Sunday, August 2, 2009

How do YOU roll 'em?


I'm always fascinated by the different ways cultures stack their hay. Sometimes hay'stacks' are just that--stacks; sometimes they're very conical, sometimes in bales.... Here in this Pennsylvanian field the farmer has rolled them into cylinders.

How do they roll 'em where you are?

11 comments:

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love rolled hay in fields like this. beautiful!

Thérèse said...

Yes it's very much true and in Normandy this year these same rolls were wrapped in green... and it was much less romantic than these Pensylvanians ones.

Arija said...

Ha Ha, Since mechanical harvestin, more than half a century - when did you start looking?, - there have been things called square bales (square in section) that were managable by hand, In the seventies in the massive field sizes in Alberta, Canada, I saw large round bales. We have both, lucerne is better in small bales but for cattle usually large round balles, whar you have photogrsphed, as well as something the Austrians call 'Farmers Mizarella', round bales hermetically sealed in green plastic which turns into silage. There is another way however, Now they are making superbales, huge rectanfular bales for export. So there you have it! Unfortunately the romeance of regionally different haystacka is long passed in our mechanised world. Only the countries once under the yoke of communism or extreme economic hardship do it by hand these days.

namaki said...

In France too ... this is the most common way to roll it !

Bibi said...

Hello, Arija! Serbia does fit into the "yoke of communism"--actually socialism, since it was never even as Yugoslavia a Soviet bloc member--but industrialization is long in coming to some areas here even still, hence the hand-rolled ones you can see while driving through the Serbian countryside.

Chuck Pefley said...

Most bales in Washington State used to be rectangular. I'm still fascinated by the round plugs I see in the fields nowadays. Don't know why, but I like round better -:) Visually speaking, of course.

bfarr said...

In Minnesota where I grew up they bale hay, in Alabama where I live now they role it. Either way, I love the farm fresh smell when they are cutting.

Alexa said...

Are you kidding? I live in Brooklyn! In a magazine I worked on we showed a picture of what we described as bales of hay. A couple of rural readers let me know that they were actually straw. So I asked, "You mean, when you go for a hay ride, you're really going for a "straw ride?" The answer: yes (doesn't sound quite the same, does it?).
This sure looks like hay to me, and it's a wonderful picture too.

richies said...

This photo looks like it could have been taken here. The round bales are commonplace here, and the countryside looks very similar.

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Marianne said...

Wonderful picture. Whenever I'm outside Belgrade in summer, I take photos of rolled bales. Just love 'em. Just back from Ireland and only saw lots of the huge rectangular bales wrapped in black plastic awaiting shipment.

analog said...

I love the farm fresh smell when they are cutting......
and I love this picuters..
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