Linda Bourne arrived in a dust storm sixty-some odd years ago, and hasn’t stopped stirring up the climate since. Anything she left unstirred, she’s raised a brood of kidlin’s aimin’ to continue.
For the longest time, I called her Karen, not realizing that I had the right name, wrong person. Then one afternoon, sitting in the shade of an overgrown elm at Rolling Hills Cowboy Camp, I realized that I’d been calling her the wrong name, and that Karen was her sister (whom I also knew). I’m sure had I ever seen them together, I would have easily been able to tell them apart, but in my little brain, they were mixed up forever – at least until that day.
I don’t remember when I met her, and I really don’t remember ever not knowing her. She was part of my growing up years, and continued to be part of my life for the fifty plus odd years that I’ve remained in Colorado. A fixture, you might say, of the prairie, Linda is someone I associate with home.
She knew my mom.
They came from the same prairie land, grew up loving the area, and passing that love of local history and folklore to their children. That common ground has been the basis for long family friendships, and then Facebook. Bumping into each other online, we found commonalities in our existence that extends beyond personal connection to a deep love of our homelands.
Sharing photos taken of the prairie, Colorado, and life as we’ve known it, along with the stories that meld them all together, may be our passion, but it’s also our life line. We appreciate the connection. And I hope you can appreciate it too.
These owl photos are taken near the Bourne home northeast of Las Animas,
You’ll find Linda whispers to animals, the wind, the sky, and maybe even a few of the people in her huge circle of friends and family. But she can get loud if you’re not listening.
Thanks for sharing and allowing me to share your pictures on my page. (I really must take time to do a real interview soon, so people can get to know the real you.)
UPDATED: Real interview coming soon… Stay tuned!
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