Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"C" Is For Corn & Color

(I am participating in a "30-Day Writing Challenge."
This challenge, to find one's voice with words, inspired by Ann Evanston.)

Day Four. 


"God is Everywhere." I recently read. And I am in awe of the glory of creation that is right outside my window.


Bruce's Garden. Photo by Bruce Barone.
I am in awe of the sea of corn that grows not far from our home.


Sea of Corn. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Susan and I went for a ride in the car to buy corn. We went to Ray's Family Farm. God IS everywhere and we found God in the flowers and colors.


Photo by Bruce Barone.
Photo by Bruce Barone.
Three women we found busy as bumble bees fluttering at the corn stand ripping husk after husk searching for that perfect earn of corn. This was not polination. This was ruination. If this was my family farm corn stand I think I would put up a sign reading:


RIPPING AND TEARING OF CORN HUSKS
IN NOT ALLOWED
AND WILL BE PUNISHABLE 
BY HAIR TEARING.
THOSE WITHOUT HAIR
WILL SIMPLY BE ASKED TO VACATE
BRUCE' FRIENDLY FAMILY FARM

Susan and I picked our three earns of corn. We picked three ears and we picked them quickly. We picked a melon and some peaches. Green onions and cucumbers. Fresh farm eggs and green peppers and red radishes. And when we paid for our groceries I could not but help notice the three bumble bees still busy at the corn stand, still fluttering, still ripping and tearing in search of a perfect ear of corn. 

We returned home. There was an email for me from an editor of a magazine; a "scout," she said. She said she had seen my garden photographs and was moved by the beauty of the garden and the beauty of the images and asked was I interested in having them published in a regional and/or national shelter publication. I wrote right back and said "Yes."

And I thought of something the author and gardener, Tara Dillard, has often said; how a garden is in many ways a reflection of the color, life, and beauty inside your home. And I thought of our living room which I painted Benjamin Moore "Poppy."

Self Portrait. July 29, 2011.
I thought of our bedroom which I painted Benjamin Moore "Winding Vines."

Nadine resting on our bed. Photo by Bruce Barone.
And I thought of the room I most recently painted, our sitting room. I painted it C2Paint's "Garam Masala." 

Sitting Room. Photo by Bruce Barone.
And I thought how these colors come to life, again, in our gardens.

Zinnias in the garden. Photo by Bruce Barone.
And the corn? We did not cook it this night. We made a pizza. Not the one pictured below but this one pictured does have corn on it!

Self Portrait in Kitchen with Corn, Onion, and Pepper Pizza.
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5 comments:

  1. Bruce, I think of your garden last winter, so I love to see it in full summer mode. Congrats on the magazine offer! And I love the Poppy color, great choice!

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  2. "Sea of Corn" is breathtaking. I love the hovering fog. And I also love your red walls! The entryway at Willow Manor is also painted bright red.

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  3. Your "Sea of Corn" is somehow biblical.

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  4. Love the window views. Wonderful images!!!

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  5. yes bruce, the sea of corn is my all time favorite shot of yours. it's the mood behind the shot that comes to me, the being.

    xo
    erin

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