~~ Happy New Year ~~
and great photographic opportunities in 2009!
My post yesterday and the one December 14 have caused some confusion. There is still a lot of corn in the field to harvest. I took both these photos from a low angle to get the sky with a lone stalk. The harvester on December 14 took a couple trips around the field and then started back and forth at the far end. He then quit as it was getting dark and has not returned. A construction company bought this farm in 1986. The dairy operation ceased several years after and the fields have been planted and harvested by various people in different years. About 15 years ago, there was a proposal to develop this farm and others nearby with 1200 additional homes. First traffic congestion; and then the county's development fees (to pay for schools, roads, etc.) halted this plan. Farms on the other side of the river, now in Frederick City, have been developed and now have major housing developments, a shopping center, Wal-Mart, and other businesses. The land in this picture is still zoned agricultural and we hope to enjoy the rural view for years to come. Yesterday's sunset picture was taken in the edge of the field near the tree seen on the right of this one.
Usually by now, wheat for harvest next spring is already growing in the field behind our house. But this year the corn just stayed while other farms harvest was long finished. Today there he started the harvest in 30 degree weather.
We usually see seagulls in Baltimore and Washington, which are closer to the Chesapeake Bay. They show up here in large numbers in the spring when the farmers' are plowing, but after yesterday's storm I found a large crowd checking out this pasture for food.
( NOTE: A closer look found that these are turkey vultures, not hawks.) As I came out of Wal-Mart today, I spotted some seagulls flying over the parking lot. Before I got to my van (and camera), they disappeared over the building. But then I noticed a low flying hawk on the other side of the parking lot, so that's where I went. Standing on the bank above the Monocacy River flood plain, I watch as first one, then a second and third magnificent bird circled slowly back and forth above the drainage pond below. I was using my zoom lens set at 200mm. None of these photos has been cropped.