Thursday, September 1, 2005

A stroll around our farm

We had an unexpected shower this morning, but it shouldn't hurt our hay, which hasn't cured yet because of high humidity and damp ground. 

I haven't found any great arrowheads this year, only pieces of flint left behind from their manufacture.  You can see the marks the Native Americans made on some of them.  .  Because this river bluff on which we live is wind-blown soil, there are no rocks here naturally:  If you see a rock, somebody brought it here.

When you look for arrowheads, you notice tiny things you wouldn't ordinarily see, so I took the camera along to hone my close-up skills.  Flint has a waxy look about it, so you know immediately it isn't a plain old piece of rock.  Certain leaves look like flint from a distance, so you're always bending down to have a closer look.

I tried my best to get a picture of a bumblebee collecting necter from a cocklebur flower, but he kept moving on to the next one just about the time I'd get focused; a couple of times I thought he was coming to get me, and moved away fast!  Cliff drove by on the tractor and laughed to see me with my butt in the air, head near the ground, trying to take a picture of a bug.  That one didn't turn out, by the way.  But Cliff got his laugh, so it wasn't wasted effort.


ryanagi said...

Orange pop...lmao! I sure hope they weren't driving and drinking that stuff. It's got a serious kick.

mosie1944 said...

Note to Ryanagi:  The girl only lives a mile away.  I know that doesn't make it right, but at least she doesn't have far to drive.

memes121 said...

I would love to hear more about things you have found used by Native Americans or any stories you have.

cyandfayedavis said...

I just loved the pictures.  You are getting so good with the camera.  I can really tell a diffference with the new camera!