Flying Serene —-Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Terry came in from making waste ditches…(see the mud) announced that it’s so muddy he was having trouble.

Totally frustrated he called John Deer to order parts for his cultivator (which had broken down just before he finished this years cultivation)

Yes, they had them on stock.

“Okay! I be right there.”  he hung up the phone, asked me if I wanted to run to Montrose…

Well, not at this time….Linky and I were waiting for her BFF to show-up so they could head out to http://www.lakepowell.com/rv-camping/bullfrog-rv-campground/  for the week.

“Alright, I think I need a vacation…everything is going wrong right now.”

“How about a little ride in the go-fast car?”  I asked, with a smile on my face.

“Yes, Grandpa!  That’s a vacation!”  and young girl’s voice chimed in.

“Sounds good to me!” he replied.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Crop Report—-Tuesday, July 25, 2017

This year’s pinto bean field..almost weeded!  Almost!

I don’t have much time left…the feelers are starting to grow shut!

That’s okay…I’m tired of weeding that huge field.

The ears are starting to form now…within each one is a tiny kernel of corn!

 

Summer…MY TIME!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm

Linda

How to Capture Lightning—-Monday, July 24, 2017

Joe Cooper sent me a series of lightening photos he took with his IPhone and

Instructions on how to ‘capture lightning’ with your smartphone.

Hi Linda.

I use an iPhone, and this is what works for me.

Take a video of the thunderstorms, that way you’ll surely catch a good bolt of lightning at some point.

Then play that back on your phone. Pause it when you see a good bolt. There should be a scroll bar of your video at the bottom of your screen.

You can move that video forward and back frame by frame by touching the scrollbar of the video at the bottom. And while it is staying in pause mode, you might be able to find a good shot of a lightning bolt.

Once you have a good frame of what you would like for a picture, touch the screen again, but off to the side, so it does not come out of pause mode. This should remove the menus and show only the picture on the screen.

Then by pressing the home– then the power button — in quick, but not hurried fashion, it takes a screenshot picture.

After reading your post the other day I thought about it in relation to a thunderstorm that I had shot on video just a few days before. So I tried it, and it works.

The light at the bottom is the street light in front of our neighbors house.

This was a thunderhead of a storm at least 20 miles to the south of us, going like crazy. It was a clear sky above us. And there was not a sound coming from all the lightning!

Hope all is well, and good to hear Boomer is well.

Joe

Then in a couple of days he wrote:

“Staying downtown Chicago tonight, at friend of my wife’s. Caught this one.

By the way, for perspective, we were on the 73rd floor of this building.  That strike was looking east from downtown Chicago. So the strike was likely over the state of Michigan side of Lake Michigan.
Here’s a daylight pic.”

Joe

How cool this all is!  Thanks, Joe!  Now those of us who have IPhones, can maybe get some good shots of lightening.

I think I’m going to try this on my regular camera to see if it might work the same way.  One never knows!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm

Linda

The Jewels of Summer—Sunday, July 23, 2017

The corn is starting to tassel out…

And baby ears of corn starting to form

The pinto beans are shooting feelers (last year’s photo–I lost this years somehow—I’ve been weeding the 16 acres early morning and late evening.  Once the rows grow shut anything nasty growing out there—corn, cockleburs, ragweed, Pigweed, yellow sticker weed, scotch thistle….gets to grow.  Not a good thing, but how it is.

My yard is doing

Great!  The new railroad ties beds are softening up and looking ever so much better

The air smells lush and rich– full of sweetness

Summer — I can’t ask for anything more!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—-Mom Pronounced me WELL

I’m back at ‘em.  (Although, Mom says I do sleep much more than I did before I got sick.)

It’s been hot so I rest lots.

Sammy hangs out with me also.  Sometimes he rests where I’m resting, but lately he has taken to sleeping on one of the tractor seats in the coolness of the tractor shed.

I tell Mom I’m just conserving my energy for stuff—

LIKE—

CHASING IN THE FEDEX TRUCK!

But the other day, while Mom and Dad were gone somewhere, I decided it was time to check out the farm.  I figured I wouldn’t go too far.  I would stay close enough I could hear the family car coming down the long lane to house and be back in time.

I had a great fun out there…found out all sorts of news, things that were happening on the farm, you know stuff.

I made it home just before Mom and Dad got back.

Mom was not very happy with me…

Not that I checked out the news, or that I left the farm yard…but the fact I found

SOMETHING TO ROLL IN!!!

