This year, as I was eagerly awaiting
the completion of the field south of our property, I stood back - hiding behind a grouping of pine trees adjacent to the field at the edge of our lawn. The harvesting kicks up a huge cloud of dust mixed with partially & completely devoured corn cobs. There are stalks, cobs & shucks flying everywhere. The debris field comes out 10 feet or more. I ran out to take pictures of the farmers harvesting the corn when the combine reached a safe distance. The neighboring horses ran forward to gobble up corn which was tossed into their field.
As the suns goes down in the west tonight, the deer will emerge from the wooded areas to clean up loose seed left behind by today's harvest. Squirrels and field mice will collect & tuck back loose kernels of corn to sustain them in the coming winter months. And, some of the seed will be pressed into our lawn the next time we mow. Each spring & summer, dependent upon the previous summer's crop, corn or soybean plants grow in our lawn, along the field's edge.
This morning as I read the following quote, I was struck by the fact that I'd never really thought of autumn as a time of sowing...
"For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad." ~ Edwin Way TealeWhat a great lesson on life, in general. What a reminder to open my mind to different ways of seeing things. In the times I feel less productive than I should be, perhaps it's a time of rest for a season to come when my energy will be especially needed. In times when I'm accomplishing tasks one right after another, perhaps it's in preparation for unforeseen needs to come which will be met by those efforts. What else can I learn from this simple lesson which is played out each year in my back yard as autumn comes?
Another pic from the morning's walkabout... it's one of my #JoyDare's...
|#JoyDare No. 3010. morning walkabouts|
& harvest messes :)