Day 161 365 Photos Theme #157 In My Neighborhood

10 06 2009

Tobacco Leaves, originally uploaded by needlepointernc.

You can still see tobacco growing IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. There are two large fields planted right down the road from my house. They grow fast and will soon have flowers on them. Here is what the field looks like today.

I will show you a picture when it starts to flower. When we first moved to Raleigh, the DH worked in Wilson. The whole town smelled like ciggie smoke – but that nice smell! There are no more auctions in Wilson. Here is a list of Tobacco Musuems in NC. The Duke Homestead tells you all about the history of how smoking took off (the Northern Soldiers got addicted to tobacco during that nasty war of aggression and then they invented the cig rolling machine and the rest is history).

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8 responses

12 06 2009
KimR.

The detail in the leaves is fantastic, I like the sepia tone, too.

11 06 2009
Karen S. (klsbear)

Such intense green – I’m looking forward to the series. Nice treatment too!

11 06 2009
jmckiss

The sepia image works great!

11 06 2009
Esther Farnstrom

This will be an interesting series. Those leaves are really large! I like your treatment on the top image. It brings out a lot of detail.

10 06 2009
Bobbie

I didn’t know tobacco got that big this early. I really like the monotone photo–it shows up the veins and texture of the leaves.

10 06 2009
needlepointernc

It grows fast (kudzu grows like 20 feet a day down here) but it also doesn’t get really tall. And they harvest it by hand – pulling the bottom leaves off first and working their way up as the leaves turn yellow. It is hot sticky back breaking work. It is a pretty plant actually to grow.

10 06 2009
morrdraken

Great shots and interesting reading and I am interested in seeing them in flower too. 🙂 /Viktoria – http://morrdrakens365.wordpress.com/

10 06 2009
Julie

What an interesting post and great shots of the plants. I’ll be interested in seeing them in flower too.

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