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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 19th July, 2019)

Standing straight up

Standing straight up

Photo: Anne  (Leica C-Lux 3)
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Comment by: Dave Lewis on 19th July 2019 at 01:31

is that at side of canal Anne going to parbold where tractors cross the swing bridge.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 19th July 2019 at 08:44

Everyone on parade then?

I passed a few fields yesterday full of these 'men'.

Very nice, Anne.

Comment by: Veronica on 19th July 2019 at 08:48

For centuries haystacks dotted the fields - easy on the eye, blending beautifully into the landscape. Now we have plastic covered cylinders that look like invaders dropped from the sky! Not a pretty sight. Let's hope the plastic is bio- degradable!

Comment by: Mick on 19th July 2019 at 08:52

I would say they are lying down.
I saw one in Appley Bridge last week come out of the baler and start rolling down to the canal, luckily it stopped just before .

Comment by: TommyT on 19th July 2019 at 09:27

A man was crushed to death by one of these round bales, he was driving along minding his own business when the bale rolled down a field and onto his car.
He was a former member of a famous rock band.

Comment by: david on 19th July 2019 at 09:53

You have captured the sunlit fied well.

Comment by: Mick on 19th July 2019 at 09:55

Veronica some farmer wrap them in titty pink coloured plastic and some of the money they pay for it goes towards breast cancer research, so I say keep wrapping them.

Comment by: Veronica on 19th July 2019 at 10:53

With respect Mick I disagree! I would rather see the hay in all its colourful splendour, aesthetically pleasing, not wrapped like lumps of toffee. Money could still be donated to the worthy 'pink' charity though. But change is change and not always for the better. All the great artists over time will be turning in their graves.....poor Constable Hay - Wain!

Comment by: Philip G. on 19th July 2019 at 11:00

A nice photo Anne, and one which also reminds me of the old postcard which shows Wigan Hospital's 1909 carnival, in fact, it shows a body of men decked in the all-white of North Pole discoverers - a bit spooky.

Comment by: Roy on 19th July 2019 at 11:16

Correct Tommy T, it was Mike Edwards of ELO, it happened in Devon about 2010.

Comment by: Veronica on 19th July 2019 at 11:30

Tommy T that wouldn't have happened with the old hay stacks, the slippery plastic would have undoubtedly caused that accident. I'm not saying accidents couldn't have happened with the old haystacks, perhaps some people may have died underneath them after being trapped and crushed... I wouldn't know.

Comment by: Poet on 19th July 2019 at 12:07

Parapraxis no doubt but I've always thought of them as giant wine corks.

Comment by: Anne on 19th July 2019 at 12:58

The rough looking mounds foreground is animal manure fertiliser, the green plants are a type of broad bean destined to be animal feed. The pale patch centre right is mown hay waiting to be baled. Winstanley park.

Comment by: TommyT on 19th July 2019 at 14:19

Thanks Roy.

Comment by: Philip G. on 19th July 2019 at 14:50

Great of you to have explained the foreground stuff, Anne. But back in the day and when strewn across a farmer's field, new mown hay never seemed to escape from being scuffed by the young-at-heart, . . . t'was silly, but fun.

Comment by: Mick on 19th July 2019 at 16:24

Veronica you see these round bales all over now made into countryside sculptures, last week I saw some in Westhoughton made into a giant chicken, but if you want to see the old fashioned square ones come up to sunny Shevy or watch this video [url= https://youtu.be/GDxOiXkqT8g]Link[/url]

Comment by: Veronica on 19th July 2019 at 17:16

My word you do get around Mick- even I haven't seen the giant chicken!

Comment by: peebee on 19th July 2019 at 18:44

I remember back in the sixties or early seventies a lad got killed in Hindley at the S bends near the bottom of Castle Hill when a lorry load of bales came off the wagon and crushed him. While we are the subject the field looks like farmers grave yard in my imagination.

Comment by: Mick on 19th July 2019 at 22:48

Just remembered the giant Chicken wasnt in Westhoughton it was further up in Blackrod it part of the Blackrod Scarecrow festival

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