End of Fall

Shadows of muted burgundy seep through the brambles of leafless branches

joining old stones and deep pines in the grove.

The air hums of fans working around the clock.

Circulating the air in the corn bins is less this year as most of the crop is dry.

Wet weather at the beginning of harvest left some fields with trails of deep ridges from mired machinery.


Patches of stringy tall dry grass and short scrub brush edge the dark fields.

The huge blue tractor pulling a disc-ripper moves like a slow train as it prepares the seed bed for next year.

Following behind it, flocks of seagulls, hover aloft as they look for worms in the opened soil.

They appear suddenly during field work, and vanish as quickly when the field work is done.  

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