Bringing in the wheat

A change is sweeping its way over the landscape. A shift. The crops are bleached, thistle down floats on the breeze, and the wayside plants alongside the village tracks are turning tawny; burdock and umbellifers browning as the season moves on.

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We walk out, hoping to catch sight of the combine out in the fields. And we’re in luck. We stand and watch a while as it makes its way through the wheat.

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In front of us Common Carder bumblebees – some bleached, some bright – buzz from thistle flower to thistle flower.

We follow the path through the harvested wheat.

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Out to the edge of the hill where there are big views – across to Wytham Woods, across to Farmoor Reservoir.

 

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Here too the wheat has already been cut, revealing the tiniest of flowers: Field Pansies, Shepherd’s Purse, and Redshank.

 

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Summer feels short lived, but swallows are still on the wing.

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