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Posts Tagged ‘cornfield

autumn corn

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When I think of the fall, I always think about corn – the rustling of the cornstalks in the fields, shucking corn for a corn-boil, eating corn-on-the-cob.  In New Brunswick, the corn has been harvested by now, but I thought I’d try a watercolour.

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On a trip a couple of years ago, we were very impressed by the huge cornfields.  I took many photos, including this one …

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At the time, I was doing pencil sketches for my Blog and I did this sketch from the photo …

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'Ears and Teeth'   Jane Tims

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This is my watercolour, done a few days ago from the same photo …

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October 28, 2013  'September corn'   Jane Tims

October 28, 2013 ‘September corn’ Jane Tims

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Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

November 8, 2013 at 7:29 am

cornfields and mushrooms 5-5

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field near Fontpatour (image from Street View)

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Day 5-5 1 Logbook

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Day 5-5 1 map

map showing distance travelled (map from Google maps)

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On April 23rd, my virtual bike trip took me along huge cornfields, reminding me of the big cornfields in southern Ontario …

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huge cornfield

huge cornfield west of Les Grandes Rivieres (image from Street View)

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I was also excited to see small round white shapes in the plowed fields.  I thought they must be mushrooms …

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what are those small white things in the fields? (image from Street View)

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I even convinced myself I saw a Chanterelle in one field, even though I know these are usually found in rich woodlands …

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Jane's Chanterelle

it looks a little like a Chanterelle … (image from Street View)

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The joke is on me!!!  I knew what I was really seeing when I biked past a pile of small white stones at the edge of one field …

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a pile of white stones (image from Street View)

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Best View: memories of cornfields in southern Ontario …

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'ears and teeth'

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

May 20, 2013 at 7:00 am

comparing landscapes

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When you are visiting an area away from home, what do you notice about the landscape?

As we were driving the roads of south-east Ontario, I was always comparing the scenes I was seeing with the landscapes of home in south-central New Brunswick.  

Both areas are hilly and rural, with a strong agricultural base.  Both are forested wherever farmland is not the main land use.   The trees in south-eastern Ontario are predominantly hardwood with some cedar, fir and pine, whereas ours are mostly mixed wood with a stronger component of conifers (spruce, fir and pine).

Probably the thing I noticed most about the Ontario farming landscape was the predominance of corn as a crop.  When we were there, the ‘eating’ corn had already been harvested, but corn for silage (mostly used for cattle) was growing everywhere.  It stood tall in golden fields, mostly broadcast, without corn-rows.    

The corn was ready for harvest, the corn kernels held in stout, starchy ears.  I think ‘ears’ is such an apt word for corn since the sense of hearing is shaken awake when you stand in a cornfield.  This time of year, the long leaves are dry and rustle in the slightest breeze, carrying on a whispering conversation in an unknowable language.  

 

gossip

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cattle-corn rustles

silage close-standing

whispers and secrets

wind-syllables  

murmurs and sighs

rumours

no single

discernable

voice

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© Jane Tims  2011

Written by jane tims

October 5, 2011 at 8:24 am

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