Snowmageddon II

Snow Again - 2015Been a couple of weeks now, but we were hit with a second major snow.  This second major snow amounted to about 13 inches in our front yard.  It did impact travel and as usual the grocery store shelves.  Thankfully, the impact was a short-lived rough 24 hour time frame (unlike the previous one that was over a week).  Anyway, very pretty snow fall pictures once again…

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SnowSnow!  It is what we have had nearly too much of the last week and apparently going to get even more depending on whose forecast you want to pay attention too this weekend.  And it has been associated with plenty of cold.  Anyway, a few pictures from around the homestead… Continue reading “SNOW!”

Early January Observations

Winter SceneI have not done a group of my short observations in a while and decided it was time to do so. I have a list that is from around Christmas, but I will come back to that one. This one was a list that I had already started and especially came back to when I was writing another blog entry. It was during that writing (see common sense below) that I realized it was only a few words and completely contained. Anyway, without further ado here is some of the things I have been observing and perhaps am continuing to observe here in the early part of the new year, 2011…

  • Common Sense & Part-Time Congress – It is a love/hate relationship I have when an idea I was having for a blog shows up somewhere in the more general media before I get around to actually putting my thoughts in a post and sharing it with everyone. So it is with love and hate that I mention that I was I was just reading Common Sense (the pamphlet from early in 1776 penned by Thomas Paine) over the last few days when time has allowed. One thing that is clear and very simply stated, a large complaint against the British form of government was flawed because of the inability of the Crown and Parliament to live with, be amongst, and be aware of the needs of the common citizen of the American Colonies. I was planning to make a post of that sometime in the next few weeks and while catching up on somethings imagine my surprise to find that Governor Bobby Jindal (Louisiana, I believe) and several other conservative pundits and politicians are actually suggesting that there be a part-time congress. Continue reading “Early January Observations”

NextGEN Gallery

Next GenerationYou all may recall that a couple of nights ago I sent out a plea to anyone that had done a photo gallery plugin on WordPress to let me know what they were using and how they liked it. I was not surprised to note that I got nothing in response, I think largely because most of you all do not have blogs and the ones that do are not near so geeky as I am about things like that. So yesterday eve fairly late, while in and out of some chatting with a friend or two, I decided I would do my own research and experimentation.

I spent a long amount of time going through the various gallery and picture management type of plugins that were available for WordPress. As I had noted in my original request, I was really looking to have something where the pictures were easily uploaded, included, and even manipulated on the WordPress interface into something like an album or gallery. But yet, I still wanted the actual pictures stored with in my own domain space, largely so I could stay in control of them, their format, and always know if the blog itself was up so were the pictures. That, I don’t have to get Flickr URL’s listed in there or if someone clicks on it, it does not show Flickr advertising this way either. So that easily eliminated half of the entries. Another easily third of the total were just a minor enhancement of the media support that was already included, but nothing like a full-fledged gallery type of presentation tool. After a little weeding through the ones that remained, it was clearly time to test the NextGEN Gallery plugin as the most probable best choice.

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Tobacco – Cutting

Tobacco CutI have new pictures from the morning of August 31 when they were starting to cut the field of tobacco that I have been doing a photo essay on for the last several weeks. It is nice that I actually got the hands doing the actual job, though I am not sure it truly shows enough. Again, a fond memory for me. I admit to having done a large amount of this kind of work as a teenager. Aside from putting in hay during the summer, actually cutting tobacco right before and even after school started was the best money-making time of my youth.

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Tobacco: Revisited

Tobacco Topped, Barn in DistanceI liked the first ‘photo essay’ about tobacco so well, I have decided to follow through with an update with each major step in the tobacco process.  The change from exactly seven days is not much, as the only thing that has occurred is the blooms have been broken out in the lower 2/3 of the field.  This was actually done the day after I took the first photos and to help you blend locally, we would call that process topping.  Right after the tobacco was topped, it most likely sprayed with a chemical that retards new sprouts or buds from starting.  If not done, the tobacco would sucker out at the top leaf joints and spend all of its energy trying again to make seeds.  By application of the chemical spray the energy is instead spent on making the leaves that are present usually get larger, especially in width.  An effect of this application and the general turn toward the homestretch  is that bottom leaves Continue reading “Tobacco: Revisited”

Tobacco and Nostalgia

Pretty in Pink?I recall from a few years back reading a book, I think it was titled The Complete Agrarian Reader, matter of fact I have read certain parts of it a 2nd and 3rd time since then. Anyway, that is not the point – the introduction of that particular book was written by Barbara Kingsolver, of some amount of fame as an author. I have, strangely enough, not read anything else she has written – though I probably should. Anyway, in this introduction she speaks of being in college and having as fond memories the smells and sights of tobacco being harvested and being around the barns where it was curing with an unmistakable nostalgia – but yet a certain amount of shame over her own history and association with tobacco amongst her college friends.

I find a kindred spirit in what she has to say. Having grown up on a farm raising and working in tobacco, not to mention the countless hours that I spent working in tobacco for other farmers in the general area where I grew up. I find it funny that I spent 18 years Continue reading “Tobacco and Nostalgia”