Tuesday, July 6, 2010

(Day 187) No farms, no food, no cities ...

I'm not sure if you've seen signs with this message in your neck of the woods, but there are some in our area. The message is pretty straightforward, just like farm folk are. Since we live in the countryside I thought I'd take a little drive tonight and bring you a few related photos. And I was reminded of a tribute to farmers - have a listen.

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26 comments:

darlin said...

I love your farmers photos Rick, the hay bale is an amazing shot and I love the wheat field, the silos are huge and I hope that the farmer is able to fill them to capacity this year.

I love the Old Farmer Song, I hadn't heard it in ages, thanks for the link!

Riet said...

Hi Rick. Mooie landelijke foto's. Je vroeg waar ik de molenfoto's van mijn mosaic gemaakt had. Deze waren allemaal uit de Hoeksewaard.Prachtige omgeving ten zuid westen van Rotterdam. Fijne dag!

Krista said...

We have signs that say "If you ate today, thank a farmer!" :o)

I love these photos! The simplicity of the wheat makes for a very beautiful shot and I *always* love the round hay bales.

The silos remind me of circus tents! :o)

M. Hassan said...

I have a huge amount of respect for farmers!

Love your country side, wish to live in a place like that in the future.

Great song by the way ;)

CarreraCaballo said...

The 3rd photo (Wheat) is very golden - I love farmers - After all, what are we without them?

Greetz,

Joseph

Karen said...

Lovely tribute and great photos, especially the last one!

imac said...

I must say the song goes well with your shots Rick, both brill.

marty said...

I love the song and the beautiful images !

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

LOve that shot with the round bale.The golden glow is spectacular.I live in town,but in a very rural area,lots of farms of all sizes around us.
Blessings,Ruth

POD said...

Rick, these are all gorgeous shots. Love the huge bale. Love the farmers!

Scott said...

More beauties from Rick. I really love that last one of the wheat.

Rick said...

@darlin - thank you! I always enjoy my drives through the countryside (which is every day!). I hadn't heard that song for quite a while either, but I reminded myself to go look for it while I was out shooting.

Rick said...

@Riet - dank u wel Riet. En ook bedankt om dat bekent te maken. Daar moet ik dan nog een keer naar toe! Ook een fijne dag.

Rick said...

@Krista - those are also great signs. Maybe next time I'll go to a farm and ask to make some photos there.

Thanks Krista!

Rick said...

@M. Hassan - I feel much more at home in the country than in the city. Glad you enjoyed the song - I thought it was appropriate.

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - thanks Joseph! What are we without farmers ? ... hungry ;-)

Rick said...

@Karen - thank you Karen.

Rick said...

@imac - thanks mac; apparently the song was written by a Scottish immigrant to Canada, in a bar in New York City! Go figure.

Rick said...

@marty - merci marty! Thanks for stopping by.

Rick said...

@Ruth's Photo Blog - thanks Ruth - one of my favourites - taken just before sunset. I'm in a completely rural area - and love it! Have a great (remainder of the) week.

Rick said...

@POD - thank you; I don't think people give them enough credit, nor thanks!

Rick said...

@Scott - thanks Scott; I had made a few of the wheat but I liked this one best too.

chasity said...

i really really like the shot of the haystack rick.
the lighting is gorgeous.
the cows in the background.
perfect.

Katherine said...

These farm photos are fabulous Rick! Those cylindrical hay bales are enormous. I can't recall ever seeing any so huge before. The wheat shot is wonderful ... The natural & simplistic beauty of wheat, grasses, corn fields etc make for fantastic photo subjects ... :)

Rick said...

@chasity - I had something like that in mind when I set out that evening. As soon as I saw that field, I pulled over and made a series of shots. It always pays to be observant because I found the wheat just up the road on the other side. Thank you Chas!

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you Katherine. Most farmers no longer produce the small rectangular bales. These large ones weigh about 1,600 - 1,800 lbs - farmers use tractors with a large prong on the front to move the bales.

Thanks for your kind words Katherine.