Illinois farmers hereabouts have not set to work preparing their fields for corn and soybean planting just yet, but some of the rolling farmlands north of my hometown of Lebanon are already colored with greening winter wheat. This field northwest of Lebanon this week is bordered with purple henbit, which begins life in the autumn with seed germination and then flowers in the spring. Similarly, winter wheat begins life in the autumn with seed germination, thanks to our farmers, and begins its growth come springtime. Illinois shows off beautiful colors in the spring.
T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.