Saturday, April 12, 2008

Two Photos

Here are a couple of photos I took recently. The first shows budbreak on a Quad Cordon vine at Silver Mountain. In the Quad Cordon, or Lyre system, two branches are trained out perpendicular to the rows, and each branch then forks and is trained in parallel. There's quite a few vineyards in the area that are trained in this way; for a while it was popular because it's one of the cheapest methods to install, per ton. Unfortunately vines trained in this way can be prone to powdery mildew, also known as oidium, since it's difficult to get the spray into the canopy. These days some vineyard managers in the mountains are converting established vineyards off this system and onto a dual cordon system.

The other photo shows an old rusty basket press. I've tinkered with the image because originally the colours were somewhat washed out. Behind the press you can see the remains of an old crusher too.


el jefe said...

I like the press picture, the contrast is appropriate. It was probably washed out from flare from the bright sky.

Arthur said...

I'd love to see the press in B/W!

Dave said...

I didn't think that black and white worked. The background is wrong. One of the things that attracted me to the shot was the colour of the rust and the old paint. You be the judge.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I see what you mean.

I took a similar shot of a rusted out old truck at Halter Ranch in Paso Robles not too long ago. The B/W might work if you focused on the slats and cropped the other stuff out. Still, a very cool image anyway you look at it