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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

W is for Wide Open Spaces





Whenever I'm in a different part of the country that has rolling hills or tall mountains,
I am in awe that the locals get to enjoy that beauty every day!  But living in the
flat farm lands of Ohio has it's beauty, too!  The thing I notice most is that we
can see the land stretch out for miles and the horizon far off in the distance
without it being blocked by buildings, mountains or trees. 


I took these photos last week.  It was a gorgeous spring day and the clouds were
amazing.  It was certainly a wide open, big sky day!


Pictures through my sun roof.  That top photo could be looking down at clouds from an
 airplane, looking up from the ground or even looking at water from the railing on a
cruise ship!  They all look very similar!


What about you?  Do you see mountains, buildings, flat lands or water
 when you are out and about doing your weekly routines?

I've joined the A to Z Challenge for the month of April!
We are celebrating the letter W all day, Thursday the 25th!




58 comments:

  1. I see rolling hills, and farmland, some orchards. I have a soft spot for Ohio's flat landscape.....looks a lot like northern Indiana, and I lived there for a couple years.

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    1. Oh, sounds like you have a few very lovely things to look at! Very nice! Yes, Ohio is a lot like Indiana...I was born there! :)

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  2. Beautiful wide open spaces! Love these shots!

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  3. I love these too Betsy! how you know I live in the countryside,I see mountains, and we call Cordillera de los andes anf in winter is absolutely snowed! you can see the cordillera in all sites herr but in winter id the best!

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    1. oh, that sounds beautiful...you get the best of both worlds!

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    2. Maybe the only ptoblrm in Ssntoago you have a lot of smoke; not here but there are a lot of cars and buses:(

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    3. yes..smog. That's one bad thing about the big cities! At least we can breath out in the country! ha.

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    4. And Ohio is a hog
      When it comes to smog

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  4. Since we live at the bottom of the foothills of Big Tujunga Canyon, I see mountains on 3 sides of my home. Five minutes from the Canyon and that's another beautiful drive.

    No lakes, or ocean close by....but I'll take the mountains. We lived in the San Joaquin Valley for 27 years, and it's so FLAT ~ no mountains in view!!

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    1. both are beautiful in their own ways, aren't they? A few years ago I spent 4 days in Santa Clarita and the mountains were amazing. I couldn't stop talking about them! ha. I think the locals thought I was crazy. I'm sure they take them for granted after a while.

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    2. That's true..when I visited my friend in Tucson, AZ I missed the green trees and grass...and by the time I left a week later, I was in love with the desert landscape, rocks and cactus. We do adapt...don't we. haha

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  5. Such nice scenary you have at your sea
    It is somewhat like that in the one horse town I had to flee
    But not quite
    As it is more of an ugly sight
    All I see day in day out is stupid stone
    Enough to make me groan

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    1. Is the one horse town
      the eleven kitty city?
      lol.
      Stone as in cement block
      or stone as in the some mountain rocks?

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    2. It is the 12 city kitty
      With a mutt that one must pity haha
      As in stone and buildings and such
      Far too much

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    3. yeah in your work but always heard Canada is so beautiful:)

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  6. loving all the blue sky...and the barns...and silos...is one of the silos to hold the cat food for your nation? smiles.

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    1. haha...one of the local farms just put up a huge silo with my last name on it! Maybe they were trying to tell me something?

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  7. some rolling hills and farmland and way too much traffic. with Rt. 30 and Rt. 41 being very busy main routes that intersect in town the traffic is heavy most times. summer errands need to be done in the forenoon!! I miss my quieter Holmes County hills :)

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    1. your photos are beautiful I might add :) nothing like a beautiful quiet countryside!

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    2. you have rolling hills, too? oh, how nice. The only traffic we have out here is if you get stuck behind some piece of farm equipment that is out on the road! ha.

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  8. Pretty pictures...
    I hope you stopped your jeep...before taking pictures through the sun roof.
    I wish I had a sun roof...but I have a mini van.;~)
    Take care,
    BTW...Montana is called Big Sky Country 8~)

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    1. big sky country...oh, that's lovely!

      The sunroof shots...yeah, I was at a stop light on one and the other I did stop out on a country road. :)

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    1. haha...inside the house or out? lol...

      and have you named them all? Sounds like something cute you would do!

