November 3, 2011

Alabama Cotton

Alabama Cotton Fields

Yesterday I drove past this cotton field.

Alabama Cotton Fields

This time of year in Alabama, I can’t leave the house without driving past giant fields of white, fluffy cotton.

Alabama Cotton Fields

It’s everywhere. Big fields. Little fields. By gas stations. Between houses.

Alabama Cotton Fields

When the sun is high, and the fields are vast, the cotton in the distance just glitters, as if it were a mirage. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

Alabama Cotton Fields

This is Alabama snow.

Alabama Cotton Fields

Pretty soon it will all be picked clean. It’s almost time to harvest.

Alabama Cotton Fields

It’s always a little sad to see the stripped bare, naked cotton fields.

Alabama Cotton Fields

But it’ll be back next year, just as white, fluffy and beautiful.

Alabama Cotton Fields

Yesterday, I drove past this beautiful cotton field, and I had to jump out and snap a few photos before it’s gone for another year.

Alabama Cotton Fields

So soft. Just like big, fluffy cotton balls.

Alabama Cotton Fields

I always want to reach out and grab it.

Alabama Cotton Fields

This one exploded.

Alabama Cotton Fields

Happy Fall, ya’ll. Love, Alabama.



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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 3, 2011 at 2:59 am

Amanda such beautiful pics….wow! The contrast with the white/blue, the crispness of the sky, the clarity in your pics; the delicateness of the cotton that you captured…I think the cotton industry should be hiring you with these pics :)

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Kelly November 3, 2011 at 2:59 am

Thanks for posting the photos of the beautiful cotton fields. Being from “up north” originally and now an expat living in London, I have never seen cotton fields. Your photos were beautiful – perfect time day with the blue sky, sun and wonderful color in the background! Will now forward this off to my kids to enjoy!

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Leonie-Australia November 3, 2011 at 3:33 am

Beautiful photos Amanda.

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Suzanna Bird @fancycowdecor November 3, 2011 at 3:50 am

It looks like winter and autumn at the same time as the cotton appears to look like snow but then there are the lovely autumn trees around it. Really beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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Southern Gal November 3, 2011 at 5:34 am

Gorgeous. You take me back to my childhood. We would drive to my grandparents’ home almost every weekend. It was a 45 mile trek with cotton fields all over the place. I have to admit my sister and I would complain every time we smelled that chemical they used to put on the plants before harvesting. ;) That was in the late 60′s, early 70′s.

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Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) November 3, 2011 at 6:09 am

Gosh, these pictures are so surreal! I always think of cotton balls as being so manufactured and mysterious, but this simplifies it so much. So pretty!

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Mary November 3, 2011 at 6:17 am

Thank you for the photos of the cotton fields. Never have I see anything like this in my whole life. I just can’t get over it. What an awesome God we have!!! WOW!

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Debbie November 3, 2011 at 6:27 am

Thanks for sharing! I live in Oklahoma and we have a few cotton fields here too. It is breathtaking when all of a sudden you see a field “snow covered” in the Fall!! I have to share a funny story I always think of when the cotton is in full bloom. In high school a very girlie girl told us she asked her boyfriend if she could have some of his fathers cotton to use for a school project in home economics. He asked her how many bolls she wanted and she said “Oh, I don’t need a whole bowl full just one or two is fine.” -us country girls laughed pretty hard at that one!

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Jennifer November 3, 2011 at 6:29 am

So glad to see that a southern gal feels the same way I do!! I am from Indiana and have only seen cotton fields a few times. The last time being a couple months ago in South Carolina! It is so strange for me to see fields that look like that!! We might be moving to South Carolina and I am excited to see these fields more often!

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angela November 3, 2011 at 6:36 am

LOVE the south! Love. It.

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh November 3, 2011 at 7:02 am

That is absolutely beautiful! You’ve kinda put this on my bucket list now!

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Jessica November 3, 2011 at 7:23 am

mmm beautiful.. you make me want to take pictures

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Jodi November 3, 2011 at 7:24 am

I would love to see this some day. Your photos make you want to reach out and pick the cotton. We farm here in Southern Ohio mostly grains like wheat, soybeans, corn and spelts, but we are always amazed what kind of crops other farmers raise. Your photos are gorgous and gives us all a little lesson on where things come from. Thanks for sharing.

Jodi

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Crystal November 3, 2011 at 7:41 am

I agree! The fields in West Tennessee are lovely. I love visiting family there and driving past the the beautiful fields.

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Debbie in S. Florida November 3, 2011 at 7:56 am

Hi, Amanda.

