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Everything is dust in the wind

November 12, 2009 | Iowa

Tractors and combines kick up lots of dust these days.

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I watch the birds fly south across the autumn sky

October 21, 2009 | Iowa,Weird things

For just a few hours one day in October, my yard was filled with thousands of birds. When I first pulled into my driveway, I noticed the grass in my yard was black. Then I looked again. My grass wasn’t black. My grass was covered with black birds. As I neared the garage, they flew off in a mass. I parked the car, grabbed my cameras and followed them around the yard.

They flitted about and flew from tree to tree in droves. It was fascinating and a little creepy in a Hitchcockian way.

They were so high in the trees, I figured there was no way they could hear me over their own noise. But as I walked through the yard, it seemed as if I disturbed one and set them off to swarm away in a group to the next tree. At that moment, the chirping would stop, and all I could hear was the fluttering of wings. (I’d also get that dippy feeling in my stomach that maybe I should duck or run for cover.) Then the chorus would start again.

I listened and watched for about an hour. By the time I brought the kids home from school, all the birds were gone.

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Let the sun run down right behind the hill

October 6, 2009 | Iowa,Stuff

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Went slashin’ through the corn, well, the tassels blew and the kernels flew and it looked like yella hail

September 1, 2009 | Iowa

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A flight of fancy on a windswept field

August 7, 2009 | Iowa

This woke me up at 7 o’clock Sunday morning. Jerk.

Whatever they spray on the fields will kill all the lightning bugs. I wonder if it works on mosquitoes too. They’re horrific this year.

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Forty shades of green

July 22, 2009 | Iowa

No, it’s not Ireland. It’s Iowa. But, dang. The greens are amazing.

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