" I walk here and there, seeking open,
flat spaces against a sky up high.
I have discovered, too late, perhaps
that I always preferred the empty
more than the full
for breathing and forgiving."
from The prairie farmland fields
Teresa Palomo Acosta
We have been at the cabin for a couple of weeks which
accounts for my absence from the net. Since we took the
dogs for the first time we converted the 9 hour drive into a
two day journey. They traveled well but I did enjoy the shorter
days. The first part of the journal was thru the mixed grass
prairie an area that, once you are away from the rivers could
be described as flat. It is very much an area of the open road
long distances between small prairie towns marked by water towers
and the increasingly endangered grain elevators. It is a landscape
that celebrates its identity as big sky country.
This particular elevator located the in aspen parklands area
of the northern prairie before it transitions into the boreal forest
is an indication that we are close to home.
"On the prairie, what you are left with is the bare truth,
the land pared down to the bone, the basic dirt and
grass and sky that shape the lives that play out upon it."
from The Secret Life of Cowboys