Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The fabric of our lives



As we rounded a bend in the road.







On our latest road trip.





Miles and miles of cotton.





So naturally we stopped to take photos. I grabbed the camera while everyone else made their way out of the van. I rushed to the barb wire fence and leaned in as far as I could go.





And then Licious sauntered over and said, "Man! That is one big ant hill!"

::blink:: ::blink::

I was standing in said ant hill.






And proceeded to practically strip down naked. On the side of the highway. In no time flat.

Fire ants from south Georgia are a force not to be reckoned with.

-dana

40 comments:

Sunshine said...

Hilarious story!

Cheers,
Christine

Nichole said...

at least you got great photos while standing on the ant hill. :)

~Michelle~ said...

oh nos! but ditto the great photos comment - I don't think I've ever seen a cotton field before!

craftydiane said...

I love seeing the pictures of the cotton fields. We had fields like that close to here and I used to pass them all the time going home. I loved to see how the fields went from being freshly plowed, to planted and then to full bloom (some years the cotton was so heavy it looked like acres and acres of snow!) and then harvested. I have actually seen them harvesting it. Not like when my dad was young and picked cotton for a penny a pound. He said it took a long time to get a pound of cotton! Now they have replaced those cotton fields with peanuts and it is so sad not to see the cotton there.
It was a funny story about the fire ants, although I know from experience it was not funny at the time!
Have a Blessed Day,
Diane

corinnea said...

Gorgeous photos! Funny story, but I know how much it hurts to be bitten by those ants!!!

kjquilts said...

Oh my gosh! I know that had to hurt! Love the pictures of the cotton...thanks for the sacrifice!

Bethany said...

I know what you mean about Georgia fire ants! One of the first things we have taught our children is to stay far away from ant hills!

Petit Debutant said...

oh no! I know fire ants!

Tara said...

Laugh out loud funny! But you sure got some great pictures! And the glider site is vintageglider.com.

Phyllis in Minnesota said...

Thanks so much for the cotton field pics. My "want to do this in my lifetime" list contains actually seeing a cotton field but living in Minnesota (snow storm going on currently) I will have to travel a ways south. You can keep the fire ants though!!
Phyllis in Minnesota

amy said...

I grew up in south Georgia...and you're right, those fire ants are quite a force! I still love to go home and look at the cotton. The field next to my parents' house is full of it and the site never gets old. Glad you survived the ants...

Gene Black said...

Being and Alabama boy, I know about cotton fields AND fire ants. Cotton fields mean lots of back breaking hard work. However, it is lovely to look at the fields of white.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

OH MY!!

Needled Mom said...

It was worth the awesome photos though.

Elissa said...

lovely photos! hope you managed to evade the red ant bites! i got those in florida once and dude, NOT fun.

Regina said...

Lovely photos -but having done similar in SC I know exactly why they are called "fire" ants!

sarah, rsm said...

ouch!!!

aSprinkling said...

All I can think is "I sure hope you didn't get bit too many times!" Ouch!

flamingandromeda said...

Oh wow, I've never seen a cotton plant before...my first thought was you had popcorn growing on a plant there!!

B

Amy said...

I've never seen cotton plants before, very pretty, they look almost like popcorn.
Ants, no fun! But I bet it was quite a funny scene! :)

Dawn said...

Thnaks for the lovely pictures but I do hope you are ok.....
Hugs Dawn x

Blue Is Bleu said...

Hope you're alright!!

One time we were walking by a store that had cut cotton stalks as a display and my husband wanted to nick them hahaha! I made him put them down and walk away.

Rafael's Mum said...

Beautiful photos! I am glad you got them in before you discovered the ants! Although I do feel for you... I don't know that particular type of ant but the regular ones are bad enough! I hope you did not get bitten too much and I would have done exactly the same and stripped off!!! It's a good job it wasn't me as I am allergic to antbites so being bitten by a few big uns would probably have finished me off... Thanks for the photos. That is the first time I have seen it close up! Beautiful!

brown robin said...

How funny! And what incredible photos!

Blue Yonder said...

I never can pass a cotton field without rolling in it :-)
... but those ANTS. Do you know that I didn't know there were non=biting ants until adulthood?

Karen said...

Beautiful pictures, I am from La but live in GA now. We always called cotton White Gold...

WhiteStone said...

Cotton fields may be a usual site down south but here in Iowa, where corn and soybeans grow, most of us have never seen a field of cotton! Except my aunt. She planted seeds one year just to see how the plants grow.

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Em said...

I love cotton! It's my favorite! I love the way it looks when its ready to be 'harvested' but I don't get to see it as often as I would like - even living in the heart of NC. Such pretty photos!

jenny said...

I fell into a fire ant hill as a kid once, while wearing jeans. My mom stripped me down in front of all my schoolmates, so that was doubly traumatic for me. My legs were covered in ant bites. I hope you didn't get bit too many times, but I must say, it was worth it for the lovely pics you took.

Ann said...

thanks for the laugh. sorry it had to be on your behalf though!

Jantine said...

Oh no, poor you. But the pictures were probably worth it!

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BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

Thanks for those pics. They brought back great memories of my Grandparents who farmed cotton in west Tenn. their entire lives. We live in MI, and every summer we all went to TN and picked cotton. Now there's a job that didn't pay well but it made for a great childhood memory!
Stay outta the ants! Look before you leap....
Regina

suesueb said...

Love the cotton fields-beautiful pictutes!! Hope the ant bites heal quickly-rotten ants!

KayC. said...

We lived in Wyoming (now back) and there was always lots of snow. When we moved to Alabama, there of course was no snow...but lots of cotton fields. My children call that their Alabama snow. I also do not miss fire ants!

madrekarin said...

I just drove my sister to Valdosta the Sunday after Thanksgiving (her husband came up from Bradenton to get her)and wished that I had my camera with me because of the cotton! I had the thought to take it with me and brushed it off. I was so sad I did. Your photos are wonderful but I'm sorry you had to endure that encounter with the fire ants to get them. I have yet to find a reason for their existence.
I was amazed at the amount of cotton bolls that lined the edge of I-75 on the way home. I should have stopped to get some. ;)

Terri said...

Fire ants are awful! So sorry you stepped in them! But I love the cotton fields...

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Ricki said...

Wow ~ that's kind of scarey. Beautiful pictures!

Btw ~ I rented Paper Heart from our local Red Box last night. It was kinda cute :)

Jessica Christensen said...

Ooh, we've got fire ants here in TX too. I feel your pain!