E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image At the Allotment - January

At the Allotment - January


Hazel sticks and orange twine

This caught my eye and makes what I think is an interesting sort of semi-abstract picture.

Hazel sticks are traditionally used for supporting climbing plants such as runner beans because they grow quickly and grow straight. These will have been cut in the autumn to be sure they dry out and don't grow when they're pushed into the soil.

Hazel was also traditionally coppiced for charcoal - that means the trees were cut almost to ground level every few years. Cutting them back like this makes many new shoots sprout from the "stool", which eventually forms a ring shape around the original trunk.
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This last group of pictures is loosely grouped together as "Allotment Art"
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This series of pictures are from local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009
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At the Allotment - January


Hazel sticks and orange twine

This caught my eye and makes what I think is an interesting sort of semi-abstract picture.

Hazel sticks are traditionally used for supporting climbing plants such as runner beans because they grow quickly and grow straight. These will have been cut in the autumn to be sure they dry out and don't grow when they're pushed into the soil.

Hazel was also traditionally coppiced for charcoal - that means the trees were cut almost to ground level every few years. Cutting them back like this makes many new shoots sprout from the "stool", which eventually forms a ring shape around the original trunk.
.....

This last group of pictures is loosely grouped together as "Allotment Art"
.....

This series of pictures are from local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009
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comments (15)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 16 Feb 2009, 01:38
The orange twine is the frosting on this cake, Ellie!
EJWilkins: That's what caught my eye
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 16 Feb 2009, 03:31
Nice composition Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 16 Feb 2009, 06:25
I like the DOF it keeps your eye focussed on the orange string. Well done!
EJWilkins: That was the idea Brian wink
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 16 Feb 2009, 07:52
It work for me
EJWilkins: That's good, thanks smile
It does work for me Ellie.I like the colours and textures combinations!
EJWilkins: Pleased to hear it Richard
Great textures on the baler twine Ellie. richard
EJWilkins: Interesting sort of contrasts I thought
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Feb 2009, 10:09
Nice bit of focussing on the knot!
Ingrid
EJWilkins: Aha! Gotcha! This is only resized and sharpened, 'twas the camera that did the rest wink
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Feb 2009, 11:50
Of course Hazel was traditionally coppiced for this sort of use. The twine I suspect is baler twine: our house is full of it...

PS Never keep horses Ellie
EJWilkins: Never kept horses, although have known plenty of people who did, so have at various times had heaps of this orange stuff - the colour stands out nicely, so the animals don't get to eat it!
Thanks for this, Ellie, its a lovely picture. Sort of sums up the countryside (even though its on an allotment).
EJWilkins: It does, sort of, I agree. Not really the sort of thing you'd see in the middle of a city. Hadn't thought of it like that at all. Thanks for your insight Sheila
Simple..but very very effective..Great shot Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks
Good textures Ellie, this is one of the best series on SC at the moment, full of interest.
EJWilkins: Goodness me! I'm honoured, pleased, delighted and embarrassed that you say that. Thanks Brian
  • Harv
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Feb 2009, 17:36
A nice combination of colours and a super-crisp shot. Tack sharp. It's amazing what you keep finding in the most "usual" of places!
EJWilkins: Thanks Harv smile
It was amazing actually, the hardest thing was deciding which images to leave out, which is why this "series" is taking so long to run through.
simple and I like it
EJWilkins: TY Bill smile
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2009, 20:12
Interesting info and great image. I like the focus on the knot.
EJWilkins: I managed to get it to focus exactly where I wanted, which was a bit of an achievement wink
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Feb 2009, 20:20
Sort of abstract smile I think a b&w with the orange as selective colour would also be nice.
EJWilkins: I played with mono and selective colour, but they didn't look as good as "au naturel" so you didn't get to see them. There's a bit experimenting later this week wink

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