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Ever Changing, Always Beautiful


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Ever Changing, Always Beautiful

Ann Stoll

Moving down here from the city has shown me that living on the flatlands can, in fact, be very beautiful. living in the city or suburbs has its beauty, too. All the lights of the different buildings, especially in Chicago, how the sky scrapers are designed to flaunt their designers skills in light architecture. The skyline of Chicago is breath taking, both in the day, but it really shines at night. If you live near the waters edge of Lake Michigan, you get the added bonus of witnessing how God paints each new day as the sun rises over the horizon. But most people aren't that lucky. 

Living in the suburbs, you have many trees and apartments and other buildings, that block the view of not only the sunrise, but the sunset as well. Having all the trees is such a blessing. They take my breath away, especially in the fall when they exchange their greens for the flaming colors of Autumn. landscapes are usually well attended and bursting with flowers and gardens. These areas definitely have something to offer with regards to beauty. 

Living most of my life in the western suburbs, that was the type of beauty I was accustomed to. The occasional drive south of 80 puts you smack into the areas of corn and beans, corn and beans, and more corn and beans. It's boring and monotonous. In the winter, you are left with barren fields of soil. It took me moving here, to discover that it too, has a beauty and I think it's quite spectacular.  

Min the morning as I'm grabbing my first cup of coffee for the day, I get to witness the glory of the morning sunrise. Every. Single. Day. I love how the sky bursts with colors I never dreamed the sky was capable of. It's cool to see as the seasons change how it raises up at different points on the horizon. Right now, it's more to the north of us. During the winter, it's to the south more. If we have a cloudy day or I sleep a tad too late and miss it, it's a real disappointment to me. I have hundreds of photos of sunrises. Now to obtain a camera that is capable of capturing the true colors of the sky. My phone does a great job, but lacks the pop and vibrance of what I'm actually seeing.  

Sunsets are just as spectacular, but I tend to miss most of those because we have a tree line and also our tiny town of Melvin is in the way. We mostly only get to see the pretty colors in the sky.  

Finally, since we don't really have any light pollution here, the clear night sky is amazing. It's almost as if you could reach and touch all the tiny pieces of glitter littering the sky. Meteor showers are awesome! So yes, living on the flat lands is definitely  beautiful. 

I would love to hear what you find beautiful in your area where you live.  Tell us!