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Friday, October 26, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cotton picking

What a production this was.  I have seen cotton picking from a distance all of my life, but have never watched the process at length.

I heard this equipment before I saw it.  When I looked out, some of these were already lined up here and there was a convoy coming down the road.

Three cotton pickers (the red ones)
Two dumping trailers (some of these are my names for them)
Two module packers
A triple bush hog
A fuel truck
A couple of other trucks with misc stuff on them.  (Probably maintenance supplies.  Farm equipment is always breaking down.)
About 10-12 men
A few pick up trucks.

I figure they just move from one field to the next.

The three pickers started around the field.  The two "dumping trailers" followed them around, ready to receive cotton when the picker got full.

The picker raises up and dumps the cotton into the trailer, then continues on with picking.

The trailer then raises up and dumps the cotton into what I call the module packing machine.

That thing on top moves back and forth from end to end of that box, packing down the cotton.

This is what it looks like now.  Looks like a lot of waste, doesn't it.

Six of these modules are still sitting there.  The cotton is very, very densely packed.  I found on the internet that a module can weigh up to 16,000 pounds.

I am curious to see how they pick them up to get them to the cotton gin.

Today, I have errands to run near a cotton gin.
Maybe they will be processing and I can complete this series.

If you are just tuning in (and are interested) click my "cotton" label below to see more.

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Rural Thursday
Nancy @ A Rural Journal
Lisa @ Two Bears Farm

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The porch is gettin' crowded

Each year more and more characters congregate on this porch.
I assume they are mannequins, but I'm not getting close enough to find out.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Barn Charm 108

This place is in the next county over and I drove by it every day for many years going to work.  I have stopped at the farm for a yard sale before and talked at length with one of the owners so knew it was safe to stop.  I pulled in the drive here when I saw the sign for Pumpkins for Sale.  I don't need anymore pumpkins, but was willing to buy some just to get some photos.  I would have taken better photos of all the different features, but no one came out of the house or any of the buildings.  So. no pumpkins and only two shots from the car.

Limestone County, Alabama, U. S. A.

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Main Street

A couple of people have suggested to me that I post about my little town.  I do tend to post  photos from every little venture away from my hometown.  Honestly, I am a little bashful to be walking around with a camera in town where everyone knows everyone else.  Saturday was the annual Fall Festival so I took the camera.

This orange car had the misfortune to be in a car show in Alabama on the Third Saturday of October.  I am not a football fan, but it was a sad (but typical) day for Vols fans.  I live with two of them, so have first hand knowledge :)

There is a chili cook-off every year.  Pay $2 and get a small cup of chili from each contestant and cast your vote.  It's a good and inexpensive lunch.

The two shots above and below are part of my "Utility Pole Series".  I intended to get another shot of our quaint main street from the other side of those poles, but forgot.  I don't even know why I took the above shot with those poles front and center.  Old timerz.

We have a brand new mural depicting our home along the Tennessee and Elk rivers.  Rogersville is known as "fisherman's paradise".  There are mountains in some locations along the Tennessee River, however, there are none in our area, so I'm not sure why there are mountains in our mural.

The old Coke sign got an update this year also.

More later :)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Portfolio work

"I thought I would be safe here in the laundry room window."

"I guess I can muster up some charm".

"I've got the look, don't you think?"

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Leaves for Leontien

Excerpt from Nancy @ A Rural Journal
"Leontien is battling an aggressive form of  melanoma (see an update to her status here,) and your support and continued participation in this new event would be very much appreciated.

We want to show Leontien that her blogging community is [still] there for her -- by posting Autumn Leaves photos and {{hugs}} for Leontien on our blogs."