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23 August 2011 @ 08:37 pm
Hay Bales  
This is one of my favourite things ever.

I absolutely love the sight of fields full of hay bales at this time of year. It's really relaxing. Like everything's okay, whatever awful things are happening in the world, because nature is carrying on in its usual way. And the fields are such a beautiful colour, this warm gold that lights up the day, even if the sky is dark.

This isn't my picture. I'm nothing like that good a photographer. It's from a website I found called Socksoff - http://www.socksoff.co.uk/walls09.html. Fab wallpapers in different sizes, and incredible quality.


P.S. Sorry if it stretches your screen. I don't know how to change it. *hides*

Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
BflyWbflyw on August 23rd, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of a picture an old friend took a long time ago. I loved it and always admired it when I was visiting him. And when I got married, we received as a wedding gift. Gonna see if I can find it now, and scan it for you. I've got to show it to you.

I also love the hay balls btw - unfrtunately all the farms around here use those ugly plastic wrap around them. :-(
alligator138: Meadow flowersalligator138 on August 23rd, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
I would love to see a picture! That's a beautiful thing to give as a wedding gift.

Yes, plastic wrap is not the most attractive. Nor is the dull brown/green colour it goes when it's been sitting around for a while. Just now they're all at their best. *sighs happily*
BflyWbflyw on August 23rd, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
I found the picture.
It looks more stunning in RL - I don't really know what my scanner does to it. :-)

Oh, and thanks for the flower! My garden has really NOT liked this summer - there hasn't been flowers on hardly any plants :-( I planted about 25 sunflowers - only 2 started to grow, but it looks like it might be flowers on them soon! *cross my fingers*
BflyWbflyw on August 23rd, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
oh - and this photo was taken BEFORE the digital cameras, and there is no photoshopping.... he did it the old fashion way by actually knowing how to set his camera, and which filters to use etc. I admire that so much. I rely so much upon the ability to change things in photoshop later before developing the pictures...
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BflyWbflyw on August 24th, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
I have focused on photography for about 1 1/2 year now, and don't know how to do about anything. I am good in Photoshop though. I shoot RAW files, which mean I can change basically anything afterwards. I can change white point, vibrance, saturation etc.... everything in a much better way than just doing it on Jpgs in Photoshop. It is really like testing out the settings of the camera - AFTER you have taking the pictures. So that is fun and handy - but not at all as impressive as those who did it the old school way!
alligator138: Yellow flowersalligator138 on August 26th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
It's absolutely beautiful! So clever to do that with a non-digital camera. I'm a point-and-shoot person.

You're welcome re the flower. They were so pretty, even though they're just little icons. We had a whole row of sunflowers come up one year, and when they flowered, they all turned their heads and looked over the fence.
inge_24inge_24 on August 24th, 2011 10:22 am (UTC)
sorry for interrupting your discussion.
for your information:
When the farmers use the ugly plastic wrap then it's a 'silage' and not hay. ;) *g*
BflyWbflyw on August 24th, 2011 10:37 am (UTC)
Thanks, I didn't know that :-)
alligator138: Chin skritchalligator138 on August 26th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Ah. I heard of silage. That's what it is, then. Is it for winter feed?
inge_24inge_24 on August 27th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
Both things are also for the winter.
the difference is that hay should be completely dry and it shouldn't rain on it.
Silage on the other hand can be also a little bit wet.
when the weather situation isn't great, it's easier to make silage and not hay. There's also a fermentation process within the bales. not sure how I should explain. hope you have an idea about it.
alligator138: Ryan - Ooooh!alligator138 on August 27th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
I thought there might be an element of fermentation about it, but I wasn't sure about that. Thanks for the explanation. It's one of those things that vaguely niggle you for not knowing, but aren't quite important enough to go and investigate. I would have gone forever without knowing! *lol* (Hate not knowing things.)
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alligator138: Calm pink flowersalligator138 on August 26th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Isn't it pretty? I just love that kind of scene. Could lean on the fences and watch all day.
inge_24inge_24 on August 24th, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
beautiful pic! I also love it when the bales are on the fields.
thankfully our straw bales and hay bales are all at home, so basically work is done for now!
yesterday I helped my parents to offload mini hay bales. not so funny with 35 degrees celsius. :(
but at least I got a slight tan!
alligator138: Meadow flowersalligator138 on August 26th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
I hope the weather was good for you. We just had a massive thunderstorm. Still not sure where our little cat is.

Must be horrible hard work shifting bales, even if they are mini ones. Do you use a machine? Now, that looks like fun!
inge_24inge_24 on August 27th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
last week the weather was very hot. every day over 35 degree.
The forecast predicted thunderstorm for today.
OMG! hope you'll find your kitty. :(
My cat also had a baby cat. She's so cute.

We have only a machine to press the bales. Everything else is done without a machine...
oh yeah, it was very funny. ;)
alligator138: Poppy seedheadalligator138 on August 27th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, she brought a mouse in for us during the night and was curled up all asleep and cute beside the bed in the morning.

Hard work! Good thing it's over. Time to curl up on all those bales and fall asleep...
persikay: catpersikay on August 25th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
That's a lovely picture!

Heh, reminds me... there's a small farm somewhere around here, and they stack two of those straw bales on top of each other and then dress them up as dolls... (not all the bales of course, just one straw man and one straw woman to stand in front of their driveway).

Oh, and thank you for the virtual sunflower! :)
alligator138: Meadow flowersalligator138 on August 26th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Aww, lovely! In some farms round here, they dress them up as chickens and turkeys. Chicken and turkey farms, I suspect. Advertising for Christmas. A bit sad to see the birds pecking around the bales. :S

You're welcome! I thought I hadn't spoken to you for a while, and you might like a pretty flower.