Summer life in Iowa is abundant!  We can literally see and sometimes think we hear crops growing.  The landscape is a carpet of varied  greens – soybeans, corn, hay, oats. Moisture evaporates to form clouds, windmills pump water for livestock.  Life can seem deceptively easy and slow.

Wildlife are active dawn to dusk.  Rabbits forage on clover and plantain.  Pileated woodpeckers call from the woods.  Wrens, bluebirds and robins raise a second and sometimes third brood. Fish in ponds gobble up larvae floating on top of the water. Horticulture farmers keep pace with all of this, harvesting fruits and vegetables, getting them to market.

The Laughing Labyrinth is more than abundant and a conundrum.  Little did I realize that the grasses so beautiful with their cascading stems would obscure the path.  The wonderful lilies have little chance of blooming with this competition. Yet, one peeks through the maze of grass with its lovely yellow face.  And, a compass plant has sent up a huge stalk and is setting blooms!

We move through the long days of summer, through the abundance sometimes without realizing how fortunate we are.

About marionpatterson

From the Heartland: Marion is a master educator, writer, Veriditas Trained and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a member of the Veriditas Council, creator and workshop promoter, and environmental educator. A Holy Fire II Usui and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries Certified Practitioner (HTSM-CP), Advanced Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner she seeks to connect with others in their knowledge and spiritual quests. She leads Healing Talking Circles using the principles embraced by indigenous populations and in Restorative Justice Circles. She and her husband, Rich, co-own Winding Pathways LLC and live in Eastern Iowa. "Encouraging people to create wondrous yards." Go outside and Play!
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