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The time has come

It’s the time of year that farmers have a love/hate relationship with their fields. It is haying season.

Sunrise on Mulberry Lane

On the first really sunny day we’d had in a while, Harley and I headed out early for our morning walk. The sunrise over the hills of Picadilly seen from Mulberry Lane was spectacular. Fields on both sides of the road were fragrant with mature hay, ready for harvest.

Roadside weeds at sunrise

Even weeds look beautiful at sunrise. Harley is patient when I stop to shoot photos, taking my time to bend over and have a look to see how a photo might appear.

Hay as far as the eye can see

In the warm glow of sunrise, the hay takes on a golden cast.

Seed heads begin to dance as a light breeze blows across the field.

Timothy glowing

The mature seed heads of the timothy hay glow as they blow in the early morning breeze.

Almost beyond mature, the hay crop is ready. It’s time for that first cut and judging by the density of the growth in the fields, the yield should be excellent. Farmer Brown’s cows will eat well this winter!

In another day or two this field will first be full of bales – and then empty, ready to grow some more for a second cut and harvest for the season.

I love haying season (now that I no longer have to lift and stack bales). The smell of the dew drenched grass and then the intoxication of the aroma of newly cut hay wafting in my windows.



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Framing your photo – a tip

I had a lengthy discussion today with a couple of people about framing photos. Not literally putting a frame on a printed photo, but instead, in terms of composing the image in-camera.

One thing that I suggested was that, if your sky is boring (practically a solid grey or pale blue devoid of cloud or colour interest) you should minimize it by changing your perspective on the image. Get high in a tree or on a ladder or go low to the ground. It will make a world of difference to the finished image.

Hay tedded for drying in the field

Hay tedded for drying in the field

For example, this sky was incredibly dull, but the dandelions and weeds on the side of the road created interest in the rows of tedded hay in the field behind stretching to infinity beyond the horizon. This same photo taken from a standing position, with the horizon centered to provide equal space to the sky and the field, would have been incredibly dull with a lot of boring blue cloudless sky occupying the top half of the image.

The following photo was taken the next morning at dawn. The rows had been baled and now it’s a slightly different story. The rising sun created interesting shadows beside the bales but I still relied on the roadside grass and weeds to create interest and lead the viewer’s eye into the field to the lone tree standing in the background again against an essentially dull sky.

Round bales at dawn

Round bales at dawn

So, when you’re out shooting a scene that you love, consider changing your perspective to take the photo from OK to “wow”!

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The sweet smell of new mown hay

Fields full of round bales

Fields full of round bales

There is nothing to compare to a walk at dawn on a warm summer morning, with Hoover of course, just after hay fields have been cut and baled. The sweet smell of newly mown hay is pure ambrosia!

Bales as far as the eye can see

Bales as far as the eye can see

Everywhere you look there are bales waiting to be picked up later today and stored to feed the cows this winter.

_L2H4802 - Version 3Despite the extremely hot weather we’ve had for the past few days, the soil in the fields is still saturated from all of the rain earlier in the season. It has made life very difficult for farmers who haven’t been able to get their heavy equipment onto their fields to do their work. Haying is late this year and I wonder if they’ll be able to even get a second cut? Of course, if the seasons continue to be a month behind, it could happen.

Just waiting to be cut

Just waiting to be cut

Meanwhile, the field on the other side of the road is waiting to be cut.

Lush and green thanks to the care given by the farmer.

Lush and green thanks to the care given by the farmer.

Since we are surrounded by hay fields, I’m sure Hoover and I will enjoy many more morning like this one. It’s the smell of summer!



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