Top of the County

I wanted some breathtaking panoramas from the highest spot in Rock County, Wisconsin, USA. I didn’t exactly get that. There aren’t any mountains in Wisconsin, just glacial kettles and moraines, which are left over from the last ice age.

I did get some nice views of rural scenes that are pretty typical of Wisconsin in the summertime. These images are all from the same area, in Rock county, just south of the small town of Orfordville, in the south central part of the state.

I’m not a farmer by any stretch of the imagination. I do have some prior life experience though. Some of the text seems to indicate that I know what I’m talking about. That’s just editorial license. I hope you don’t mind.

If you click on an image you’ll see a larger version.

High Level Farming
High Level Farming
This isn’t really nosebleed country, but it is the highest spot in Rock County, Wisconsin, USA on a hot day in August 2015. The sky was filed with the most extraordinary clouds.


Wisconsin Summer
Wisconsin Summer
Looking through a break in the tree-line, you can see a field of tall corn in full tassel. A picture is nice. Being here is a lot better. The warm sun, the absolute quiet, save for the buzzing of the occasional bee or the chirp of a bird. Just being here recharges your batteries. Life is far from idyllic, but the closeness to nature is purifying.


Rain
Rain
From a shady spot at the edge of the hay field, look across the stubble left by second cut, the mid-summer haying, and across the big corn field. It’s feed for the pigs and beefs. They’re the real money-maker. We used to have dairy too, but a small farmer can’t make anything on that these days. Any excess corn will go to the elevator to be sold overseas, or maybe to one of the big agribusiness operators. We could sure use some rain. The corn looks fine now, but in a few days it’ll be in trouble, and we might not get a third cut from the hay field.


Second Cut
Second Cut
The big rolls down at the far end of the field are what’s left of second cut, the mid-summer hay cutting. They’ll sit there until there’s time to move then back to the barn. We sure could use some rain.


Edge of the Field
Edge of the Field
Look at the corn over the weeds at the edge of the field. Some of those weeds are darn pretty.


Clouds
Clouds
It certainly looks like something is going to happen. Check out those clouds. We could sure use some rain.


A closer Look
A closer Look
Here’s a better view of the flowers in the weeds at the edge of the road. Pretty nice, ‘eh?


Almost Home
Almost Home
This is what the driveway looks like in the sumer time. How’d you like to shovel this in the winter? Officially it’s Ringen Road, but there’s nobody down here but us chickens.


The Hay Field
The Hay Field
Here’s a the hay field just after it’s been cut.


County K
County K
This is county highway K, traveling south from state road 213, near Orfordvile, Wisconsin in the USA, and some mighty magnificent sky-candy.


Next Farm
Next Farm
You can see the neighbor’s place, looking across the hay and corn fields to the north. He’s got a cell tower. I wonder what they pay him for that?


Big Rolls
Big Rolls
Here’s the collection of hay rolls from second cut. It’ll be better if we get them in before the rain starts.


Cooler in the Shade
Cooler in the Shade
A small herd of cattle prefers the shade on a warm and humid summer day in Wisconsin, USA.

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