Some days it's hard to ignore the prairie gobblers!
I live in an area of rapid development,
and it hurts to see every new house go up.
Often I keenly feel the NIMBY Blues!
Not in My Back Yard!!!!!
But I moved to this area more than seven years ago.
So I'm part of the problem.
Yup! Things like this can put me in a funk!
So I turn in the opposite direction
and fill my heart with a prairie pocket of high plains.
And I lose myself in the crystal blue sky of Colorado:
Crystal Blue Persuasion!
This is my answer to the NIMBY Blues.
Just a tiny pocket, but it fills my soul!
Seeing wild blue asters brazenly thriving
in the middle of a gravel road gives me hope.
I can even forgive the common mullein
for moving into the disturbed ground
when it opens its yellow blossoms.
I'm not the only one who walks this prairie pocket.
I sometimes share this precious place with other nature lovers.
A patch of yellow rubber rabbitbrush
points to the Front Range just visible
above the high plains horizon!
That gorgeous Colorado blue sky
is my crystal blue persuasion!
I just have to have selective vision,
kind of like the E-P with his selective hearing!
(That's one of my Ever-Patient Terry's survival techniques for living with "The ADHD One!")
With my carefully averted eyes,
I can avoid this view of
the Boulder Flat Irons,
and My Development That Gobbled the Prairie.
Nope ~ Not Gonna See It!
Gonna look at this instead!
I'm gonna look up and then down ~
These prickly pear cacti pop up in the most unexpected places.
And you don't want to step on one ~
It's worse than a dog running into a porcupine!
(Sorry, Sophie Doodle!)
That's my development bordering one side of my prairie pocket.
Somebody said "NIMBY" forcefully
when HEB showed up, I'm sure!
I love to watch the fair-weather cumulus clouds
building above the Front Range!
These wildflowers simply won't give up!
Yucca Plant Seed Pods
Hawks Circling in My Crystal Blue Persuasion
I couldn't find this flower in my wildflower guide,
but the pollinators can sure find the real ones.
There used to be herds of pronghorn antelope in this area.
One of the streets just over the horizon is called Antelope Trail.
Technically a pronghorn is not an antelope,
but in North America
it is known colloquially
as a pronghorn antelope or an antelope.
After not seeing a pronghorn for a couple of years,
I stumbled onto this one by a stock pond in my prairie pocket
in the spring of 2012.
I don't know which of us was more shocked!
I called it The Last Antelope.
Then a couple of months ago,
I spotted an actual herd!
Talk about my soaring spirit!
So I'm spending lots of time scanning the hills
trying to spot antelope.
And one of these days I'm going to catch them close up!
Colorado's Awesome Blue Sky!
This is the original Crystal Blue Persuasion
by Tommy James and the Shondells.
From the moment I first heard it
in the summer of 1969
on a crystal blue sky day in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia,
it has never failed to make my spirits
soar like a hawk.
It gives me hope for a better future.
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