The Harvest Ends Its Busy Reign

November 29, 2012

Hay bales in the field, Skagit Valley

“Thus harvest ends its busy reign
And leaves the fields their peace again
Where autumn’s shadows idly muse
And tinge the trees with many hues.”
— John Clare, “The Shepherd’s Calendar”

Successful marshmallow harvest!!

The final hay harvest of the year

I was captivated by this Skagit Valley field in the late afternoon light.  The plastic-wrapped round hay bales look so much like giant marshmallows!  Delightful!




7 Responses to “The Harvest Ends Its Busy Reign”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    That’s hilarious! I honestly had to look and look again to be sure marshmallows hadn’t been photoshopped into the photos!

  2. The sky! The Sky! It’s beautiful! And I have never thought about it, but where there is rain, one must protect the crops! I have never in my life seen a plastic covered hay bale! LOL Ours sit out in open fields and usually are fine most of the summer and fall months! Wow… really neat to see!

  3. Dianna Marshall Says:

    And without the covering, they look like cow sushi!

  4. I see those wrapped bales of straw here too, certainly not being protected from rain. Are they making silage? I’m concerned about what happens to all the plastic later. Burnt?

    • Rosemary Says:

      Good questions. I thought since these large bales are stored outdoors rather than in a barn hayloft, that they used plastic to keep the hay dry. But I may be mistaken.

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