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Beautiful Places VI

Take a virtual tour of gorgeous acreages from around the country. We'd love to add your beautiful place to our slideshow! Post your photos in our Beautiful Places gallery from the link below.
  • For the birds

    Lynette Driver and her family live on 2.5 acres in beautiful Aromas, California. Here, a tree on a flower-covered hillside makes the perfect shady spot for a birdhouse. <br>Browse our first five Beautiful Places slideshows for more gorgeous reader photos:<br>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Close to nature

    This lovely specimen was also photographed by Lynette Driver on her family's California acreage.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Bumps on a log

    Sandra Ebeling and her family get together each August for their annual "creek-walking day." Here, her grandchildren and some cousins take a break from exploring her Wyaconda, Missouri, acreage.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Relaxing on the dock

    Here, Ebeling's granddaughter, Rebekah, enjoys a quiet moment on the dock of the lake on the family's Missouri acreage. "We enjoy spending a lot of family time at the lake," Sandra says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Lunch to go

    Sandra Ebeling, who writes a weekly newspaper column on birds, also sent in this photo of a busy mother bluebird, preparing to take her chicks a mealworm lunch. This was taken on her acreage in northeast Missouri.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Snowy scene

    This lovely shot was captured on New Year's Day, looking west from the deck on the back of Debbie Goodger's home in Cassopolis, Michigan. Christiana Creek winds through their property.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Frosty morning

    Mary Jo Kaup's family farms and ranches in north-central South Dakota. She captured this beautiful image after a heavy January frost.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Reminder of days gone by

    This old wagon on the Kaup farm didn't escape the winter frost.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Cozy cabin

    Wayne and Mary Koksela's country home can be seen in earlier slideshows in the summer, but this photo proves life in Massachusetts is beautiful year-round.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Pond progression

    Tony Korelja has walked this property in upstate New York, south of Cooperstown, since he was a kid. When it was listed for sale 8 years ago, "I could not let it pass by," he says. One improvement he's made to the mostly wooded 55-acre property was adding this pond, seen here shortly after it was dug. "I once was able to walk the streams in the area and fish," 62-year-old Korelja says. "I guess I felt that if I can't get to the water, I will bring it to me."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Finished product

    Once Tony Korelja's pond filled with water, it gave him and his family a place to fish, watch wildlife, and just enjoy their property. "I always liked the water, streams and lakes," he says. "They are like a window to a whole new world."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Winter in the mountains

    Kristen Lodge sent this beautiful winter photo taken from her acreage near Granby, Colorado, population 1,500. This is the SolVista Basin as seen from Granby Ranch.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Snowy swings

    Santa Claus left this playground for four-year-old Kane Parker, and a little snow doesn't keep him from getting outside and enjoying his view of the pond. His mom, Cheri, sent this photo of Kane's beautiful place in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Labor of love

    Ellen Still hand-dug and landscaped this koi pond when she and her husband bought their new home in Mendon, Missouri. It took more than a month to finish, but now the Stills enjoy sitting on the patio watching their fish swim and smelling the flowers. "Everyone stops by to see it when they are out for their evening walks," she says. "I worked very hard on my pond and I am very pleased with the results."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Pool for two

    When it comes to summer in the country, sometimes a kid just needs to take a dip in the pool. And if there's a dog to swim with, all the better! JoHanna Sullivan captured this summertime snapshot at her place in Reyno, Arkansas.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • The gang's all here!

    Cindy Wallingford of rural Thermopolis, Wyoming, sent this photo of her granddaughter, 9-month-old Tymber Eckley, getting to know a set of triplet lambs. "Her mom and I were cleaning the pen and we put Tymber on a blanket in the next pen with the triplets, when Lil the dog came in to protect her," Cindy says. "Then Ginger the chicken thought she needed to be in there."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Winter windmill

    Susie and Tim Williams have a beautiful winter view of the trees and windmill from their home near Holy Cross, Iowa.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Birdwatching

    Susie Williams photographed this lovely chickadee resting in a tree on her acreage. "I love going outside to capture nature's beauty and the wildlife that surrounds us," she says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • State bird

    Williams also photographed this goldfinch, the state bird of Iowa. The little bird fluffs its feathers to stay warm as it sits on a snowy branch.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Foraging pheasants

    With so much snow on the ground all winter, Susie Williams says these pheasants hung out around her birdfeeders to get their fill. She and her husband love watching these wild birds and the deer that gather outside their living room window.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • After the ice storm

    When CR and Karen Wilson retired, they left the Baltimore, Maryland, area, and settled down in rural Spickard, Missouri. This is the view from their front porch, taken shortly after an ice storm.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Winter walk

    W.H. Bauer submitted this photo from the woods of Manitoba, Canada. This bush area is about five miles long, with man-made paths throughout. Perfect for a winter's hike with friends!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Lovely lake home

    Marcia and D.D. Smith live in Byrd Shores on Lake Oliver, in the outskirts of Smiths Station, Alabama. This shot is taken from the dock, looking back toward the house.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Fun in the sun

    The Smiths enjoy spending time on the lake with their boats and Seadoos. "Of course during the hot, humid days of summer in Alabama, we really enjoy the pool and large deck areas," Marcia says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Winter walk

    Wayne Koksela's dog, Millie, waits for him to walk with her down a snowy path on their 140-acre place in Phillipston, Massachusetts.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012

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