Golden Harvest

Golden Harvest

This photograph is entitled “Golden Harvest.” I wanted us to remember the good times of harvesting. 

We are in winter now where life is dormant and in hibernation mode. In spring, we will plant the seeds and in summer, we will tend and nurture them. In autumn, we will harvest the goods. It is a yearly cycle and routine which we can endeavour to pattern our lives around. We are now enjoying the produce of our efforts with these times of celebration. This is not a typical image for this time of year but it is my “Horn of Plenty” and I hope you enjoy and appreciate the golden harvest we are enjoying at Christmas time. 

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A Peony, a Fern and an Ant

I was just thinking this would be a great start to a joke, “A Peony, Fern and an Ant grow up together in a garden…” 

I simply like the composition of the ferns highlighting the full blossom peony and the little ant doing its job to open up the shut peony. 

According to the DIY Network website, “Ants and peonies go together like peanut butter and jelly. The association is so strong that much folklore has developed around the issue of ants on peonies”  

Further it says, “To a certain extent, ants actually take advantage of the peony flowers, harvesting much nectar from the plants. But the peonies also benefit, in that ants often devour any insects that are attacking the plants.” 

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Winter’s Coming

Winter’s Coming – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Winter’s Coming

I know we have some time left but based on the colder temperatures and more precipitation we have had lately, we will be in winter sometime soon. The crops have already been harvested and only stubble remains in the fields.  

The hay bales have been processed and soon there will be a layer of snow on it. There is fun in the winter time to be had though too. It is something you learn to encompass in your life and live with the best you can. Time to prepare. 

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Pump It Up

Water Pump, Farm House, Harvest
Pump It Up – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Pump It Up

I don’t know what it is about old-fashioned water hand pumps, but I really, really like them. I remember trying (playing) with them when I was a little kid. It was fun to see that if you worked at it really hard, it would produce water (results). 

From the MotherEarthNews website, “The pump principle has changed little since its inception, whether for the piston pump invented in 275 BC by Ctesibius, or the rope pump invented in China during the 1st century BC. Hand pumps were still commonly used in the countryside of the United States and Europe in the 19th century.” 

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Sunflower Patch

Mikawoz Sunflower Patch

Sunflower Patch

I found this full sunflower patch just north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. What was strange was that it was later in the summer season and the field should have been harvested but had not been for some reason.

According to the internet, “Sunflower harvesting has a long history as an American tradition and they have been part of man’s diet for centuries. Native Americans were harvesting sunflower seeds long before Europeans arrived. They boiled the heads to extract the oil and ate the seeds either raw or baked in breads and infusions were used medicinally. The seeds are a good source of calcium, phosphorus and potassium.”

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