Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A Walk in the Ma(i)ze

On this first day of October, rather than acknowledging the gloomy sky that carries the promise of a cool afternoon rain and speaks of impending autumn, I choose to recall a Saturday, a week and a half ago, when we went apple-picking and had fun in a huge corn-and-sunflower maze.

It was still summer then, even officially so, and we relished the wonderful sunshine, and the greenery, and the round, steady feeling of nature’s bounty, which at this time of the year always pours forth in the orchards or in the farmers’ markets.

We crunched the fresh crispy apples picked directly from the tree and allowed ourselves to get lost for an hour or so in a green labyrinth, which this year – we were told – had a Peruvian theme. A bird’s-eye image would’ve been perfect to reveal which of the Nazca lines they reproduced.

Too heavy to follow the sun anymore…


Bravely through 9 feet tall corn…


Hmmm… what awaits just around that turn?...


If it were dark and if black helicopters were madly searching overhead, I would’ve thought even more of Mulder’s and Scully’s mad run through the corn field, from the “Fight the Future” movie…


A bow to Mother Nature…


Two thousand trees with crunchy apples…


The farm dog, an old girl, quiet and good, with whom we shared our roasted chicken (no bones for her, just juicy meat…)…

10 comments:

Aine said...

Glad you navigated the maze successfully!

We go to a local corn maze and pick apples at an orchard every autumn. It's one of my most anticipated seasonal activities.

I would love to do the maze after dark, too (though I think Jason would find a way to traumatize us....) Loved the X-files!

strugglingwriter said...

Sounds like a great time. I feel bad for the sunflowers, though :)

Great pic of the farm dog. I miss my dog :(

Akasha Savage said...

Wonderful pictures.
Have you ever read Stephen King's: Children of the Corn?....
;)

Sarah Hina said...

I miss the X-Files. :)

Looks like you soaked up the last rays of summer, even as the flowers anticipated fall. Beautiful photos, Vesper!

And I'm glad the farm dog got her share. :)

Minx said...

I hope this lovely memory sustains you through the coming winter.

BernardL said...

Any helpful memory to navigate through the winter needs to be squirreled away for the bleak days ahead. :)

Ropi said...

I love eating corn.

Vesper said...

Aine, in fact this was our first time but I’d love to do it again. Those apples, eaten right there next to the tree, were incredible… The X-files was (is) my favourite TV series!

Paul, yes, the sunflowers somehow inspired pity, but, at the same time, just think of all those tasty seeds… :-) I’m sorry about your dog.:-(

Akasha, I’m glad that you mentioned “Children of the Corn”. I had this title at the back of my mind while we were walking through the maze… I’ve never read the story, though.

Sarah, ah, the X-files – I bought the series on DVD!
Yes, it felt like a goodbye to summer, but a sunny and happy one…

Minx, I hope that too… :-)

How right you are, Bernard… I dread the approach of winter… therefore I will not think of it right now… :-)

Me too, Ropi!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

What a wonderful day out - and a Golden Retriever to share you lunch with - now that's the real blessing!
Hold on to the memories and let them keep you warm through winter.
xxx

Jon M said...

Maize mazes freak me out, especially when it's been raining and the floor is all slippy!