Thursday, February 12, 2009

Burn, Baby Burn...

Yesterday I came home to see this sight at my home. Don't worry, this was a planned event! We have a small field next to our home and each year right before spring, my husband burns the field off, which burns up the weeds and dead grass and makes room for the new growth.



As any blogger knows, any activity can turn into a blogging story, so I ran into the house to get my camera and capture some shots. Well, as I was snapping away, my husband leaves me in charge and tells me "don't let the fire get past the fence." I wasn't planning on manning the fire, but being the peaceable, loving wife that I am, I willingly took on this position. I must mention to those who don't' know me, I am a girly, girl...lace, frills, pink the whole girl thing, that is me. And, I was not quite prepared when the fire moved a little too close to my pink flip flop. But I stamped it out and all was well!


The fire moves slowly across the field and when the wind catches it, flairs up a bit:



This is my father in law who came to my rescue as I was stamping out the little flames, and plowed a line so that the fire could not get past the fence. He then relived me of my post! Thanks PaPa.


Now, field burning is certainly a guy thing! Here are three generations of field burners!


Okay, I learned something here: the white birds feed on insects and when the fire burns, the insects flee and the birds knowing the insects were fleeing took full advantage of the situation:


Here we are halfway done:


Almost done:


All done: After the field was burned, my husband plowed up a nice area which will be a garden spot for us. But...that is another post!




5 comments:

  1. Wow! Those are awesome photos! I'm glad you those cute flip flops weren't damaged!

    As the wife of a blogger, JT understands how important our camera is to me. He's used to me running throughout the house with our camera or hearing my pleas to snap a photo.

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Great captures! Yes, field burning is definitely a guy thing. As a retired firefighter's daughter, that fire made me nervous getting so close to you!

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  3. Wow! How fun is a burnin!!!
    I have officially learned something new today! My day is complete :)

    Hey, I have a question for you... what is the name of the font that you used in for your signature at the end of each post?? It is just lovely!

    hugs.. Amy

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  4. I definitly would be nervous if the wind started to pick up. Thanks for all your pictures today! There are NEVER too many!

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  5. I love the smell of the burning grass-- I remember it from when I was a little kid. I could smell it just by looking at the photos!

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