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May 1, 2017

In the Wildflower Meadow





We are blessed to have a hidden treasure.

Way back on our land is an open meadow filled with summer wildflowers. I can walk down the old oil road edged with echinacea, over a small hill with the woods growing closer to the path each year, and suddenly the trees open up into a beautiful clearing.

It's bordered on one side by a seasonal creek which is probably running at capacity now after the weekend's storms. The creek widens at the end of the meadow into a small pond where water lilies bloom in season.




But the meadow is most remarkable for the Indian blanket wildflowers that cover nearly the entire clearing for several weeks in the summer.

It's easy to know when the Indian blanket is in bloom: patches of them line the roadside on the way to town. Then it's time to take a hike out to my very own field of flowers where the Indian blanket grows.

Indian blanket, or firewheel, is the official state wildflower of Oklahoma. A member of the aster family, it's an annual plant that grows about a foot tall. The flowers have petals, or rays, that are red at the base, each with three yellow-tipped teeth at the end. The flat flower disks grow on long stems with just a few leaves near the bottom.




I always take my camera and something to protect myself, just in case. On several occasions since moving here I've startled a coyote or a deer near the wild blackberry thickets, and I often see rabbits, armadillos and other small wildlife. It's the big cats and wild hogs that concern me. I haven't been close to one yet and pray that I never will be.

Usually I see "evidence" of the deer that travel through the meadow, and their hoof prints in the dried spring mud. Coyotes leave their scat too, probably as they follow the deer. 




Hubby suggested that I put the beehive in this glorious meadow, but I pointed out that I'd prefer to have it not-so-far-away. I was thinking about summer's 100° days when I'd have to trek out to the beehive with all my equipment. I know the bees will find the flowers when it's time; honey bees forage an average of two miles from their hive in search of pollen and nectar.




I love this meadow and want to keep it a place of refuge I can visit when the stress of the world is heavy on my shoulders, where I can draw near to the Lord and marvel at the beauty of the HisCreation. Someday I'd love to have a bench or a picnic table at the edge of the meadow in the deep shade of the oak trees, where our city-dwelling grandchildren can enjoy the open space and a snack when they are here visiting.




I truly hope you too have a place you can go to enjoy God's peace when the world is noisy and overwhelming, whether it's a park in your town, a wild place somewhere, or a corner of your backyard or patio.





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6 comments:

  1. How lovely!! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you, Elaine. It's so pretty in the late spring/summer!

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  2. Anonymous9:51 AM

    Beautiful. How wonderful and thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.
    Kris Bell
    htfhilltopfarm@hotmail.com

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Kris. I hope you have someplace beautiful too.

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  3. Kris Bell9:52 AM

    Beautiful. Thank you for photographing and sharing that beautiful meadow.

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    1. Kris, I hope you have a "quiet and peaceful place" to go, too.

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