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Old Dec 15, 2010, 11:36 PM   #1
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I took the boy out for a stroll today since the temps got up in the fifties here. Found this cotton plant growing, at least 30 miles from the nearest cotton farm to my north. Anyway, all you cotton lovers out there, this is where it all begins...



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And of course, the seeds are used for oil. I guess this plant was flown in from the Atmore Alabama area by a bird of some sort. All these shot with my old Canon A560 p&s.
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Old Dec 16, 2010, 5:10 AM   #2
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Nice bokeh for a ps!
I like #1.
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Yea thats cotton I use to pick it when down in Calif every year for show and tell in school... so thats where that balloon landed darn it ... Easy on the sharecrop there fellow we will kneed that cotton one day for cotton gin...
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Nice bokeh for a ps!
I like #1.
Hi Ordo, thanks for the look. I know a cotton boll isn't real interesting. I liked the wavy things on the outside of the pod.
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Yea thats cotton I use to pick it when down in Calif every year for show and tell in school... so thats where that balloon landed darn it ... Easy on the sharecrop there fellow we will kneed that cotton one day for cotton gin...
Hi Nora, appreciate you lookin' and commenting. I too picked a little cotton in East Texas as a boy, for spending money. Made two dollars a day, this was back in the late fifties. Ten dollars a week was a lot of money, considering cokes were a nickel and so were candy bars. Comic books were a dime, so ten dollars made for a greeeeat weekend!
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Thanks for the memories Robert. Ive hauled more than a few tons of raw cotton from the combines in the field to the place where it was dumped into a large bin to be stomped down by the kids. This was in a land far far away.

In fact I dug up an old pic of me doing it.
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Real nice Robert,
Makes me think of the old films were they used to say, "Just hold on a cotton picking minute" I gues no one says that anymore. I like the old American films. Like our old English films we don't say Jolly good, tally ho or byjove anymore.
Lovely out of focus background focusing on the boll.
Looks like you had your hands full there Bynxy, nice to see that old pic.
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Oh Brother as well! For darn it was even a bad word to say when I was small .. I had seconds thoughts when I was told to darn it when ma handed me my socks!
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Robert, Nice pic of the cotton weed, never actually seen one really close like that. Thanks for the closeup. (I made a whole 10 dollars a week myself in the late 50's but spent a lot of it on cigars and cigaretts which cost 25 cents. Gas (not that I drove) was 25 cents a gallon, and penny candy really was a penny, and so on and so on and so on...........Frank
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You're welcome Paul. Its nice to hear of other experiences that parallel our own. However, you have me beat, as I was never allowed to drive the tractor. I'm curious/nosey, what far away land were you in?
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