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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Curious Bovine

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Silently watchful;

In the midst of eating….and

Also curious!

 

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Returning back home from the same walk where I took those cloud photos (see the previous post), my walk takes me along the road that skirts one side of my neighbour’s farm.  And so, I often get to observe what the dairy cows – and in this case, some horses, too! – are doing.

And sometimes, as these two fine bovine ladies demonstrated, I get a little extra attention.  Nice!

I greeted them and talked to them, and they then continued with their favourite pastime.  🙂

 

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Six Word Story #14

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Sky-filled darkened clouds create dramatic expectation!

 

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On my walk last week.

Fascinating how looking to the west at one point sets the mood for something….that pause in the air.  What might happen!

And then 10 minutes further down the road.  I look toward the east, and it’s an entirely different light and mood.

 

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“Anything Rural”

This week’s theme for the photography assignment was “Anything Rural,” and so today was my opportunity to go for my walk.

I know from occasional comments on some earlier posts that focused on my walks that some of you enjoy joining me, so I welcome you along again.

I didn’t have anything specific in mind, other than I just knew that I’d find something to fit that theme.  Which meant there’d be all sorts of surprises!

 

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Photo #1

There they stand in line,

Square and rounded mailboxes;

Just a motley crew.

 

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Taken in the early evening…..I’ve always found the “jumbled” look of a collection of rural mailboxes fun to look at. They look like a group of old cronies hanging out, just “shooting the breeze” – some leaning forward, some leaning back, some slanted. Different mailboxes have different bases – with cement or just wooden poles – creating that uneven look. And sometimes that jumbled look is caused by a touch of vandalism. Every once in a long while, someone gets the “bright” idea to go waling at innocent mailboxes with a baseball bat…..you get the idea.
The somewhat faded maple leaf pattern on the one mailbox gives a hint as to this country…. 🙂

 

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Photo #2

Shimmering waters,

Some clusters of green brushes;

Home to ducks and frogs.

 

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This spot is a lovely little triangular shaped bit of land and pond – between two country roads and at the bottom end of where I live. It’s a fun little pond which, when the water is at its highest, joins up with the bigger pond on the other side of that dirt road (the one I’m standing on), leading to the dairy farm there….and that part of the road can get a bit “soggy.”
Primarily, this pond is the home of several duck families….and a host of loud and delightfully raucous peeper frogs, singing with heart and soul in the evenings until dusk and into dark.
I love this little wildlife habitat.

 

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Photo #3

Setting sun shadows,

Endless rows of sprouting greens;

The cycle renews.

 

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Since I was walking with the approaching sunset, the lighting has some things jump out more. In this case, I was enjoying the sight of the newly sprouted bright green plantings in another nearby farm field. I love looking at the even rows throughout the field and then a bit of criss-crossing with the oblique lines from the tractor tire tracks.

 

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Photo #4

Three pure white petals

Combined with deepest green leaves;

T’is the Trillium!

 

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Again, for my last submission, I pick my most favie of the bunch….a flower. And a special one at that. The trillium; the provincial flower of Ontario. It only grows in wooded areas, and this one I spotted in a small woods adjacent to a small bungalow, along the main country road where I walk. It’s actually that small wooded area on the left side in my #3 photo. The trillium is a protected flower, in order to prevent overpicking and so that we and future generations may always enjoy seeing its lovely, white, three petalled beauty in the month of May.

 

 

 

 

Sunset Walk

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Looking at the sky,

In serenity’s embrace

I breathe in deeply.

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Went for a late afternoon walk on Wednesday…..figured it would do my wheezy lungs some good. It did. It has become my walk of peacefulness and appreciation.  A quiet time to think or just to look around and enjoy the scenery. Sometimes it isn’t all THAT quiet…..hahaha!…..when there are oodles of cars and trucks coming through! But there were quiet spells for sure.  A friend commented to me yesterday that she also enjoys her walks where she lives – she lives out in B.C.  (British Columbia) and therefore…..heaven.    There are beautiful mountains in B.C. so the scenery is quite spectacular.  And where I am the landscape is dotted with family farms and fields and small woods.  Different for sure.  I wrote back to her with “I live in heaven, too. Heaven is where one is…..in one’s heart.”

I noticed that the sun was on the descent towards the horizon  as I left the house, so I anticipated seeing a progression of views with the sun saying “good night.”

Here are some of those views…..

You’ll notice……there’s no snow!  Although it does happen in some years, for December, around here, that’s quite unusual.

Busy Farm Vehicle Day!

On my walk on Thursday (two days ago), it was one of our last warmer autumn days – it felt more like September than November! – and I was curious what I would see this time.  I didn’t anticipate seeing all the various farm vehicles out and about.  On some days, I might see one tractor in a field.  But this day started right away with a tractor pulling hay bales up the road and turning down onto the road where I live.

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Then further up in a cornfield, where the cornstalks had still been standing until the plants had all dried up – that corn would be used for feed, I’m thinking – I was able to watch a corn harvester at work.  I took a whole bunch of sequential photos just on that one, so I’ve decided to only put one in this post and dedicate the next post solely to the corn harvester.

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And on my return portion of my walk, another tractor was headed my way…..this time on the road.  And you can actually see a bit of the driver looking out in the first picture and turning his head to look back in the next one.  🙂

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I think he was pulling the baler behind him…the kind that makes those nice circular hay bales, like you can see in the last two photos.  Those round bales always look so pretty in a big field under the big blue sky filled with a mix of clouds.

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