REDISCOVERING MYSELF THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Positive Burning

I'm a bit late to Madge's party (Rurality Blog Hop), but I actually have a rural image to share!   As I've written previously, I live in a valley that is a neighbor to a very large, agricultural valley---the Grande Ronde. Harvest time means more than grain--it means grass seed, mint, sunflowers, alfalfa third-cutting, and a bit later--sugar beets.  If the grass seed is fine fescue, the last stage after harvest is field burning. Farmers pull a propane burner behind a tractor to set the fire.   It's a dramatic scene to see grass fields burning cleanly among the other crops. The dramatic smoke soon dissipates and a "clean" black field remains.


Below are some of the stages leading to the image above.




6 comments:

Nancy said...

These are amazing shots....In the rural area where I grew up, they used to burn off pastures in the fall...but it was never to the magnitude of this type of burning...

TexWisGirl said...

i wonder what that does to the environment as a whole. sort of like in mexico when they burn off the fields and the smoke makes it all the way up to the dallas area.

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots illustrating this agricultural practice!

Candy C. said...

Oh my! Kind of gives an idea what a prairie fire must have looked like!

Bridget Larsen said...

wow that is amazing, would not be a good place for asthmatics to live

Madge Bloom said...

I'd rather see this than wholesale dumping of chemicals for control... Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #29' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #30...