Monday, September 12, 2005

a new perspective

Someone once told me, "It's always a sunny day at 30,000 feet", and that's true.

The most interesting thing about flying over the country, especially at lower altitudes, is that you can study the landscape. This trip revealed the nature of farming in South Carolina. Large areas of treed landscape is punctuated here and there with a field tucked in small spaces. Flying over our Illinois corn and soybean fields is another matter. The land is divided into large squares, uninterrupted by any other feature other than rivers and their attendant shoreline trees. Near the corner of each square is a farmhouse and outbuildings, and perhaps another house in the center vertical axis.

It looks open and lonely from the air, the soybean field turning into a piece of rare golden marble, veined with green. It's rich topsoil and a good place to live.


srp said...

This is beautiful. The fields really do look like small pieces of marble in an even geometric puzzle design.

When my relatives from Illinois visited us in western Pennsylvania, they couldn't get over the pastures and the farms on the hillside. It amazed them to see tractors plowing the hills. My young cousin asked his dad "How do they keep from falling off?"

pilgrim said...

Beautiful. I like how the wingtip frames the picture.

Rurality said...

Nice pic! I don't think there are any roads here as straight as that. :)