Tana Enjoys The Breakfast Buffet
My life in the city was ruled by the clock. Now it's ruled by the sun. Animals don't wear watches, and they don't stick to fixed timetables. The system they live by is simple: when it's light you wake up, when it's dark you go to sleep. In between you eat as much as you possibly can. Their lifestyle, in turn, determines ours, because it would probably be easier to knock the earth off its axis than convince a flock of sheep in July that it's time to go to bed at six o'clock. I spend my days acutely aware of sunrises and sunsets.
The other thing I now pay attention to is where the sun is actually shining during the different seasons. Sometimes this is for practical reasons; it's handy, for instance, to know when the laundry line is going to be in the sun or when the greenhouse will be in the shade.
Other times I'm reminded of the constantly changing angles of the sun when I come upon a scene like the one in the photo above. There are only a few misty mornings each fall when the light hits this tree in such a way that the big branch on the right appears to extend down to the ground. I captured it last year, then forgot all about it until the other day when it started happening again.
I love these comforting little reminders of how some things really do stay exactly the same from one year to the next.
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A year of farm photos ago:
9/29/06: Perfect Landing
9/30/06: Seeing Double (Tana & Her Daughter BB)
10/1/06: Bodyguard or Nanny Bear?
10/3/06: Follow The Yellow Dirt Road
10/11/06: Glowing Glimpse Of Autumn
Two years ago:
10/3/05: Winter Food For Sheep Or Giant Dog Fort? (Sadly the barn only has about half this much hay in it this year.)
10/3/05: WDB#3 Robin Sitting Pretty
10/6/05: There Is Absolutely, Positively No Place Like Home
10/7/05: Settling In
10/9/05: Weekend, Work, Wood, Warmth (Here's another thing that doesn't change from year to year--we were just out cutting firewood this morning.)
10/9/05: Weekend Dog Blogging #4
10/10/05: Haybarn & A Hint Of Color
10/11/05: Into The Mist
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