Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Four Seasons at Firestone Farm

Over the course of a year I worked on a photographic project by depicting the four calendar seasons of southeastern lower Michigan. And what better place to show our ever-changing year than on a farm? Though Michigan is known as being part of the 'rust belt,' it's actually more agricultural; there are more farms here than anyone can imagine. According to the State of Michigan website, we have approximately 56,000 farms covering over ten million acres of farmland!
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 are only two that I did not take, and they are the first two photos . Both were taken by friends of mine who work 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 them copies of the photos I had previously taken as a guide - which were 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.
(Lee Cagle took this pic - thank you!)

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 - -
Anyhow, thanks for stopping in - - -



Robin's Egg Bleu said...

I really appreciate the work you do here. It's so wonderful to wake up and see something so beautiful and peaceful today after a day like yesterday.

Unknown said...

Awesome blog post and photos. I have attempted to do the same thing with OSV, and since they are open year-round, I have been quite successful capturing all four seasons in their beauty and splendor.

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Ken,
What a great idea! I love seeing all the seasons with the same house on the same post. It reminds me of a near by Amish community. Gina

Betsy said...

Beautiful photos! Nebraska has the same weather/seasons, except right now we're expecting snow tomorrow, heh. It's been a strange spring.

Historical Ken said...

Thank you everyone for the kind words here.
It took me a year to complete this posting - diligence pays off!

Cathy said...

I love seeing the seasons on your beautiful farm. There is a painter in our area who has painted his grandmothers farm in all four seasons. I bought the prints and change them out each season with my seasonal decor.

Kit1934 said...

What a fantastic post- so interesting to see how the landscape changes.

JSD said...

Thanks for all the work...this is a wonderful post.