From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Oaks at Field's Edge

Life in Christian County, Kentucky...



Oak trees along a bean field

The big oak trees here between the soybean field and the cornfield may have been planted long ago to mark a property line. It's common in Kentucky to see natural landmarks mentioned in old property descriptions, such as "...200 feet to a metal stake, thence 557 feet to a white oak tree..."

This photo was taken in Todd County, a few miles west of Elkton, KY, and about 15 miles from our home. In some areas, this narrow blacktop road has cornfields on both sides of it. Though it's a public road, I felt like I was actually driving through the middle of the field. The tall corn on both sides made the road feel almost like a tunnel.

1 comment:

KennethF said...

Hey gene:

Very nice photo... I would like to tape measure that trunk circumferance. As opposed to counting the rings, though a core sample wouldn't hurt that much? I'm guessing 100 years or close to it?
On another note, your 2nd flag posting was great, Thanks!
KennethF

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