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Walkabouts – Capturing the Simple Beauty Around Us

A photo from Flat Creek FarmWe have lived on this farm about 30 years. Although I have a deep and true appreciation for all that we have and all that is around us, there is nothing that has made me actually see my surroundings like a Walkabout. For me, the walkabout is walking (sometimes driving) around the yard and farm with camera in hand. Occasionally, I veer off the path slightly by taking in and capturing the view on the way to work. Or sometimes the Mr. and I go for a drive somewhat off the beaten path, but still in our neck of the woods. The entire purpose is to view and share our surroundings. By doing this, it also helps us to fully embrace the simple beauty in our everyday life.

Here is a Walkabout from January. The snow was beautiful, but we were already growing weary of winter at this point. I traveled about the snowy yard and captured random images which caught my eye that day.

A snowy hay field; a promise of Spring in buds on a tree; barn kitty Hazel in said tree; our neighbors’ corn field; sparkling “diamonds” in the snow; icicles on our old farmhouse; snow “dunes” created by the strong north winds.

Walkabout from January, photos of snowy landscape

Somehow while peering through the lens and capturing these shots, I forgot about the cold winter winds. Winter seemed beautiful – at least for a little while.

One of my favorite walkabouts occurred recently, during the last week of February. Mr. W and I ventured out to view the Bald Eagles which have now become a regular seasonal fixture at and around our farm. Oh, how majestic they are, and truly breathtaking to view up close and personal!

Bald eagle in flight

I’ve shared many walkabouts on our Flat Creek Farm blog over the course of the past year. From just the everyday simple beauty, to our majestic national bird, it’s been fun to share our little corner of the world in pictures. As an added bonus, I’ve been blessed with a renewed “attitude of gratitude” for all that is our life and farm. Simple though it may be, it is a good life.

I recommend that you too go out there and experience your very own walkabout in your very own corner of the world. Who knows? You may also reap unexpected rewards!

robyn dolan
3/27/2010 10:30:59 AM

What great pics! I love doing walkabouts on my 10 acres, one of the very reasons I bought it. Sometimes I even remember to bring my camera;) Our soil is so notoriously bad here, that I like to check out what's growing wild an why, so that I can glean some ideas for promoting more wild growth, as well as improving my gardening attempts.


oz girl
3/14/2010 5:31:56 PM

Shoot, I remember I would do a "walkabout" on my lil postage stamp size city lot in the springtime, just to see what was sprouting. :) Now it's much more productive (good exercise!) and revealing to do a walkabout on our 27 acres... in fact, it sounds like a really good suggestion right now! Maybe I'll try to pry hubby off the couch before darktime arrives... course, now we have an extra hour of daylight starting tonight... Yay! Our resident armadillo was out earlier when we came home from Wichita. Maybe this time I'll have my camera with me. I love your walkabout photos Tammy! :-)


cindy murphy
3/13/2010 9:23:12 AM

Gorgeous photos, Tammy! How very cool that you have regular opportunities to view bald eagles so close. A friend of mine excitedly told me that he saw one during a recent walk along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. They're not a very common sight around here, and I've never been lucky enough to spot one. I made a "walk-about" of our 3/4 acre yard yesterday - not much to walk about, I know, but I always like to see what's going on out there. I was excited to see the little nubs of daffodils just starting to poke their noses out of the ground - something that wasn't there last week. You're right - it's the simple beauty around us in our everyday lives can be most rewarding. Thanks for sharing your corner of the world; I'm looking forward to seeing more.


mountain woman
3/13/2010 5:21:54 AM

Tammy, I had no idea you'd been on your farm for 30 years. That's so wonderful. Your photos are lovely and I always enjoy seeing your part of the country in your walkabouts.