Thursday, July 23, 2009

At the Edge of an Ocean (SWF)


The fields surrounding Killdeer Plains are striking.
Freshly cut of their wheat crop, and carried away as golden bales of straw, this yawning space devoid of hills or homes, becomes a stage upon which dramatic skies dance.

And, as one from the more rolling and wooded corner of the state, I found it hard to not always be standing, looking up in admiration, as if I’d never seen these same clouds pass, just 3 hours south, though I know it must be so.


The ocean above,
greater than one of water,
I play at the edge.




Cutleaf teasel, Dipsacus laciniatus

Cutleaf teasel, Dipsacus laciniatus, is a larger cousin to the purple-flowered, common teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, of my fields, and lines the roadways here. Both invasive non-natives, the cutleaf's white flower heads stand taller and its fancier leaves spread broadly at the base and adorn a reddish stem.




Sturdy and up to 7 feet tall, a bird has nested in this one.



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27 comments:

cestoady said...

What a marvelous place -- if I was a bird, I too would sing and nest in the patches of Cutleaf Teasel.

scienceguy288 said...

A great skywatch shot of the far off wall of clouds.

bobbie said...

wonderful pictures!

Maria said...

Beautiful post... I'm enjoying your blog... visited your maple syrup post ... watched the hummingbird nest (like the scrapbook widget) and on to open the bald eagle photo!
Grace & Joy to you ~Maria

Rita said...

I am enjoying your beautiful photos. thanks for sharing
Rita

Arija said...

Beautiful SkyWatch and I love the Teasel shots that follow.

Lynn said...

Beautiful! I love the first picture.

bowledover said...

Lovely captures you have shared with us here . Thanks.
Its reconed that the seasons are at least two weeks early this year.
Some of our crops are harvested and the fields ploughed.

erin said...

very lovely skywatch post and the teasel is interesting. i saw some here at the lake over the 4th ... i love the texture, the thorns and plant.
have a great weekend.

Carver said...

These shots are all a delight. So much beauty in the sky and in nature.

Photo Cache said...

This is such a fantastic post. I love how you expressed yourself. And the photos are amazing.

Vita Stunder said...

Great shots!!

Have a nice weekend!
Anna

Deborah Godin said...

I love those teazels! I'm used to seeing them all brown and dried (and beautiful that way too) but this is really something, seeing them all green and sparkly!

Pearl Maple said...

Beautiful collection of photos for Sky Watch Friday, striking views of the sky and lovely nature scenes.

dAwN said...

Lovely skywatch! Great photos! As always a story beautifully told.

Grace and Bradley said...

What a beautiful blog entry! Not only the pictures are nice, but also how you put and link them together. Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.

Kilauea Poetry said...

I think your post is great..very captivating and superb photos- love the little bird against the water-

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful series of shots, landscapes and the teasel images~

J Bar said...

Great shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Jana said...

Hi Nina, It was nice to meet you. Thanks for perfectly capturing the skyscapes and landscapes of Killdeer Plains last weekend.It was a perfect location for the workshop, and the weather was just right. It's great to see your photos to remember it by.

Jew Wishes said...

What beautiful photos. I too, can relate to the cloud wall...and fortunately no tornado hit my home.

Eric said...

Nice set of pictures you have here....love them all!!

Have a nice SWF.

Greetings from NL

Abe Lincoln said...

I like this thoughtful post. Photos are excellent.Very nice shot for SkyWatch Friday.

Pick a Peck of Pixels

MaineBirder said...

Beautiful captures of nature at her grandest!

Shey said...

These are very relaxing scenes. Truly striking indeed. Love the close-ups the most. Awesome! :)

Light and Voices said...

Marvelous shots!
Joyce M

Aly Beth said...

The open field picture with the gate, I am in love with it!

~Aly