“North Hastings Farm Field” – Fort Stewart

“North Hastings Farm Field” - Fort Stewart, Ontario

“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.”
― Lemony Snicket

This image was made last weekend in a small town in Central Ontario called Fort Stewart. It’s a small community in the high hills of the North Hastings Highlands that if it wasn’t for the ancient stands of pine and maple and dark rivers you would think you were in West Virginia. It’s a rugged part of Ontario and one would not think productive farms could exist, yet they do. Through ingenuity and sheer determination, the early settlers were able to produce scant crops among the rocks. Enough so to warrant the building of towns with schools and churches, which remain to this day.

Through it’s unique geology, a small area or arable land formed here. Most of the farms are used as pasture land or to grow hay, but I have seen a few decent corn fields as well.

This hay field caught my attention and is directly across the road from the colt image I shared yesterday and about a mile from the deer I posted the day before that. I suppose it’s the anomaly of a hay field in this northern community that resonated with me. It seems almost out of place and would seem better suited to ore southern climes.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
1/160 sec, f/6.3 ISO 200

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6 thoughts on ““North Hastings Farm Field” – Fort Stewart

  1. anglogermantranslations

    I remember a time when hay was manually harvested in various forms, e. g. haystacks, depending on the area or country. It used to be a subject of folklife studies. Now the world over (I think) machines press the hay to huge rolls that can be easily protected against the weather. making life easier for the farmers. So these days one can never guess where such a photo was taken.

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    1. Ed Lehming Photography Post author

      Interestingly, my wife’s cousin still harvests in small bales, stacked in ‘stooks’. It reminds me of the times you speak of. Definitely a throw back to earlier times. We also have some Mennonite communities close by who still harvest manually and stack in unique piles.

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  2. joannesisco

    While I was travelling through Northern Ontario last weekend, I saw many such fields and thought of you and the wonderful photo on your blog header. I love looking out over the golden fields with their neat rolls or – in some cases – blocks of hay 🙂

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