Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Barley Heading Out

 Like all grasses, barley likes to grow in GriggsDakota. 
The barley has flourished in our cool, wet weather. The beards are peeking out of the husk around the head.
The sun was peeking intermittently  through our partly cloudy sky, which gave a golden cast to the photos. There is not a golden cast to the barley.
The plants are a healthy deep green. 
The field is a pile of emeralds from a distance.
 The plants are healthy to the ground.
Leaves, which collect nutrients that the plant needs to develop, are wide and impressive.
I helped this head free itself of its wrapping so that you could see it.  
In a day or two the field will push the heads out of their protective coverings and barley kernel maturation will begin. From the spike of each stalk a head of barley will emerge.
The field will take on the familiar softness of barley beards rising above the leaves and stalk. The fields of barley are growing beautifully today in GriggsDakota. 

1 comment:

  1. Nice images. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,Pa