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I am a 42 year old woman that is about as happy and content as one person can be. My husband of 21 years and our 15 year old daughter live on five and a half acres out in the country. We moved from the city four years ago and never looked back. I homeschool our daughter. We also love our animals. Our daughter has a miniature horse and two rabbits. We also have a border collie, two cats (again), two pot belly pigs, four peafowl, three emus, 2 llamas and an undetermined number of chickens, lets just say ohhh about 200. I have many breeds, from layers to fancy chickens. I love poultry shows, I love fowl in general as I have come to find out through having more than just chickens. Chickens will always be my first love though. I do show some of my birds occasionally.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Bugs and Blooms

I finally went out and took some pictures...Lisa had wanted to see cotton plants up close and I got a few nice shots to look at.

Here we go...here is a beautiful new bloom...

 

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As the bloom gets older it turns pinker...eventually closing up and falling off...which leaves the bulb...and it will eventually open and you will see the cotton. When this happens I will take pictures...there are many seeds inbedded in the cotton. Here is a picture of the pinkening flower...

 

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As I wandered on down beside the rows I crossed the front and went out to the mailbox. This view is across the street. I have been told there is over a hundred acres in just this one field that they plant each year. You may see the little green thing on a post there...

 

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I am not exactly sure what these things are. They are spaced every so often down the sides. Maybe a weavel trap? To moniter the weavel population? I am not really sure what they are. Maybe someone else can tell me. Here is a closer picture of it.

 

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As I was walking back up the driveway I noticed a small bole weavel. You can almost always find one on the driveway...but moreso after they have come through and sprayed for them.

 

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 A couple more pictures of the cotton plants next to us...

 

 

 

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An interesting side note about the property across the street. A few years before we moved here Tip Top Poultry bought the property. They were going to build a chicken processing plant there. Now I don't know how many of you have passed a chicken processing plant before...but you will know it when you do. It STINKS. The town raised three kinds of hell and Tip Top backed off. They DO still own that property though...which is scary. The property next to us is owned by a long time farmer, Mr, Lovell. He owns a lot of the land around these parts and farms it. I was told originally he had bought the acreage for his children so they could build houses for themselves on the land. They had other plans from what I heard tell. Moved and became citified. So he farms the cotton there. Fine by me...its just beautiful to look out and see. I like the hum of the tractors in the Spring tilling up the land...I know those little plants will be sprouting before long and it will be just beautiful like it is now before long.

Hope you enjoyed the cotton entry...and I hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday afternoon. We are. :)

9 comments:

rooster1614 said...

Kelly,
Thanks for sharing your pictures.  I've never seen a cotton plant up close.  The flower is beautiful.  The plant looks like some kind of ivy. I've never seen a bole weavel either.  Your entry today was very educational.....thanks.

madcobug said...

They used to have a lot of cotton up around Centre when we had our campers up there. They told us those green bags are monitors to see how many bowl weavils get in them to let them know when to use the plane sprayer to poison for them. I think their blooms are beautiful and you also got a good picture of the green bowl with the pink flower. Very good pictures and a very good entry. I hope that chicken plant never comes there and messes up your slice of heaven. Hugs, Helen

plieck30 said...

They planted cotton on John's place for the first time last year and again this year but I have never seen it as pretty as yours. This is actually mostly peanut country but the wild hogs and the government have had a hand in that. Paula

dwaincade said...

Beautiful pictures.  I did not know cotton looked so pretty in bloom.  A few of my foreparents and relatives may be rolling in their graves for me saying so, but all in all its pretty.  I look forward to reading your blog like a junkie looking for his next fix, its definitely makes my day and I feel as if I part of the family.  Smile and may all you bugs be benefitual and you alway have one more smile than frown at the end of the day.

dwaincade said...

Beautiful pictures.  I did not know cotton looked so pretty in bloom.  A few of my foreparents and relatives may be rolling in their graves for me saying so, but all in all its pretty.  I look forward to reading your blog like a junkie looking for his next fix, its definitely makes my day and I feel as if I am a  part of the family.  Smile and may all you bugs be benefitual and you alway have one more smile than frown at the end of the day.

ally123130585918 said...

Kelly I never realised that those plants were so pretty ~ thanks  ~ i really enjoyed learning about the plant ~ Ally x

wwfbison said...

Thanks for the pics Kelly - the cotton is beautiful.  I would have never thought they flowered like that.  You have gorgeous scenery around, thank goodness the plant didn't go through.
Is the cotton then processed by machine or by hand?  I've never see a bole weavel either...we don't have them up here.  Great entry, thanks!!
Lisa

geocachelinda66 said...

That is amazing!  I never knew cotton had flowers like that!  I'd like to plant some in my garden just for the flowers!  Linda

nay0114 said...

Pretty... I didn't know cotton plants had flowers. I've never seen cotton either. My mom use to pick it when she was a little girl that was back in the 1930s.
Take care, Chrissie
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