Thursday, May 15, 2008

The changing landscape

The field behind our woods has been plowed and planted. And the first green to appear reveals that, this year, it is to be corn.
I've never given it a second thought. The choice of crops. The alternating cycle between corn and soybeans has, in the past, seemed simple.
And although I prefer to walk this lane between fields of soy, where afternoon breezes make the golden plants sway in autumn, the tall stalks of corn will soon transform this path into a tunnel of sorts.
A changed place.

Filling this brown space with a green leafy wall, hiding our woods.
And the geese and deer that walk here.

I wonder if, this year, it is something other than "simple."
And if this field now grows, not fodder, but fuel.
Ethanol.

A wind turbine spins gloriously as the clouds pass.
The landscape is changing.



Thanks to Wigger's World for hosting Skywatch Friday each week at his site!

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41 comments:

Sandpiper said...

Beautiful pictures and an interesting post. I looked at your previous posts to catch up, too. All wonderful, as always, Nina!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Your posts are always interesting. I was born this close to a farm and watched the horse and farmer plant single rows of corn at a time. Those were the days when there were no machines in the fields.

imac said...

Ah corn fields and great skies.

my double reflection is now up please feel free to visit-thanks.

nikkipolani said...

What dreamy skies....

ellen b said...

Lovely skies and changing landscape. You'll have to include a shot later showing us the sky through the corn stalks :0)

Daniel J Santos said...

Beautiful and interesting, well done.

quinttarantino said...

Here is something I love seeing ... huge and plain fields giving us a nice sensation of space ... and the smell that comes from fresh plowed soil ...

Diane Vogel Ferri said...

the first photo clouds are gorgeous - they show such depth of the landscape.

***Fotografia e Luz*** said...

very beautiful photos with the sky with magnificent colors

Voz do meu Coração said...

Beautiful photography. Congratulations

Mrs. Darcy said...

Very nice shots!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Beautiful shots.. I just hope any change is for the better.

Pretty Life Online said...

nice one for SWF! When you realize how perfect everything you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.... Have a great weekend! mine's up too hope you can drop by.

Rose said...

That first photo is perfect! I just want to step into it.

John said...

Very nice photos, Nina!

dot said...

Nice pictures and a very interesting post!

Sherry said...

Wonderful post! Love your photos and your writing.

bobbie said...

As always, your words are as wonderful as your photos.

SandyCarlson said...

Beautiful prose to match your lovely photos! God bless.

Tom said...

Nina-

Yeah, the whole idea of burning our food instead of eating it is a bit strange and one that we will hopefully soon abandon.

Tom

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

I used to live out in the midwest in my teens, and I really do miss all the stunning growing fields! Fabulous photos!

Salty said...

Beautiful skywatch and interesting commentary. As this is my first visit, I took the time to look around awile, Wonderful Blog you have here!

Champ Townboy said...

Gorgeous shots and great commentary!!

MamaFlo said...

It's as though the sky is calling you to drive down the road - Lovely.

Neva said...

A really lovely sky.

Marvin said...

Great clouds floating above your changing landscape.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful walk between fields!

Anemone said...

Nothing is so beautiful as yellow korns waving in the wind in the early autum...

Nice weekend wishes to you, from me in Norway.

Dave Coulter said...

Lovely shots. I hope the corn is for eating this summer! :)

pts said...

beautiful pictures!

Luiz.ramosforest said...

Always a beautiful taken.

Kathiesbirds said...

What a beatuful place to walk. How the world IS changing! Somethings we try to do to help the environment aren't always the best. Wind energy is a good alternative, but a sky full of wind turbines isn't nearly as pretty as one without them and they can be quite hazardous to birds. What's the solution? I don't know, but whoever thought corn would become so contraversial or affect the price of everything else! Love the photos and your stimulating comments.

Petunia said...

What a beautiful place to live:)
Petunia's SWF

babooshka said...

Really nice an open. Great sky images

Anne-Berit said...

Very nice pictures!

Inkivääri said...

So beautiful sky and landscape - soul is resting there!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Lovely photos, all, but I'm especially drawn to the first; such a pleasant vista.

Debbie in NC said...

How I would love to walk down this road...wonderful photos!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Farmers are just planting their crops here in Ontario. It's always interesting to watch the changing landscape.

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a great set of photos Love the sky. Can't wait to see the corn all grown

chrome3d said...

Good set of pics and your story is a pleasure to read.