So I chose to do this little project at the historic (1880's) Firestone Farm in Greenfield Village for a number of reasons, first off being that it's, well, historical! Plus I don't believe private owners would appreciate me traipsing out to their property every month to take photographs of their land.
Finally, it gave me a reason to visit Greenfield Village more often - - as if I really need an excuse to do that!
Of all the pictures shown here in this post, there is only one that I did not take, and that is the photo showing the snow covered ground during January. That one was taken by a friend of mine who works for the Henry Ford. Greenfield Village is closed from January until mid-April and therefore I have no access to the farm or anywhere else there during that time; I sent him copies of the photos I had previously taken as a guide - which he matched up wonderfully!
Anyhow, I hope you enjoy my year-long project.
|WINTER - January: chopping wood, collecting manure, caring for the livestock - all winter chores|
|WINTER into SPRING: March 12:|
Tools are repaired and sharpened, fences will be mended, and the planning for the upcoming planting season commences.
(Thank you to Tom Kemper for this wonderful March photograph!)
|SPRING - mid-April: plowing takes place. This is where the corn will be planted.|
|SPRING - May: The corn is just beginning to peak out of the ground.|
|Late Spring-Early Summer - mid-June: Everything is looking fresh and coming up "rosey".|
|SUMMER - July: the corn is looking good.|
|LATE SUMMER - early September: the corn is ready for harvesting|
|Early Fall - Late September: Harvest time|
|FALL - mid-October: the corn shocks are now standing, curing.|
|LATE FALL - The fields of November: all the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.|
This was perhaps the longest it ever took me to write a post!
But it was fun - - I'll have to try to get an early March picture just to sort of complete it.
Anyhow, thanks for stopping in - - -