Monday, September 12, 2016

Out At The Farm

"If you build it, he will skate." ~ Shoeless Joe Jackson, Rink Of Dreams

"This time they want me to build a hockey rink in the corn field so Rocket Richard can come back from the dead and play hockey." ~ Ray Kinsella, Rink Of Dreams

Now that's a sequel I'd want to see. Anyway, my tomfoolery aside, even with the corn field as inspiration. The Central Experimental Farm is over a thousand acres of land in Ottawa, set aside as a government research center and working farm for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. It dates back to the 1880s. Here on the southeastern corner (west of the church I showed you yesterday), at the intersection of Prince of Wales Drive and Baseline Road, is a large stretch of corn fields. Wildflowers flank the pathway onto the property, which is open to the public for walking, and there is a national museum for agriculture here as well.

30 comments:

  1. Sunbeams are fine in the photo.

    Tomás.

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  2. Belas fotografias, gostei de ver.
    Um abraço e boa semana.
    Andarilhar

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  3. Canada is famous for its cornfields. May Dutch farmers emigrated to Canada to create their dream.

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  4. beautiful pictures..i especially like the 2nd one!

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  5. @Tomas: it was quite a sunny day.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Marianne: so many did.

    @Tanya: thanks!

    @Tex: it seemed appropriate.

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  6. Rink of Dreams? Is that the Canadian version of Field of Dreams?

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  7. I have not see a cornfield before. They look so neat and of even height!

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  8. I have seen the corn fields in Germany and Switzerland. and I think they were stunning. My favorite is fig 3.

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  9. We have started to grow corn here and it's a result of research to develop corn that matures earlier. Those pretty little yellow flowers look like toad flax which is a highly invasive species.

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  10. @Beth: thanks!

    @Norma: it would be!

    @Nancy: I grew up around corn fields, so I'm very used to them.

    @Orvokki: thanks!

    @Red: ah, so that's what they are.

    @Karl: thank you.

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  11. I wonder if every ex British colony has a Prince of Wales road, street or drive 😀 beautiful lighting in these images William.

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  12. I don't see many open fields like this around these parts!

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  13. Very intereting and the pictures very nice.

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  14. The second photo is very nice! And seeing the sign in the last photo is refreshing, it is bilingual. :)

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  15. 'Cornfields' here would be wheat or barley. But I spotted someone growing maize/sweet corn in a planter in a Saltaire backyard!

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  16. Such beautiful and peaceful scenery! I especially love the 2nd picture with sun shining through the corn field. In the season, corn maze appeares in my neighborhood :-)

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  17. Interesting and the pictures nice. Canada is Poland, but on another hemisphere.

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  18. Put some ice down and they will come for sure! The corn tastes really sweet this year - we have been enjoying it for the last 2 weeks!

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  19. Reminds me of the miles and miles of corn fields I used to pass while riding my bike.

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  20. Are you looking forward to a visit with the royals? Love your new header.

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  21. @Grace: there must be quite a few.

    @Sharon: and odd to be able to turn in various directions and see high rises, here!

    @Carolann: thank you.

    @Linda: there's no shortage of bilingual signs here.

    @Jenny: a lot of farmers here do grow wheat or barley, and canola and soy have become big crops as well.

    @Tamago: I think there's a farm out to the west that does that.

    @Mariusz: thanks!

    @RedPat: I like corn, but not particularly on the cob!

    @Revrunner: I've passed many long stretches of corn, growing up in the countryside.

    @Linda: I'm not sure Will and Kate are coming here for their visit, but on their first visit together after the wedding, they did come here. I saw them a couple of times, admittedly at a distance.

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  22. Nice images! The fourth photo is very inviting, I wouldn't mind walking through the area.

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  23. It's experimental farms like that (they are in this country too) that led to the 100 bushels of corn to the acre in the 1950's.

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  24. The corn is looking awfully dry, isn't it? What a drought.

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  25. That's an impressive amount of land set aside in an urban area! It's nice that the public isn't excluded from exploring it.

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