The Farm in Mid-Summer

celebrations of lucerne and other legumes, solar crescents, roots, and the husbandry of even toed-ungulates

sward of chicory, crimson, and white clovers
inquisitive crossbred pig in a paddock of rye and vetch
hampshire pig eating bolted chicory
improvised by a previous farmer, well worn window weight cover chains
nitrogen nodules formed on alfalfa (lucerne) roots
lucerne (alfalfa) roots and crown, pulled from the vegetable garden
garlic, un-earthed
root fire works
sonar malfunction (?) allowed us a daytime visit from a strange and fierce nocturnal beneficient
windrows in the alfalfa (Medicago sativa) meadow
the rusty old New Holland swather in contrast eating alfalfa
I read once that the Arabic word from which the name “alfalfa” came meant “best fodder”
Louis Bromfield justly brought attention to its role as a soil healer. It seems to live up to its names, feeding livestock, pollinators, humans, the soil and its inhabitants, and the atmosphere.
I feel grateful that I get to farm my own patch of lucerne. In the background is a mobile chicken coop with laying hens working the perimeter of the meadow. We’ve learned that alfalfa is a key ingredient in good eggs.
the angus bottle baby
bellows for milk
lambs in the illuminated profile of humid dawn
the young shepherd studies his flock
compact paddocks of soybeans and milo forage, bloody butcher field corn, and the Quonset barn looking at home in the landscape
the great blue heron disturbed from his breakfast, as we head across the creek to do the morning chores
sun in hand
interplay of lensing leaves and the light of 92% totality
solar shield
transfixed
the image of the solar eclipse projected through on half of pair of binoculars proved to be the most successful of viewing contraptions
photographing under the helmet, layers of eclipse and lense
contractions of the dry months
elevated mundane details; oxidations of copper and steel
a barn that is part celebration of geometry, part dog house
the colors of the barnyard hens grouped together over their dawn ration
wax goldenweed of the many cousins in the sunflower family
emergence of the inflorescence of Indian grass
dr. Seuss hairdo of thistle
snow-on-the-mountain
snouts and ears
coreopsis growing in a wheat field we are converting to perennial pasture

Holy, the Lesser Saints

holy, the lesser saints35
the lesser saints
holy, the lesser saints06
weave their quiet
holy, the lesser saints43
agile stories
holy, the lesser saints09
amongst the lives
holy, the lesser saints05
of greater lights
holy, the lesser saints27
holy, the lesser saints
holy, the lesser saints03
the color
holy, the lesser saints07
upon their brows
holy, the lesser saints48
they do not cry out
holy, the lesser saints04
they do not turn
holy, the lesser saints01
hearts raised like rafters
holy, the lesser saints02
heavenward
holy, the lesser saints15
forever orbiting
holy, the lesser saints12
tireless in quest
holy, the lesser saints18
the sphere of your glory
holy, the lesser saints10
to enter and remain
holy, the lesser saints08
bring newer life
holy, the lesser saints29
from ancient tribes
holy, the lesser saints39
all in anticipation
holy, the lesser saints14
groaning in the yearning
holy, the lesser saints17
their own eternal ribbon voice
holy, the lesser saints22
those who have ears…
holy, the lesser saints26
let them hear
holy, the lesser saints11
holy, the lesser saints
holy, the lesser saints24
bring your longing
holy, the lesser saints20
bring your capacity
holy, the lesser saints28
for fullness
holy, the lesser saints40
in the life of the soil
holy, the lesser saints34
countless prophets
holy, the lesser saints45
behold and know
holy, the lesser saints33
see and have understanding
holy, the lesser saints21
awaken, members of wholeness
holy, the lesser saints23
you are provision
holy, the lesser saints25
you are appointed
holy, the lesser saints30
little lights, you are His
holy, the lesser saints32
lesser saints
holy, the lesser saints36
holding up mountains
holy, the lesser saints13
echoes of distant voice
holy, the lesser saints31
priests of the eternal present
holy, the lesser saints47
fierce and strange
holy, the lesser saints37
are the quiet ones
holy, the lesser saints42
in silent witness
holy, the lesser saints19
givers of the heart of God
holy, the lesser saints41
receiving and giving from the heart of God
holy, the lesser saints46
celebrating mystery in plain-ness
holy, the lesser saints44
in infinite variety and order
holy, the lesser saints49
teach the spiritual truths of rest and labor
holy, the lesser saints16
sweat and awe
holy, the lesser saints38
all from silent knees and horns
holy, the lesser saints50
in the unending world, glory will be known forever

Landscape Hewn and Tender

Small Rain
Landscape Hewn and Tender 04

Landscape Hewn and Tender 33

Landscape Hewn and Tender 38

Landscape Hewn and Tender 29

Landscape Hewn and Tender 26

Landscape Hewn and Tender 16

Landscape Hewn and Tender 07

Landscape Hewn and Tender 44

Landscape Hewn and Tender 31

Landscape Hewn and Tender 50

Landscape Hewn and Tender 18

Landscape Hewn and Tender 03

Landscape Hewn and Tender 14

Landscape Hewn and Tender 19

Landscape Hewn and Tender 47

Landscape Hewn and Tender 32

Landscape Hewn and Tender 20

Landscape Hewn and Tender 08

Landscape Hewn and Tender 52

Landscape Hewn and Tender 17

Landscape Hewn and Tender 11

Landscape Hewn and Tender 42

Landscape Hewn and Tender 15

Landscape Hewn and Tender 36

Landscape Hewn and Tender 22

Landscape Hewn and Tender 05

Landscape Hewn and Tender 09

Landscape Hewn and Tender 25

Landscape Hewn and Tender 21

Landscape Hewn and Tender 30

Landscape Hewn and Tender 24

Landscape Hewn and Tender 39

Landscape Hewn and Tender 46

Landscape Hewn and Tender 23

Landscape Hewn and Tender 48

Landscape Hewn and Tender 02

Landscape Hewn and Tender 27

Landscape Hewn and Tender 35

Landscape Hewn and Tender 34

Landscape Hewn and Tender 53

Landscape Hewn and Tender 54

Landscape Hewn and Tender 51

Landscape Hewn and Tender 10

Landscape Hewn and Tender 37

Landscape Hewn and Tender 43

Landscape Hewn and Tender 12

Landscape Hewn and Tender 06

Landscape Hewn and Tender 13

Landscape Hewn and Tender 28

Landscape Hewn and Tender 49

Landscape Hewn and Tender 45

Landscape Hewn and Tender 55

Landscape Hewn and Tender 01

Landscape Hewn and Tender 41

Landscape Hewn and Tender 40

There is the first part of an interview about my Puppet Theater here at UK artist, Clive Hicks-Jenkins’ blog if you would like to check it out. Thanks everyone for the visits.

From Beginning to End

see, I raised this one up for you
see, I raised this one up for you
from beginning to end
from beginning to end
I led him to slaughter
I led him to slaughter
he fed my community, my family and neighbors, your mother, brothers and sisters
The second biggest cottonwood in Kansas stood by as a witness to the shedding of blood
this ancient, the second biggest cottonwood in my land stood by as a witness to the shedding of blood

thank you to my friend Brad for some of the pictures this week