Photo Essay: Spring Blossoms

“The perfect blossom is a rare thing.” – Katsumoto, The Last Samurai I love the first signs of spring. Since I live in the Great Plains, it’s usually the vast green carpet of wheat sprouting in the fields, followed by flowering trees. There’s something about the delicate determination of fragile flowers reaching for the sky, undeterred…

10 Reasons You’ll Love the American Midwest

* Author note: Photographs for 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 were borrowed for illustrative purposes. All other photos on this post and blog are my own.  When people return to their home culture after living or traveling abroad, it’s common for them to critically view many aspects of their home culture. This is normal. But…