drifts blackened by dirt –
black crows peck at corn stubble
black on black and white
The snow is melting rapidly. Wherever the ground has been tilled, the dark earth warms faster than meadows or woods. The corn and soybean fields look like patchwork quilts of black and white. Wind blows the exposed dirt onto the snow drifts along the edges of the fields, heightening the contrast of dark and light. A cluster of crows peck at the corn stubble, black on black on white.