Harvest Moment

Out on a run, I could here the jangling racket of large farm machinery somewhere in the distance. It echoed across the low hills of my running loop.  Finally, I found it. The crackling dry wheat was being cut.  Here’s a slow summer moment in south-east France.  ​​ The scent is an intoxicating mix of…

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The Third Season

Word taxonomies have shown that there was a time, at least in some cultures of northern Europe, when there was only one season worth mentioning: Winter. Sure, there was the warmer part of the year that wasn’t winter, known early by its Germanic word “sumer,”, denoting something like “half.” So there was the warm half…

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Field Clocks

There’s something reassuring in the routine of sowing and harvest. It’s not just the crucial aspect of food security. It’s one way we, as humans, keep time. A vast clock that we make every year anew. It’s blazing hot here, and as I wrote yesterday, the local farmers are using the heatwave to cut, dry…

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Road Works

We’re back from our trip to Vietnam, and I’ll be posting a few pieces from that visit. For starters, I thought I’d put up this photo of the largest, cleanest, newest road I encountered in Vietnam (or almost anywhere else, for that matter). Three lanes in each direction, lined with broad sidewalks and trees, with…

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Glimmering Jewels

A tiny iridescent copepod (Sapphirina copepod) has been making its way around the web lately in a lovely now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t fashion not unlike its appearance in the natural habitat. Invisible unless hit at the right angle by light, they are described by those who have seen them as making the water look like its been…

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Late Harvest

If you’ve ever felt the need to get to know your champagne from the ground up, now is your chance – the Champagne region started the annual grape harvest this past week, the latest start in over a decade. A late and cold spring, hailstorms and rain led to vineyards problems like coulure, unpollinated flowers…

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Summer Farewell

A walk during the last evening of summer on the Autumn Equinox. The images aren’t as sharp as they could be, much like my memories of this long season. Welcome autumn, season of harvest and provision, of warm golden days and crisp evenings. A favorite season, the season of new seeds ready to be hardened…

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Plein Soleil

I was listening to a local radio station show on gardening and all the topics they discussed had to do with the awful weather we’ve had in the Lake Geneva region over the past few months. How to salvage trees and plants from the recent hail storm; the damage done to local greenhouses (one didn’t…

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