June 20, 2009

turning golden at China Camp

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photo by Donald Kinney

This year is going fast -- not only for me, but for the Volunteer Oats -- they've already shed their seed and are now busy exploring various shades of golden-yellow.

We'll have another bumper-crop next year, as we do every year.

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On Thursday, Tomate Farcie supplied a URL for this old fable:

The Oak and the Reed

The Oak spoke one day to the Reed
"You have good reason to complain;
A Wren for you is a load indeed;
The smallest wind bends you in twain.
You are forced to bend your head;
While my crown faces the plains
And not content to block the sun
Braves the efforts of the rains.
What for you is a North Wind is for me but a zephyr.
Were you to grow within my shade
Which covers the whole neighbourhood
You'd have no reason to be afraid
For I would keep you from the storm.
Instead you usually grow
In places humid, where the winds doth blow.
Nature to thee hath been unkind."
"Your compassion", replied the Reed
"Shows a noble character indeed;
But do not worry: the winds for me
Are much less dangerous than for thee;
I bend, not break. You have 'til now
Resisted their great force unbowed,
But beware.
As he said these very words
A violent angry storm arose.
The tree held strong; the Reed he bent.
The wind redoubled and did not relent,
Until finally it uprooted the poor Oak
Whose head had been in the heavens
And roots among the dead folk.

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With Rattlesnake Grass mixed in.

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And it may look like a jumble, but everything is in it's proper place.

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Louise said...

Fantastic captures! The 3rd is my favorite because it so unusual, but the depth-of-field in all of them are appealing!

Jane said...

Lovely images! You capture the dryness so well, turn it into lovely art.

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