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Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/160 sec.

In case you aren’t aware of this fact, cows eat hay in the winter when grass is dormant. Therefore, in the summer, the tall grass in the fields has to be cut, dried and rolled into hay rolls to be put up for use in the winter. I’ve always thought hay rolls were very photogenic.


Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.

This field is ready to be cut. The implement in the top left corner is the rake used to moved the hay into rows for the baling machine to pick up. Farmers this year have had a really hard time getting hay cut and collected in between rains. We have had a very wet summer in Kentucky.



In Kentucky, barns come in many shapes and sizes, from modest to grand.
Let’s look a three examples.
1. Yes, it’s a barn. A barn that holds hay, grain and oh yeah, million dollar thoroughbreds.
2. A very respectable, well made specimen if not as aesthetically pleasing as no. 1. This one holds hay, probably some tobacco and maybe a horse or two. There are a whole lot more of these in Kentucky than the first example.
3. Okay, technically it’s a hay shed, but it’s really cute.
These photos are all HDR processed from three images in Photomatix.

Farmers are busy in Kentucky feeding cattle and horses rolls of hay.

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Once again, a picture taken earlier this fall of a couple of wagons waiting on a load of hay. The tall grass is cut and raked into rows and baled. The dried hay provides food for livestock over the winter.

As promised in an earlier post, here are some more agricultural pics. This time, I decided to photograph hayrolls, which are abundant in Kentucky this time of year.

I love the way these look. I grew up on a farm, but my family owned a square hay baler, which produces a rather plain-looking cube of hay. Now farmers prefer hay rollers. I’m not sure what the agricultural benefit is to the rolls, because they can’t be moved by hand like the ones I used to load.

A forklift attachment on a tractor is how these are moved. These aren’t stored in a barn like the bales either. They are stacked against a fence and left in the field, many times wrapped in white plastic. They resemble rows of huge marshmallows.

As a photographer, I’m glad to see the change in hay storage methods. These are so much better to look at. Let me know what you think.

Have fun with your camera 🙂

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