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Prairie Nights

Oz GirlWill I ever get used to these big, beautiful Kansas skies?

I mean, will I wake up one day and NOT notice them, perhaps be totally bored {yawn} by them and begin to take them for granted?

I sure hope not.

Kansas Sky

I have lived in south central Kansas for a year and a half now, and I am still fascinated and struck with awe at the vast and beautiful prairie skies.

Kansas Sky 2

We may not have an oceanfront view, or a delightful mountaintop oasis, but I adore our wide-open prairieland view! It’s infinitely better than sitting on my former city home’s front porch, hearing the cars roar down my little side street as a go-around, or the neighbors across the street yelling profanities at each other … well, you get what I’m saying, don’t you?

September Sunset

If you have a dream to live in the country, then make it happen! Forget all the reasons you “can’t”… if you dream it, then dare to do it!

Fall Horse

amy crawford
1/27/2010 2:34:39 PM

Hi Oz girl! Thanks for sharing such awesome photos. You are so right about the Kansas sky....beautiful!! I'm reading Little House on the Prairie to my kids and throughout the book they are always mentioning the big Kansas sky.


kc compton_2
1/25/2010 9:28:12 AM

Wow! glorious photos! I can tell you I've lived here for almost nine years and I still get stopped in my tracks by those amazing skies. Of course, I was raised by a dad who would stop at a pay phone when he was out on his job working on oil rigs and call Mom and his "darling dodders" to go look at the sky RIGHT THIS MINUTE! So I can't imagine a time when I won't give the sky a pretty big priority in my life. And then I'm always drawn to think of how it must have been bouncing along on a wagon seat, looking up at those skies with just about nobody for miles and miles around. Amazing...


oz girl
1/23/2010 5:56:40 AM

Paul~ We live 3 miles down a gravel road and then you take a right and go about 1/4 mile down to our house. (We are less than a mile from the OK border.) When there's a car on OUR road coming toward our house, it always arouses our curiosity, and then almost a sense of suspicion if it goes past our house. Because past our house is - nothing. In fact, you can get your car stuck past our house in a rutted muddy road! But we DO love our rural paradise, and I always enjoy hearing the coyotes "talking".... although, sometimes it can be a little unsettling when they sound very close to me at night and I'm outside with the dogs! Good luck on that country place in Missouri, and I hope we'll all get to see some pics of that place soon! :) Susan


paul_2
1/22/2010 7:22:35 PM

Hi Oz Girl, I live in Kansas, too. Actually only about 25 blocks from Ogden Publishers. Love your pictures. My wife and I are working on buying a country place in Missouri. I told her that I want to live far enough out in the boondocks that, "when we hear the sound of a car, we'll know that somebody is coming to see us." Can't wait to be able to go out at night and hear the coyotes "talking".


paul_1
1/22/2010 3:00:49 PM

Much the same sort of sky as here in my piece of paradise in rural Aus.


s.m.r. saia
1/22/2010 7:23:10 AM

Those pictures are just stunning!


oz girl
1/20/2010 8:15:07 PM

Nebraska Dave ~ Thanks for stopping by... and you are so right about the big open night skies and all those stars, and oh my those full moons too! And I definitely do NOT miss those wailing sirens. Nothing beats an open window on the prairie at night time. :)


nebraska dave
1/19/2010 11:19:25 PM

Oz Girl, Welcome to the wonder of the plains. I've lived in Nebraska all my life and still wonder at all the magnificent scenery. One thing I thoroughly enjoy is the soothing night sounds of the open prairie compared to the horn honking – siren wailing city sounds. Wonderful night skies poke-a-dotted with stars come in a close second. Oh yeah and that full moon coming up over a dark night sky can be breath taking. There’s just nothing like sitting around a crackling bonfire telling stories while toasting marshmallows for the S’Mores. You just haven’t lived until you’ve witnessed a Sundog. Oh, yeah, give me prairie any day over the concrete covered, yard manicured, city life. You’re off to a good start with your Grit blog. I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures acclimating to the Kansas prairie.


cindy beck
1/18/2010 10:00:11 PM

Great photos, Susan! I'm so proud of you and so pleased to see you're writing a blog for Grit. You go, girl! :) (Fun first blog with great advice, by the way.)


deb_3
1/18/2010 3:33:57 PM

Congratulations!!! great photos...so excited someone I know from blogland is in a magazine...Yahoo....


oz girl
1/18/2010 1:58:56 PM

Thank you to everyone! I'm excited to be part of the Grit blogging community and can't wait to check out y'all's blogs! :)


hank will_2
1/18/2010 1:16:01 PM

Hey Susan -- Welcome to GRIT.com and welcome to the open prairie. As a native of big sky country, and I don't mean Montana, your words resonate profoundly. I've been away from the plains a few times in my life and always longed to get on back home. This time I plan to stay. Hank


vickie
1/17/2010 8:47:59 AM

Glad you made your dream come true and what a lovely view you now have. vickie


anotherkindofdrew
1/16/2010 4:23:42 PM

"If you have a dream to live in the country, then make it happen! Forget all the reasons you “can’t”… if you dream it, then dare to do it!" What a great reminder to us all. Thank you. -Drew www.anotherkindofdrew.com