Lucky Day!
Eighty Acres Photography Blog
by Bruce Siebold
1M ago
Don't need a lucky penny, horseshoe or rabbit's foot, because today I found a four-leafed clover on Eighty Acres. How very rare they are. Due to a recessive gene it is estimated that only one in 10,000 clovers is four-leaved. Their lore is steeped in mystery. From a Celtic charm to protect and ward off bad luck; to the middle ages, where children believed by carrying a four-leafed clover they would be able to enter the magical world of fairies. Today the four-leafed clover continues to be associated with good luck with the four leaves representing HOPE, LOVE, HAPPINESS, and FAITH. I found n ..read more
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The First Morel Mushroom
Eighty Acres Photography Blog
by Bruce Siebold
1M ago
After 32 years of searching for morel mushrooms on Eighty Acres I finally found one! Near it I sat and marveled at the morel's honeycombed patterns. What secrets does it hold in it's intricate maze of tunnels, curves and deep shadows? How fearless it must have been to push its way into a unknown world through the forest floors's dried oak leaves, grasses and twigs. In the soft morning light I captured this photo. I then stood, continued my journey, realizing that even after all these years on Eighty Acres, if I walk slowly, the Earth Mother still has stories to tell and secrets to share ..read more
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Strutting On Eighty Acres
Eighty Acres Photography Blog
by Bruce Siebold
2M ago
It's turkey breeding season on Eighty Acres and and if you listen carefully, you will hear the Toms gobbling in the quiet of the early mornings. It's show time as the Toms are impressing the hens, hoping to gain their attention and affection. The Toms will puff out their feathers, fan their tails, strut, swagger, parade and gobble across the prairie. (Kinda sounds like my younger days.) Soon, the hens will build a shallow nest of dry leaves near brush piles or thick shrubs and lay one egg each day for the next 10-12 days. Once all eggs are laid, the hens will begin incubating the eggs for 28 ..read more
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Ancient Fires
Eighty Acres Photography Blog
by Bruce Siebold
5M ago
Just as the ancient cave dwellers huddled near their fires for warmth... I too have felt the comfort of wood fires burning on Eighty Acres. And just as the cave dwellers did thousands of years ago... I too have listened to the fires crackle, and watched the flames' shadows dance on the walls. And just as the cave dwellers did so many years ago... I too have sat by the warmth of the fire and dreamed of a better tomorrow. And just as the cave dwellers felt a need to scratch charcoal drawings on the cave walls,. I too scribble these words, hoping someone in the future will hear my voice and know ..read more
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Embracing Life's Circles
Eighty Acres Photography Blog
by Bruce Siebold
6M ago
The spider's silky circle is the Earth Mother's reminder that our lives will always come back to where our journeys began. It's life's merry-go-round, perpetually spinning forward without any exit ramps along the way. Each day our lives are layered in circles. From our circle of friends, spinning wheels, talking in circles, hiding the circles under our eyes, spiral wedding rings, clocks spinning away each hour, and becoming dizzy as we dance in circles. It's a 360 degree journey, where all are mortal and all are equal. Whether we are a prince or pauper, the Earth Mother's infinite plan will a ..read more
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Stirring The Hornet's Nest
Eighty Acres Photography Blog
by Bruce Siebold
7M ago
Over the course of the summer, I frequently stopped by the bald-faced hornet's nest to marvel at its beauty. Today I inched close enough to snap a photo and then slowly retreated. The pear-shaped nest is attached to a small maple tree about four feet above the ground and looks to be made of swirled grayish paper. With only one entrance and exit point, the hornets must have developed a sophisticated air traffic control system to monitor their busy flight schedules. The nest is home to one queen and hundreds of faithful hornets ready to defend their nest at all costs. Their needle-like stings c ..read more
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My Bittersweet Prayer
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by Bruce Siebold
7M ago
Nestled within the Eighty Acres fence line grows the bittersweet vine. It's hanging globe shaped clusters of scarlet seeds are a favorite for fall and winter flower arrangements, as well as food for the bluejays and chickadees. But just like so many moments in our lives, the bitteesweet vine represents a world of contradictions. The puzzle of why bittersweet is such a beautiful vine but poisonous to humans. The irony of bittersweet, whose twining woody vine looking for support will twist around nearby trees, only to strangle them. In a similar fashion, why did the Earth Mother give us the fra ..read more
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The Last Load
Eighty Acres Photography Blog
by Bruce Siebold
8M ago
The Kubota tractor's engine was straining as it pulled the heavy load of firewood back home. For over thirty years family and friends have gathered on Eighty Acres each October to split, haul and stack loads of dried fire wood to keep the wood stove burning. But today was to be the last Wood Day. It's been a good run. but now after seven decades of my life, it is time for much younger and stronger arms and backs to do the heavy lifting. Time to realize that growing older requires adjustments, changes and the beginning of a exciting new journey in one's life. Time to park the wood trailer, pla ..read more
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Memories Of The Season
Eighty Acres Photography Blog
by Bruce Siebold
9M ago
Each fall season brings a feeling of anticipation and change to Eighty Acres. There is a mood in the air of excitement and that something big, wonderful and beautiful is about to happen. Today my spirit tree dressed in her finest clothes. A kaleidoscope of color. Atop her head she wore a crown of gold. Tomorrow her clothes will fall, as each leaf celebrates it's final journey by swirling, tumbling and dancing in the soft breezes to the earth below. Then the little boy in me will playfully shuffle, kick. and crunch through the deep golden carpet of leaves. Soon the temps will fall. Bitter wind ..read more
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Ordinary to Extraordinary
Eighty Acres Photography Blog
by Bruce Siebold
10M ago
And the Earth Mother said to the grasshoppers..."upon a leaf, create for me a most wondrous and beautiful piece of artwork". Without hesitation the grasshoppers began their summer long task. First designing, then nibbling, then carving their unique patterns upon the leaf. When the Earth Mother saw what the grasshoppers had created, She smiled and said "well done, now let us celebrate. This evening, I will hang this leaf upon my sunset wall for all the world to see and understand that what we might think is ordinary, can truly be extraordinary ..read more
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