This week’s prompt page from The Daily Post says this about monuments: “They insist on their own importance, but at the same time allow locals and tourists, pilgrims and accidental visitors, to share a moment and to get a taste of each other’s stories.” The same can be said of the photographs we take and treasure and post. They are monuments of our journey, where we’ve been, what we’ve seen, the stories we’ve told and heard. So, I’d like to share some monuments from my journey on Friday. Steve and I are trying to take a weekly field trip out into the more rural areas of Wisconsin. We are researching a new life, a new home, a new way of embodying what we value: simple, honest work in a lifestyle that respects the planet and is less dependent on human systems. We drove up into the North Country, beyond the oak savannas of southeastern Wisconsin, through the Driftless Area (unglaciated during the most recent glacial event) with its windswept sandstone outcroppings, and into the cranberry bogs and pine forests of Ho-Chunk land. The monumental feeling of this expedition is built of adventure, re-connection with the Earth, the joy of being alive, and the peace of being open to whatever we encounter.
These inspire poetry!
Thanks, Victoria. Majesty, beauty, and quiet whisper poetry without words.
Really lovely, Scilla, and so true!
Thanks, Naomi. I know you have a lot of shots to work with on this theme. Looking forward to the story you’ll share!
Nice take on the Monument theme! Monuments are what we make of them, things that are important to us. Good job for taking the road less traveled.
You’re welcome to come and see what my take on the theme is.
Thanks for your visit, Cris, and for sharing yours.
Glad to be of service. 🙂 I enjoy these little get-togethers, courtesy of these weekly challenges. 🙂
Wow! Amazing shots! Love it! 🙂
Oooo changes afoot for you dear friend.. spring is coming and with that comes new opportunities.. I hope you will still embrace some human systems or we shall miss you ! 😉
A few…of my own choosing!
own choosing is always good 😀
I share Helen’s concerns……….It does look truly beautiful, but…it looks like smoke signals, as opposed to high speed broadband, might be the usual method of disseminating information….
Go far, but not too far…
(and Steve does rather look the part….)
Never fear, the internet is how we run our book business, so that’s a system that we’ll suffer…and I don’t want to give up being in contact with friends and family! 🙂
I was just considering where on the estate I could build a bonfire, and what sort of blanket I would need to use.
These pictures are beautiful. I especially love the one with the lake. Truly amazing natural monuments. Great job 🙂
Thank you! When the sun came out, the reflection was so exact and pristine. This is the Black River, and you can see the beaver dam in the distance that forms this lake. There were some beaver-chewed stumps right along the shore.