Man and Nature

Man and Nature

It's a really interesting mix of forest and farm this far south in Germany. The land has been cultivated for millennia. Literally millennia. That in itself is amazing. The farms are small and diverse. Farmers might have corn, vegetables, grapes, fruit trees and a few animals all on one farm. It's much more of the classic image of a farm than what we have in north america where the monoculture is king. Pesticides have, from what I understand, been banned. Fertilizer seems to be of the natural variety and sometimes I even see horses still being used as, well, workhorses.

I'm amazed at how many trees are left on the farms. Trees that aren't there for fruit production. After that long, you'd think that the farmers would get tired of ploughing around trees. Not only that, but they take away from production land.

Maybe there's another reason to have them there. Maybe taking down every tree and maximizing your land use isn't maximal after all. Maybe, if you're in it for the long haul, this combination is exactly what you need to have to stay in the game.

And maybe, just maybe, it's just really beautiful to lay under a tree in a farmers field, listen to the insects and birds and wind, and take some pictures.

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Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 105 mm
35mm Focal Length: 158 mm
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 140


Taken: 2009-05-16 07:46:52
Posted: 2011-01-26 | 11:32





Man and Nature

Man and Nature

It's a really interesting mix of forest and farm this far south in Germany. The land has been cultivated for millennia. Literally millennia. That in itself is amazing. The farms are small and diverse. Farmers might have corn, vegetables, grapes, fruit trees and a few animals all on one farm. It's much more of the classic image of a farm than what we have in north america where the monoculture is king. Pesticides have, from what I understand, been banned. Fertilizer seems to be of the natural variety and sometimes I even see horses still being used as, well, workhorses.

I'm amazed at how many trees are left on the farms. Trees that aren't there for fruit production. After that long, you'd think that the farmers would get tired of ploughing around trees. Not only that, but they take away from production land.

Maybe there's another reason to have them there. Maybe taking down every tree and maximizing your land use isn't maximal after all. Maybe, if you're in it for the long haul, this combination is exactly what you need to have to stay in the game.

And maybe, just maybe, it's just really beautiful to lay under a tree in a farmers field, listen to the insects and birds and wind, and take some pictures.

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EXIF

Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 105 mm
35mm Focal Length: 158 mm
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 140


Taken: 2009-05-16 07:46:52
Posted: 2011-01-26 | 11:32


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