A Taste Of Autumn Part 3

Autumn colors begin to touch the trees on this Kansas farm, echoing the red of this historic red barn. A windmill stands ready to pump water from the well.

Wheat fields stretch as far as the eye can see in Scott County, Kansas. On the horizon is irrigation equipment. Kansas is the largest wheat producer in the United States with North Dakota a close second.

Rows of maple trees in Autumn color flank the front lawn of the Harry S. Truman Farm Home, also known as the Solomon Young Farm, in Grandview, Missouri. Future U.S. president Harry S. Truman lived in the house from 1906 to 1917 and worked its acreage as a farmer from the ages of 22 to 33. The house is part of Harry S. Truman National Historic Site.

A weathered, abandoned house sits on a still-active farm in Rush County, Kansas, near the Santa Fe Trail. The Aermotor windmill pumps water for cattle. The first Aermotor was sold in 1888 and has become a quintessential image of the American West.

An old farm wagon rests in a Missouri hay field after fall harvest. A dead tree on the left looks as if it’s waving its branches like arms.

Sunshine brightens the landscape on this early November day on a Missouri farm. Some trees are still green, others are turning and some have lost all of their leaves. Birdhouses await new residents in the spring.

Katharine Lee Bates’ inspiring poem about this great country.


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A Taste Of Autumn Part 2

A sunflower stands against the backdrop of a red barn with an American flag. The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.

A storm rolls over a red barn in the Green Mountains of Vermont in Autumn.

This retro Coca Cola sign is quite a fun gem. Maybe you will find a refreshing drink inside on a warm fall day?

Sheep graze on the lawn at Middleton Place, a plantation on the Ashley River near Charleston, South Carolina. The plantation, a National Historic Landmark District, is now a museum, and is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States.


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A Taste Of Autumn

As autumn approaches, thoughts of hayrides, pumpkin picking, and foliage flow through my mind. It has a bit of a magical feeling to it and that was captured in these amazing photos of farm life.

A Vermont farmer harvests corn. Beyond his field, beautiful Autumn foliage adorns the hillside.

A pickup truck drives along the edge of a harvested field in the western Vermont countryside. Beyond are farm houses and in the distance are the Green Mountains. Trees are changing to their brilliant Autumn foliage. Clouds roll in before rain shower.

Dairy cattle graze in the corral outside of a red barn in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Brilliant Autumn foliage surrounds the farm, one of many charming farmsteads in New England.

The Z Bar, Spring Hill Farm, built in 1881, is now a part of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, north of Strong City, Kansas. The preserve protects a nationally significant example of the once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem.

A red barn, blue sky and green grass create a beautiful pastoral scene on a farm in Kansas. The branches of a red cedar hang in the foreground.

Three Black Baldy calves greet a visitor to their pasture in Texas. Black Baldy is a type of crossbred beef cattle produced by crossing Hereford cattle with a solid black breed, usually Aberdeen Angus.


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A Dip In The Lake

Lake Wakatipu is magnificent and serene at sunset.

Flowering dogwoods and brilliantly colored blooming azaleas brighten the banks along Rice Mill Pond at Middleton Place Plantation on the Ashley River near Charleston, South Carolina. Spanish moss hangs from the trees. The plantation, a National Historic Landmark District, is now a museum, and is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States.

Water lilies and iris bloom at a lake in Kansas.

An alligator swims across a pond on Seabrook Island in South Carolina. A palm tree is reflected in the water. This alligator, about five feet long, had been sunning himself (or herself) on the shoreline opposite our house, but when friends and I walked onto the deck of our house, he began to swim over to investigate us. He rested in the water for several minutes in the water just below us, seemingly staring up at us.

“Alligator at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area” in South Carolina. An alligator is almost invisible in the grass as it waits on a strip of ground in a lake at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area in South Carolina, near Charleston. The marshy area is popular with bird watchers, who can find more than 50 bird species there, as well as alligators, armadillos and other wildlife. Today, this alligator seems alone, but he is patient.