Sigh!

She gave me a bath…TWICE!  TWICE!  She took away all the wonderful perfume…dang it!

Boomer.

 

The Sky as a Glory —- Thursday, July 20, 2017

Yesterday afternoon a slight cooling rain arrived

The air, the moisture…the whole experience was just lovely.  I sat outside  and watched the shower dampen the earth.

It was bliss.

Later that evening (Wednesday)  around 9:30 an electrical storm arrived on the western rim of our world…Lightning flickered and slashed across the Uncompahgre (Un-come-pah-gray…accent on the pah) Plateau.  Tiny booms of thunder rolled across the forest and into the canyons.

As time wore on, I thought possibly the hammer of this amazing electric storm would continue across the Plateau missing us.

By 11:30 the Crack of thunder had reached the Roubioux Canyon, which lays right below our mesa.

Sheet lightning split the clouds, while cloud to ground jagged lightning splintered the heaping massive clouds.

Thunder and lightening overwhelmed our part of the earth, causing our great trees to tremble in fear. (Boomer and both cats were so close to me I couldn’t walk.  When I went outside to try to take photos they looked at me like I was crazy and stayed inside. 🙂  )

Try as I might I could NOT get a good photo of lightning!  The great sheets of shimmering sheet lightning did not turn out very well either.  The sky to ground lightning (although very bright and overwhelming) turned into a blur on the photo.

Gradually the thunder, the lightening, and what rain there might have been, moved on…heading toward the east.

Leaving all of us a little breathless.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

SWEET CORN —-Wednesday, July 19, 2017

(ALL PHOTOS ARE FROM LAST YEAR–BUT THEY REPRESENT JUST WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE THIS YEAR!)

Our neighbors have started harvesting the sweet corn!  Mountain Fresh is grown close to us on our side of California Mesa.

Olathe Sweet Sweet Corn is grown on the other side of California Mesa in the Olathe area.

Either way…our area’s delicious sweet corn is heading to a Kroger/Wal-Mart/or Safeway near you, even as I write!

And NO  neither one of these sweet corns (nor any sweet corn) is genetically modified!

They are hybrids!  Glyphosate will kill the sweet corn plants.

Hope you enjoy some and when you do…know the ears were harvested some place here on a farm in western Colorado!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

The Heart of the Night—-Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Last night was beautiful after a day full of heat and humidity

We sat water late.  Very late, as the sun sank orange and blue in the west.

It was way past last light when we got back into the yard

Later, in the darkest hour when the shadow travelers tread the earth —  Boomer and I went for a wee walk-about…Mindy didn’t know we were walking, she was on the hunt

We came upon a beautiful little kit fox hunting by itself, an owl hooting in the willow tree.

The night world trembling with small noises, which seem loud.

The wind picked up a couple of last years old corn leaves; flung them into the air…  a tiny devil twister making the night air swirl…

A wee night walk… shadowed grass, starlit skies, night creatures, plus Boomer and I.

From my heart to your world,

Linda

 

 

 

On a Sun-Bright Summer Day—-Monday, July 17, 2017

When the wind was gentle

The sun blazed the western clouds, as it rose to warm the air

The screaming for FOOD! FOOD! FOOD!

Seemed to lessen

 

A stillness emerged from the little mud nest right over the back porch light

A group three of the little Barn Swallows raised themselves up; with two lifting their wings and ‘flew away’.  The parents singing notes of encouragement and excitement.

All day they practiced.  By evening they were gone.

Then there were only two screaming mouths…just two.  But two is manageable for a spell.

I’m sure one day the parents will say, in a very gentle way: “Go now, little one…make your way in the world”.

We will wait expectantly for the next batch of little birds to go from egg to fledgling before the summer is gone.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

 

 

High Summer—-Sunday, July 16, 2017

It is high summer the sky is a clear blue, the heat is elevated, afternoon thunder storms roll in cooling us down;  the humidity causing us pant in desperation

Yet the summer has been good…all the hay is sold; first and second cuttings.

Blade helped…nice for him and for us!

The corn is starting to tassel out!

The pinto beans are growing right along…

The last cultivation of all crops is over for the rest of the year! 🙂

High Summer…the best part of the year.

Come winter I will be assailed by memories

Of these innocent heat filled days.

Come winter…

….I won’t think of that bleak time ahead. Instead I will enjoy this spot in time.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda