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Great tyro 2015-07-29 2:35

Hello Les,

An interesting note and two gorgeous photographs to accompany it!

The fabulous light is what makes your main photograph so appealing - the bright sunlight in the mid-ground which lights up the yellow/green fields and the distant part of the near field of cut crops and stooks of straw - in contrast to the slightly darker background and nearest foreground. And what a fabulously interesting and complex sky, studded with its thousands of brightly lit clouds disappearing off to the horizon. A very fine composition with lovely light and colours and exquisite detai;ls and sharpness.

And your workshop picture shows the end result of this harvested straw - a beautiful and traditional thatched building in its perfect rural setting.


Kind Regards,


P.S. Here's a question I've always wondered about: What straw is generally used (or which is the best straw) for thatching? Is it wheat or oat or barley straw? I believe reeds and rushes have been used in some parts of the World for thatching, but what's the preferred stuff in Devonshire?

Old 07-29-2015, 10:12 AM
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Hello John, thanks for you kind and comprehensive critique,it`s much appreciated.
I`m lead to believe that here in Devon that it is a modified form of wheat that is now being grown.
In the past as you mention rushes were used although mostly for hay ricks which of course are now a far distant memory.
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