Saturday, December 3, 2011

Cotton


I've mentioned the 5 C's on this blog before.  If you grew up in Arizona you were probably taught about the five C's that drove the Arizona Economy between the 50's and 70's, Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus, and Climate.  Cotton is still a large industry in Arizona as evidenced by this cotton field in south Phoenix.

No matter how many times I've seen these fields, I still marvel at such an interesting plant.

18 comments:

JM said...

Fantastic! I have never seen a cotton field in person. I especially like the top shot, it's beautiful!

biebkriebels said...

Familiar for you, but I have never seen it either, only in old movies in B&W. Love to see a cottonfield as it is now, thanks.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I have driven by the cotton fields countless times, but have not stopped to examine or photograph the plants up close. Good for you. We have cotton fields on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian lands that border Scottsdale.

And, of course, Arizona cotton is the source of the name for the high quality "Pima cotton."

Kathy said...

Time for pickin'!

Cheryl Ann said...

The Coachella Valley used to grow cotton, too, and one time I stopped to look at it and I touched one of the blooms and OUCH! I didn't realize that there were THORNS inside! I got a nasty cut!

Regina K said...

I did not know the 5 C's of Arizona, in fact I was surprised to see cotton in the area. I've seen these plants before and I agree they are unique

Kate said...

Thanks for the education and for the spectacularly interesting close-up photo!~

Teresa said...

For a second I thought that was my photo! I have one I posted about 3 weeks ago but had Superstition Mountain in the background. I love San Tan Valley for the rural environment. There is a cotton field very close to where I live.

Lowell said...

I'd forgotten about the 5 C's but I do remember now that you've mentioned them. Impressive photos.

Jarart said...

I remember when there were a lot more cotton fields. Now there are more houses. I like seeing a big field of cotton just ready to pick.
Did you know that Chet picked cotton one year when he was in high school?
He said it was hard and backbreaking work. Now they have big machines that do the picking.

brattcat said...

how beautifully you capture the plant and its setting.

Thérèse said...

Beautiful view Sharon! Something I'll miss too. The crops seem meager around Chandler.

RedPat said...

I never knew - thought that all cotton grew in the southern states. The wonder of blogs!

Irina said...

The first photo is a winner. So beautiful.

Randy said...

I remember my mom making us work for a friend of hers cleaning cotton in the summer, not fun!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

great image. it is hard to believe how cotton is picked and used.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I agree Sharon, looks like a huge field of Johnson's Cotton Balls, fascinating indeed!

Karl said...

Beautiful images Sharon, interesting for me, because I've never seen cotton fields in nature...