What beautiful pictures, and it’s so funny you posted this right now. I literally just finished reading John Grisham’s book, “A Painted House”, which features cotton picking as a big part of the plot. Great book, by the way, though it takes place in Arkansas, not Alabama, but it was so neat to see your pictures! I had a picture in my mind of what cotton fields looked like, but the real thing is much prettier! Thanks for more beautiful photos. I always smile at your posts, whether they’re gorgeous landscapes yummy, mouthwatering desserts, or fun things like candles and other good things that make me want to run out and buy them! I live vicariously through you!

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Angie @ Bigbearswife November 3, 2011 at 7:59 am

I love cotton fields. When we lived in NC there was a huge one up the road from us and it was always so so pretty when the cotton was almost ready to be harvested!

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Julie @ juliechiou [dot] com November 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

wow, that is so cool!! i’ve never seen cotton like that before. thanks for sharing, i hope i get to see this someday!

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Brekke November 3, 2011 at 8:02 am

Love your pictures. My husband and I just moved to the Huntsville area from Florida. I gasped the first time I saw a field of cotton. I have absolutely loved driving by the cotton fields everyday!

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Melanie @ Whimsical Creations November 3, 2011 at 8:08 am

Looks beautiful!!

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Amanda Dawn November 3, 2011 at 8:10 am

Alabama snow…without the cold! I think I like that–being from Northern Maine and all. : ) Our Harvest has already passed, fields of potatoes dug, trees mostly bare, car windshields iced over with thick frost most mornings…already had a layering of real snow (which thankfully melted the same day)! I’ve been down south once, a few years back, but didn’t get the chacne to see a cotton field. Seeing a cotton field is going on my bucket list. May seem silly, but the idea of a field of white snow without the cold is worth experiencing at least once!

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Urban Wife November 3, 2011 at 8:24 am

I love cotton fields! Your pictures are gorgeous, as usual.

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Lori Allberry November 3, 2011 at 8:34 am

Oh my goodness gracious Amanda, these photos are GORGEOUS! I almost felt like I was there! It was like I could reach out and grab them!!!

Thank You for sharing!! ♥

Lori

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Stephanie November 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

Beautiful pictures!!
Stephanie @ All Artful

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Lori @ RecipeGirl November 3, 2011 at 8:52 am

Leave it to you to find beauty on the side of the road. I love that you called it “Alabama Snow!” Looks just like it!!

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Beth November 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

Thanks for sharing! I was just looking at the pictures before beginning my work day here in Chicago and those photos reminded me of the famous Alabama song, High Cotton! “We were walkin in High Cotton, Old Times there are not forgotten, those fertile fields are never far away.” Which is one of my favorite songs! Thanks for putting a smile on my face today! This time of year is so beautiful!

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Kelly Graham November 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

That is beautiful

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Trish November 3, 2011 at 9:05 am

Absolutely amazing!!! I have seen plenty of snow in my lifetime of Upstate New York winters, and I would GLADLY trade it for yours :-)
Thank You so very much for sharing!

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Nesha November 3, 2011 at 9:14 am

Thank you for sharing. How lucky are you to witness first hand the beauty of fresh cotton. I work with vintage chenille and am amazed how many forms cotton can become.
Nesha
Facebook: Nesha’s Vintage Niche

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Chere November 3, 2011 at 9:21 am

Oh Amada I ditto that thought. When we drive to our place in No. Fl. the cotton fields are beautiful. Two weeks ago I had to stop and snap a few pics. Yes, it is the South’s snow. It always makes me think of all the people that pick it by hand. The husk are so sharp. My Grandfather talked about his Mother picking cotton and her hands would bleed. Thank Goodness for Eli Whitney and his cotton gin. This is a very special treat for us lucky few to see. Thanks for sharing with the rest of the world.

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Lindsey November 3, 2011 at 9:26 am

These pictures are beautiful. I do love Alabama in the fall!

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Marianne November 3, 2011 at 9:28 am

Thank you so much for posting the beautiful pics. I live in the midwest and have been trying to get south for years. Just love it. It made me smile.

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Cathy November 3, 2011 at 9:28 am

Alabama snow! I love it. Makes me sing that pick a bale of cotton song in my head.

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Marilyn November 3, 2011 at 9:34 am

I always have to stop too to take pictures when the bolls are huge and fluffy. I love our “Mississippi Snow” and don’t think I will ever get tired of seeing the beautiful fields in the fall. Now the defoliant that they spray it…I could live without that. :) Beautiful pictures! And also the trees are so gorgeous too, it reminds me of fruity pebbles. :)

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KellyRae November 3, 2011 at 9:44 am

I love your analogy of Alabama snow! I live in a rural area of central Arizona and we too are having our cotton season. Every few miles the ginning operations are going 24/7 and the bales are lining up in between the cotton rows.

