Gigi of roadside scholar put together a wonderful set of questions for what I think turned out to be an interesting blog feature/interview. If you're in the mood, I do quite a bit of rambling on this one.
This was taken *almost* a year ago, in late March. I am so impatiently waiting for everything to bloom. As previously announced, the crocus are back, and we noticed some green in the lawn this morning.
Each year, many of the farmers and ranchers in this area burn some or all of their fields. My understanding is that it returns nutrients to the soil and results in better production from the land. Prairies used to be burned periodically by vast wildfires caused by lightning, but now we fight those off, so for the land to be what it was, it needs burning.
That's my amateur understanding of it, anyhow.
In any event, it's gorgeous. The parts that have already burned smoke and smoke and smoke. There's an uneven line of fire that creeps ever so slowly across the field, but somehow when you look back at a spot, it's moved more than you think it should have. The smell alone is wonderful, bringing back childhood campfires.
With any luck, here in the next few weeks, I'll find myself near a field with camera in hand.
Wendy of Dharma Designs was kind enough to write up a nice piece about my work. Her blog features the work of many talented Etsy shop owners - I'm lucky enough to be right after beer soap. How do you beat that?
Right now, the front yard is brown with light brown grass on top (plus a bunch of little sticks still left over from the ice storm), but *soon* everything will begin to bloom and grow. It's going to rain, and plants will sprout leaves and flowers.
Best of all, by April, we will have dandelions again. I love dandelions.
Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, I'm finally ready to take a look at some of my photographs from December's crazy ice storm.
This is a photograph of the outhouse next door. I'm told there used to be a house on the lot, but it was lost to a fire years ago. The outhouse is no longer in use, to my knowledge, but it's an interesting little building.
The ice storm, if you weren't around for it, covered *everything* with a layer of ice. We lost power for a few days. It was a hassle, but it was certainly gorgeous.