Category Archives: Country Life

Supermoon!

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I’m kinda obsessed with the moon anyway, so I couldn’t resist the urge to try to capture it tonight. I drove out on some country roads nearby until I spotted it coming up over a farmer’s field.

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It took several dozen shots to get these two halfway decent ones, but oh, it was gorgeous!

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Moonstruck

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I’ve always loved the moon – I even remember standing in the back yard on July 20,1969 hoping to catch a glimpse of the astronauts walking around up there. ( hey, I was just a kid, ok?)

But lately it’s become an obsession. It started a month ago when my son called me outside to see a sight I’d never seen before – a perfect ring around the full moon!

I don’t know how to take photos at night so I was excited when I managed to get this shot. (I’m sure my neighbors were also amused if they happened to spot me laying in the middle of the driveway to shoot it!)

So, a couple nights later when my son’s girlfriend called to say the moon was coming up big and orange I hurried out to capture it. I had to drive a little ways to an open field but I did it!

So here we are, a month later and another full moon tempting me to try to catch it.

Last night I had mixed results – this picture of the moon shining through the woods behind our house isn’t as clear as I’d like but it does have kind of a spooky Halloween look to it, don’t you think?

I had another chance this morning though, when I spied it setting over an old barn. I especially liked the soft lighting from the sun that was just coming up.

Uh oh, it’s getting dark now – time to grab my camera!

Bovine Beauty

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Yeah, I know the name of my blog is “lilruby jewelry”, not “lilruby everything except jewelry” but to be honest, my jewelry mojo is in a lull right now and is on a short hiatus.

In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying the incredible beauty of these fall mornings. After the nasty drought we had this summer I wasn’t expecting a pretty fall, but it really has been! When I came upon this idyllic scene of the sun coming up over a pasture of Holstein cows this morning I just had to hit the brakes and pull over.

I expected these young cows to be skittish, but as soon as I walked up to the fence and started jabbering at them they came to see what I was up to.

 

Before long I had several wet noses sniffing at my camera while gorgeous chocolate brown eyes gazed at me from under long, girlish lashes!

She’s even wearing earrings!

After a few minutes I had to get back on my way to work, but I really enjoyed my visit with these bovine beauties!

Missouri Mule

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Every day on my way to work I pass a farm where there are about 8 or 10 mules in the field. This little guy is always standing apart from the rest of the herd and is usually close to the fence. The other day I couldn’t resist the urge to stop and take his picture – isn’t he a cutie?

Scenic route on a sunny afternoon

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This afternoon as my husband and I were headed to Branson, we decided to take a scenic route in order to stop at one of my favorite antique shops in another little town.  He remembered a road that would make a good shortcut, but wasn’t quite sure which one it was so we tried a couple different ones.

Along the way we saw scenic views-

I never get tired of seeing those beautiful blue hills!

Inquisitive cows-

And my favorite thing – a lovely little ivy covered stone church!

Eventually we found the road we were looking for but I’m so glad we took those wrong turns!

Country Morning

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Once again, I found myself mesmerized by some farmer’s fields as I drove by – this time it appears to be hay that’s been cut but not yet baled. I loved the striped patterns throughout the fields and that prompted me to get out with my trusty little camera and explore a little.

While you’re looking at these photos, imagine the warm sun, the smell of the new mown hay, the soft breeze that kept the wildflowers swaying and the twittering of the birds as they flew across the fields – all the simple things that make a country morning so special!