Planting seedlings

The sun is finally out; there's no time to waste. There was full-on farming activity along the road into Villigen yesterday. I took this photo with the sun almost directly overhead and the result is not so great, but at least it conveys the idea. This plot of land was harvested about two weeks ago as you saw it in an old post. For a sideways view at the vehicle and the men in the back, visit my overflow site:
Planting seedlings II

It seems that yesterday's photo was a bit confusing. The part in the background is actually a hill, and the corn is on the valley. I have another photo on the overflow site that might help to clarify this:
The landscape around Villigen



Steve Cuddihy said...

This is a great capture.

Anonymous said...

That is a nice picture and I went to the other blog to see the side view and then realized it is like our old "tomato" and "tobacco" planters. Men or women rode on them and at each click, one or the other placed a seedling in the ground in the furrow the machine created. Then shoes covered it and wheels compacted the soil around it and it was also given a shot of water in the whole process. Whole fields were created that way. What were the seedlings of being planted in your photo?

My daughter, Melinda, has a picture she took on my blog. It is a stunning macro.
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Anonymous said...

It's interesting that so many of your posts are about agriculture, Z. Do you regard this as the defining activity for the village? I'm thinking about the Paul Scherrer Institute of course, which is I guess Villigens claim to fame - if google hgits is anything to go by. Mind you, as you know, I prefer the seasonal farming perspectives, and your posts give a really good overview of this

lv2scpbk said...

I like how you captured the lines in this photo.

claude said...

Good capture ! I like !

iBlowfish said...

Beautiful picture, like the one I used to see in landscape books.

stromsjo said...

I think the result is very good. That green stuff is almost radiant. Interesting pattern.

Z said...

Slinger and iBlowFish: Thanks for the visit and comment!

Abraham: Interesting about the old technique you've seen. The small scale farming that is done here has probably retained old methods in addition to adopting new ones that are appropriate. One aspect that the readers don't get to experience is the good old natural farm smell. A lot of the fertilizer is cow dung, and when they're out spraying the stuff it gets pretty ripe!

To answer your question, I don't know what the seedlings are. I'll have to take photos as the plants grow and ask you all to identify them.

Richard: There are two aspects. One is simply that the PSI is at the other end of the village and I don't go past there on my daily routine. The other is that I'm of the opinion that I should document the summer here, this being a village blog and all. A third reason is that most of the architecture around the PSI is awfully boring, IMHO. So, I have to have the right sort of light and plan the shots.

Barb, Claude and Per: I like the way the lines turned out, but the tractor and the people on it are too underexposed. Oh well.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't complaining, by the way.... ;) I like the focus the way it is