I headed south from Portland Thursday about noon. I meandered down to Corvallis on side roads to the west of I-5, shooting pictures of barns, picking berries, enjoying the beauty of this valley. It is uber-agricultural. Rich soil, lots of water, 3 months of summer heat. It’s hay harvest time and I saw more hay here in 2 days than I’ve seen in all my life.
Huge bales, way different from my hay-bucking days in Colusa, Calif. (2 guys, a flatbed truck, hay hooks). It’s now a big machinery operation. Hay everywhere—just cut, or baled into huge rectangles or cylinders sitting in the fields.
This valley is on a more human scale than say, California’s San Joaquin Valley (along Hwy 5), with its bizarre monocropping. It’s a little like the fields in England, but on a larger scale.
Had standing room only at my event in Corvallis. Sending this from Portland airport — on me way home. Got a number of really nice barns — will post when time.