Saturday, May 03, 2008

Tropical (Okay, SubTropical) Amber Waves Of Grain


Back in February, this glowing green field caught my eye on the way home one day.
I assumed it was a winter crop of hay, but yesterday on the way home ...

... it caught my eye again.
Now it appears to be a wheat field.


I'm no midwesterner, so I usually see my wheat in the form of bread or Dunkin Doughnuts, but this sure looks like wheat to me.
Florida does grow wheat of course, but we are a minor player in that arena. These pics are just a corner of a large field that surrounds the farm house almost to the doorstep. From a different angle, there are palm trees poking up through the grain.
I thought about shooting that palm shot, but the last time I posted shots of hay bales with palm trees, it caused cognitive dissonance in one of my long time midwestern blog pals.
One nice reward for stopping to take these photos was a fenceline loaded with phlox, blackberry, porterweed, and fleabane ... and a beautiful hairstreak butterfly. They get a post later this week.
Here's a little something I'll be picking today ... if the cardinals have missed it.

12 comments:

Wren said...

Very cool, though I'm sorry you didn't post the palm trees. My hubby would have loved that as he's always advocating for palm trees in Michigan and if they can grow amidst the wheat, need I say more?

I find that I pay more attention to the world around me now that I'm blogging. Not in a oh-that-would-make-a-good-post way, but more in a ninety-percent-of-life-is-just showing-up sense.

pablo said...

Yes, you have seen the future. Damned blogging software!

We actually grew wheat at Roundrock. When the dam was first completed and the dirt on it was raw, we sowed wheat because it would come up even in winter (which was the season at the time). That would help prevent erosion. Every now and then we see some wheat grains rising above the scrub, but it was really a one-time thing.

SophieMae said...

DAWG! You got blueberries! Our bushes are blooming like crazy, but no fruit yet... Well, as of 2 days ago, when I last checked. Wish I knew more about the different varieties. We seem to have several.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I woulda plucked that blueberry and put it in my watchpocket for later. Never trust no cardinals...

Hurricane Teen said...

Well we all know the price of wheat has shot up thanks to all of this corn-based ethanol nonsense, so I guess farmers here in Florida are getting their hands in the pot. More power to them...Farmers need more money.

Sharon said...

Mmmmm...Dunkin Donuts...BLUEBERRY Dunkin Donuts!! :)

freste2715 said...

Wheat and blueberries? I smell muffins. Mmmmmmmmmmm.
Speaking of berries, blackberries will be showing up around August. It's usually a good struggle to get to them, and once inside the tangle of thorny vines with a couple gallons of sweetness, you realize that there must be a yellowjacket nest nearby.
Interesting CD link. Kinda makes you wonder about stuff sometimes. Like going after blackberries.
Violet Beauregarde would be happy there!

Alan said...

I thought you knew better FC - we only grow oranges in Florida. :)

Now THAT is a blueberry right there. Plenty of good uses for those. What do you like to do with them?

Floridacracker said...

Wren,
True for me too. Blogging makes me think more about what I am seeing.

Pablo,
The future is our little secret.

Sophie,
This particular berry was gone when I went out there, but more are coming.

Hoss,
True wisdom.

Sharon,
Chocolate glazed and coffee!

Freste,
the wild blackberries are already turning red here.

Alan,
After stuffing my face while picking, I like handfulls of them in my cereal.

Doug Taron said...

Dunkin Donuts? I thought Southerners all ate Krispy Kremes.

Floridacracker said...

Doug,
KK can't hold a candle to DD.
There, I said it.

Sharon said...

Truth be told, I'm a chocolate glazed as well, but that blueberry looks so nice it made me rethink my allegiance :)