Thursday, June 30, 2011

America the Beautiful!

America the Beautiful

 by Katharine Lee Bates

On July 4th the United States of America will be celebrating Independence Day, and to celebrate I thought I'd illustrate with my photos the first stanza of the poem/song "America the Beautiful. " It was written in 1893 by Katherine Lee Bates as she viewed the sights from Pike's Peak in Colorado.  (all highlighted links under the photos will bring you to my blog posts about that area of the USA)
  
O beautiful for spacious skies,


For amber waves of grain,


For purple mountain majesties


Above the fruited plain!


America! America!


God shed his grace on thee


And crown thy good with brotherhood




From sea ......


......to shining sea!

American flags hanging in various locations around New York City

To all who celebrate have a happy and safe 4th of July!

I'm linking today with Skywatch Friday and with Beverly's Pink Saturday patriotic red white and blue event on her blog How Sweet The Sound, and with Mary of the Little Red House "Mosaic Monday.  Please click on the links to see all the blogs participating in all events.

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74 comments:

Barbara F. said...

Beautiful, Pat. God bless America! xo,

Kris said...

That was beautiful!!!! God Bless America INDEED!!!!!

From the Kitchen said...

Lovely! I wish you and yours a delicious and safe 4th of July.

Best,
Bonnie

Snap said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Beautiful photos to go with some of my favorite words. Happy 4th!

jocodeane said...

Sent shivers down my spine.
Very impressive combination.
[tw3.me]

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Amen! Your photos are poetry unto themselves...I agree Pat...just beautiful! Have a wonderful holiday.

Vee said...

Splendid, Pat! The song perfectly complements the photos you've shared. It's a wonderful blessing to have seen all these beautiful sights for yourself.

jeannette said...

Your pics are as majestic as the national anthem! Have a happy 4th!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

It is good to be back at last catching up with your blogging activities, enjoy your forthcoming celebrations.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your pics are just beautiful Pat! Love the shot at the vineyard! Happy 4th of July Weekend:@)

Jo said...

O' Pat, thank you so much for this uplifting post, God Bless America and you and yours as we celebrate this beautiful country,AMERICA!!
Your blog has filled my heart with pride to stand up and salute!

HAPPY 4TH MY FRIEND!!
~JO
LazyonLoblolly

EliFla said...

great post!!! And I am so happy...next Saturday I'm going to visit Sigonella base...and I am going to celebrate the 4th July with American citizens...I am so happy!!! :D ...have a great special Independence weekend .... hugs, Flavia

Jidhu Jose said...

lovely shots

Grandmother said...

We have to make our own little celebration here in Italy. Thanks for the inspiration!

Riet said...

Oh Pat this is beautiful. What a wonderful series of photo's to go with the song. Happy 4th of July.

Carola said...

Wonderful photos. They realy show the beauty of America. On my travel I saw I bit of this incredible nature.
The Yosemite shot looks like Yellowstone. (I have not been to Yosemite).
Thanks for sharing.
You live in a great country.

The Gathering Place said...

What beautiful photos to go along with the song. Have a wonderful holiday!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your post is perfection! It makes me feel so proud to look at these photos of our country! Enjoy your holiday weekend, my friend! ♥

Ginny said...

What an awesome idea, and you have done it beautifully, you have a wonderful picture just perfect for each verse!! My fave is God Shed His Grace On Thee. Hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Yvette said...

A great post, Pat. God Bless America, indeed. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Catherine said...

Beautiful post Pat.

Old Kitty said...

Oh Pat!! I was singing along and then your blog post finished! Aw!!! :-)

What a lovely lovely lovely tribute to a seminal anthem (and written by a woman - so triple yay!!! )!

Happy 4th of July!!! Take care
x

Kim, USA said...

A very beautiful tribute to our beloved land. God bless America!! And I am proud to be American! ^_^

SWF

podso said...

Beautiful post, Pat. And I love the first picture especially, of the tall flag. Hope you have a wonderful 4th weekend!

Carol said...

Terrific post, Pat! America is beautiful. Have a great holiday weekend!

Linda Chapman said...

What a WONDERFUL post!! I 'shared' it on my Facebook page.....hope you don't mind!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What was beautiful, Pat! Happy Birthday to the USA!

ester said...

Wonderful shots!

My entry.

~Cheryl said...

Fabulous! This makes my heart and soul sing! Thank you for a lovely post.

guild-rez said...

Happy 4th of July!!
Great pictures,
Gisela

rharper said...

Wow! Reading through this post gave me shivers and I started to cry. Do I love this country or what?! Even with all it's governmental frustrations and my always continual threat to go and live in neutral Switzerland for the rest of my life. I see something like this and it just breaks me up. It is truly a God given country.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a beautiful post. I have goosebumps. America the Beautiful is one of my favorite patriotic songs. Happy July 4th.!!!

merrilymarylee said...

This is awesome. Truly!

Tracy said...

WOW...she's pretty fantastic, is America! ;o) I'm feeling a little homesick just now... Happy 4th, dear Pat! ((HUGS))

Pondside said...

Beautiful images, beautiful song, beautiful country! Happy 4th of July to you and yours!

Theresa Milstein said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate the 4th.

I live in Cambridge. Each year, we walk to the Charles River and watch the fireworks as the Boston Pops play. It's one of my favorite activities all year.

Proud Italian Cook said...

America is truly beautiful, I just wish the economy would get better!
Happy 4th, friend.

Annie said...

Wonderful post Pat!
Have the nicest 4th ever!

Connie Arnold said...

Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing the great photos with the words of a wonderful song.

thestonerabbit said...

Hi Pat!!! How I loved this post....and the last Flag Filled Photo just filled my eyes with tears!! What a testament to our United States of America!!! How "we" need to remember where we came from and what we are all about. . . especially in this rough economic time.

Happy Independence Day to you and your lovely family!!!

L, Dana

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, So glad to get home and back to blogging. We did have a fabulous trip--but home is pretty nice also!!!!!

Some of your pictures are ones that are on our next trip's wish list. We want to go to Yellowstone, the Tetons, Mt. Rushmore, Glacier National Park---and maybe into the Canadian Rockies.... IF that happens, it will be in TWO years.
Hugs,
Betsy

Oliag said...

What a wonderful showcase for your gorgeous travel photography! Boy you sure have been places!

Happy weekend and 4th of July to you and your family!

Trotter said...

Hi Pat! Sorry for the absence; another busy fortnight... No holidays... ;)

Lovely shots of truly beautiful places...

Blogtrotter Two is touring Cap Corse... Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a beautiful post! America The Beautiful is one of my most favorite patriotic songs! Have a wonderful weekend!

GardenofDaisies (Gayle) said...

We do live in a beautiful country. Have a very happy holiday weekend!

LV said...

A truly remarkable presentation. Great job.

RNSANE said...

Pat, this was a spectacular post and, of course, it reminds us all just how wonderfully beautiful our country is. I think I'll post a poem on Monday that I wrote some time ago, called, "Home To The USA".

Only Cute Things said...

Great, lovely post

Happy 4th of july!

love american flag

xoxo

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

America is beautiful, isn't she??? Happy Fourth, Pat!! blessings ~ tanna

Cathy said...

Wonderful post, Pat. Your photos are beautiful. We are so fortunate to live in this great country. Happy July 4th to you and your family.

Pat said...

Fabulous post, Pat. Gorgeous photos!!

Happy Independence Day!

Mary said...

Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday, Pat! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

Lavender Cottage said...

Amazing photos of your country. Happy July 4 from Canada.

GrandmaK said...

Breathtaking! What a wonderfully inspirational mosaic!!! Thank you! Cathy

Shelia said...

HI Pat! OH, this is such a wonderful post! Lovely snaps and you live in the gateway of America! God bless America and have a wonderful 4th.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cherry Chick said...

It's always such a pleasure seeing your beautiful photograph. Thanks so much for sharing with us all.

Porch Days said...

Well done. Beautiful photos! I like that song better than The Star Spangled Banner. Nancy

Ingmarie We said...

Fantastic. Yest America is lovely country. And your photos are just amazing. Lov e the mosaic too.
Have a happy 4th.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I think if there was such a thing, you would win the "most patriotic award" for this post. I can't wait to show it to my husband.

Happy 4th of July Pat. I'm proud to be an American.
Sam

LDH said...

A beautiful, Patriotic post! Perfect photos!

Cindy said...

The USA is truly the most beautiful country in the world!!!
I love all of your photos!
Happy Independence Day!!! And may God continue to bless America.
Hugs, Cindy

Jill Harrison said...

a wonderful salute to your country. Thank you for sharing your stunning images. Happy 4th July to you and have a great week.

Sciarada said...

Ciao Pat, happy anniversary!
Auguri dall'Italia e viva la libertà!

Lorrie said...

Gorgeous photos to illustrate your beautiful country's national anthem. Happy 4th to you!

Suzy said...

Gorgeous post and photos. I love them all but the bison one really caught my attention. Happy 4th to you!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

So true...America is beautiful! And I have visited many of those same spots. You matched up the pic's with the song perfectly.

Happy 4th of July to you. Looking forward to seeing what you did!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful !!! Thanks!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Beautiful post Pat and I loved the photos you chose. That song is so much nicer than our real national anthem.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Beautiful views to emphasize the words to your national anthem. Well done. V

Gracie said...

Hope you had a great day with your family!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

A great post and I hope you had a great day.

Sarah said...

Pat, your photos amaze me. What a beautiful tribute to America.

Houseelf said...

Great use of your photos to fit the lyrics. I'm back now but it will take a couple more days to get sorted. I sent a postcard.

Claudia said...

About that photo essay you should be compiling for a book on America.... have you started yet? Because I want to buy it.