Lake Champlain is situated in the Lake Champlain Valley between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

In March, more than a million snow geese visit Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Mound City, Missouri, on its spring migration north.

Here are the namesake islands of Island Pond, Vermont, which is an area of spectacular natural beauty in the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The pond is in the center of the town of Brighton. In this view of Island Pond, cattails are in the foreground, hills blazing with Autumn colors seem to be on fire on the horizon.


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Light The Way!

Kīlauea Lighthouse is located on Kīlauea Point on the island of Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi in the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. On the grounds are several Hawaiian geese, also known as nēnē or nene in the Hawaiian language. They are the world’s rarest goose and once dropped to a population of only fifty. The official bird of the state of Hawaiʻi, the nene is exclusively found in the wild on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi.

The old lighthouse stands on Cape Point near the southern tip of Africa. It is bird spattered, and the surrounding rocks are covered with graffiti. It has a weathered feel of many travelers.

A sailboat navigates past Sletterhage Lighthouse on the eastern coast of Jutland in Denmark. Crowds enjoy the sunny weather as they gather on the shore.

Climb 444 steps up Cerro Santa Ana in Las Peñas neighborhood in Guayaquil, Ecuador, to reach the lighthouse. Climb another fifty steps to reach the top of the lighthouse to see a panorama of the city. Las Peñas, meaning The Rocks, is the birthplace of the city. Charming colonial buildings line the steps to the top with cafes and shops to visit when you need a rest.

Portland Head Light is an historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. George Washington directed that construction on the light house begin in 1787. It was completed on January 10, 1791. It’s the oldest lighthouse in Maine and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The light station sits on a head of land at the entrance of the primary shipping channel into Portland Harbor, which is within Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is the only place in the United States where you can tour Maine’s first land-based lighthouse opened to the public, get married, spend your honeymoon, and pay for it all using the only U.S. money ever to bear the image of a lighthouse—Maine’s official quarter featuring Pemaquid Point Light. This picturesque light has attracted many, including Edward Hopper, who captured its image in his 1929 watercolor, “Pemaquid Light.” Today, Pemaquid Point is one of New England’s most visited and photographed lighthouses, drawing over 100,000 visitors annually. When Bartholomew Gosnold sailed to Pemaquid in 1602, the area was already a port of call for French, Portuguese, Spanish and English fishermen and the occasional coastal trader. Still, it was bit surprising to see Native Americans in western garb board the Dartsmouth and greeted Gosnold in English.


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Vintage Toys!

Oh, the joys of childhood! Toys from our past bring up all kinds of memories and feelings. Take a little trip down memory lane every once and a while. Enjoy the freedom of innocence!

Nutcrackers are fun year round and perfect to celebrate any occasion.

A rubber ducky sits on a fresh towel, welcoming bathers. This ducky greets guests at the historic “Inn at 835” in Springfield, Illinois. What a great card to help welcome a new baby or to send birthday wishes.

Many children likely enjoyed this toy tractor on grandmother’s porch. Now a bit rusty, the tractor awaits new riders on the weathered porch boards. This beautiful vintage tractor photo is now a puzzle so you can play, too!

A vintage toy wagon and tractor wait on the front porch of an old white clapboard country house in the mountains. Oh, the stories these venerable, well-loved toys could tell.


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Plush Home Style

How fantastic would it be to have this black persian cat pillow adorning your couch?! I just love it’s hilarious expression! It’d be a great addition to a house with a little sense of humor.

This phalaenopsis orchid decorative pillow is absolutely gorgeous! It’s elegant and modern. It’s a perfect fit to bring life and color snuggled on any couch or chair!

Kansas City residents have a lot of love for their city. It oozes out everywhere! This would be perfect for anyone with Kansas City adoration How fantastic are those fireworks?!

Imagine this beautiful stargazer lily pillow nestled on wicker chairs on a back porch on a lovely day. It would go really well with the bright yellow english rose below!



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