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  10. Looks like home to me, and it is BEAUTIFUL!

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    1. yeah, it should look fairly familiar to you! :)

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  11. I can almost smell the fresh air, just looking at these!

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    1. oh yeah, it was the perfect day for taking some long, deep breaths! :)

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  12. Wide open spaces indeed! You are almost done with your A-Z project.

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    1. I know! Can you believe that? April has flown by!

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  13. Betsy, those are great shots. I love the clouds, you really captured them well. I can't wait until it's nice enough to go driving around with the top down and snapping up pics. To think just 3 weeks ago we were in the 80's and since then mid 40's seems to be the norm again, and even a snow shower on monday. Thanks

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    1. I know! We had that little tease of early spring here, too and since then it's been chilly and even with some frost! Not long though and you NYers will be enjoying a real spring. Hopefully no more snow! I love clouds, too, so fun to watch them and find creatures. ha.

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  14. Just the way I like it, Betsy. Don't fence me in!

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    1. are you bursting out into song there, Martin? :)

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  15. I see lots of homes and buildings! Always so much going on.

    Your wide open spaces look like a great place to just sit back and breathe!! :)

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    1. You know, I enjoy a big city, too....love skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle. I've lived in both and both are wonderful in their own ways!

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  16. My goodness!! These were totally wide and wild pics! Yay! Take care
    x

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    1. they are especially wide with this format, aren't they? lol....

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  17. We have hills, lots of trees and buildings (almost claustrophobic like). We miss the wide open spaces of Ohio. We like to drive out to Lancaster County to see all the farm lands there.

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    1. Oh, I'm sure Lancaster County is beautiful! And so is that cute little chunky guy you're holding! :)

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  18. SO PRETTY! We have had the most gorgeous spring!!!

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    1. yes we did...really can't complain about anything and the blossoms lasted so long on the trees!

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  19. Black and two sweeteners, please. Beauty is everywhere, you just have to stop long enough to see it. Based on what I see, you have a knack for seeing beauty each day.

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    1. haha...oh, perfect...and just in time, too, since I just made a fresh pot! And look how observant you are at my observations! :)

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  20. Well, hate to say this but, here in CO we have BOTH1. mountains to the west and wide open plains looking to the east! Oh well! BUT we don;t have beautiful green for more than a few weeks a year! Lovely pics. :)

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    1. I guess you get to enjoy both that way! Southeast Ohio has rolling hills but we seldom travel that way.

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  21. My favorite photo was the one through the roof with the sun blazing but hid by clouds. Seriously good catch! I see mostly trees but then here, in this neck of woods, the trees are protected. If one falls in your backyard, YOU have to replace it. It doesn't matter if the elements knocked it over or not. It cost us a few hundred to have fallen tree cut up and hauled away and we almost got sued over it because we didn't report it first not to mention we had to 'buy' another tree to replace it. And yet they sanction aborting children without batting an eye. Go figure.

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    1. thanks, deb...it was so beautiful to see up there that I had to stop and take a picture! Wow...having to replace the trees..that is something! We've had to hire a company to remove dead trees before...it's expensive! We don't have to report it to anyone, though! wow!

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  22. Gorgeous photos! I do love your photo of the moon :) I am a moon fan too.
    Luna

    www.moonlightandhershadow@blogspot.com

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    1. luna..yes, I see you take your love of the moon very seriously! ha. thanks for visiting...I'll come visit you soon!

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  23. Living in the valley bottom, I really miss the sense of space and big skies. I love to get up high or to visit England's flatlands like Norfolk, where the view goes on forever.

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    1. Oh, but I know you are tuned into beauty around you and make sure you enjoy both when you can! :)

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  24. I see water..ocean water that is..lol...but I miss the country and all that farmland!!! No place like Ohio home!! July 1st cant come soon enough!!!

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    1. I wouldn't mind seeing ocean! :)

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  25. The "wide open spaces" photos certainly match the new layout here! Great shots, as always. I feel like I'm gonna fall into them! :)

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  26. Amazing that you still have time to appreciate the beauty around you in your very busy day!

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  27. Hi Betsy .. stunning photos - you've captured the WOL - wide open landscapes .. love them .. cheers Hilary

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