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A Kansas Sunup

Art is in the news. The theft of the two famous pieces of art, Scream and Madonna, was a daring act to say the least. These fellows wanted those pieces so bad they were willing to walk into the gallery in broad daylight rip the canvasses off the wall and speed away in their get-away car. All this while visitors stood by in shocked amazement.  
It is all a little crazy and put me to thinking about art in my own life. I am very lucky in that I have access to the natural world and the pictures that Nature paints each and every day. This morning, a little rain shower passed through central Kansas right about sunup. As I drove east along a township road the horizon fairly jumped out at me as though it were the most famous canvas on earth! The cloud system that had produced our early morning shower was maybe 50-60 miles to the east and sat on the horizon as if it were a magical island on an ethereal sea. I know I’ve talked about the clouds before, but each time I look into the sky I see a whole new portrait.  
Etherial Island rose out of the distant prairie revealing secret canyons and passages through pure white mountains of fresh soft snow. Beyond those billowy mountains the deepest blue that could be imagined suggested a time without end just beyond the horizon.  
Pretty Wild…! The best part was that I didn’t have to pay an admission fee to get in to see this famous portrait. I didn’t have to move quietly into the gallery to steal it away for my own personal enjoyment. All I had to do was look. 
So Long, 
The Cowboy 


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