|April 30, 2012|
Kermit the Frog laments that it's not easy being green. But a Kansas wheat crop clings tenaciously to green - even as snow blankets it and other plants have faded to brown for the winter.
Today, I'm back for Leap Into Spring's "Grass/Green" photo challenge. Since my yard is not photo worthy, I went with the most beautiful green scenes we have here on the County Line.
Spring brings a sea of green to Central Kansas - green that stretches across wheat fields and seems to reach toward the mighty cottonwoods along a neighboring road.
|April 23, 2012|
It begins its life as a golden kernel.drill - or plant - the crop in September and October.
And appropriately for a "Green" challenge, we drill the wheat using a John Deere drill - though we are decidedly red when it comes to tractor allegiance :-)
Within 5 days or so, the first inkling of green begins to break through the earth.
|October 9, 2011|
Wheat is a hardy crop. Through the winter, it sleeps. Even under a blanket of ice and snow ...
... it holds steadfastly to its green.
But as the sun's rays begin to warm the earth, the green rivals the brightest crayons in the box.
|May - Wheat heading|
After 9 months of sunrises ...
|April 30, 2012 (The crop is ahead of schedule this year)|
... the green gives way to the "amber waves of grain" - back to the gold from which it sprouted.
And it's again time to harvest. Then the gold to green cycle will begin yet again on a Kansas farm.
Today, I'm linked to the fifth week of the Leap Into Spring Photo Challenge. Hosts for the challenge are Alicia at Project Alicia, Kristi and Live and Love Out Loud and Rebecca at Bumbles and Light. Check out the photos on their pages