Thursday, February 5, 2009

In a Peaceful Valley

The above photo titled "Five Deer in February" shows a peaceful Sunday breakfast in the Hocking Hills of Ohio. This was taken in 2008.

One of my favorite places in the world is a Bed & Breakfast called Painted Valley Farm. Every year I try to visit. Every season is a good season. In the spring and fall, it feels like you are actually walking around inside of ... and in fact are part of ... a living breathing oil painting. Winter brings a peaceful hush of snow, or a haunted hush of the past, or a day of staying inside surrounded by quilts and cozy cats for company. Summer is filled with friends, neighbors, and kinfolk around a birthday bonfire / hot dog roast with homemade vanilla goat's milk ice cream, laughs, and tall tales. All seasons are filled with photographers and birdwatchers.

This view of the feeding deer was what I woke up to just outside my window a year ago.

For anyone planning to travel to Southern Ohio, here's a link to Painted Valley Farm:

Question for Readers: Where is your favorite place of peace or inspiration or exhilaration out in nature? A restful retreat? A well-beloved Bed and Breakfast? Please feel welcome to post a comment and share a place where treasured memories and dreams are to be had.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi C.D.--- How are you today? George and my best friends LOVE B&B's.. They enjoy them wherever they travel. I'll send the link to them in case they ever get to Southern Ohio. Sounds incredible!

My favorite places for peace and inspiration out in nature is sitting in the mountains on a big rock looking at a gorgeous waterfall that is there JUST for me!!!!


jalynn01 said...

I love taking deer pictures and this one of yours is very nice! I love the fence and the trees and the snow scene to go with it.

CountryDreaming said...

Betsy from Tennessee: Since you're a fan of waterfalls, here's another link that you might like. It's for a Hocking Hills website called "Waterfalls and Wildflower Tour":

jalynn01: Thanks for your kind compliments! The farmers who live here regularly feed the deer and turkey. A good number of them show up, especially in the winter.

Mary said...

What a great looking place to stay! I've bookmarked the site for further investigation. Thanks! That is a lovely photo! I don't think I have a favorite place, unless it is right here at home, but I love to go to any place where nature abounds. The local wetlands have become a favorite in the past year.

CountryDreaming said...

Mary: When nature is right outside your door, you're very blessed to be able to stay right where you are. Wetlands are always good too, with all the different wildlife species attracted to the water source. Glad you found the information on Painted Valley Farm worth saving.

Montanagirl said...

Love your deer photo. I'm in N.E. Montana, and have become an avid amateur photographer. If you get "Country" magazine, I had a Meadowlark photo in the Feb/Mar 2009 issue. I've had several show up in Birds & Blooms also. It's always fun to see one's photos in print somewhere! Hope you visit my blog.