Thursday, July 9, 2009

Skywatch

Rain came quickly after I took these photos of straw shocks on an Amish farm. Much physical labor goes into stacking and tying these bundles. The Amish people have a deep respect for nature and believe it is their sacred responsibility to take care of natural resources.

The shocks are left in the field to dry and eventually will be gathered on a large horse drawn wagon and taken to the barn.

24 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Terrific shots! Can almost feel the rain in the air! Interesting info about the straw and the Amish people. Wish there were more people here that felt that way about nature and the environment.

Have a great weekend!

Tabib said...

Although the sky was overcast, you managed to shoot a beautiful pics.

Photo Cache said...

I totally agree with tabib.

James said...

The Amish around here are great cooks too.
Beautiful scene Carol.

Louise said...

Beautiful sky. I've never seen a photo of shocks--only drawings. I was never in Amish territory during harvest, but now I think I'll have to seek it out!

Guy D said...

These are both excellent, I love shots like these.

Have a great weekend.
Guy
Regina In Pictures

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Fabulous photos of the shocks. I can just feel the rain in that last photo

Sally in WA said...

Very pastoral. You can almost smell the rain.

Regina said...

What a beauty. Nice shots.

Lew said...

Great shot of the field and clouds! Your clouds look like rain any minute. The shocks would make a nice photo in the late afternoon (or early morning) sun casting long shadows across the field. You got some great shots from near us in Annapolis and DC.

Arija said...

Thank you for posting these lovely harvest scenes, they take me back to my childhood of small farms and like the Amish, taking care of ones land.

diane said...

I love the last one where the shocks (new word for me, good for crosswords) look like they are praying for rain.

magiceye said...

the sky looks heavily laden with water.. lovely captures!

RuneE said...

The principle of taking care of natural resources is important. I hope more people learn that.

Well illustrated!

Pearl Maple said...

Great combination of nature and skies in your photos this week. Always interesting to learn more about the local area and tradditions. Thanks for sharing.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Beautiful skywatch shots. The shocks make the landscape even more interesting.

Pam said...

Very unique shots, Carol. Well done, you have a great eye for photography.
If we all had the same respect for nature as the Amish do, we would all have a better world to live in.
We reap what we sow...
Enjoy your weekend :D

B SQUARED said...

Almost looks like it could be a Fall sky.

Dewdrop said...

Definitely unhappy skies. Wonderful shots!

luvmyboys said...

I felt like running for cover from the rain with those shots. The shocks look like they're definitely alot of work.

CRY said...

they reap what they sow

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I think the Amish lifestyle is a beautiful one.

Janie said...

That must have been a lot of work. We just had our hay cut, but we had all kinds of machinery doing the labor.
Still, it's a peaceful, natural life the Amish lead, and I have great respect for it.

Irene Toh said...

The beauty of all these neat mounds of straw.