outdoors in nature when she she feels the need. As for me, I am an indoor-only kitty and the only trees I get to enjoy are cat trees!

  3. Oh those are gorgeous photos, Ratty, and I love the bright and crisp color from your editing.

    It looks like paradise indeed, but tick is bad :-(

  4. Wonderful pictures Ratty, a place I would really enjoy visiting...ticks and all!!

  5. One of my most favorite areas. I have looked for rattlesnakes and done plant studies here.

  6. Spectacular! One of the best adventures that you've written about. I'd love to learn more about this area. Ticks are an everyday adventure in my life, after working I sometimes 20 or 30 off of me. The trick is to find every last dang one of the critters before they burrow in!

  7. That is a gorgeous looking place Ratty. The lack of trees reminds me of this area and the green looks like an area near here called The Paloose. Even Paradise can have ticks huh? Nasty little critters. When I directed a camp in GA they were an everyday occurrence but not so much here. I have only seen one so far this summer.

  8. You have your heaven very beautifully pictured.

    And these pictures are well edited.

    Like them.

  9. So beautiful, what a paradise indeed. I also love the way you edited, it enhanced to bring nature to us beautifully.

  10. Such a lovely place, Ratty! I'm glad you found such loveliness in your new home. And while the ticks were a downside, it was still a great place to visit, I'm sure.

  11. I grew up in those hills North of Sioux City, and what I'll never forget are the incredible sunsets. 'Red sky at night, sailor's delight'
    After living in cities for the last many years, I miss those huge blue skies, and lazy clouds of summer.
    Don't miss the those winter winds coming off the plains of the Dakotas, though.
    Thanks for the pictures!