A Field Afire

Stubble Fire, 23 April 2021. Copyright 2021 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.
A stubble fire in autumn.

Autumn has come to South Africa and all across the countryside, the hills are being readied for wheat, barley and canola. Yesterday, I watched as a field was scorched of the stubble which since November has bristled upon it, the white smoke and black earth a sure sign that the green of winter approaches.

Stubble Fire, 23 April 2021. Copyright 2021 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.
A labourer keeping a watchful eye on the smouldering straw. At the wayside, I could feel the heat. “Hot work,” I observed. “Hot work!” he laughed.
Stubble Fire, 23 April 2021. Copyright 2021 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.
His smoky keep.

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