1. rq says

    Actually, it’s more like the beginning, as you’re gazing into a bright, potential-full sunrise. (For real -- sunrise on the way to the morning train for work back in I think late November.)

  2. chigau (ever-elliptical) says

    I thought there were more:
    a cat and a chinchilla being cuddled by a grizzly bear.

  3. rq says

    No, that’s just my office chair in the background.
    Also the cat effect, bending the reality of space time to their own nefarious yet mysterious purposes.

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    The glowing clouds in the last one are beautiful. The first is warm and furry, but I wouldn’t put my head is there lest it start bleeding and breathing become difficult.

    What are they harvesting in the third picture from the end, rye or caraway with a small combine (not visible from behind the trailer) or something else?

  5. rq says

    Corn! Corn for biofuel. I don’t know how big a ‘small’ combine is dimensionally, but this one probably qualifies (it’s also a Jaguar). It’s an annual tradition to take the kids to Friend’s farm during the harvest: we get free corn, and the kids get a ride on some tractors and the combine (plus a good view of modern working farm life, complete with aged technologies working together with brand new EU-subsidized technologies), and everyone is happy in the end.

  6. Ice Swimmer says

    rq @ 10

    Ok, so corn (maize) grows well enough in Latvia? Here, hobbyists may grow some sweet corn (I think the Southwestern Archipelago is the best place for it), but it isn’t a commercial crop widely grown in Finland.

    I wanted to grow some corn when I was a kid so we (AFAIR) pre-planted it in pots, planted a few at the summer cottage and managed to get a few somewhat mature cobs which I was able to eat.

  7. Saad says

    These are fantastic! My favorite is the third one from the bottom.

    From the mood of these photos, I suspect you’d make a great urban decay photographer.

  8. rq says

    Thanks, Saad! As it happens, I love urban decay! But I don’t get much opportunity to play around with photographing it. Although -- if memory serves, I sent Caine a few just recently that probably qualify as urban decay.

    Ice Swimmer
    It’s corn for biofuel, so probably a specific strain (or one of a selection) as listed in EU subsidies. It’s edible, but not a species developed for flavour. I suppose it grows reasonably well, and I think the edible strains grown here have been specially developed for the shorter growing season. At any rate, it’s expensive.
    But it is quite a change from Soviet days, when it was national policy to grow corn everywhere (even where it grew poorly -- I think it was Khrushchev’s idea, and he even recommended a strain unsuitable for all climes), so fields would be sown with corn about three meters deep each side, with the middle portion some regular grain (wheat, barley, buckwheat, etc.). This in case any Party officials came by for photo-ops -- you could prove you were doing your kolkhozian duty and growing corn!* If climatic conditions are right, you can grow corn extremely well (mostly in the western areas, where temperatures tend to be more temperate and precipitation is regular -- though this can go the other way, too, with too much precipitation; legend has it that the first corn grown in the Liepāja region was 4 m high and had to be harvested by axe… **).

    * Disclaimer: not sure how much of that is post-Soviet legend, as this information can be found in the Museum of Occupation.
    ** Info in Latvian.

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