A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
I had never, ever noticed these large clusters of berries surrounding a short palm tree until I went searching again for something to photograph until spring blossoms come. I thought these berries were spectacular. Botanists out there, what are they called?
Photo of a horse-dawn grain binder. The grain was cut with a moving sickle on the left, laid flat on a canvas, then moved up the slant on the right and tied with binder twine. Then the grain would be "shocked" into standing shocks to keep the grain off the ground and keep it dry. Finally, the grain would be pitched with pitchforks onto a wagon and hauled to a stackyard where the grain shocks were piled in high circular piles until it was each farm's turn for the threshing machine to come and thresh the grain. This procedure is exactly how we harvested grain until the last year or so I was home in the late 1940s when we hired a neighbor with a grain combine, which cut and threshed the grain and moved the shelled grain into a truck moving alongside the combine. I spent many hours shocking fields of wheat, more hours pitching grain bundles onto wagons. Once, we found a rattlesnake under a shock of grain. This photo was probably taken in the 1930s or so.