Field of dreams

March 30, 2007 at 2:42 pm | Posted in country living, dogs, faith, family, free knitting patterns, hat patterns, knitting, love, marriage, pets, photography, relationships, romance, yarn | 15 Comments

Field of Dreams at Fireflys Farm

Good news! I just posted the Irish Soda Bread recipe at I Live on a Farm dot com. Hope you have some this weekend!

Just a few minutes ago I was out with Blu having one of our morning walks about the farm, when I heard the loud voices of Canadian geese speak up over by the corn behind our willow tree. I took Blu back in the house and grabbed my camera, with a good zoom lens on it, and went back out to see if I could grab some shots of the geese.

Field of Dreams at Fireflys Farm

It was interesting to observe the various stages of their alertness and reaction to me. I have to admit, I would have looked strange even to humans because I was wearing jeans, my dark green fleece robe, my black “puffy coat” (J. Crew down–it was below freezing), my big black Sorell boots, and a pretty handmade hat. When duty calls, you just grab whatever it takes to keep warm and head outside, whether it is to take the puppy out for his business or to try to capture some wild geese on “film”.

Field of Dreams at Fireflys Farm

At first, as I slowly drew near, they merely turned a bit away and started walking casually toward the corn. They weren’t saying anything, just casually moving a bit to keep their distance from me. When I was looking through the photos, that first one at the top of today’s post reminded of the movie, “Field of Dreams” … baseball players walking out of the corn.

Field of Dreams at Fireflys Farm

At some point I was a bit too close for comfort, though honestly quite far away and very slow moving because of my strange wardrobe weighing me down. Nonetheless, they raised their voices in alarm, and up they went.

Field of Dreams at Fireflys Farm

I loved the sound of their wings beating the air as they took refuge where they were certain I could not go … up.

Field of Dreams at Fireflys Farm

I hope these photos are a visual treat for you, dear reader. This opportunity I have to shoot some photos quickly, get them into my computer, and then live to you when the moment is so fresh is exhilarating.

Field of Dreams at Fireflys Farm

Thank you all so very much for the tremendous support and friendship you expressed in comments to my last post. This is an exciting adventure, and I look forward to finding where all it leads us … together.

Quite a few commenters mentioned they wished they could own a piece of my art, but that finances don’t allow it right now. I have some ideas that might help make that happen.

First of all, I put up a watercolor painting at eBay yesterday as well as on my One Painting a Day blog. It is an Easter Lily I painted in 2005; around the time my oldest brother passed away.

It is about 15″ x 22″, and I put it up for a very low opening bid of only $10. There is no reserve and no “Buy it Now” price. My thought is that at least someone who reads my blog will have a chance to have one of my paintings for who knows what price … perhaps something affordable.

I also have been gathering pieces of wood that have been coming off of our dear old barn. The barn is fragile, unfortunately. I might be able to do something to these small pieces of wood to prevent them from deteriorating further. If so, I plan to experiment with doing very small, quick oil paintings on them. If it all works out, they will be affordable little paintings with a very special significance to the readers of this blog in particular. The first experiment will go on this weekend, so we’ll see how it works out.

Have a great weekend.

~firefly

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  1. What amazing photos, it makes you feel like you are there. Thankyou

  2. Hi firefly. What wonderful photography! You were there at the right moment with a great camera!

    Did you notice in the second picture with the pond, the geometric patterns, arcs, a rectangle and other designs I cannot name.

    The geese are such a great sequence. Thanks for your good work.

    Mom

  3. Amazing photos! Unfortunately, they have found a safe place and you may wish they would migrate! Our Trumpeter Swans are slowly leaving for the north. Sometimes when I am in the yard, I hear the swish of their wings before I see them. Sometimes they are very vocal as they move about, other times they are fairly quiet.
    Just now I wish I had you, Firefly, and your camera to take photos of the little chickadees as they pick up tufts of moss and take it to the birdhouse. They are moving in and I am thrilled! They certainly keep my garden free of bugs. Now I wish I had a little snake or two to eat the slugs – I am not overly fond of snakes, but I really dislike slugs!

  4. Gorgeous photos of the geese! You got some really great action shots and I bet Ducks Unlimited would consider printing some of them or commission a painting of them to auction off.

  5. Firefly, I love the shots of the geese! I especially love the 4th pic down, with the geese on takeoff with the cornfield background, and think that would make an excellent painting on barn wood! I too love their sound as they’re flying overhead in formation, it’s great to look up in the sky and see them flying back home. Take care.

  6. What beautiful photos!

    I always enjoy your blogs. You are a born storyteller.

  7. Gosh…I love those photos. With your permission, I have copied one for us as a desktop on my computer. Thanks so much for sharing. I’ll have to post the story as to why those wonderful birds are close to my heart one day soon. Watch for it, I think you’ll like it!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend…and happy anniversary!! Today marks a year, my dear! πŸ™‚

  8. I love that you posted the photos in that order. Very nice shots! Your water lily is very pretty, and I look forward to seeing more of your wood paintings. When will we see more of Blu? Nothing like a good puppy photo to brighten a day.

  9. Came to your site via Tricotine, I enjoyed your various blogsite a great deal. I understand your position as a professional artist and that sometimes someone thinks it is for free. I have also got a website business and a blog. I do try not to advertise on the blog regarding the website just have a link but, both are knitting and creating things. Lovely blog, lovely paintings. Keep it up
    karen

  10. What beautiful shots you got! I love the idea of the barn pieces! That would be very special πŸ™‚ I’d love to see a photo of you in your “running out the door” attire. πŸ˜‰ Minus the heaviness of the clothing, sounds like we sometimes dress the same. oxoxo

  11. I love the pictures of the geese. You did a great job photographing them. Thanks for sharing. There is a new pond near us. I can see it from my deck. The geese have discovered it and I can hear them over there and see the ripples they make in the water as they are swiming around. Your photos remind me of them. Keep the good stuff coming.

    Patty

  12. Thank you for posting your beautiful pictures. One of my favorite things is to watch birds fly. Thank you. Have a great day.

  13. Beautiful pictures! It’s so amazing that there is such bounty just outside your door! (How envious I am..)

  14. Thank you for posting the recipe. I look forward to making it this weekend. You bring beauty to my life with your words and pictures. Thank You.

  15. wonderful shots of the geese..particularly the first two and the ones where they’re flying away in their V formation. πŸ™‚


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