The View From Here


The neighbor has harvested the wheat from the field behind us and has baled the straw.  From here it look like a lot of straw.

Sunday evening, Sylvia and I were talking on the phone with our son in Omaha.  The sun had just set and it was a pleasant evening.  I took the phone outside and sat on our small deck to watch the fireflies.  A gentle breeze kept the mosquitoes away.

In the gather gloom, I became aware of motion on the low ground.  Turning my head, I saw the twin fawns and their mom.  The children wanted to play.  They would run and chase each other as fast as the wind.

I watched until I could no longer see them through the darkness.  Then I went back inside.  The fireflies kept telegraphing their messages to one another.

The garden is doing very well again this year.  As a wise friend observed, “You either have too much zucchini or you didn’t plant any.”  Our first try at cantaloupe is proving interesting as the single plant is trying to take over its corner of the world.  Sylvia pruned it back.

There is one exception to the flourishing garden.  Three times, Sylvia planted parsnips.  None of those plantings developed into parsnips. :no:



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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

10 thoughts on “The View From Here

  1. What a lovely scene…from the hay the deer family….and you sitting out there enjoying! It is most definitely the good life!

  2. It is now a digital world.
    The fireflies are “Whatsapping” each other’s.
    They might have taken your picture and shared among their group.

    • I think they that you are correct and they may have taken my picture. I saw their flashbulbs going off, but I’m not sure of the actual subject.

  3. That is a beautiful arrangement of hay bales !! Have been seeing a lot of that going on around here! Also the wheat fields are being harvested.

    • They do make interesting patterns in the field. I’m sure your artist’s eye sees the beauty that surrounds us each day.

  4. I love those big bales. There are lots of them around here right now too. Deer right outside the house would be good too. My creek blocks them from coming too close to my house.

    • Those big bales are great if one is equipped to handle them. I was a bit surprised by the number of straw bales that were in that field.

      We enjoy watching the deer, but they can be a nuisance. They are mostly certainly a hazard on the roads. Our county has the second highest incidence of car/deer accidents in the state. The highest being in an adjacent county.

  5. I always like farm pictures and admire those who work so hard to have good crops.

    • We are surrounded by family owned and operated farms. That’s one of the things I like about living here.

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