Morning Thanks

Garrison Keillor once said we'd all be better off if we all started the day by giving thanks for just one thing. I'll try.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Morning Light--Dordt Prairie

Lots of folks make fun of the Dordt's architecture--"early modern Great Plains brick" or something, maybe "late DeStigter." 

Someone who's been around as long as I have can't help but think that things have improved immeasureably in the last decade or so.

That having been said, on a warm July morning, in a buttery bright dawn, nothing made of brick or stone compares to the rich luxuriant prairie just south of the campus.  Nothing at all.

There's a sermon there too, I think.  The greatest beauty one could find this morning was in that big, thick colorful growth that's been restored to what it was long before groundbreaking, long before any white man behind a work horse pulled a plow through virgin Siouxland soil.  

Tall-grass prairie really, really sings. 


Anonymous said...

Thanks, great photos! But where are the buffalo? We will have to wait until August when our rains come and our native flowers smile at us.

jmj said...

When I was in Sioux Center a couple of weeks ago, I got my first look ever at a pair of Blue Grosbeaks that seemed to enjoy the small grove of trees on the southeast corner of the prairie. They might have had a nest in the area. They're striking birds.