Wednesday, November 10, 2010


the farmer who baled this hay mowed late, long after the nutrients were lowered. perhaps it is exactly what he wants.
 this fence post was placed by the farmer. and the milkweed is a beautiful commentary on november. i harvest milkweed.   
sunset on the treeline
 soon after i arrive home these days.
my back yard toward the woods
i can hear the coyotes quite close tonight, they sound lonely, but i think they're fooling. they are most sociable. but the neighborhood dogs are paying attention tonight. i wonder why?
i have walked at night and heard their calls and shivered. 
she ignores coyotes. 
 but not wet grass
 or me.
 towards the adirondacks.
 jude hill spoke of trees and their fingers. i think of their arms, where i used to climb. i loved to sit in trees, until my father told me i was too old, and i had to sneak that pleasure.
 from some of the trees in this hedgerow i will harvest a few branches for paper, stripping and using their inner bark. slippery elm, maybe a hickory. basswood.


Valerianna said...

Lovely post. Bare branches are getting a lot of blog press this week. Tonight, while sitting by the wood stove reading, I, too heard the coyotes very close. I opened the window to hear them better, wondering if I could count how many. It sounded like they were celebrating over food. I'm always captivated by their songs, and curious.

kaite said...

beautiful harvest photos - are coyotes dangerous if you went walking at night?

Hannah said...

my pup is beautiful, give her a pat for me mum.

mjc said...

Love seeing your environment through your lens...and love, love Wendy's face! I never hear the coyotes...and wish I could.

Barry said...

V-great sunset colours - love the contrast of the fingers of the branches against the sunfilled horizon. B

Sandra said...

Lovely colours in your pictures some of the trees look like lace.

Velma said...

v-some of my friends can differentiate their calls. last night when i opened the door it was just one, i think teasing the dog that was answering. trickster!
k-not dangerous. they're canines so being aware is smart. only one documented human coyote incident in nys this year, children and a coyote.
hann--of course, she's waiting for holiday break.
mjc-wendy would love you!
b-a little trite, maybe?, but.....
s-i think so, too.
the land is such a solace after the rush of last week.

neki desu said...

the photos of the colors and the adirondacks line are so evocative.

jude said...

beautiful warmth here, that first photo looks like giant roving.

Bonnie K said...

Lovely photos, Velma.

Velma said...

neki, it was so good to look at the land instead of worry about the deadline!
jude, that's perfect. fiber for cows!
thanks, bonnie

kaite said...

so a bit like our dingoes - mostly Ok unless handfed or too close to kids. k.

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