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Last Saturday my husband, Paul, and I decided to take a drive.  It was a beautiful day and we had no destination in mind, we just drove.  We drove through Maryland and into Pennsylvania.  I often comment when we are out on our drives about what a beautiful land we live in.  The hills, the green, the farms!

I started snapping pictures with my phone as we drove along taking in the countryside.  With November and Thanksgiving on the horizon, I decided to share my country photos as a way of acknowledging the bountiful beauty in our little corner of the world.

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A farm in the Pennsylvania countryside.

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Farmland, hills, and trees.

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Another beautiful well kept old farm.

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A corn field in the foreground.

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I love the look of these mountains; layer after layer of beauty!

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Old white churches with steeples are found in every little populated area along our drive.

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O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

“America the Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates

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Big round bales of hay covered with plastic for protection from the elements. We don’t often see it like this, it’s usually just out in the field coverless or all covered together in one long white piece of plastic.

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I love to photograph old barns and have an entire post dedicated to them, “For the Love of Our Disappearing Old Barns“.

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Another old barn surrounded by beauty!

Don’t the mountains in the background almost look fake, like a backdrop for a movie?

That brings us to the end of our Sunday afternoon drive.  I am so thankful for the bountiful beauty in our little corner of the world. Wherever it is you live, I am sure, it’s filled with beauty as well. We lived in the Mojave Desert for many years and though the beauty there is much different, it’s still there if you look for it.

If recognizing the beauty in our world helps to improve our lives, how much more will looking for and recognizing the beauty in others improve us as a person and improve the quality of our lives?

And how about your little area of the world, what beauty do you see?

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penpen October 17, 2017, 2:54 pm

I’m from Maryland. Until a year or two ago, we used to take our bikes out to the further reaches of Maryland (Poolesville, Thurmont) and into Pennsylvania and ride on the rural roads. Your photos capture all the wonder and beauty of the countryside–the farms, the mountains. An unsung beauty spot. Thanks for bringing back all the visual memories we gathered on those rides and why we loved going out there.
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Teresa October 17, 2017, 9:45 pm

Oh yes, Thurmont is such a pretty area. We like to walk along the C&O canal. You’re probably familiar with the canal being from Maryland. We live right across the river in West Virginia. Thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting!

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