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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.

Camera:Olympus C 770 UZ
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Lucerne Lines
Username:Rogerex Rogerex
Uploaded:10 Oct 2009 - 12:26 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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Votes:21
Voters:stephenscott · franken · BarryC123 · helenlinda · Nettles · prabhusinha · somnathchatterjee · goso · snappersue · Joline · mrswoolybill · photophantom · Thushari · GingerC · dianah · JimV · ChiliMan · Brilane · brownsilent · sillygirl · Mavis ·
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stephenscott
10 Oct 2009 - 12:29 PM

nice shot,superb write-up..

steve..

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franken
franken Plus Member 123586 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 1:04 PM

Interesting image and story to go with it.

Ken

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helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 1:53 PM

Super lines Roger
Helen

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Nettles
Nettles  8 England
10 Oct 2009 - 3:55 PM

These lines seem to go on forever, bet you're glad you don't have to do it with horsepower.
Annette

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prabhusinha Plus Member 7prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 4:01 PM

I knew alfa alfa, but had no idea about the herb.
Thanks.

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somnathchatterjee

wonderful composition.

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BrianSS
BrianSS  8356 forum posts England38 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 4:37 PM

Nice lines, composition & interesting story but a pity about the blue in the bottom right corner!

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goso
goso  9 Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 5:37 PM

Good view you have from your office Roger - well done...Bill

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Joline
Joline Plus Member 9Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 6:14 PM

Interesting and informative as always.....Can you crop out the blue in the corner?

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Rogerex
Rogerex  931 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2009 - 8:31 AM

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.

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photophantom
11 Oct 2009 - 9:37 AM

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
Dennis

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Thushari  6 Sri Lanka1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2009 - 1:32 PM

Interesting image. well taken.
Thushari

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GingerC  9
12 Oct 2009 - 12:14 AM

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.

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dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2009 - 4:02 PM

This image has such enormous depth to it with the disappearing lines..great shot.
Di

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JimV  9 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2009 - 5:54 AM

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

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ChiliMan Plus Member 9135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2009 - 6:42 PM

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

A.

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Brilane  9 Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2009 - 7:53 PM

Terrific shot, Roger. I agree, the blue bonnet lifts the picture.
Brian

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brownsilent
19 Oct 2009 - 9:06 AM

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!
Johanna

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22 Oct 2009 - 8:08 AM

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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