a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Saturday, December 14, 2013

My Winter Walk

At The Farm you can't really see the lay of the land unless there is the contrast of snow with the trees.  After viewing the hills around me in the valley I know why it was chosen through the years as a Native American campsite.
Fresh running water and
flat lands with rolling hills on all sides 
made this valley perfect for anyone's home.
I wandered to Rock Hollow.
It was not a safe day to climb.
The snow showed me how hidden
the valley and the people here would be.
It was an Ariat day.
No, still haven't found that new pair of rubber boots.
I'm grateful the foresight of my ancestors
allows me to call this peaceful valley My Home.

23 comments:

Sandra said...

i can see the perspective you are talking about in the photos... the Native Americans were smart and so were your ancestors... at least the way it is now you can see that lion if it comes in daylight. in summer you could not

A Quiet Corner said...

I, too, love walks like that...:)JP

RoeH said...

I love this post! What a great place to live.

Saucy Kodz said...

Now, I can see how you were describing the hills and valley - the snow certainly allowed you to capture the angles of the land and hills. I can understand how you would be most grateful and happy to live here.My walks are restricted to about town now, as too many bears and coyotes out in the woods. The bears haven't gone to bed for the winter yet. Had one in town last week and I did wake up one morning last year to see a little fella walking right up the middle of the street - most of the time they will just run off, but not so with the coyotes - they have tasted humans and now are stalking - they hunt in packs and look for some lonely person out for a walk by themselves in the woods or on a road etc, without a rifle and they have also been spotted at the edge of the woods at the school, watching the kids. There is a bounty on them now - anyway didn't mean to ramble on about this as you had quite a lovely post. Hi to everyone xo

Lynne said...

Sacred ground indeed . . .

I have been missing you . . . where have you been!?

Farm Girl said...

I was driving yesterday and thinking about you so I am glad you posted. I was going to be writing you a letter. :) I love your view and I was wondering what kind of Indians lived in your area? I love your views and I wish my ancestors had not journeyed to California but stayed on their land. How nice for you to have that beauty all around you.
So glad you posted I have missed you.

Dreaming said...

I enjoyed the walk.

Dreaming said...

I enjoyed the walk.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

All that snow looks amazing. You are fortunate to live where you do.
I should send you new boots for Christmas...

TexWisGirl said...

you've had quite a bit of snow. no snow here, yet, just a few days of ice.

D. Jean Quarles said...

Such a lovely walk. Thanks for taking us with.

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Nice to see you back. I can't believe all the snow you are getting over there. I hardly dare say this but we are still having mild weather over here.
Lynne x

Linda Wildenstein said...

THanks for taking me along on this lovely walk. It looks to me to be just a wonderful place to enjoy all that is Mother Nature in all her different dressings. I feel connected now by having small bits and bobs of where you live. I am truly blessed. Oma Linda

Barbara said...

it looks mighty cold to me, enjoy, I love the South, no snow here.

Terri Buster said...

We didn't get the snow and ice that seems to have landed up your way. But it's been bone chillin' cold for sure. I've found a lot of arrowheads on my land- we are right beside a creek and we also have a burial mound on the back of our property.

Irene said...

Being in a valley must mean you are sheltered, yes? But it also must collect water when it rains and when the snow melts. Of course, you have good run offs, don't you? I now picture you in an idyllic place, although I know your life is not always so. I don't tiptoe through the tulips every day either :)

Ginny said...

I love your style of writing, especially what you say about your ancestors. Oh my, you are getting your pants and feet wet, and all for US! Thank you, I love seeing your home.

labbie1 said...

Beautiful and so glad to see you back!

labbie1 said...

PS--Call a taxidermist--they'll come and trap it. :)

Josie Two Shoes said...

I was so happy to see this post today, I really needed to go for a walk! These photos were beautiful, and you are right that the white snow shows off the contrast. I can almost visualize a winter encampment here long ago! We must find you those new boots! :-)

LindaG said...

Wonderful photos, Gail. Thanks for sharing your walk with us. :-)

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Susan Kane said...

You have great understanding of your land and how the Native Americans found it a safe place.

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