11.21.2009

It's a beautiful day.

Welcome, Blog Around the World clickers!
As promised, here's the view from my place:


The morning dawned cold, with a light frost coating the ground and the wooden planks of our back decking. A dense fog hung heavily in the cool morning air.

The sun rose slowly, peeking through the trees to cast long fingers of light over the frosted grass. The swing and the sandbox sat empty.

The bare branches of the trees overlook the last of the soybeans, still in the fields. The weather has been too wet to allow the local farmers to finish their harvest. My neighbor's house is there, just beyond the field, shadowed in fog.

This is morning in Illinois.

Inside our house, a little boy still clothed in pajamas curls up in his momma's bed to watch Bob the Builder. He eats a granola bar and sips his juice while Momma sneaks outside to take photos. Daddy is already in the woods dressed in camouflage, carrying a shotgun; it's the first day of deer season.

All is quiet here, but for the filtered strains of "Can we fix it? Yes, we can!" Soon we will be hearing the first cracks of gunfire. Soon there will be triumphant men, flushed with cold and adrenaline. Soon there will be venison for the chili. Soon it will be winter in Illinois.

But you must be on your way. Click here to continue on this journey. Your next stop is Cyndi's World, my neighbor to the west, in Kansas, USA. Tell her I said, "Hello." :)

25 comments:

humel said...

Lovely pics - beautiful effect with the mist :-)

Amy said...

Rachel, I love to visit your place - the misty shots are fabulous ... Bob's not on here at the moment - sweet relief!

JO SOWERBY said...

what beautiful pictures and how poetically you describe your morning.
Jo xx

Lee said...

Ooh, those pics, gorgeous! Can't wait for us to cool down enough to create some fog. So nice "meeting" you via Shimelle's course!

helena said...

the mist looks lovely with the bare trees. thanks for being part of the blog party

Beverly said...

your pics made me nostalgic for when I lived out in the country...someday I will again :)

Peggy said...

gorgeous pictures! you write beautifully

scrappyjacky said...

Loved the way you described your morning....and the photos are so beautiful.

sm3wkl said...

Beautiful series of pictures! Thanks for being on the train and sharing your morning.

Margi said...

Great pics, thanks for sharing a part of your world with us! Looks a lot like Mid MI this morning as well.

{melissa} said...

that looks like a dream!

Irene said...

Your photos and writing give this post real atmoshere! Lovely! I shall be thinking of the venison chilli all night now! Yum!

Jools said...

Loving this trip round the world and watching the landscape change.

Really enjoyed your description of morning in your home. Felt like I was really there.

Kathy M said...

I feel like I could be standing on your deck, with a cup of coffee. Great pictures.

Photographing Mom said...

Absolutely gorgeous pics!!!

JJ Sobey said...

Ooooo - I love a good fog! Reminds me of home! (We don't get a lot of fog in Montreal, but we get a lot in my home town in Nova Scotia).

Love these shots!

Francine87544 said...

I've seen those lovely Illinois mornings. Kind of chilly in the fog but beautiful (and humid which my skin just loves.) Guess we'll have to get back to Ashton one of these days to see my s-i-l.

Tracy said...

Lovely pictures, that scenery is amazing.

Sian said...

What a beautiful misty morning! Thanks for letting us wake up here today. This is a fascinating journey!

Melissa said...

Love the foggy photos, what a great effect.

elinjanne said...

Love the misty shots. Perfectly fitting to my Christmas music playing in the background.
Thanks for sharing and being a part of the blog around the world trip. I am enjoing my self so much.
-elin-

Cheri said...

Your writing is so poetic. Love your post.

debs14 said...

What a beautiful blog post, I almost felt I was right there with you. Isn't it great to be all snuggled up in the warm when it's cold and foggy outside?

Angela2932 said...

I really like how you narrated the morning. It adds to the sense of serenity that comes through, even with the obvious cold. And it made me homesick for Illinois, where I grew up (near Chicago.) TFS!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful day, indeed... Why do I have the feeling that you need a great backyard to scrap? Since the beginning of my Blog Hop, I didn't see one second floor tiny balcony with a view on the clothing pole of the neighbourgs...
Maybe you NEED the view to craft beautiful pages...
Thanks for the pics, anyway: the mist is magical.