Monday, September 7, 2015

Even in a Small Town

No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied — it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.
Ansel Adams
Some people, my kids included, may think that a small town is quite boring.  My college boy lives in a very small town in  Colorado surrounded by mountains, where there's still open land with no structures to block your view.
Nature is the armory of genius. Cities serve it poorly, books and colleges at second hand; the eye craves the spectacle of the horizon; of mountain, ocean, river and plain, the clouds and stars; actual contact with the elements, sympathy with the seasons as they rise and roll.
Amos Bronson Alcott
Every town has it's own history to tell and it can all be found by taking your own walking tour of the downtown area.
I especially loved the mural on this museum wall that was done by an alumnus of the college.
And if nothing else, then surely there will be some beautiful flowers to see along the way,
Nature is a beautiful backdrop for everything.

Happy Labor Day!


Anna said...

Great pictures !
Have a nice week !

Little Treasures said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures with us! I would love to live in a small place! That would be so refreshing both to the mind and soul (and body of course). The city clutter, noise, pollution and what not is driving me mad increasingly as I get older.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Hello Dear Tammy
What a beautiful walk through this small town! I love how you captured the serenity and the beauty a small town gives us. Living in one you sometimes take it for granted but then when I drive to Austin and fight traffic I remember I live where I do for many reasons.
Yes nature is a beautiful backdrop for everything and with fall here upon us now I do hope to stroll through my surroundings like you do and soak it all up.
I have missed you and your writings. Your blog looks fantastic and I love the changes since I have been here.
You have lots of changes in your life too as well. Your college son and youngest being a Senior in High School. I can still remember the feelings I had when mine were leaving the nest.
While I was lucky enough to be here I read several older post. I have plans to read lots more. I love the secret garden and the colorful wraps around the trees. Oh my you are so creative. That's a delightful way to bring colors into your garden before nature does her lovely work.
So great to be visiting with you. I am trying really hard to get better. When I have good days I am learning to take advantage of those and mostly be grateful!
Love you

Diane said...

I fully understand your quote, Tammy. I've often thought as the Bighorns to our west as like a mother. When they aren't there because I'm somewhere else or they ARE there but socked in by the weather I feel a little lost. It's so comforting to know they're ther and can't imagine not living near them. Hope your son is settled in to school. Diane

Jennifer said...

The town looks so much like where I live. I really enjoy having mountains so close by. They're beautiful and they're useful because you always know your directions. If the mountains are on your right, you're facing north!

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Wonderful images and words, Tammy! Thank you for sharing.
Have a lovely new week!

Createology said...

I love the quotes you have chosen to fit so well with your "Small Town" images. I live in a small town and love it. When visitors come and ask me (while I am doing Chamber Visitor duty) "what is there to do here?". "How long are you able to stay?", I ask. "Oh, we are just here for the day (afternoon)." Then I suggest they merely walk the streets and read the plaques placed on many buildings and simply revel in the ambiance of what once was. Our entire town of Nevada City is on the National Historic Registry. You should see how most people smirk and just don't get how to appreciate where they have stopped to visit. Very sad. I feel so fortunate to be able to live here every day. Thank you for sharing your "Small Town" visit dear.

Dagmar said...

Beautiful photos Tammy, good memories made with your family! :)

Mereknits said...

I would love to live in a small town where people really know one another. I think it is so gorgeous where he is.

Pearlin J said...

My dream is to live in a small town where every one knows everyone. Beautiful words and pictures as usual. I love visiting so many places through your blog Tammy.

Teresa Kasner said...

I bet you loved the fresh cool air in that town. I like having mountains around me, too. It's cooled off here and been rainy, but now we have a week of hot weather at our door. Good thing as I have an outdoor event that I'm in charge of day after tomorrow at the falls. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Linda said...

Beautiful photos and sentiment, Tammy, as always. : )

Well - there was a time, I loved my Chicago - 2 1/2-3 hours to our north, always filled with excitement. I worked there for many years and grew up in the suburbs, many of which began as tiny little towns surrounding the big city, but none of them are that way anymore. It's hectic, it's noisy, it's filled with (ugh) people. I am not truly a people person. I say it time and time again to Jim, that I would love living where there is no one for miles. Someday, we will likely do just that somewhere further south, where the winters are milder. Maybe even in beautiful Southern Illinois, which is my current wish. But in the meantime, we live in a smallish town of around 12,000 in the middle of the state of Illinois. My Chicago friends and family consider it sort of boring and small, but I think it's heavenly for a number of reasons. Even the larger college community to our south where I work, is still so much nicer than being in Chicago. It's a much slower relaxed pace and that's what I like best. That and - open spaces (though I'd love to have some hills and more trees!)

Amy at love made my home said...

Nature is always a great backdrop, just as grass is always a great backdrop in the garden to flowers, nature is great backdrop to all of our lives. xx

kathyinozarks said...

I agree with the others-your photos are just beautiful Tammy. I love small towns have always lived in one except when I lived in downtown denver colorado back in the 70s. Now I don't even live in a town -lol but love it.
Your crocheted rocks are always so cool-love them! have a good week ahead Kathy

Tanya said...

LOVE Alamosa - stopped through there on our way home this summer, as well. You DO get around, Tammy! XOXO

Betsy said...

I love the mountains and can't imagine living very far away from them. You've captured small town America very well. I dream of living in a small town where everyone knows each other and watches out for each other too. A dream.

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