Tuesday, October 27, 2015

“We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ― Aldo Leopold

Beginning the fall corn harvest.

Fall is my favorite season.  This wasn't the best year for fall color.  It was so dry, many of the leaves went from green to gone. Still I love:  Crisp, cool weather; Gold and red leaves; My favorite sweaters; Hot chocolate in the morning; Apple cider donuts; Bugs are gone; Long walks down country lanes.  

Maple leaves turn black in the courtyard.
Light drives lower and one bluejay crams
our cold memories out past the sun,
 By Annie Finch

 Every day the Jays show up shouting for their peanuts.

Queen Ann's lace and chicory on a bright fall morning. 


Lowcarb team member said...


Many thanks for your comment on the low carb diabetic blog about Celeriac Soup ... it is a great tasting soup.

You may find this link helpful because it is called something different in the US.

I've copied part of it but do please use the link for more information:

"Celery root and celery are members of the same family of vegetables, but Celeriac or Celery Root is not the root of the vegetable you buy called celery. This vegetable is cultivated for its root or base instead of for its stalk or leaves.

It is actually a very ugly and gnarled looking light brown bulb-type root which is very bumpy and resembling a large turnip. Celery root has a distinctive taste that can be described as a cross between strong celery and parsley with a nutty twist. It has the texture of potatoes.

Celeriac or celery root is grown like celery during the cool season. Though it can be found all winter, it is best in the fall, just after being dug up.

Celery roots can range in size from that of an apple to the size of a small cantaloupe. It is available in winter. Select firm, hard roots that are about baseball size and feel heavy. Often the bigger ones have voids or fibrous cores. If the stems and leaves are attached, they should be fresh and green. Trim side roots and leaves and store in refrigeration at 32oF. with high humidity (well for a long time in a cool, dark place. This vegetable does not stand up to freezing."


I enjoyed reading this post of yours and thought your opening paragraph most apt!
I love this time of year and the colours it brings.
Great set of photo's too.

Keep well and enjoy some lovely walks down long country lanes - sounds wonderful

All the best Jan

BeadedTail said...

I'm enjoying fall too because of the cool temps and finally some rain! Some of our trees are already leaf-less but others are such vibrant colors while still others are just now turning. The hot, dry weather sure messed with things this year!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photographs. I too enjoy this season.

Pat said...

Lovely sentiments come to mind when reading your post.

Garden Fancy said...

I always love the fall harvest scenes in the cornfields here, and I see yours are lovely too (even though my allergies never appreciate it...). And thanks for the quote -- I looked up Aldo Leopold, whom I hadn't heard of, and found he was from Burlington, IA, south of here.

But he's totally wrong about why we abuse land: it's not land that we actually own ourselves that we abuse, it's only land that we "own" collectively through government that is abused. No one abuses their own land, because that diminishes its value and makes us poorer. The key to encouraging better use of land is for more of it to be privately owned by individuals or conservation groups, and less of it publicly owned by governments, who never safeguard it as well as individuals or private groups.

Enjoy the rest of your beautiful autumn! -Beth

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

We're having a dry fall too but at least the chills have come gradually instead of one sudden drop making everything turn brown and drop at once. Beautiful photos.

Rose said...

Your first photo is gorgeous! The harvest is pretty much over here, but I enjoyed the sight of combines moving through the fields and the fields of golden corn slowly disappearing. The blue jays are cute, too; I see more of them this time of year than at other times. Enjoy the remaining days of fall!

troutbirder said...

The words of Aldo Leopold say it all.....:)

Rambling Woods said...

Nice to see you posting. I love the jays. I too put out peanuts for them.... Michelle