“In Thy Nature, Everything Is Worth More Than Gold”

photo taken July 23, 2007
title thanks to Pam, from the poem In Thy Nature by Stephanie McGrath

Poets and Punners, all of you.  I’m beginning to sound like a broken record but your entries are incredible!  So much greatness there, impossible to excerpt here.  I urge you to read them all!

Because I love Yeats, and Into the Twilight by William Butler Yeats was quoted by Jayne, I am copying it front and center:

Come, heart, where hill is heaped upon hill:
For there the mystical brotherhood
Of sun and moon and hollow and wood
And river and stream work out their will; . . .

Ombre Hombre by Kristine is honorable mention (I say it out loud and crack up)

And Pam, I chose your entry.  Something intangible about the words meshes with something intangible about the photo (though there are blatant corresponding links between the words and the imagery as well).  And the words are True.  For all of us.

• • • This photo seems a bit more challenging than the past weeks caption contests…. but I know you will all prove me wrong, as you blow me away each Monday with your imaginations ~ I must say, I love the way you all see Charlie’s pictures.

As always, leave your title, caption, or Charlie-thought-bubble in the comment section of this post.  The winner will receive a signed copy of my book and a lucky horseshoe I found yesterday.  Let the games begin!

483 Responses to ““In Thy Nature, Everything Is Worth More Than Gold””

  1. Mariah Says:

    “Not all who wander are lost”

  2. Mark Says:

    Eli – I hear you!

  3. karen Says:

    Call of the Wild

  4. Della Says:

    The strong silent type.

  5. Angie Says:

    ” Wait, I know it Eli.” “That is the sound of Mikes truck, just wait and see”. ‘He is coming home”.

  6. Lisa Says:

    YES! I can hear you now! I can hear you now!

  7. Tina Says:

    Golden Years Ahead

  8. pinktootoot (anita) Says:

    Go West, young man, and grow up with the country. (horace greeley)

  9. christine Says:

    What’s a Dom – In-O’s? I smell something good..

  10. Cynthia H Says:

    I’m sure someone else has already said this but –
    “Freedom Rings”

    “Wait! I can hear the Dog Star!”

  11. Loretta Says:

    But soft, what light through yonder meadow breaks? It is the east, and Charlie is the sun.

  12. Chelle Says:

    In and Out of Focus

  13. Arthurus Says:

    The great over dog
    That heavenly beast
    With a star in one eye
    Gives a leap in the east.

    He dances upright
    All the way to the west
    And never once drops
    On is fore feet to rest.

    I am a poor underdog
    But to night I will bark
    With that great over dog
    That romps in the dark.
    -Robert Frost

  14. Pamela Says:

    Scent and Sensibility

  15. K Says:

    Fields of Gold

    From the song of the same name :)

    You’ll remember me when the west wind moves
    Upon the fields of barley
    You’ll forget the sun in his jealous sky
    As we walk in the fields of gold

  16. Robin L. Says:

    “Nature’s First Flower Is Gold”, from Robert Frost. Meaning that nothing can stay young and perfect forever, there will be change. Maturity and trouble will come but there is always that image of youth in the golden light.

  17. pogonip Says:

    Wind Song

  18. Mussette Says:

    Glowing Future Calls Softly

  19. Stacy B Says:

    Hi Shreve,

    Not sure if you have ever read The Sentinel, a short story by Arthur C. Clarke and one of his first ever published. It was apparantly the impetus for 2001: A Space Odyssey. Anyway, read it if you haven’t and you get a chance. The Sentinel was basically an object left for us to find on the moon to let it’s creator know we had come to a crossroads and intellegent life now inhabited the Earth. So when I see this picture of Charlie three captions come to mind: Prairie Sentinel, Golden Crossroads or Looking for Intellegent Life (BTW: You’ve got to wonder how much more he knows than we do, huh?)

  20. klimt Says:

    who needs radar?

  21. Kit Says:

    It’s the ice cream truck!

  22. Sue Says:


  23. Millionaire Acts Says:

    Lost Dreams

  24. alisha Says:

    I just want to say that you and your “farmily” helped me so much when I lost one of my “bugs”… I started with a cat that looked a lot like Eli (orange long hair tabby) who was 2 and 1/2 and had bad teeth after a car thing… Then a lab added but had to be a new pup since the (at the time) 7 yr old tabby hated all dogs (they bonded after the new pup finally after a month of being ignored grabbed him and forced him in the puppy crate (the vet said he was sharing his only thing with the cat)… Then a year later I added a severly abused additional dog (who loves all)… After awhile we all fit (the fireplace and winter helped a lot!) But then Brisco turned 17 (I got him when he was 2 or so they guessed). He went in 3 months. He tried so hard that he tried to hop on my bed as he was having a heart atack. It was horrible. I used to always look and many websites daily before that. The only on after that I would look at was yours to see Charlie daily. His little life daily stories helped me look on. I still loved my dogs and cared about them but to listen to someone talk about their pets “little” things that actually mean so much really helped me. I was able (though after a random dream I willl still cry) to again laugh and love the little things (My Diesel bypassing the child-proff lock on the garbarge) instead of getting mad… I hope to by your book once I get a roommate so I can afford my mortgage (not a sob story… I will get back on my feet on my own, Dogs get Evo while I eat Top Roman, My choice.) but when I can I will support you because you helped me… Just thought when you had one of those nasty emails you should have one from someone you and and “Farmily” made feel better… Keep up the good love….

  25. Cassandra Says:

    Nothing Gold Can Stay
    -Robert Frost

    Nature’s first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaf’s a flower;
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.

  26. Thea Says:

    Coyote Radar

  27. Scott Says:

    Dream of Fields

    (inspired by Dreams of Fields above)

  28. megan Says:

    pearls before canine

    the grass looks like pearls to me… lovely photo!

  29. maria Says:

    “Now that side was made for you and me.”

  30. Hitokage Says:

    “Everything the Light Touches”

  31. Angela Says:

    Overseeing his world

  32. Tracy Says:

    “The morning pouring everywhere, its golden glory on the air” -HWL

  33. Marlana Says:

    Ollie, Ollie oxen free!

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