Evening on the Meadow

I may have overdone it with the photos this time, so I won’t say much.  On Friday, Seth and Keats had their piano lessons early so that we could leave for Big Meadows after lunch.  After lunch became four o’clock.  We didn’t reach the meadow until nearly seven.  The kids were hoping the blueberries would be ripe.  I was hoping the fawns would be out frolicking.  We didn’t get our wishes, but it was beautiful nonetheless.  Driving two and a half hours just to reach Big Meadows is entirely worth it, if only to close my eyes and breathe the air.  We’ll have to go back in a couple of weeks to try again.

p.s. On our trip we saw two bears, a dozen or so adult deer, one fawn, a garter snake, one raccoon, and one owl that swooped in front of our van on the way home.


  1. Beautiful trip! Thank you for sharing. I am the same way! I have my husband drive over two hours to a place I love called Shelburne Falls in MA. There is a famous Bridge of Flowers!!! The Meadows are on my list!!! The book sounds fun and funny! 🙂

  2. That bear sighting is too wonderful. Too bad the berries weren’t ripe. But at least you know there are going to be berries!

  3. Jean G. Woodhouse says:

    WOW, I am inspired by your photos. Also, Ginny, I am blessed that Ann Voskamp introduced us.

  4. Gorgeous pictures!

  5. Simply beautiful! 🙂

  6. Oh my goodness! What an amazing little visit! I am so jealous. It looks like such a lovely day.

  7. Thank you for sharing beauty! ~a Marylander inspired by your lifestyle

  8. Quick jello from Norway. I read your blog regularly, but don’t comment often.. Your blog is an inspiration.

    But the bears- please tell more about the bears. How far away were they? Can they be aggressive? In Norway, bears Are very rare and hardly ever seen. And even though they’re hardly ever aggressive towards humans Im terrified of them!!

  9. Beautiful pics of a beautiful family! I’m expecting my fourth baby and you give me so much inspiration!

    Can you tell me what camera do you use?

  10. It makes me smile, Ginny, reading how this meadow gives you such pleasure. I’m glad you were able to go if only for a short time. Wow…you actually were able to photograph a bear!

  11. Oh I loved all the pictures! Tell those bears to stay far away from your honey!!!

  12. I can see why you love Big Meadows so much, what a beautiful place! And those bear sightings and owl swoops, so thrilling to see and yet terrifying too:) Have a lovely week Ginny. xo

  13. Wow, you must really love Big Meadows if it takes you a couple hours to get there and you still go! I guess I have taken it for granted when we have passed through there. This is a funny question but anytime I see tall grass and meadows… and deer… I think of ticks. How does your family deal with them? Do you put any sprays on, do checks every night, anything else?? Living in this area, I just really worry about them. Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Bears!

  15. Your pictures are so lovely. I feel like I could reach and touch those beautiful flowers.

  16. Such a lovely place:)

  17. Love all the photos!

  18. Pretty kids

  19. Not too many photos at all, they were all lovely! What a beautiful family evening out you had! xx

  20. looks like a wonderful peaceful time with the family. i love those kind of moments with my children as well….

  21. Gorgeous milkweed!

  22. Brigitte says:

    It was not too many pictures. Thanks.

  23. Omigosh, you need a bear warning system! I don’t mind boys holding snakes that aren’t poisonous, but bears give me the willies. They’re deadly. How close was that? It looks straight out of Blueberries for Sal.

    • I’m curious, what makes you think that bears are deadly? I live in the north where bears are sharing habitat alongside humans without any deadly encounters.

  24. Kathy Workman says:

    I’m new to your blog. Got on it from Ann Voskamp. Love it so far. I was wondering if you know what the white flowers are in the 22nd picture? I saw some on my walk today and didn’t remember seeing them before. I did recognize the butterfly weed. It’s blooming here in Iowa also.

  25. Layne Costello says:

    My day is so much happier after reading your posts and viewing your photographs. I admire you and your family and your love for one another and the outdoors and things like pine needle upside down cake and how you enjoy nature and crafting and cooking from scratch. I could go on and on but I would sound too mushy or intimate. May God continue to bless you all and may you, Ginny, continue to brighten my days with Small Things.

  26. It would not be possible to have too many photographs of you all in such a beautiful meadow! Thank you for sharing them.

  27. Always beautiful. The photos of you and Silas are perfection. I just love your flower photography. Sometimes the bending of a stem tells a story itself.

  28. oh my gosh.. almost a BLUEB ERRIES FOR SAL chapter there

  29. Thank you for these beautiful moments! I love your photos: simple and natural.
    A little “coucou” from Paris

  30. After getting off my facebook page full of postings about Christians fleeing Mosul, this post brings me so much peace, beauty and happiness – thank you.

  31. The photos in this post make me so happy! I especially love the orange flowers and the bear!

  32. So many gorgeous photos. Thank you for sharing!

  33. Beautiful photos, beautiful meadows, and a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing!

    My little guy is about the same age as your Job, and it’s amazing to see them grow so quickly.

  34. Just beautiful!

  35. Beautiful! Can’t wait until you go again. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Silas’s facial expressions crack me up. He reminds me a bit of my Ishmael.

  37. all those long sleeves, sigh….Autumn is where I want to be, soon. Lucky you to have spotted the bear and had the camera ready. I haven’t captured one yet (with the camera of course). So happy that you visited there. Funny, I thought Big Meadow was the name you coined it…..now I see it IS the name of your place.

  38. I’m beginning to love Big Meadow as much as you.
    Your Gabe looks so much like my daughter’s fiancé.

  39. glad you had this time!!!

  40. Looks so beautiful.

  41. Wasn’t that little but of cooler weather in the summer delightful and your outing looks great!! Enjoying God’s creation is always a needed thing in our family too!

  42. Stephanie says:

    I love a summer evening cool enough for a sweater! Job’s emerald/teal one looks great! (sjn821 on Rav)

  43. I just got back from the weekend in Swope, VA and I was amazed at the wildflowers growing along the road sides and mountain sides. In MD our climate is similar to yours but we don’t have the wildflowers here growing in ditches. On the drive home it occurred to me why. Our farm fields are completely filled with corn or beans right now and our ditches are brown due to the round up sprayed by the farmers. So sad.

  44. I’m glad you were able to visit your spot Ginny and I hope one day to met up with you there, my sister is just down the road.

  45. Wow–a bear! Amazing. Such beautiful photos. Looks like your having nice, cool weather there, too.

  46. Maria Elisabeth says:

    I love you guys so much. 🙂

  47. Maria Elisabeth says:

    I love you guys so much. =D

  48. Maria Elisabeth says:

    Olá minha querida amiga! 🙂
    Hoje agradeci a Deus por você; enfim, por toda a sua Família. Todos vocês são um lindo projeto original de Deus. Família abençoada!!!
    Imagens tiradas com muito amor. Vocês não têm nos dado o que está sobrando, mas o que vocês tem de melhor.
    Deus está mostrando através de cada um de vocês, a Sua majestade.
    Um forte abraço.

    Maria Elisabeth
    Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil

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