Monday, April 11, 2011

Out here...

It's unusual to see another car on the road.
We do, however, see a lot of tractors and combines.
And occasionally someone on a horse.


In the rare event that you pass another driver headed toward you, you do the two finger wave.
You know, the one where you raise two fingers off the top of the steering wheel.
Everyone out here does it.
It's just the right thing to do.




Out here I see a lot of Mennonite ladies in their pastel dresses, tennis shoes, bonnets, riding hustler lawn mowers.
Or just out for an evening stroll with their dog, down the dirt road. (we live in a very Mennonite area.)




Out here, not everyone knows street names. But they'll instantly know your location by a description like "The old Smith place".

Out here it's fire season.
Lots of fields are being burned.
On a daily basis, there is smoke and ash in the air lately.


And on the rare occasion (like yesterday) that a fire gets out of hand and the fire trucks are called, "neighbors" come from miles around to see what the commotion is about.


What's all the burning for?
I actually don't know. I'm not really from around here.
I'm kind of an imposter.

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14 comments:

BeckyKay said...

The burning is to get rid of the stubble so that new growth can occur! (I think it's also good for the soil, but I'm not a farmer!) Burning is one of my favorite seasons in Kansas! :)

Amy said...

I love watching the field fires - they are just amazing. I got a picture of one the other night from a distance in the dark - such an eerie glow, but beautiful!

Kerri said...

LOVE the pictures! The Wichita Eagle's main story today is on prairie burning - your pics put theirs to shame! Great post!

Chigger Hill Cottage said...

Wow, I thought only Alabama had the two finger wave. And ours is from the steering wheel. I think that's why it's only 2 'cause the others are on the steering wheel. From a pick up truck. I used to ask my husband, "Who was that?" He'd just reply, "I don't know"...Being from Birmingham, I had to learn alot. And just like you, I'm way up in the country too! Wouldn't have it any other way though. I remember the first time I really SAW the stars! :D

The Fifth Street Mama said...

Wow you must be my neighbor! Except I'm in Canada and none of your pictures show snow still on the ground :). I live in a mennonite area in central BC. I'm not really from here either though :)

Heather said...

We've got the burning going on here in Missouri too and i Love it bc im weird and love the smell of things being burned lol, along with the two finger wave it just kinda comes natural.

Sarah said...

The burning is to get rid of the old grass and make room for new growth.

www.thisfarmfamilyslife.blogspot.com

kraftykash said...

Great Pictures!

pharmgirlfollies.com said...

Burning brings new life! And in some areas...truffles!!!

tonya said...

Love the pic with the fence and the trees with the fire in the background. Amazing pics knowing they're contained and doing good, not bad.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Love the two finger wave. It's a rural thing. We have it in Iowa, too, when you are far enough out of the big cities...

I have never quite understood the tennis shoes with the dresses that the Mennonite girls wear, though. It's always puzzled me...

Gina said...

wow those pics are awesome ;) we have the two finger wave here in Oklahoma as well ( I live on 10 acres it is so peaceful) Unlike there we are not doing controlled burning, here the fires are burning because of people throwing cigs out or burning...there is 50+ counties of 77 that is under strict burn ban laws (no charcoaling propane only, no campfires and no trash burning)

I hope your week is going great
Blessings
Gina

Sarah-Anne said...

sounds like you and i live in the same ol' area, beki. gotta love the two finger wave.

Ali said...

I guess I'm off to google what a Mennonite is...?