Sunday, August 27, 2006

Red on Red


What is happening in this aveyronnais field? Any ideas?

PS on September 1st : I didn't know a bunch of dirt could get so many comments! See below for the answer -- and some creative ideas.

(Photo courtesy of Thierry Jouanneteau, taken on May 30 2006. Nothing is that green here now! )

12 comments:

Doc said...

dechaummage?

Wilf James said...

José Bovét and his clan are tramping a crop of ONG and creating a right dust storm in the process.

Welcome back Betty - don't get too close!

blueVicar said...

If I had to guess, I would say that over that hill, a field was being plowed or raked or tilled in some way and the red is from the dust of erosion. Of course, only where I come from in the southern part of the USA has that red dirt, so that's likely a "local" explanation for a foreign phenomenon.

I'm looking forward to finding out the truth!

Meilleurs vœux!

LoracAnn said...

Is a tractor working and stirring up red dust???

bcinfrance said...

Technically, nobody is exactly right yet, although a few of you are close...

cityfarmer said...

Just found your post from "runaroundparis"...I'm a farmers daughter from the midwest US and SHOULD be able to identify this "dust". . .let's see...maybe I'll just stay tuned.

Doc said...

Planting? the red dust is the stuff they use to treat the seeds? Dang, I'm a farm wife...I should be doing better than this

wcs said...

Looks like a truckload of powdered cinnamon turned over. Must have smelled nice! ;)

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Scents of love. I know this is right, i grew up on a farm...love it is. ;)

Samantha said...

Is it pollen from the flowers being lifted up by the wind?


Whatever it is, neat picture!

Run Around Paris said...

I agree - it's probably pollen, right? Nice photo though.

bcinfrance said...

Okay, a lot of you are partially right.

A tractor WAS working in the field but the dirt was blown up by a mini-windstorm that came through behind where the tractor had been sowing. So basically it was red earth blown up by the wind.

Thanks for all the guesses!