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I was hoping someone would identify it for me. I don't think it's native.

Dianthus armeria. It is exotic, but not really problematic.

Haha - nice! This is a beautiful image! Even though we can boast only one sun, it is quite a lovely one - I like the streaming rays you've captured in this photo.

Beautifully captured, Blake!

You're right, it's not the ice house. The picture is taken from the ice house (the shadow in the lower right corner is cast by the ice house). But I'm pretty sure that the building on the left, partly behind the cedar tree, is the 3-holer. The one straight ahead is the curing house/spring room.

Check out the map of the ranch buildings at: http://www.nps.gov/tapr/upload/SelfGuidingTour.pdf

Thanks for pointing it out to me.

Thanks, Milo! It was January (13th to be exact) of 2008.

Yeah, it was gorgeous up there. It's actually a private development. There are a lot of roads, but the houses are scattered out pretty well, and there are some common areas that the property owner's association keeps undeveloped. If you go to VRBO.com and search in the La Veta, CO area, you should be able to find someone to rent from, that is the only way you can get access (it's gated).

Thank's for the comment. There's a lot of interesting Iowa history buried up the hills between Council Bluffs and Glenwood. Here's a quote from the Salem Lutheran Church homepage: "Salem is one of the oldest Iowa Lutheran Churches. In October 1880, the Western District of the Iowa Synod was organized in this church. It was known as the Mother Church of the Central District of the American Lutheran Church, from which some 100 Lutheran churches have stemmed, including those at Mineola and Treynor (Iowa)."

(www.plumersettlement.org/salemlutheran.html)

I was delightfully surprised to find this pocket of native prairie at Folks Road Park. Lots of wildflowers and old twisted oak trees, a great respite from the dank, humid jungle that makes up the rest of the park (there was a heat advisory on the day I was there - disgusting weather to be hiking in, but you gotta do what you gotta do right?). I'd give this remnant another ten years before the forest completely takes it over...

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