I live in a very rural part of Suffolk and surrounded by farms. I came across the mound of Lime waiting to be spread over the fields.
Agricultural lime, also called aglime, Biolime, agricultural limestone, garden lime or liming, is a soil additive made from pulverized limestone or chalk. The primary active component is calcium carbonate. Additional chemicals vary depending on the mineral source and may include calcium oxide, magnesium oxide and magnesium carbonate.
The effects of agricultural lime on soil are:
it increases the pH of acidic soil (the higher the pH the less acidic the soil); in other words, soil acidity is reduced and alkalinity increased
it provides a source of calcium and magnesium for plants
it permits improved water penetration for acidic soils
it improves the uptake of major plant nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) of plants growing on acid soils.
Lime may occur naturally in some soils but may require addition of sulphuric acid for its agricultural benefits to be realized. Gypsum is also used to supply calcium for plant nutrition. The concept of "corrected lime potential" to define the degree of base saturation in soils became the basis for procedures now used in soil testing laboratories to determine the "lime requirement" of soils.
Other forms of lime have common applications in agriculture and gardening, including dolomitic lime and hydrated lime. Dolomitic lime may be used as a soil input to provide similar effects as agricultural lime, while supplying magnesium in addition to calcium. In livestock farming, hydrated lime can be used as a disinfectant measure, producing a dry and alkaline environment in which bacteria do not readily multiply. In horticultural farming it can be used as an insect repellent, without causing harm to the pest or plant.
Spinner-style lime spreaders are generally used to spread agricultural lime on fields.
Agricultural lime is injected into coal burners at power plants to reduce the pollutants such as NO2 and SO2 from the emissions
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williewhistler (13083) 2014-03-20 3:04
that`s a fine and very interesting note,in this part of the country the contractors usually all turn up at the same time so that the lorry backs up a ramp and tips it`s load straight into the spreader and off they go, so that there are no piles of lime stored in the field.
Here it`s an integral part of a well composed rural scene,the colours are delightful with the naked trees and stormy sky giving it lots of drama and interest.
All the best Les.
timecapturer (46401) 2014-03-20 6:02
original image this, and wow! what an informative note too! I have to admit I thought at first it was muck-spreading time! A real sense of the rural surroundings here which add both beauty and intrigue to this unique image. Living on the South Downs I have too much blooming lime in my soil, so I need the muck instead ;-).
tyro (19228) 2014-03-20 6:49
What an interesting note you have written! So, as I understand it, this "lime" which is spread on fields is not, in fact, lime (calcium oxide) nor "slaked lime" (calcium hydroxide) but is, actually, chalk (calcium carbonate)?
Anyway, to your picture. I love it! Your composition is excellent and the mound of "lime" in the foreground adds wonderful depth to the image, a depth which is also enhanced by the presence of the large tree on the left and the smaller distant ones. The light is delightful too - so much so that what could otherwise be just a nondescript pile of stuff in the foreground is actaully made rather attractive by the play of light and shade upon it.
Lovely light and colours, fine composition, perfect exposure and exquisite depth of field and sharpness throughout.
SnapRJW (29976) 2014-03-20 10:15
You won't believe me Iain but I thought that this was a large termite's nest when I saw the TN! A rather unusual subject but combined with your note makes for a very good TE upload. Your composition which includes a large expanse of arable land gives the context for the lime is well balanced and beautiful. The light, colours and details add up to an attractive rural scene.
subhendu_bagchi (25394) 2014-03-20 11:16
it is indeed a nice capture. Like the view of nature which you presented here with great clarity and superb depth. Perfect exposer management. A very nicely composed image. Tfs.
pajaran (49584) 2014-03-20 23:38
Vrlo interesantan tekst o poljoprivrednom zemljstu sa opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa oblacima koji donose kisu, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
A very interesting article on the agricultural land with a description ...
Good time recording , sharpness , contrast and perspective , nice place and shown the moment the clouds that bring rain , beautiful colors .
Good work and composition , well captured moment .
Have a nice and successful day , all the best .
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-21 4:03
it is unusual subject but you made it very interesting. In fact your picture drew my attention in miniature and I was very curious what the sand hill was. I like the settings for it very much - the colors and light have been managed very well and add plenty of beauty to the picture.
Thanks for sharing
dta (64142) 2014-03-21 4:59
Hello Iain ,
You've used a simple subject to make a splendid composition . All of the elements are at the right place . I like especially the dark silhouette of the oak tree , and the superb cloudy sky .
mesutilgim (81300) 2014-03-21 15:54
Very nice capture with a nice dramatic sky creating a perfect bakcground to the scenery.
Many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
danos (84275) 2014-03-21 23:26
Good morning Iain,
nice the landscape view of this rural area of Suffolk,with the mound of lime to dominating on the foreground of the scene.The cloudy sky enhance the brilliant light of the scene and escpecially on the foreground making te scene even more effective.
Have a good weekend,Danos
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-23 7:32
Interesting shot of the dirtier side of the countryside here, Iain - we get so many shots of farmland in full bloom, with bales of hay and amazing rolling skies it's easy to forget how much work goes into maintaining a large farm. This shot demonstrates that well. Great light too, and with the opening of the clouds seeming to emanate right from the top of the lime. Thanks!
Didi (55441) 2014-04-04 8:19
Very good lateral lights ambiance and a sky well balanced
It's possible to have a lower position to give more depht in the foreground