Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Over The Hills And Far Away

I thought today I'd show you what it looks like around here in some places. You might imagine Iowa as all cornfields as far as the eye can see, and yes, we do have that. But here it's not all cornfields. There are lots of hills where I live. And nature. Lots of nature.

The good thing about these hills is that it's kind of hard to plant corn or other things on them. So we have lots of wild areas. Corn is good, but we don't need to cover everything with it. Maybe I'll show it to you in a future post if you'd like though.

There are lots of places where I can go to look out over the hills and see out to forever. Many of these places are reserved just for doing that. Sometimes a stop by the side of the road will get you a good view. And there are nature preserves for this as well.

In the picture above you can see in the far distance one area where the land flattens out for a bit. Beyond that is more hills. That's pretty far away. I'll have to get closer to those hills with my pictures one of these times.

I don't know if you can tell from the pictures but a lot of that green color is the tops of trees. I've said that before in another post. You can stand higher than the treetops in lots of places around here. I keep saying it because the view is just so relaxing.

Enough of looking like a bad advertisement for the hills. There are other things around here. There are lots of animals, but I have to say I've only seen mostly birds and bison in this particular area. There are lots of deer, but they seem to like to gather mostly at the highway, at mostly the time of evening when they're hard to see while they run out in front of your vehicle.

I'm hoping that while being out here as often as I am that I'll begin to see more animals. So far it's beginning to work. They really do come out if they detect that you're at ease with your surroundings and they believe you mean them no harm. I'll show some of that next time. I'll talk to you later.


  1. I like that second shot; it just looks so peaceful :o)

  2. Pretty. Reminds me of a meme I came across once. 'What everyone thinks Florida looks like': a beach. 'Real Florida': swampy cypress bog. ;O)

  3. beautiful hills and blue skies, it looks like a peaceful place!!!

  4. Nice pics, Ratty. Sure looks like a great place to visit.

  5. How beautiful! There are lots of wide open spaces in the middle of California, but they are nowhere near as pretty - they are mostly brown.

  6. Missing those hills, have you ascended one yet to the top?

    1. I've been to the top of many of them. Some of the biggest I've walked from the bottom all the way to the top.

  7. It looks so pretty there.

  8. I miss all the green of the Midwest. I also miss the soil. Red clay is tough to garden in! I enjoyed looking at your pictures.

  9. You live in such a beautiful part of the world. I would love all that greenery but for now am happy to experience it through your blog.