From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Foggy Morning

Life in Christian County, Kentucky...



Foggy morning
Foggy morning

The tobacco farmers love foggy mornings like this, because it brings the tobacco leaf "in order", as they say. This time of the year, they're taking the tobacco down from the barns and bringing it into the stripping room.

In the stripping room, the leaves are pulled off the stalks and put into bales. As I understand it, a damp foggy morning like this makes the leaves nicer to work with. I think they soak up just enough moisture so they don't crumble and break when handled.

The poles that this barn was built upon have apparently rotted out and been replaced with concrete piers. It stands in a damp area, just above a little creek.

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