Thursday, July 08, 2010

SkyWatch: Hay Making Skies





The dry sweltering heat that descended on our area recently is perfect weather to dry this year's hay crop.  Farmers are hurrying to get the crop in before the drought destroys what nutrient value the grass still holds.

As the evening sun caressed the western horizon its warm light falling upon the windrows of hay drew lines of dark shadow along their length.  Lying in the grass, I framed this shot from a low angle to capturing the lines of light & shadow against a sky of white fluffy clouds.  I also used a circular polarizing filter to increase the color saturation.

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9 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Absolutely gorgeous. This one looks like one for a jig-saw puzzle.I might even try my hand at one this pretty.:)
Blessings,Ruth

AL said...

Wow Coy, you've captured a very simple scene very well, I like the color of the hay it blended well with the blue skies!

Luna Miranda said...

what fabulous light! gorgeous photo.

Susan said...

I always like pictures of 'making hay' and this is an awesome shot, love it!

Have a great weekend!

The one with the View said...

Looks lovely, and serene! Nice capture

Chris said...

Beautiful composition Coy. I love it...

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Making Hay...

It was hard work. I remember walking along rows like this with a pitch fork and throwing forks of hay onto hay wagons and the poor guy on the wagon had to fork it up higher and higher.

All the time the chaff came falling down on sweating heads and shoulders and itching like hell.

The sky was blue. There were lots of white clouds. And the horses walked and stopped on their own, seeming to know how far to go for the next part of the row of hay.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful photo! Love the composition and the colors are gorgeous! Happy skywatching!

Doro said...

This is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Love the colors. This is a scene I would have stopped to photograph too.