Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Waiting Field (SWF)

Corn Field

More rain just minutes away, still, the waiting field close enough for another day’s quick visit—open space and evening solitude, a welcome walk down the lane.
The weeds here, not yet tamed.

yellow rocket


butterweed
cressleaf groundsel

And, as it is each spring, for me to wonder as to what will replace this wildness, I hope for its turning, yet again—
for crops of corn or soy.
But, as each neighboring field is planted, and this one still stands under golden tops, acres across, I worry it may have seen its last season—sold for a greater price to one who will title it for what it once was, “Deerfield Crossing” or “Fox Run.”
I will always find the name, corn field, most satisfying.

Common Sooty Wings
at the road's edge


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27 comments:

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

It is difficult and sad for me, too, to see the old fields disappear, to watch what once was home to fox and ironweed be subdivided and paved and sodded. Where will the sparrows search for seeds come December? Or the monarchs find their journey-sustaining nectar as they flutter south in autumn?

How much longer can we continue to devalue and destroy and still think ourselves a wealthy nation?

Michelle Johnson said...

I hate to see coming of change sometimes. I can here your love of a tilled field in your words. But, a deerfield crossing or fox run could make for some interesting pictures later. I love the picture of sooty butterflies. Have a nice day.

Wanda said...

...and the beautiful titles they give them are always a bittersweet memory of what was taken away...I have paths named Deer Path, Fern Valley, Turtle Crossing, Fox Run, and Spider Lane...they are the real things though.

Enjoyed your post.

Lynn said...

Beautiful! Storm cloud photos are so interesting.

Sanna said...

Change is bound to happen, still it's sad sometimes when it does. Nice photos. =)

2sweetnsaxy said...

I don't always like change either, especially when it's not good change. You'd think at this time in my life I'd be used to it since I've seen so much... but I think that only makes it worse. Leaves me wondering, can't anything just stay the same?

Lovely shots!

Susan at Stony River said...

What a beautiful post, in words and photos. Funny, for all the 'Fox Runs' and 'Deerfields' we see, there isn't a housing development anywhere that I know called 'Hayfield' or 'Back 40' LOL But you're right--a corn field is a lovely thing to be. I hope it stays.

erin said...

i love the field(s) just the way they are...we've one across the road from us that i hope continues to remain as it is :) it is a breath of fresh air to see the open field.
enjoyed your post so very much and the photographs were lovely.
have a wonderful weekend.

bobbie said...

The butterweed is so beautiful! and the sooty wings are priceless.

Carver said...

That's a beautiful field. Lovely shots.

Dave Coulter said...

Great shots....Happy SWF!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Nina
What a great post for Sky Watch... and I do love the Sooty Wings

fourwindsphotojournal said...

Nina, first of all, your photos are lovely.
I want to say too, that I know exactly how you feel about that field. The hayfield next door, the scene of many of my photos, and home to countless birds and and animals, has just been rezoned to commercial land. Strange, that so few can see a piece of land as only a commodity, to be sold.

Carletta said...

Beautiful post of fields and sky!
I hope it stays a field for a long time.

My post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

Martha Z said...

A lovely field, I hope its next crop is not more houses.

Denise said...

Beautiful photos! Happy SkyWatch Friday :)

KGMom said...

We had a large farm in this area sold last year--not that we owned it, but it is near where we lived. The people who owned it had called it Whispering Winds. It was the last big tract of undeveloped land. Of course, it was sold and will become yet another subdivision.
I just hate it.

Deborah Godin said...

It's a sad commentary, a development called Fox Run where no foxes can live...

Wren said...

The road goes on forever, or so it seems. The field should be so lucky, as should we.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Some of the corn/soybean fields we frequently drive past were sold last year. Already a new home stands sentry on the highest hill. It is a pretty house I suppose, and I'm sure it will make some family happy, but it's empty presence there seems arrogant to me right now. Almost it seems to shout "I'm king of the mountain!" I'm going to miss the green, open space.

D Herrod said...

Like the butterfly. Have a great weekend.

Arija said...

The earth is patient, she waits for rain, for sunshine, for plowing and sowing and reaping and always, always she is good to us.

mkreider said...

Great Blog... SkyWatch brought me here, and I like what I see and read!

Dagrun said...

You have so many really nice photos on your blog (these are no exeption). I will be back. :)

Evita said...

This is a beautiful set of photos! I love capturing and seeing nature in all of its splendour too :)

srp said...

Beautiful pictures. My cousins farm in Illinois and planting has been most difficult this year. I'm not sure they were able to get all the corn planted due to the rain...
These pictures are stunning!

Karen said...

It does make me sad to see those fields disappearing...

Wonderful shots ... especially the one with the butterflies..