Hay Rolls by AuntDot

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS; 1/320s, f/6.8, ISO 100, focal length 90mm (35mm equivalent 523mm); AUTO setting

Took a ride around my town today, Dunnellon, Florida, U.S.A. The sun was shining and the temperatures are cooling down a little now that it is mid-October. The fields of rolled hay always catch my eye.

Top Ten Winner in the “Harvest Time in the Country” challenge in Country Bumpkin, Sept. 29, 2013
Top Ten Winner in the “November Avatar” challenge in Visual Texture, Oct. 29, 2012

Hay is grass, legumes or other herbaceous plants that have been cut, dried, and stored for use as animal fodder, particularly for grazing livestock such as cattle, horses, goats, and sheep. Hay is also fed to pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Pigs may be fed hay, but they do not digest it as efficiently as more fully herbivorous animals.

Hay is fed when or where there is not enough pasture or rangeland on which to graze an animal, when grazing is unavailable due to weather (such as during the winter) or when lush pasture by itself is too rich for the health of the animal. It is also fed during times when an animal is unable to access pasture, such as when animals are kept in a stable or barn.

Hay is very sensitive to weather conditions, particularly when it is harvested. In drought conditions, both seed and leaf production are stunted, making hay that has a high ratio of dry coarse stems that have very low nutritional values. If the weather is too wet, the cut hay may spoil in the field before it can be baled. The hay may also develop rot and mold after being baled, creating the potential for toxins to form in the feed, which could make the animals sick. It also has to be stored in a manner to prevent it from getting wet. Mold and spoilage reduce nutritional value and may cause illness in animals.
Poor quality hay is dry, bleached out and coarse-stemmed. Sometimes, hay stored outdoors will look like this on the outside but still be green inside the bale. A dried, bleached or coarse bale is still edible and provides some nutritional value as long as it is dry and not moldy, dusty, or rotting.

The successful harvest of maximum yields of high-quality hay is entirely dependent on the coincident occurrence of optimum crop, field, and weather conditions. When this occurs, there may be a period of intense activity on the hay farm while harvest proceeds until weather conditions become unfavourable.

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • labaker
    labakerover 2 years ago

    nice work Dot, good composition, and color :)

  • Happy you like it, Larry. I finally got the shots I’ve been wanting to get of those big rolls of hay.

    – AuntDot

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 2 years ago

    Great capture, I thought you might have taken them on the way to Gainesville.. Love the hay, textures and smell…. Need a sniff machine…lol

  • Thanks so much, Carol! This field is near the school complex right here in Dunnellon. I love it when I can find what I want locally.

    – AuntDot

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellover 2 years ago

    These are so great, Dot! I seemed to have missed out on them in Niagara.

  • Thank you, Marilyn. I usually miss them, but this year I got lucky. Hubby is so good about stopping the car, move up a little, back up a little, stop! LOL

    – AuntDot

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago


  • Grazie mille! I’m so glad you like it!

    – AuntDot

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your TOP TEN placement in the November Avatar challenge

  • Thanks so very much, Elaine!

    – AuntDot

  • newbeltane
    newbeltaneover 1 year ago

    Congrats on coming in Top Ten of the “Harvest Time In The Country”http://www.redbubble.com/groups/country-bumpkin... Challenge!

  • Thank you so much!

    – AuntDot

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