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~9/11/2018 * Patriots' Day



Fuego!!!

~ A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

~ There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.





...okay, movin' on...

While driving down Interstate 69E at mid-morning one day recently, I saw several semi-trailer flatbed trucks transporting the large round 'modules' of cotton [think cotton bales only much larger and round instead of square] to the nearby gin. I realized that the 2nd harvest of cotton was taking place. I veered off the highway onto a county road that was like a picture of snow covered fields in winter! Yep, cotton fields!



You may notice the numbers stamped on the modules? I  believe [not sure] those are specific numbers that show [in short without going into detail here] the gin number...where to haul it, etc. It's a long story, but if you're interested, I'm sure there is a website that explains the 'bale' numbering codes in your own area. Around this area, there are two colors I've noticed, yellow and pink...maybe that has something to do with gins also.  Maybe it means nothing; I am definitely playing a guessing game here.

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Several times throughout my blogging years, I've shared a favorite wildlife refuge in town that has a trail going through the heavily wooded area. There are some photos of the beauty seen along the trail in the link I just added. Well, sadly, this past week, a section of this park [some of the dense wooded trail-way] caught fire and burned to the ground. Now it's nothing but scorched tree carcasses and ash...






...on the 'bright' side, I saw a papa bird and his offspring in the charred area!  The little one was singing its heart out....."Love me tinder, love me true...."




~ After returning home from my walk around the park, Bud and I had a heated discussion about brush fires!!

~ I mentioned that starting fires is one thing arson never did!!


By the way, if you don't know Spanish, my title "Fuego" means Fire!

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  1. One thing about fire is that Nature returns it back in good time. New browse for critters to feed on, and so goes the cycle.

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    1. True, but the beauty [and much needed shade this time of year] is gone for now.

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  2. Hello Anni!:) Interesting photos and commentary about the cotton. We are still getting really hot weather, here, and temperatures are rising, the reason for our many forest fires this year. It's a shame your favourite wildlife refuse caught fire. I hope the birds were not caught up in it, and managed to fly to safety. I smiled at your heated discussion!:=)

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    1. Hopefully, the birds have the sense to move out!! The fire, I'm thinking, was caused by human error. There hasn't been any storms around for weeks...so, I don't think it was lightening.

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  3. Nice wordplay! I'm sorry to see that fire damage, it's always hard to think of the wildlife that suffer. Oh, and those bales look like shredded wheat to me! :-)

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    1. Mmmmm, now you have me craving the snack, shredded wheat!!
      Yep, hope that most of the birds [the area is known for a bird refuge] boogalooed out in time.

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  4. Lightning causes many fires and I suppose it is difficult to tell how some are started, but the careless or criminal must come into consideration. What goes down, no matter how, it will come back, just differently.

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    1. I love seeing lightning streaks and we have them often.

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    2. There has been no lightning around here for WEEKS. We're in a drought. Again.

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    3. I like to watch them, lightning flashes, at a distance...they can be scary if right, directly above.

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  5. You covered the cotton process very well. I have picked many a sack when growing up and watching it being processed at the gin.

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    1. In comparison, the way it's done today, a whole lot of back breaking labor is saved.

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  6. Hello Dear, don't bother to visit right now, I've been MIA from my blog for a month or more....The cotton in our area isn't quite ready for picking yet. Whenever I see a cotton patch like yours, I think of the verse in the bible about the fields being white for harvest, referring to souls, of course. So sad about the fire but hopefully new growth will spring up and it will be much better in time.
    Mama Bear

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    1. Time will rejuvenate the loss that shows today, I am sure.

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  7. It will be interesting for you to watch as the area recovers from the fire.

    We have finished the sorghum, rice, and corn harvests around here. Should be harvesting cotton very soon.

    Sure will be glad when temperatures cool down!!

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    1. You and me both!!!
      This 80+ degrees in the early morning is getting old hat!

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  8. How awful about the fire! And those large trees, all blackened now. I wonder if this killed them, or can they regenerate. People set big bonfires around here all the time. I HATE it!! Plus the smoke from the stuff they burn has sent me to the hospital. I like your jokes!! I have never seen cotton like this! These rolls of them are how the hay is baled here. Never heard of a Gin, except for the card game and booze. I guess that is where they clean or process the cotton. Poor little Cardinal!! Has the news said this was arson, or burned on purpose?

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    1. A cotton gin is where they process it and grade it for the stock market/selling

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  9. those fire pics break my heart. I love trees and this is heart breaking. he he he on the puns, you know I love puns and fire and now I have a new word.. woo hoo I love Fuego....oh yes I do. I have to say the burned trees in the last 3 photos are beautiful to look at... I hope all the wild life made it out of the path of the fire.

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  10. So sad about the fire. Your puns lightened the mood. I hate to admit it but it took a minute for the first one to sink in

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    1. LOL....you were tired from a hard day's work.

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  11. Great opening pun! Oh no that's really too bad about the fire and for the critters! We have places around here that they have control burns to ward off excess that could catch fire easily, or so they claim! By the way did you know yesterday was national joke day!

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    1. No, I didn't know about it being joke day!!!
      Thanks Karen.

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  12. Those white cotton fields do look like snow.So sad to see the charred remains of a once beautiful place.

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  13. I love seeing the field of cotton - it's something I never get to see. So sad about that fire!

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    1. I could say, come down here in the summer on one of your vacations away from work, but I wouldn't want to wish ANYone here in the summer....way too hot!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. I always wanted to get a few cotton seed and see if I could start them inside and grow some here...

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    1. This sounds like my father...he too would've loved trying to grow it from seed.

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  15. So terrible about the fire. As we were driving along the access road of 37 going to Corpus yesterday we saw where there had been three fires. It looked as if someone had just thrown something out the window of a car to deliberately start fires. If so, that was the lowest of mean. Can't think of any other reason for those charred areas to be there. No lightening lately.

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    1. Was it hot enough for you in Corpus? Dang, I so want some fall like weather again...soon!
      I also thought of a deliberately set fire in the park. Who knows. As you say, no lightening around for miles and miles.

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  16. I like that the bird was singing Love me tender lol. Yes charred forests are so sad but seem to regrow...

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    1. once it regrows, it's beauty again!

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