Enclosed by a mesh of chain-links, distinctive Texas Longhorns laze away the early morning on a feed lot in Connecticut’s Naugatuck Valley.
Despite their rectangular shape, bales of hay such as these are typically referred to as “square bales” and offer the convenience of being easily moved by hand.
A towering smokestack rises above derelict masonry walls and empty window frames, all that’s left of the 19th-century Hopewell Woolen Mill.
The absence of a footpath, as well as the overall remoteness of the place, makes it likely that I’ve been the only person in many decades to peer up from the foot of these cascades. That’s worth every scraped elbow and labored breath!
Although hay may seem like a rather simple farm product, there’s a fairly involved series of steps and machinery that go into producing those tidy bales.
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J. G. Coleman is a fine art nature photographer specializing in the landscapes of Connecticut and the American Northeast.
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