I feel like celebrating Ohio. Ohio, that, like most of the country, voted on Tuesday to re-elect President Obama.
We were in central Ohio a few weeks ago. It is a land of farms and fields.
Fields of horses.
Fields of grain.
And fields of I know not what.
It’s a land of country roads.
And magnificent trees,
stunning in the mid-October turning of their leaves.
It’s a land of old graveyards along the roadside,
with graves guarded by lambs.
A smaller graveyard nestled on the campus of Kenyon College.
Nearby, crows gathered atop a college building.
Oh, okay. They’re not real crows.
They are beautifully alive sculptures that capture both the lively individuality of crows and their complex social interactions.
The crows were created by Kenyon graduate Peter Woytuk, whose work with animals, including crows, has been seen all over New York City, including in front of the subway station at 72nd Street and Broadway (click photo to visit article).
Ohio also revealed itself as the Land of Vultures. We saw scores of turkey vultures like the one below, circling high and swooping low, over roads, fields, barns, and campus. (We also saw hawks, but I don’t know what they were.)
I imagine the leaves are mostly gone by now. So let’s take one more look at Ohio in mid-October glory.