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Lucerne Lines

By Rogerex
Making hay while the sun shines! Our district is the biggest producer of lucerne seed in the southern hemisphere. The lucerne is usually cut for hay twice before being allowed to go to seed each year. My main job this week has been mowing lucerne (alfalfa) for hay. Late afternoon shadows accentuated the lines where it had been mown. This is on an area flood-irrigated by water from under the ground, although that's not necessary at this time of the year. The wider line on the left, uncut and difficult to see the mound of dirt, is the 'check bank' which confines the irrigation water to long, narrow strips. Unfortunately, financial problems within the dairy industry will make it difficult to sell this hay.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: stephenscott, franken, BarryC123 and 18 more

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stephenscott 8 8 2 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2009 12:29PM
nice shot,superb write-up..


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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2009 1:04PM
Interesting image and story to go with it.

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2009 1:53PM
Super lines Roger
Nettles 10 England
10 Oct 2009 3:55PM
These lines seem to go on forever, bet you're glad you don't have to do it with horsepower.
10 Oct 2009 4:01PM
I knew alfa alfa, but had no idea about the herb.
10 Oct 2009 4:11PM
wonderful composition.
BrianSS 11 400 39 England
10 Oct 2009 4:37PM
Nice lines, composition & interesting story but a pity about the blue in the bottom right corner!
goso 11 2 1 Australia
10 Oct 2009 5:37PM
Good view you have from your office Roger - well done...Bill
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
10 Oct 2009 6:14PM
Interesting and informative as always.....Can you crop out the blue in the corner?
Rogerex 11 32 12 Australia
11 Oct 2009 8:31AM
The blue is the front of the tractor. I have other photos without it, but preferred having it in the photo. Interesting to hear that some people would prefer it not to be there.
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
11 Oct 2009 9:37AM
I used to work in Saudi govt farm. If crisis occur, the govt of Saudi buy the farm products of the farmers. I'm a formerly Pivot Irrigation technician. The crops are alfalfa, rhodes, corn, wheat, barley, etc. This image reminds me of those days Roger. Great shot
Thushari 8 1 Sri Lanka
11 Oct 2009 1:32PM
Interesting image. well taken.
GingerC 11
12 Oct 2009 12:14AM
Pretty color is the tractor lul. I agree good thing you didn't have to use horses !! Such a looooooong line to mow but nice straight lines. Lovely photo Roger.
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2009 4:02PM
This image has such enormous depth to it with the disappearing lines..great shot.
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
15 Oct 2009 5:54AM
Like your perspective and very informative write-up Roger, would have to see a shot without the tractor to decide which is best, but as you already have and I trust your judgement, I'm sure I'd prefer this!
Rgds., Jim
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
15 Oct 2009 6:42PM
Oh my...beeeautifully composed and captured lines, Roger!! And I like the inclusion of the tractor's hood. First, it gives us a sense of how this pic was taken...i.e., where YOU were. Second, it's placed so perfectly compositionally too Smile

Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
16 Oct 2009 7:53PM
Terrific shot, Roger. I agree, the blue bonnet lifts the picture.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2009 9:06AM
Well - I did learn something from you Roger this time - I didn't know that alfalfa is lucerne seed. Thanks for that and thanks for a lovely green picture - it starts getting white here!
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
22 Oct 2009 8:08AM
Love the angle you have taken this from Roger. All the lines lead you to the great fringe of trees in the distance . xx

Always think of Australia as a land of" milk and honey" sorry that the recession has caught up with you too

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