A Bit of Local History

This is a place that is not very far from where I live. I was taking my teenage niece to get in some driving practice; I will be soon driving on the sidewalk for safety, and I figured why not take her up to where this is located.

In the small town, I call home, is this quaint little cabin that has stood since 1878.If you can read the marker that stands in front of the cabin, it informs you of the history of what was a home, grain store and stage coach stop. It would become the towns first post office as well.

I love to find these off the beaten path historical markers. It gives me a tactile sense of what came before and what has stood the test of time. In light of all the historical monuments, we are losing I find these to be refreshing. I hope that the younger generation will somehow find beauty in the things of the past but I fear that they will not.

I like the fact that such a place is basically right across the highway from my home. The preserve in which it is located also boasts some of the native flora of the state. And if you go early in the morning you may see a few deer. So if you ever find yourself in Central Texas, not far from the Fort Hood military base. Check out Ogletree Gap Preserve located in Copperas Cove, Texas.

 

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Ogletree Stage Stop located at Ogletree Gap Preserve in Copperas Cove, Texas.

 

 

“Thistle” While You Work

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I was walking out around our deck, looking for inspiration for today’s photo. I kept being drawn back to a weed, not the beautiful aloe plants, or cacti. No, it was this cluster of thistle that I kept coming back to.

A backyard full of gorgeous plants, and a weed catches my eye. Was it because it’s a weed, and in my mind, it doesn’t belong. Or is it the fact that even a weed can be beautiful.

I think it speaks to me that even in a world full of beautiful people, there are those of us who feel more akin to the weed. Unwanted, and destined to be cast out of the garden.

Yet the thistle,  like so many other weeds, performs a service in that it has medicinal uses. It makes me wonder how you see yourself. As a beautiful flower. Or are you a weed? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Sparks To Light A Fire

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When looking at this simple flower, my writer’s mind creates a whole new world. Alien landscapes, a dystopian society, sparks to fire up so many possibilities in one small flower.

Does my writer’s mind miss the beauty that is just in the flower? Never, but it is while delving deeper into the essence of what makes it so beautiful that art is born.

 

After The Rain

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I stepped outside after a pretty brutal thunderstorm, and as always it amazes me the resilience of plants to weather the storm. This rose took the moment to open up, and bloom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

of plants to weather the storm. This bud took that time to open up, and bloom.