Bountiful Crops

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

~Ovid (43BC – 17 AD), Roman Poet


This is a field of corn yet to be harvested.  When do farm fields rest?  Seems like a simple question, right?  I tried googling this topic and was overwhelmed with the theories and practices on this subject!  While experts agree that it is important for soil to rest, how and when to proceed is a complex process involving weed control, soil testing, fertilizer assessment, potential for grazing, crop analysis…well, perhaps this gives you an idea of the complexity.  I suspect Ovid would be surprised at how much we have learned since back in the day.

I am grateful again for farmers and the work that they do for all of us!



“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.”

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German writer and statesman


This Hairy Woodpecker on a deer carcass confused me.  What would a woodpecker be doing on a carcass?  The cold winter weather would no doubt prevent insect activity, right?

Internet research revealed to me that the fat found on a carcass such as this one helps to satisfy the woodpecker’s nutritional needs for survival in frigid weather.  The interconnectedness of nature continues to amaze me!

Quotes for Photographers

I sure enjoy viewing the work of other photographers on wordpress!  Some of them have been kind enough to follow my blog as well.  So, to celebrate this common interest I have added a new category — photographer quotes.  Wise words from famed photographers that may be of interest.


Dorothea Lange was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (Wikipedia).

I hope this category will appeal to others too.

Thanks for stopping by!

That Cycle of Life

“I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”

~Andrew Wyeth, (1917-2009) American artist


This place currently covered by a blanket of snow looks so still and quiet.  Once spring arrives, however, the ice will melt to free the water in the pond.  The trees will blossom, the birds will arrive to nest, and color will return.  Life will begin anew.

Bird Dog

Pets can certainly influence our engagement with nature.  This is my dog, Emmet. He is a rescue dog that mostly resembles an English Pointer.  He has an amazing sense of smell and is fascinated by birds of all sorts.

Since I do not hunt with a gun, but use a camera instead, he has taken it upon himself to point out birds in our vicinity.  I had to laugh when he ran to the bird feeder to “point” at the birds that were visiting.  He looked rather surprised when they all flew away upon his arrival.  Oh, Emmet…still so much to learn.  Thanks for making me smile.


My Austrian Pine

“People in suburbia see trees differently than foresters do.  They church every one.  It is useless to speak of the probability that a certain tree will die when the tree is in someone’s backyard.  You are talking about a personal asset, a friend, a monument — not about board feet of lumber.”

~Roger Swain, former television host of The Victory Garden on PBS


I completely agree with Roger Swain’s statement. This hawk took shelter from a recent snowstorm by landing in an Austrian Pine that grows in my backyard.  Over the years this particular tree has played host to countless birds and squirrels in all sorts of weather.  It has provided me with shade in the summer and been a joy to observe after a fresh snowfall.

I’m guessing it is close to 50 years old now and its age is beginning to show.  The last couple years there has been less new growth and fewer pine cones, but I continue to do what I can to keep it alive.  I know that I will not see another tree of this size in my backyard during my lifetime again.