He said, “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or who have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you become real, you can’t be ugly except to the people who don’t understand.” Excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit This is so applicable in so many aspects of life, whether it’s your evolution into the person you aspire to be, or if you’re standing here looking through an old wagon wheel staring back in time at an old boomtown. It’s learning to listen to the heart. It’s reflection. It’s change. Loving the old while becoming the new. It’s not being judgmental. It’s a deeper look. It’s perspective. Happy Saturday✨ #explore #ruralamerica #ghosttowns #liveyourlife #liveauthentic
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I traversed through many briars, brambles, and bushes in the dark this morning just to end up back at my regular spot. #myoklahoma #oklahomaphotographer #oklahomaphotography #oklahomalandscape #washitariver #landscapephotography #ruralamerica
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So after a very long, trying journey- I will finally be graduating this May with a degree in Fine Art Photography with concentration on portraits and landscape not abandoned places just FYI those are just careless fun. Then.....I need to figure out what I want to be when I grow up 😂 also, this is a public thank you to all those you encouraged me and backed me the whole way. If I ever do become famous (not likely) you helped. Also- if you’re wondering the correlation of my pic to the post- it symbolizes the journey onward.
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One day I was out driving around looking for places to photograph. I stumbled across a property that had several barns on it. I came back a little over a year later and nothing was the same. A storm destroyed most of the structures and all the tin roofing was gone. I look at what I do as capturing history in that moment. No moment will ever be the same. #photography #oldbarn #bar#barn> #redbarn #barn #haywoodcountytn #rural #rustic #farmland #ruralamerica #hdr
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spectacular sunset last night😍...shot on top of the hill through a dirty windshield😂?n..no worries~hub's was driving not me😎😉 #pennsylvaniasunset #hillview #farmland #nwpa #wintersunset #dirtywindshieldshot #wasntdriving #winterbeauty #countryview #rur#ruralamerica #itstgelittlethings #bloomwhereyourplanted #home #rural
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Thelma and Louise patina friendship cuff in stock
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ALERT: Cows out!📢 🔔 Today the calves decided they wanted to spend the day at the park on the waterfront.🏖We really can’t blame them for the idea. They say the pastures are always greener... 🌾 In case you’re wondering, they reluctantly came back home to the herd.
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Time to go LIVE with my school families again! Thinking Feb. 4th a read aloud on Washington fcbk page is a great way to kick off the longest-short month! #readabook #readaloud
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The Melt. Sunshine. And Dirty Windows.... We are having a heat wave, y'all... 41 degrees. I drove with my windows down... mostly. I happened to have accidentally caught this shot through a dirty window. When I looked at the picture, it struck me that many of us do two things in our life that are exactly like this window. One, it isn't until the sun shines that we see how dirty our window is, and then we get too focused on the dirty window and forget how gorgeous everything behind it is. Two, we forget that we can roll the window down. If you get focused our caught up in silly things, seek ways to channel your energy, and ask for accountability to improve. If you've forgotten your own power, seek about people and things that build you up. #appalachia #farmlife #barnlife #countryliving #ruralamerica #whereicomefrom #backroad #backwood #dirtywindows #sunshine #perspective #peace #joy #hope #blessed #grateful #havegratitude #changeyourattitude #rolldownthewindow #youhavethepower #choose #beautifulworld #beautifullife
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Winter magic found while taking the scenic route. I always find myself rushing, but why? I snapped this picture on my ride back from Boston while just enjoying how beautiful winter can be. Vowing to do more of this in 2018! When was the last time you took the scenic route?
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Indiana sunset.
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She stole my seat.
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The sweet sight of • blue skies • sun • melting snow! You know you live in ND when it’s over 30 degrees and you break out the shorts and flip flops. Happy Friday Ya’ll! 😎
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Thomas McMahon Coal Shed Williamstown, MA circa 1921. In 1850, the McMahons started their business with a single livery stable, later expanding into a coal and oil with the inception of the “Motor Buggy”. Status: Abandoned www.jimwestphalen.com ©2018 Jim Westphalen #rurallife #ruralamerica #jim#jimwestphalen #fin#fin#fineartphotography #fineart #antique #antiques #americanhistory #history #vintagearchitecture #lan#landscapes #landscapephotography #vanish #oldmills #mills #westbranchgallery #contemporaryart #photography #vermontbyvermonters #landscape #landscapeart #travelphotography #collectart #fineart #vtarts #802art #jimwestphalen
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It was a good day to explore today 🙌🏻🇺🇸
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Yellowstone river in Wyoming, a state that has a population density of 2 people per km^2 or 6 people per square mile. Among the other least densely populated states are Alaska, Montana and the Dakotas. Do you prefer rural, suburban or urban lifestyle? Comment below #wyoming #rur#ruralamerica #rural #suburban #urban #rivers #yellowstone #wilderness #frontierlifestyle
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And now for something totally different. I've been shooting stock photos for Ford & Toyota inventory for the last 5 months. Its been fun even when it's cold. 😎😀 * * * * * #toyota #tundra #stockphotography #thehteam #vermont #vermonting #photoislife #morgandayphoto #rural #ruralamerica #truck #blue #toyotatundra #vehiclephotography
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Aqui na Zapata a relação de amor ❤ entre o rural 🌳 e a arte urbana se traduz em todos os cantinhos da cervejaria e da mata mágica 🍄🐍! E a homenagem segue aí estampada na nossa câmera fria (graffiti do amigo @reis79_af )! #zap#zapataejariarural #cervejarural #zapata #rural #rurallife #ruralking #astralrural #ruralchic #rurallove #porteiraaberta #ruralart #streetart #graffiti #farmhousebrewery #ruralamerica #ruralexperience
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Charming barn nestled against the hills... North of Horseshoe Bend.
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and that, my friends, is a frozen lake... ?
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There’s just something about growing and raising your own food. I wish we could grow/raise all our food but it’s not as easy as you would think. A few years ago we had reached about 8O% self sufficiency. But as our family grew and my husband’s hours increased we were running ourselves into the ground. You can only do so much even with the help of children. (And the more children you have the more you need) I hope that we can add to our animal husbandry with our new land. But this time with a little bit better balance. Of course we will still continue with our gardens which I’m so thankful for even if we don’t get any ‘food producing animals’ 😬 •••• #pecans #crackingpecans #farmfresh #realfood #farmfreshpecans #homegrown #selfsufficient #godreliant #balance #farmers #farmlife #homestead #homesteading #homemaker #prepper #animalhusbandry #growingourown #largefamily #bigfamily #countrylife #ruralamerica #garden #familygarden #preservingtheharvest #fillingthefreezer #godprovides #blessed #manyhandsmakelightwork #hardwork #worthit
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This old beauty sat as I drove by calling out for attention. I was very happy to oblige. A pair of dolls(?) are visible in the lower right window. I am sure there is a story, or two, or more that is part of its history. I pray it’s been shown some love. . . #oldbuilding #historic #astorytotell #rural #ruralindiana #ige#igersana #igersmidwest #ind#indianayown #indiana #oldbrick #midwestmoment #indiananature #naturalindiana #nature #iloveoldbuildings #architecture #ig_captures #countryroad #country_features #fotocatchers #ruralamerica #indiana_explored #h2gindiana #igers #photographylover #ilovehistory #indygrammers #midwestliving #inwinter #ig_myshot
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