Every morning, Fidget and I drive to preschool. she likes to take the 'tree tunnel' roads, which she has named for the places at which the trees meet up overhead and the sun filters through the leaves. This is the one we usually take, because it is the one that goes by the horses. The 'tunnel' part is up ahead, and very pretty, but didn't have a good place to pull over.
Instead, there is a great view of soybean fields. We have lots of them out where we live. The Mormon church owns hundreds of acres out here and has steadfastly refused to think of selling the land for at least another 15 years. So, even though parts of town are becoming over-developed for my taste, we have a pretty good feeling this part of town will stay as-is for some time.
Most of the land is leased out to farmers to work the fields. Wheat, corn, soybeans, whatever. It is fascinating to watch it happen over the summer.
But the soybeans amaze me. During the summer -- even in the hottest months -- they are a deep green field of short lush leafy stalks pressed closely together. And then, suddenly, in October this happens. Most of the beans grown in these parts are not grown for eating, but for manufacturing, so they let the beans dry out before bringing the combine in to harvest. But instead of looking dry and dull like the corn does, across the way, the soybean fields glow. The leaves must be so thin that they pick up the sunlight or something. Whatever it is, it's beautiful.
Photos don't really do them justice. In the morning when we drive to school, the sun is still low enough that there is a surreal quality to them.
I've always loved October in Missouri. The weather is gorgeous and perfect right up to Halloween night, when it magically drops 10 degrees and everyone has to figure out how to work winter coats into their costumes...The sky is bluer than it is any other time of year. Color comes out in the trees and the fields. Calves play alongside their mommas in the pastures. The food tastes better somehow. And the soybean fields put on a show.
I've been quilting, but it's a gift for someone who will peek.... and I have a little shirt in progress for Fidge... and some fun thrifting finds from last week... hopefully the computer gods will have mercy on me and let me back into my groove.... I've missed you guys.