June 18, 2012
Looking again at this photo I took on Saturday, it brought to mind yesterday’s gospel reading, especially:
The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens.
What a great encouragement these verses are to anyone involved in any kind of Christian ministry; it might seem that nothing is happening and yet (if it is of God) then there is much going on behind the scenes that we may be unaware of. One day the harvest will come…
August 8, 2009
Panasonic LX1, f5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO 80, 28mm equivalent (click to enlarge)
I get to travel around in some very beautiful countryside as I go out visiting people. This field of ripening wheat caught my eye during a trip to the far side of Great Island. The wind was blowing up from the sea, moving the wheat in sea-like waves towards me. A special moment.
For those interested in the technical aspects of the photograph, I used the Gimp (a free photo editor) to mimic the effect of a ’tilt-shift’ lens. If you would like to try it yourself, here’s a helpful ‘how to’ article.
September 9, 2008
Canon A570is, 1/320sec, F4, ISO 80, 5.8mm (click to enlarge)
It’s a bit sad driving around the parish and seeing the crops damaged by the heavy rain. When I took the picture above during a drive from Ballymore back home, I noticed how the wheat was all bent over. Apparently though this is not necessarily a ruined crop. I was speaking to a farmer on Sunday and asked him about the bent over wheat and he said that it can still be harvested so long as it hasn’t sprouted and so long as the rain hasn’t completely flattened the crop. I hope and pray that there will be better weather over the coming days so that the crop in this field and many others can be saved. However, it seems that we are having the tail-end of hurricanes ‘Gustav’, ‘Hannah’ and ‘Ike’ at the moment… Didn’t someone say that we were going to have good weather in September?!
I was asked by online Christian magazine “Good News Now”, if they could use this photo as their “picture of the day”. I was delighted to give them permission to use it but go and have a look at the other pictures there, they are all much better than mine!