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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Cotton Saga continues


The cotton is starting to open.





This doesn't look like a lot, but it is just starting.  See all those bolls that haven't started opening yet.


The anatomy lesson for today . . .




 This is one of the four "pieces" of cotton in the boll.  I'm sure there is a name for it.


 There are eight seeds in that one piece.



I've been told that cotton seed hulls are good for your garden and
that you can get a load from the cotton gins, but we've never tried it.





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22 comments:

Nellies said...

I've never seen cotton bolls so up close and personal, beautiful shots!

Brian King said...

I've never even seen a cotton field, much less what the plants look like as they open. Pretty cool!

Danielle said...

What do you plan on doing with your cotton? I have a friend who puts it a suet feeder and the birds pull the cotton out to make their nests.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Thanks for the info on cotton for I am clueless. These are beautiful shots. I don't know why, but this post makes me want to pick cotton! It looks so soft.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

You have a way of making the simplicity of cotton look so beautiful and complex.

Sandra said...

these are works of art, those last few are just stunning. now i want to drive to ga and find a field to snap snap snap....

Buttons said...

I think I like the photos of your cotton as opposed to my cotton jeans or blouse. Awesome shots. Thank you for showing me something new. B

Pat said...

Interesting post and your photos are great!

Madge Bloom said...

Amazing shots... I bought several of those at a gift shop in NC about 10 years ago (they were Christmas ornaments) gave them away to friends and kept one, then mine disappeared...

Helene said...

This is fasinating! I've only seen one cotton field. It was on a drive down to Williamsburg, VA and I went crazy when we passed it. To this day, I regret not making the driver stop. A great post with wonderful photos!

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Cheryl @ TFD said...

Great photos of the cotton boles. We saw some cotton on a little trip last year, but I was too big a chicken to stop and snitch one.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I've never seen a cotton boll much less a cotton field. Thanks for the anatomy lesson. Your photos are wonderful.

Nancy Claeys said...

Looks to be a good harvest this year, Amy. Interesting information about a crop I know little about. :)

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Amy, having lived near cotton fields when I was a child, I've seen a lot of cotton - but I've never seen the beauty of a cotton boll as you've captured here! Wow!

bon bon said...

not something we see here "up north". i think the empty husk is especially beautiful!

Candy said...

Your pics bring back fun memories. Did you Alabama folks have 'cotton pickin' vacation' like we did here in Tennessee back in our younger days. We always picked cotton to make at least enough money to go to the county fair. It was hard work, but lots of fun at the same time. It's hard to imagine, after reading these comments by others, that they've never seen a cotton field. When the cotton is fully developed...there is nothing prettier. It truly will bring tears to your eyes to see the sea of white.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

What a great post; wonderful photos and commentary.
Visiting via Rural Thursday Bog Hop.

Rita said...

Some of my earliest memories are of watching my three younger brothers under a tree near the cotton patch while my mother was picking the cotton.

I remember watching the huge wagons from my grandfathers farm going off to the gin to sell their loads. When they came back each of us kids would get a nice little present. When I was five I got a small silver ladies compact that I treasured for ages. Can't recall what ever happened to it though.

The eighth photo (or fourth from bottom) looks like it could be a brooch made of mother-of-pearl. I would certainly wear such a lovely item.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Used to love seeing the cotton fields turn white in Arizona. It's an exciting time of the year!

Pamela Gordon said...

These are beautiful shots of the stages of the cotton boll plants. I've never seen them before for real. Great photos!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.