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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

As the Greening Begins

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Holy, the Lesser Saints

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the lesser saints

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weave their quiet

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agile stories

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amongst the lives

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of greater lights

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the color

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upon their brows

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they do not cry out

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they do not turn

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hearts raised like rafters

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heavenward

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forever orbiting

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tireless in quest

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the sphere of your glory

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to enter and remain

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bring newer life

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from ancient tribes

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all in anticipation

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groaning in the yearning

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their own eternal ribbon voice

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those who have ears…

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let them hear

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bring your longing

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bring your capacity

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for fullness

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in the life of the soil

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behold and know

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see and have understanding

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awaken, members of wholeness

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you are provision

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you are appointed

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little lights, you are His

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lesser saints

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holding up mountains

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echoes of distant voice

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priests of the eternal present

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fierce and strange

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are the quiet ones

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in silent witness

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givers of the heart of God

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receiving and giving from the heart of God

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celebrating mystery in plain-ness

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in infinite variety and order

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teach the spiritual truths of rest and labor

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sweat and awe

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all from silent knees and horns

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in the unending world, glory will be known forever

Landscape Hewn and Tender

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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

The Last of December’s Sun

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