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Sunflowers, Robin Hood and Yoshitsune

The New England Small Farms Institute has some sunflowers growing out by it. I'm not sure if this is just a public service--to make a pleasant sight for the folks in town--or whether this is actually one of the farmers' crops. And if so, is the crop for making sunflower oil? Or selling the flowers in bouquets?

They are very beautiful.

In this next photo you can see the abandoned farm buildings in the background, where I get wild grapes and sumac and blackberries, and where there are pallets of plate glass lying around, and rusting machinery and rabbit hutches and tools.

And here is a baby, getting ready to unfold itself into the world:

And in the heart of this flower is a bee, plus droplets of nectar:

I picked some wild grapes at the abandoned town the day before yesterday and some more this morning at the abandoned farm. So now I can make some jelly. (The elderberry jelly I tried making the other day turned out to be just syrup--this is what usually happens when I try to do elderberry jelly.)

I haven't seen that deer again, though I had my camera with me, to try to catch it for guitbowl. On the other hand, wakanomori saw an egret in the university pond.

And heyes battled with the healing angel in the surreal architecture of said university, like Little John and Robin Hood or Benkei and Yoshitsune.

In the Robin Hood story, Little John knocks Robin Hood off the bridge, but then becomes one of his Merry Men; in the Japanese story, Yoshitsune is trained by tengu in supernatural fighting skills, so even though he is small, he is able to defeat Benkei, who is quite large, on the bridge, and then Benkei becomes his right-hand man. The difference between the Robin Hood story and Yoshitsune's, however, is that Robin Hood gets his fortune back and Richard Lionheart is returned to the throne... whereas even though Yoshitsune's side is triumphant in the Tale of the Heikei, Yoshitsune is betrayed and killed... watch your back, healing angel!


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Aug. 19th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
Real cool pictures!!! I made a 1 minute movie of the birds at the bird feeder in my front yard...I have to figure how to upload it to my page...
Aug. 20th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
I don't know how to upload a movie either--my kids' friends routinely put stuff on youtube, so it's probably not hard, but...

anyway, I'll look forward to seeing it if you find a way of posting it!
Aug. 19th, 2006 11:56 am (UTC)
I just loved the picture of the yellow carpet against the clear blue sky!
Sunflowers look so pretty!

Once again, I feel so envious.... you live in such a lovely place!

Aug. 20th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
who knows? maybe one day I'll be able to take you for a walk here!
Aug. 21st, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
i wanna come!
Aug. 21st, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
That would make my day :-)
Aug. 19th, 2006 01:38 pm (UTC)
lovely O shallow dreams!

Sunflowers, at least in India, are commercially farmed for aunflower oil. It is a pretty sight, while driving or going by train, to see fields of sunflowers uniformly turned to the sun, nodding their heads of yellow and their faces of brown...

I love fields of sunflowers, mustard, thriving emerald-velvet-carpet fields of rice, corn and maize with their feathery purple flowers, still-to-be-planted paddy fields mirroring the sun and the clouds in their stagnant waters...I realize I must do a post about fields....thank you asakiyume, for the idea!
Aug. 20th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
As usual, I can't wait for that post!

I love rice paddies--I remember them from Japan. I love them both when they're still reflecting the sky and when they're all bright green. wakanomori recently scanned some photos--maybe I'll see if he can scan some old ones from Japan that I could post...
Aug. 20th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
LOVE the close-up shot of the sunflower....I really needed that this morning.
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