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Old 12-27-2009, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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I figured it was time to showcase some of the beauty of the Midwest. Obviously there is soooo much more to see than what I have linked below, but I would just like to share some of the natural beauty of the Midwest, which many people sadly think doesnt exist. Enjoy!

Ill start with my home state, Illinois:

Flickr Photo Download: Alto Pass look out (http://www.flickr.com/photos/makandapanda/3547429721/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: bald knob number one (http://www.flickr.com/photos/springborn/3772879822/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Bork's Waterfall (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tkr2099/470936656/sizes/o/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: UP 8095 Buncombe IL 02 Nov 2008 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/trainchaser/3011918168/sizes/o/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Garden of the Gods (http://www.flickr.com/photos/enjoyillinois/3193985299/sizes/o/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: South by Inspiration Point (http://www.flickr.com/photos/neuski/1977259702/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Galena Countryside (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9570987@N04/2718182599/sizes/o/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Town and hills (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfgamchick/2386751616/sizes/o/ - broken link)
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Wisconsin:

Frozen on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillipsalzman/348254655/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Devil's Lake (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimbrekke/1045758614/sizes/o/ - broken link)

Devil's Lake SP on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdeboer152/4213992294/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Farming Wisconsin Style (http://www.flickr.com/photos/carquestguy/956611907/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Laid Out Before You (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorenzemlicka/2770805203/sizes/o/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Nothing to Lose (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorenzemlicka/3089101297/sizes/o/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Peninsula State Park Dusk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wisdoc/1802864547/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Walking a crooked mile (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesjordan/2949723304/sizes/o/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Ephraim (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesjordan/3029094663/sizes/o/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Think Wisconsin is a Flat Prairie? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/86886338@N00/3945312805/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Lake Michigan with a Caribbean Hue (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jstephenconn/4118125309/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Morning - Alma Wisconsin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bellemorgan/3936499509/sizes/o/ - broken link)
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:58 PM
 
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Love the pictures - Ephraim has always been my favorite spot in Door County! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Michigan:

Flickr Photo Download: Triangles (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cedarkayak/2854592028/sizes/l/ - broken link)

KAScott_20091108_2512b on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenscottphotography/4098189538/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Sand dunes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10665384@N05/2383732861/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Hows this for a sand dune? LOL
Flickr Photo Download: Sleeping Bear Dunes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/artalexp/3719471932/sizes/l/ - broken link)

keep on truckin' baby on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/suesue2/2705808693/ - broken link)

Arch Rock on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/strizich/2852775487/ - broken link)

cruising into the sunset on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/suesue2/2788504359/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Chairs... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/97867906@N00/1500060474/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Grand Hotel Porch (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yark64/873290443/sizes/o/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Sunset Over Superior (http://www.flickr.com/photos/springchick/30731824/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Lake in the Clouds at Dawn (http://www.flickr.com/photos/decibelle/1552526386/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Tumbling Fall on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardthompson/4025337547/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Crossing the Dunes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/farlane/3628040903/sizes/l/ - broken link)
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Minnesota:

Lutsen Mountian on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/allensgreatphotos/2900398466/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: lutsen mountain (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8327111@N03/717705094/sizes/l/ - broken link)

View from Moose Mountain on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vittoriosa/340089399/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Magic hour in Grand Marais (http://www.flickr.com/photos/timpmn/264485049/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Sugarloaf (http://www.flickr.com/photos/picsbycl/4164092299/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Deer Lake Sunset (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjrphotos/3823717637/sizes/o/ - broken link)
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Indiana:

Flickr Photo Download: Morning on the Dune (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lapstrake/2756868998/sizes/o/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Indiana Dunes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lapstrake/2649751309/sizes/o/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Mt. Baldy Panoramic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lapstrake/3788292969/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Flickr Photo Download: Brown County, Indiana (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thedayhascome/3004096137/sizes/l/ - broken link)
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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You've taken the time to link to some beautiful pictures - I know there are many, many more beautiful areas in WI and the other states as well, I'm sure. Here's the thing, people aren't commenting because it's so much easier to bash the Midwest than to compliment it. It's easier to hold on to preconceived notions than actually open your eyes and see the evidence, that all is not flat and boring. Some people don't want to see the beauty (and will avoid looking), but those bold enough to look will have their eyes opened.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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Kansas' Flint Hills in the NE part of the state:
Tallgrass Prairie Preserve - National Geographic Magazine
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Love the pictures - Ephraim has always been my favorite spot in Door County! Thanks for sharing!
I agree. I have a hard time deciding what town I like more... Ephraim or Fish Creek.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:41 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Nice photos. Of course I know full well how nice the Midwest can be because I have spent a LOT of time driving around and poking around the area most of my life.

I am just wondering how long it will be before somebody has to post 100 photos of California trying to prove they have so much more than anyplace else on Earth. Never seen so many insecure people in my life; mention someplace else has beauty and diverse scenery and they jump up and down and holler how they have more, they have better, they're #1, blah, blah, blah.
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