The Flip Side

 

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A storm ravages,

With dime-sized hail stones laying

Waste to this year’s crop.

 

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A couple of days ago I was invited over to a friend’s place for a visit, mostly for sharing some food and lots of catching up and fun conversation.

Since it was my first time there, all of us who had gathered went for a walk in the adjacent fields for some exercise and to see for ourselves what devastation had occurred after a recent severe thunderstorm in the area.

My friend’s family have a huge cherry orchard that they have been tending for a couple of generations.  Such a weird fluke of a storm luckily happens infrequently; however, when it does, the effects are essentially a year’s fruit production completely gone to waste.

I was told that the cherries on all the orchard trees were only days away from being fully ripe to be picked and processed.

And then nature stepped in….

In the next photos you will get to see the flip side…..no beautifully formed cherries hanging from the branches, which would usually tempt us to pick them for a treat.

 

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The last two photos show the specialized machinery that is used to shake the cherries from the trees – as the fruit has to be collected regardless – to clear the trees for the remaining growth and recovering phases.

 

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Returning to My Walks…

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Chilly wind blowing;

Birds chirping; Watching cows…geese,

Time for walks again.

 

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My schedule has finally eased up again, and so I have been looking forward at the prospect of incorporating my daily walks….or almost daily walks, like I did last year.

What discoveries shall I make this year?

Well, it was fun to see the neighbour’s tractor trundling along the path leading to this fenced-in pasture, bringing with it a bucket full of hay.  You should have seen how fast the dairy cows got moving, once they saw the “delivery” truck!  Feeding time!

And before I had arrived at that spot, I was walking past some trees, and there were several birds flitting about among the branches and calling out their songs.  Cheerful and happy and going about their business.  I think I caught sight of a goldfinch…..??

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There were two Canada geese couples looking as if they were settling in on one of the farm fields down the road.  I watched them.  They checked me out.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get photos of them.  However, if they ARE making a temporary home there, I hope to see them again on a subsequent walk.

I had the wind blowing into my face on the way back…..even with a jacket on, it felt oh so Brrrrr!!

 

 

The Corn Harvester

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On a recent post I wrote about the farm vehicles I saw during my walk, and it was the corn harvester that had fascinated me the most, and I ended up taking several photos of it.  Enough of them really that I decided to write up this separate post.

As I was walking along the road, the view in this first photo is what caught my eye.  I could see that the outer ring of the cornfield had been recently cut down and I wondered about it, because I couldn’t see any farm machine to explain that.

But then as I walked along some more, I could finally see that “missing” machine coming around the far corner!  Aha!  There it was….the corn harvester!  Cutting down rows of corn plants and retrieving only the seeds.

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And then you can see how it moves along close to the tall wagon standing off to the right…….as well as where the harvester starts pouring the corn seed from that long metal tube into that tall collector wagon.

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A lot of seed comes out of that metal tube!

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After the corn harvester has emptied that load of seed into the collector wagon, it continues on its way to process another swathe of corn plants and repeat the whole thing again.

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I’m just adding in some close-ups of the side view of the collector wagon, and by the looks of the visible corn seed level, I’d say it’s reaching its maximum holding capacity.

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At the other end of this corn field, you can see again the path that the corn harvester had taken…..starting from the outside, and it will most likely continue working its way towards the centre.

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