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Jennifer November 3, 2011 at 9:44 am

Wow! I have never seen anything like that before. Thank you for sharing:)

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Jenny Flake November 3, 2011 at 10:05 am

These pictures are just perfect! Love the colors!! Hope you have a great weekend!!

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Becky November 3, 2011 at 10:52 am

That is so beautiful! I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while, love your recipes, pictures, fonts . . . I’ve never been to the south, never seen anything like this. Thank you for sharing. :)

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Sabrina November 3, 2011 at 11:25 am

I’m from Southeast Missouri where cotton is king! This is what I remember the falls there looking like, absolutely beautiful. I live in Tennessee now and have colorful foliage here in the fall and some tobacco fields, and the occasional cotton fields, but nothing like back “home.”

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

Gorgeous scenery and photos! A perfect setting for many photography assignments! Just so breath-taking!

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Briana November 3, 2011 at 11:37 am

WOW! I’ve never seen such a thing. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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Deliciously Organic November 3, 2011 at 11:48 am

Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for posting these photos!

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Manda November 3, 2011 at 11:55 am

I grew up in Alabama and have recently moved back with my family after having have lived in VA for over a decade. We were driving to Prattville from Montgomery a couple of weeks ago. As you leave the city there are huge fields of white on the interstate. My five year old, who had never seen it said “Look Mommy, Snow!”.

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Shirley November 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I loved these pictures, Amanda!
I live in Utah where we have real snow, and I’ve never seen anything like this. How amazing!
Shirley

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Angela H. November 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Such a nice post. I have lived in central NC my entire life. We have cotton fields and they are very pretty, but those gorgeous foothills in the distance covered in fall foliage combined with those MASSIVE fields of “Alabama snow” is just breathtaking. Thanks for having such a sweet and true spirit, and not being afraid to share it.

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darcie November 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm

this is so cool! I’ve never seen cotton fields. Awesome pictures :)

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Erin November 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I’m from the Pacific Northwest and I’ve never seen anything like this before. Incredible! Thanks for sharing :)

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sinika November 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Amanda! This is so dang cool- thanks for sharing! Being from Utah, I’ve never seen anything like it!!

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Dalia November 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I love it! We have tons of these in Southern AL. There’s a field by our house & I just love the fluff. It is sad when they are bare. Beautiful photos.

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Maria November 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Oh how I miss the south! Used to live in Memphis many, many moons ago. The white stuff in these parts (eastern PA) is of the cold and wet variety, and this year it came much, much to early and broke my pretty dogwood tree that was drenched in fall color =( Oh well. Thanks for sharing your photos are beautiful!

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Anne November 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Oh, my! Love the gorgeous photos of the cotton fields.

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Lisa November 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Thanks for the pictures. I’ve never seen cotton fields before! I wanted to reach out to the photos and touch them! Thanks for sharing. :)

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Sandra November 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

i actually had no idea that cotton grew like that and always looked like that. informative

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Trudy November 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Beautiful Alabama snow! Wow! Thanks for stopping to take these gorgeous pictures. I love how differently beautiful each state is, and how the seasons are different everywhere, and how we all must learn to enjoy and treasure our own homestates’ seasonal gifts. Thanks so very much for these wonderful photos.

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Deb November 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Cotton plants fascinate me. It really is a miracle that there is a plant that grows something such as this which we can use to make soft clothing. Beautiful pictures. Love your blog – have a great night.

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Carrie November 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm

This is so interesting to me! Growing up in the North East and now living in Northern California, I’ve never seen cotton growing! I’ve always been so curious. Thank you for posting this.

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Wenderly November 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm

That is just so lovely! Isn’t nature amazing? I mean really. Beautiful, fluffy white cotton balls growing on a stick. Just amazing.

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Tina Bowering November 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I’ve never seen cotton growing either – it’s just beautiful!

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Kris Boydstun November 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Very cool pictures! I didn’t realize how white it really is on the plant. I’ve seen it in movies, but never up close like this! Just amazing! Thanks for sharing, Amanda!

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Carolyn November 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Gorgeous photography! I haven’t ever seen cotton in bloom like that.

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Kaye Hermann November 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I loved those pictures and I love your blog. I would never get to see the world without you. You make my life happier guys!

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Robin D November 3, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Amanda, I am so glad you stopped and took these pictures. I have never seen cotton plants let alone when they have gone to seed (?) What a crazy plant. It sure was fun to see them.
Thanks for sharing,

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Clarice November 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm

WOW! Amazing pictures!

