Yesterday I got up and didn’t have to dress like a polar bear. I liked that, but it got better! Due to my increased comfort I felt brave enough to just throw on some jeans, clogs and a sweatshirt to try to take some pictures in the fog. I had wanted to try this since I read about it in Kerry Mark Leibowitz’ blog entitled Lightscapes Nature Photography. The particular post I mention can be found HERE <— (click) but don’t pass up his other work it is breathtaking!
I will try not to be too wordy today, it will be hard, but I will try. But first a word about picture quality. If you want a really stunning view of the more artistic photos here, then please click them to sharpen them up! 😉
Ground fog in the country
I liked the stark beauty of these twisted branches against the muted background.
I wanted to share more of these with you, but this turned out to be the best of the bunch. So, I will share some others that I took while out on my early morning excursion.
Farmers, being early risers, need a bit of light to keep things running smoothly.
We call these the Walkingsticks, but they’re properly called irrigation and they are huge.
Each section is roughly 10 to 12 feet in length. This particular string was nine lengths long. The rest of it is on the other side of the rise in this picture. Notice the light in the upper right?
Each of the “walkingsticks” is attached to an underground water source. As it runs, sorry I don’t understand the mechanics involved, anyway, as it runs it slowly travels on the wheels and in a circuit around the well pipe to keep the crops irrigated.
This new to our area watering system was begun last year. Trenches were dug, pipelines laid , and submersed pumping stations set up to keep the crops irrigated. We are fortunate here to have massive underground water reserves to keep things growing even when it doesn’t rain… It’s all that limestone and underground rivers and caves!
A severe drought was the case in this post <— (click) of August 2010, and as it will happen, they’ve installed all the costly irrigation and now we have had plenty of rain. However, better prepared than to do without!
It has in fact rained so much that the soil is saturated to the point that the water collects in puddles now and will not drain away. Do you see the Alligator in this puddle? 😉
It takes very big equipment to prep all the fields and ready them for planting. Big tractors, and other farm equipment leave big tracks in the soil. You may have an opinion about Big Agribusiness and the practices they follow, but I will not get into that topic here. Suffice it to say that you know my mind on gardening practice here on the Farmlet.
The lake scene above came from this set of mighty tractor ruts!
This compacted area will be like concrete when it dries in summer. Note to self, when running out the door, take a moment to put on proper hikers, and not your nice expensive clogs!!!
Later that same day…
The sun came out and warmed the air to 76 degrees, everyone enjoyed the break from the cold and gloom of wintertime. This rise in temperature caused the sap to rise in the maple trees, which dripped down the trunks from the holes the woodpeckers had made. It was a sticky mess but apparently, not everyone felt the same as I did.
How about now?
She is sipping the maple sugar through
a straw her *proboscis.
The leftovers from last years harvest.
*NOTE: I know that technically proboscis is correct, but it certainly lacks that alliterative quality of the word straw. Does it not?