Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Those Cotton Fields Back Home

Louisiana cotton fields
   Cotton fields were such a part of Louisiana’s landscape in the 60’s and 70’s that I admit to taking them for granted. Everyone had their photos made in the fields growing up. They went on for miles and miles before schools, universities, and shopping centers took their place.
So much cotton!
   When our children were in elementary school, we took field trips to a local cotton gin and plantation. The kids got some cotton and learned how it was processed. It is one of their favorite places to visit. They got to select a pumpkin and climb on hay bales while they were at the plantation. It was always a fun day trip.
Close up of cotton
   I thought you'd enjoy seeing what your tee shirts and towels look like before they are made so we went driving out in the countryside. Skipper photographed some of the remaining crops before the farmers reaped them. There were some enormous fields full of billowing puffs of soft cotton. It was such a beautiful sight.
Close-up photo of cotton
   Last week when we went out to take more local photos, the fields were barren with only the occasional scraggly plant left. I am so glad that we could get these shots before the harvest.
   We did discover some great pecan orchards while we were taking photos. The nuts should be hitting the ground in the next week or so and we are going to gather some to make pecan pies this Thanksgiving! Of course, that is for another Wordless Wednesday.
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43 comments :

  1. we love cotton plants, they are artpieces and very decorative too... the mama had a fake one, what I loved to pieces... and now the mama sings that lead belly song in my ears... help....

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    1. I picked some to put in my kitchen. I think it is so cool looking.

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  2. We has cotton fields here in Texas too!

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    1. I want to see the Texas blue bonnets next year and hopefully get photos of the boys in them.

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    1. Thanks, Jenny. As I've gotten older, I have come to appreciate the beauty of the cotton fields.

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    1. They really are beautiful. It feels just like you would imagine too.

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  5. No cotton fields here, but if you need corn, we have those fields everywhere. Mom remembers learning about cotton in school, even though it is not grown here.

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    1. We have corn fields here but it is not a major crop. It is my favorite veggie though!

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  6. I loved seeing these photos. I have never seen cotton fields in person. We don't have them up here in IL. They almost don't look real - really beautiful.

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    1. YAY! I am so glad that we could share these with you.

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  7. Those are awesome photos. I didn’t have an appreciation for cotton until I went to Georgia in the beginning of he year and saw it and the gins. We’re cool and pretty not cotton photos are my favorite. Thanks for sharing your story.

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    1. I always loved being able to go on the kids' field trips to the cotton gin. It is very interesting.

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  8. Wow! We loved seeing the cotton plants! If you drive around where we live you'll see enormous fields of corn or beans. Most of it's harvested by now, though, to make way for the winter wheat.

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    1. I'd love to see fields of corn and beans too. We have some but not to the extent that we have cotton.

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  9. I'm going to be humming your title all day. Gorgeous pictures

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    1. Join the club! I have been singing it to myself ever since I wrote the title. Hahaha!

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  10. We see cotton fields in Eastern NC. Often when we visit our daughter and SIL on the coast we pass the fields when they are harvesting...What a unique and excellent post. I expect many have never seen cotton growing
    Hugs Madi and mom

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    1. It is funny how things we take for granted aren't seen by so many. We are going to continue to share some of our local culture on Wednesdays.

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  11. I also remember driving through miles and miles of fields when we lived in Houston in the early 70s....Thanks for reminding me of the marvelous Lou Rawls song!

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    1. I love driving by all of the cotton fields. Most are just outside of the city limits now. It is always worth the drive.

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  12. That's beautiful, it looks so fluffy ! We've never seen cotton for real. Purrs

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    1. It is fluffy and soft. I brought some home to put in a container for my kitchen.

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  13. It's funny how we take so many beautiful things for granted. I've never seen a cotton field in person, but would love the opportunity! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I didn't really appreciate them until they began plowing them under to put up buildings. Unfortunately, I think many of us are like that. Head down towards the bayou next September!

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  14. Oh, they are pawsome! They look like you could just pick it and roll in it! I've never seen them in the furs, we just have mainly stonefruit here, mostly cherries! Anyhu, thanks for the pics, that is just beautifuls!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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    1. I would love to see cherry trees. They are so lovely in photos. You could definitely roll in the cotton.

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  15. Beautiful pics and pecan pie sounds wonderful. Here we have fields of grain, sugar beets and of course- potatoes!
    hugs
    Hazel & Mabel

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    1. Thanks so much! Idaho is a beautiful state.

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  16. When we drive down to our place in Myrtle Beach we drive past fields of cotton. Love it!

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    1. Thanks! I look forward to seeing them each year.

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  17. I don't think I've ever seen a cotton plant up close like that. It's so cool to see the balls on the plant like that - thanks for sharing!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Sure! They feel just like the cotton balls you buy at the store.

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  18. Being in the north, we don't get to see cotton plants much. They're very cool!

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    1. I am so glad that you enjoyed the photos.

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    1. I am glad that I could share some with you!

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  20. Beautiful photos. I have never seen them , cotton doesn't grow in New England.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad that we could share our southern crop.

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  21. Whoa those cotton are really cool. So fluffy! (like Ruckus)

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    1. It is fluffy like Ruckus! Thanks for dropping by!

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  22. What an amazing plant. I can hardly belief how cotton starts out. Truly remarkable. I've always wanted to make a cotton wreath since I think it's such a cool plant. Your photos have inspire me to look for suppliers now! 😍

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