The Land that Speaks to My Heart

Do you believe that we are meant to live in certain landscapes? That some places just feel like home, even if you didn’t grow up there?

I do. It’s one of the few things I really do believe. I’ve written about it before, but for me this is one of those truths that comes up again and again.

And for me, that landscape is the open spaces of the west. Eastern friends have told me that the big emptiness of Montana puts them on edge, but I find myself breathing a big sigh of relief when I return to this open, wild, windswept land.

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About westerner54

Hello. I'm Cindy, and I love to hike, bike and explore the outdoors - particularly the western U.S.
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21 Responses to The Land that Speaks to My Heart

  1. I also am from the east and to your post would say amen. Those open spaces really do it for me, I feel more at home in the desert than I ever felt in New England. Great photos, congrats on Freshly Pressed.

  2. TedG says:

    Absolutely agree with you. Beautiful photos.

  3. beeseeker says:

    Agree absolutely: some places speak to the soul immediately.
    No need to reason why, just enjoy it!

  4. I feel the same way! There is something so liberating about Montana! I feel most like myself when I’m there.

    • westerner54 says:

      That’s it exactly – I feel whole when I get back here. Liberating is a great way to explain it.

      • This summer riding through Glacier Park with my family, something just clicked. Montana makes me feel like a captive animal returning to the wild. The longer you stay in Montana the more the social pressures slip away & the more you focus on what is truly important. You start to leave behind the person society told you to be & return to your raw natural self.

  5. Marty says:

    Agreed! Had a taste of those open spaces during Thanksgiving week when we visited relatives in AZ and took a short trip to the Grand Canyon.
    What the eye sees is beauty and what the soul perceives is freedom. Don’t fence me in!

  6. Janet says:

    Yes, I do believe that we are meant to live in certain areas; and if we’re not there yet, when we do get there (or visit) we know in our heart that we’re meant to be there–pretty bad sentence, but hopefully you get what I’m saying. You photograph Montana beautifully.

  7. Give this prairie girl wide open space with big skies any day. Stunning photos of a stunning landscape.

  8. And I feel that pull with the crowded pines or varied forested landscapes of northern MN! But, growing up in South Dakota, I do have an appreciation for that vast beauty of the plains.

  9. Mind Margins says:

    Texas is pretty wide open as well, but it doesn’t speak to my heart like Wyoming or Montana does. Amen!

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