Autumn begins

Autumn begins
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On what was probably one of the last warm afternoons of the year, I rode my bike on my usual Indiana cornfield route.

County Road 700 recently got a fresh layer of asphalt. The farmer along this stretch of road has begun to mow down his cornstalks, which have turned brown with age. Over the road, that one branch has started to turn red and orange.

Folks, this is about as Indiana as it gets this time of year!

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24 responses to “single frame: Autumn begins”

  1. J P Avatar

    You have captured full-on Rural Hoosier. All that might possibly be missing is the red barn and an old pickup truck. :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ll see if I can’t work them in next time!

    2. Jan Avatar

      Great shot!

      1. Jim Grey Avatar

        Thank you!

  2. Roger Meade Avatar
    Roger Meade

    A great shot Jim. It brought back fond memories.

    Many years ago I lived in Shiawassee Co, in central lower peninsula Michigan. That was flat farm country. I was working an afternoon job in Flint, so on nice mornings I would ride my bike westward from our small town until the wind in my face got too strong, then turn back for home. The roads were pretty much typical midwestern every mile grid roads, either gravel or asphalt. I would typically clock about 20+ miles most days, unless the wind picked up early. I soon learned which farms had free roaming dogs guarding the property! I never did carry a camera though.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Wow, 20 mile days! Sounds wonderful. If I get right onto the bike when I have time during a workday I can get in 8 easy, 10 if I push.

      I have a little bag hanging on the seat springs that holds a compact camera well. Other times I sling an SLR over my shoulder and go. This day I just fished the iPhone out of my pocket!

  3. brandib1977 Avatar

    The thought of riding a bicycle down this road is a great start to my day!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Excellent! I’m sure you have plenty of similar roads where you are.

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        We do have some beautiful roads and some nice color where I live but we don’t have many roads that have this degree of pleasant flatness.

        I really love Indiana farm country.

  4. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    Such a pleasant shot!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I knew it was a good one as I rode up, and I’m pleased that my iPhone agreed!

  5. Nancy Stewart Avatar
    Nancy Stewart

    I would love to ride the country roads all day again … only it would be on my horse.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve seen people doing just that on the rural Boone and Hamilton County roads.

  6. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    I always like tree-tunnel shots, and it occurs to me that it is another way to get the same kind of lighting contrast as the storm picture you posted a few weeks ago.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Good point!

  7. SilverFox Avatar

    Nice picture Jim, reminds me that in other states there is a real change with the seasons… typing this in around 80 degrees at 8 o’clock in the evening

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My wife lived in CA for a while and said the lack of distinct seasons was hard. But I wouldn’t mind 80 at 8pm in Oct., not at all.

  8. yuri rasin Avatar

    A lovely place! Might as well be the south of France! Autumn colours are coming out…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You might be the first person in history to compare any part of Indiana to the south of France!

      1. yuri rasin Avatar

        Haha thanks Jim, it’s an honor to be the first but on that particular image it does! :)

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          If you’re at all curious, here’s this spot on Google Maps Street View, and you can explore Indiana’s cornfields from here!


          I live a short distance from here, about 15 minutes on the bike.

          1. yuri rasin Avatar

            Thanks Jim, looks beautiful!

          2. yuri rasin Avatar

            In the French version, there would be grape fields ha

        2. Jim Grey Avatar

          Nothing but corn and soybeans here!

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