Growing our food
A field of corn
Food has been grown here for over 4,000 years. Seasons have come and gone over those years.
Wonder when birds first appeared in this corner of East Yorkshire.
Roman coins have been found in this field. There is a double ditch trackway nearby . If anyone can enlighten me to exactly what a double ditch trackway is I would be grateful
Owls fly alongside the hedges, a few swallows dip over the fields, partridges and pheasants skurry in the hedge row,
The blue sky is dotted with different birds. Rooks and pigeons take off from the telephone wires together and zip through the skies.
Can you think of a caption that suits this photo
As I walk along the lane it alive with birdsong. The high hedges are home to many birds. Small sparrows skim at fence height along the lane. Blackbirds fly along the hedge.
There are many other birds in the distance that I cannot make out
When you think about it everyone and everything in this world depends on the changing seasons for food – and therefore for survival.
Birds and wild animals are closer to these changing seasons than we are, but perhaps we are just as dependent on this growing cycle as they are
Growing Corn - 15th May
If you compare the two photos you can see in the photo above how the corn is changing colour and the heads of corn are coming.
Field of corn 4th May
In the photo above of 4th May the corn is still green and ‘grass’ like, as the seasons progress it will become the golden field of corn that we all recognise.
We all depend on the seasons and the harvest of crops .
We are the same as birds and wild animals in that respect
We are lucky we can save time and get a ready made meal, but in the first place this ready made meal had to be grown by a farmer.
The two photos below show Early April 2009 and 15th May 2009
Early April 2009
14th May 2009
Our future food on 15 May 2009
It’s great that the countryside is lush and green – sorry there aren’t any birds in these photos. There were plenty of birds flitting about and singing when I took the photos though.
I thought I would take weekly photos of the corn growing and how it changes as the weeks go by.
We are lucky to live in a country that can grow our food like this.
This countryside is home to a lot of our native birds. They scurry in and out of the hedge bottoms, flit in and out of the hedgerows and sit on branches of trees. This countryside is there home – share it with them for a few weeks and share the changing colour of the corn.
Photo taken early April
Corn growing on 20th April
You won’t be able to see much difference, but believe me the corn has grown in just over one week.
In July or August the corn will be ready for harvesting and the combine harvester with spring into action like some sleeping beast that comes out of hibernation once a year.
It’s a skill knowing the exact time to combine the corn. Does anyone know, or would anyone like to learn