Inside the barn by peterdegraaff

Inside the barn

...round and traditional bales on a hot day. This morning Melody went to buy some bales of meadow hay in the highlands before it got too hot for the horses.

Unlike northern hemisphere we often are feeding in summer as the paddocks dry off. Barns are not used as a refuge for animals in winter where they are fed. Hay is kept at a steady temperature in big cool barns. The light behind barn in paddock shows the heat glare, compared to shade and cool inside the barn. If the hay gets to hot it loses its nutritional value.

For get pushed 26 @farmreporter challenged me to show contrasting temperatures in a rural setting.
January 17th, 2013  
Great shot for your challenge. Many farmer here in South Africa do a similar thing with feed
January 17th, 2013  
great story peter..memories :)
harsh unforgiving sunlight
old sheds with their own character
January 17th, 2013  
They remind me giants cotton reels
January 17th, 2013  
jT
it can also self-combust if it is damp - which would be a bloody tragedy in many respects - lovely composition, colours, light and shade peter
January 17th, 2013  
so interesting and I would say you met the challenge perfectly!
January 17th, 2013  
Great shot and information!
January 17th, 2013  
Love the shadows and details of the storage barn.
January 17th, 2013  
Beautiful light and shadow -- love the interior showing the bales. The landscape reminds me of Arizona, also notoriously hot in the summer. Still cold and gray here.
January 17th, 2013  
Beautiful light
January 17th, 2013  
Interesting geography/agricultural lesson! Although I see most horse owners around here also keep their hay in the barn- so I'm thinking it's for a similar reason. Nice shot.
January 17th, 2013  
Interesting. I shot some bales on Sunday but not as well as this. I'll try processing to see if I can make the pic a bit better. I like the shadows here.
January 17th, 2013  
Love this one Peter!
January 17th, 2013  
Great shot and I am in awe of both the challenge and how you pulled it off. Excellent work :)
January 17th, 2013  
Love it .. Beautiful capture!
January 17th, 2013  
Terrific processing here
January 18th, 2013  
Wow, does that look really hot. Let me in that shade!
January 18th, 2013  
Good shot. Thank you for the information.
January 18th, 2013  
That is interesting... hay is primarily used in winter here and some farmers just leave it outside in the rain and heat... only fit for bedding, not to eat.
January 18th, 2013  
Lovely shot, Peter. Love the shadows cast by the trees. In summer it is very dry here, too, and farm animals have to survive on fodder, stored or imported.
January 18th, 2013  
Love the colours and composition of this shot Peter
January 19th, 2013  
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