Rake on ice

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  • Daniel Smith
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    on: April 18, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Sulky rake, or bunch rake in ice. Copr 2020 Daniel A Smith,

    Weather is getting warmer. Ice on larger ponds and lakes is still thick enough for walking and activity.

    The photograph is of a sulky rake, also called a bunch rake.  It was used when hay was stacked loose. Originally this rake was pulled by a couple of horses, later by a small tractor. We still have some farms in the are doing this while most use the 600+ pound round or rectangular bales. For the most part the smaller rectangular bales that kept us kids in summer jobs are no more. Takes big tractors to deal with  these big bales. Way different from kids earning a penny each bucking bales to a hay wagon and unloading by hand to make the stacks.

    After a number of wet years many farms lost machinery and buildings to rising water. This place has a lot of old machinery in the water and encased in ice when winter hits. Even old Model A or T cars in the water.

    As it warms the ice is very slick. When colder it is not as slippery and when you fall you don’t get soaked as when it has the layer of water on top. In another few weeks we’ll see moose out there with the geese and ducks making it home for the summer. For now the ice lets me get a different view of the old rake.

    While we are at it – can some of those seeing this encourage others to post here?

    "It's not what it is, it's how it looks". Paula Chamlee

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    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Re: Rake on ice
    Reply #1 on: April 18, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Interesting composition. I love the play of the shadows, but I’d be a bit concerned about those spiky bits on the right, especially on slippery ground!

    Mike.

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    Victoria, BC
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    Daniel Smith
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    Re: Rake on ice
    Reply #2 on: April 18, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Sulky rake, different view Copr Daniel A Smith

    I am on ice. About 14-18 inches of it. The “spiky” bits are actually curved and the spike end is at the bottom. It is round above the ice.

    A different view, same morning light.

    One interesting thing is that the ice was “singing” as I was on it. Actually, even before I walked out for the images. Pressure ridges along the shore in some areas had ice to 2 feet high. As the ice expands and contracts and moves the notes are fun to hear. Pinging and almost like chimes at times. Clear and cold with no wind, you can hear it well.  Small pond, about 40 acres or so. North of where I am photographing  the old Railroad tracks crossed it. Has not been operating for a few decades.

    In the near future I’ll be on it with a kayak.

    "It's not what it is, it's how it looks". Paula Chamlee

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    Re: Rake on ice
    Reply #3 on: April 21, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Perspective is everything. I’ve been through the ice seven times now (fortunately never farther than my waist). Very cold every time. I will admit to being a bit nervous walking on ice (over water) now.

    When I was working in Texas in the mid-90s it took us 1/2 hour to convince the Texans that you could drive your truck onto the ice in the winter, but there was no way they were going to believe you could build a fire on the ice. That was just a bunch of Canadians messing with them.

    Of the two, I like the second image better.

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