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Summer’s Heritage

“Early in the morning, I will celebrate the light” ~ Byrd and Hindalong

The above is a powerful and moving refrain – an emblematic of men and women that daily welcome in the sun as they begin their elegant interlude with nature and its ordained stewards.

America’s heritage and character was forged on storied ranches and farmhouses that dot the plains and foothills of our magnificent country. Everyday, the ranching and farming families – nature’s caretakers – vest strength and energy caring for creation while in turn harvesting its bountiful rewards. Yet their homesteads are so much more. They are a living canvas replete with the strokes of abundance, the shadows of challenge and tough years, and the sunlight of optimism that predicates the delicate partnership between them and nature.

As I thought of memorializing the impact of the family farms and ranches across our country, I wondered at all the discoveries and adventure prepared daily for those fortunate enough to enjoy the ranch. I imagined a grandfather starting his old reliable tractor early in the morning surrounded by a cohort of animals oblivious to his chores and duties. Next to him is his faithful dog who works his best for attention and fun – after all, look at all the room to run!

In the foreground of Summer’s Heritage, nature has adorned the entrance to this magnificent homestead with beautiful flowers lazily enjoying the day. Not to be outdone, the horse reminds all of his presence sheltered in the cool barn, yet yearning to run the plains and display the magnificence of movement. The sky adds its calm charm ushering in a peaceful and serene day, while in the background a pond glistens with morning light.

What a great adventure for any youngster anxious to explore and leave a mark on granddad’s farm – the tractor, the barn, the animals, trees and pond – could there be a better heritage afforded by summer…could there be a better forge for character…not likely!

  • Thomas Kinkade believed that while every season leaves its indelible mark on the farm, it is summer that yields the greatest rewards and adventure. This ideology, and Byrd and Hindalong’s refrain, was the inspiration behind Summer’s Heritage.
  • Nature’s creatures harmonically roam the farm during summertime, and in Summer’s Heritage, the old reliable tractor makes quick work of the harvest. Untold mysteries await those fortunate enough to visit the barn and explore the pond – but always under watchful yet permissive eye of dad or granddad.
  • Thom calls the ranching and farming families “nature’s caretakers” who vest strength and energy in caring for nature’s creations while in turn, harvesting its bountiful rewards.
  • What an amazing forge for rugged individualism, hard work, and the determination so emblematic of our great land, reflected in Summer’s Heritage!
Title Summer's Heritage
Pubilshed June 2011

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