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Have you ever really looked at a bale of hay?

Here in the countryside the farmers are making the third hay cutting of the summer.  Late one afternoon I decided to take a good look at a bale of hay.   First I drove to a field with a nice assortment of bales.  There was a posted sign, but I decided that it was meant for hunters, not photographers.

Then I wandered around the field and examined one of the bales.

This one has a sort of beauty in its texture.  When my father-in-law used to bale hay, the bales were rectangular and tied up with strong string in the baler.  These round bales have a sort of network of thin strings holding them together and look spray-painted with green markings.  In some other fields I have noticed white plastic shrink wrap around the bales.

I like the architecture of this field randomly spread with bales before they are gathered up.

Especially in the late afternoon, when the shadows are growing long.

  1. August 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Great shots! Harvest time – great opportunities to shoot.

  2. September 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Very cool panorama. Glad I don’t have to tote THAT bale!

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