Touring the Land of Lincoln

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.  ~Lin Yutang, Chinese writer and inventor

I’ve been from coast to coast and north to south across these great United States, but I imagine that, despite its faults, Illinois always will hold a special place in my heart.

And since this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Tour Guide — what’s special about the place where we live — I’ve prepared a number of photos to show off some of the Land of Lincoln in its glory. If you click the first photo, you can view them as a slideshow. Please enjoy:

11 thoughts on “Touring the Land of Lincoln

    • It does have its prettiness, Kb. Of course, you’ll notice I didn’t include August when deep cracks of drought appear in my yard … or February when ice and snow are rampant, ha!

  1. “…but I imagine that, despite its faults, Illinois always will hold a special place in my heart.”

    Isn’t that such a wonderful feeling, Debbie? That’s how you know that you are home. I truly believe that all places have a different energy and that we are drawn to those places because of that energy. We have a “connect.” And that’s how I feel about New York City. I wasn’t born there, but it’s my “home.”

    Gorgeous slideshow! And I can certainly see why you love it, it’s beautiful! I’ve never been to Chicago, but people who I meet who have either visited or live there tell me that I would really enjoy it.

    I love your final photograph of the sunset. WOW!

    Thanks so much for sharing your part of the world, my friend!

    • Thank you, Ron, for dropping by for my “tour.” Yes, I just know you’d love Chicago — it’s got a great energy, a “can-do” spirit, and some of the nicest folks (Domer, included!) live there, ha!

      For all my insistence that Illinois always will have a special place in my heart, it still doesn’t feel like “home” to me. Sure, it’s where I live now, but like you, I don’t think I’ll stay here. There are other places that fulfill me on a deeper level — much as NYC does for you — and I can’t rest until I explore them more fully. Still, we make the most of what’s at hand while we wait, right?!

      Enjoy the rest of your week, and watch out for the winter storm headed your way! xo

  2. You’ve got a nice selection here. The dogwood is so lovely — do I remember that truck for some reason? It seems like you wished it wasn’t there when you took the photo!
    But of course, my mind isn’t what it used to be, so I could be wrong.

    Of course I always love the fall foliage, but I’d love to visit that botanical garden some day.

    • You noticed that dogwood, huh? What a GOOD eye you’ve got, Linda!! Yes, I still cringe when I view that dilapidated truck, but I’m not brave (or rude!) enough to have knocked on their door and asked them to move it!

      I probably should have included a field of corn or some deep snowdrifts. And if the weather hadn’t been so iffy, I might have dragged myself over to Springfield for a shot of the capitol or to southern Illinois for the wineries or to one of our beautiful state parks or a Lincoln site… The list goes on. Never enough time!

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