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Shannon Stamp November 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Thanks for posting these lovely pictures. I have never been to Alabama and I never saw what cotton fields looked like. Learned something new everyday. So pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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brandi November 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Gorgeous! Love your work!
OKC, OK ; )

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Jeanette November 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I wish I lived near a field of cotton – so naturally plentiful and beautiful – thanks for capturing this view through your gorgeous photography.

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Georgia Pellegrini November 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Love it! It’s my favorite time of year when I visit Arkansas in the fall and there is cotton everywhere.

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Ashley W. November 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Living out West, I have never seen a cotton field. That is really cool. Thanks for sharing.

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Koko @ KokoLikes November 4, 2011 at 12:04 am

Beautiful photos, these are so gorgeous I want to frame one. Truly exquisite.

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Alissa November 4, 2011 at 1:11 am

Thanks for sharing, I’ve never seen a cotton field! I suppose it’s something you take for granted the same way those of us from Wisconsin don’t even notice the cows grazing in the fields. :-)

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Kristina Vanni November 4, 2011 at 10:32 am

Breathtaking! I have never seen a cotton field before. How impressive! My sister’s boyfriend is from Mississippi, do they have beautiful fields like this over there as well?

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Crystal November 4, 2011 at 11:51 am

I LOOVE this post! We cannot live too far from each other! This looks like every little road around my little rural Alabama community! Isn’t it just wonderful! I really do take these beautiful fields for granted, so I am so happy to see this post. It reminds me of how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful state! (I live near J’ville/Gadsden, btw:)) Have a wonderful day!!!
Crystal
Homemaker in Heels

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Arlene Grimm November 4, 2011 at 11:55 am

When I see the cotton fields in the fall, I think of the Bible Verse, the fields are white unto harvest…..One of the beautiful things about an Autumn in the South!

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Angela Lewis November 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm

These are great pictures. I live here, in North Alabama and it IS just beautiful!

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Amber November 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm

You know how to make an Alabama girl smile!

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Amanda Bumgarner November 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Fantastic pictures! I can’t even imagine the sight… I’ve only ever seen corn and/or wheat fields. The little balls of cotton are really cool!

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kayela salinas November 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Thats beautiful, I would love to see and touch all of those cotton balls!

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Jen November 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Wow! this is soo beautiful! I don’t think I’ve ever seen pics of a cotton field. Lovely.

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Cindy November 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Thanks so much for sharing! For those of us who have never seen cotton growing in the fields, it is fascinating to see what it really looks like :)

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Kara November 4, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Beautiful!! I was just in the Athens area a couple of weeks ago and meant to get some pictures, but I ended up being rushed and forgot all about it! We have cotton here in NC, but the fields down there just go forever and the way the afternoon sun hits them just makes it beautiful!

(I was in bama for my besties big 3-0 and I took her to the Dismal Canyon for the day after I had read your blog post on it last year. It was amazing and well worth demanding she not go until I was down!)

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Judy Christensen November 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Love to see the cotton – I only have ‘snow’ – never have seen a real cotton field – thanks for sharing -

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Kaye November 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I have never seen a cotton field in bloom! Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your photos!!!

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theurbanbaker November 4, 2011 at 11:15 pm

lucky you for living close to something this beautiful! thank you so much for sharing this little touch of the south!

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Pam November 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

cool

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TriGirl November 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cotton field–it’s gorgeous! (Stumbled on your site and now checking out your posts)

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Di DeCota November 6, 2011 at 8:22 am

I have never seen a cotton field before. This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing all of these beautiful pictures!

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Lynzie November 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

I would love to drive by a cotton field! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures, in Oregon we have NOTHING like this.

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Sylvia92 November 6, 2011 at 10:32 am

Absolutely gorgeous pictures ! It’s really incredible. I’m just passing by and I discover these. Really fascinating ! Thanks for sharing such beautiful shots ! Hello from France !

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Amber November 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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Tra Wright Knox November 7, 2011 at 4:03 am

Oh, wow! I have never seen anything like this! Beautiful! Living in England of course we don’t have cotton fields – thanks for sharing! Will try to not take my cotton wool for granted! :D

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Brittany November 7, 2011 at 8:33 am

Gorgeous pictures! What kind of camera do you use?

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Connie B November 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

WOW :) What a beautiful sight!!!

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michelle November 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I love this post – I have never seen cotton up close like that – its gorgeous. Thank you :)

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Heather November 9, 2011 at 8:09 am

I love your pictures–they make me miss Alabama so much! I can’t wait until we live there again in a few years and are able to enjoy Alabama in the fall!

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Kristin@DesignNSuch November 11, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Beautiful!! I know I sound like everyone else but, I’ve never seen cotton fields before. Your pictures make me wanna reach out and touch the cotton!!

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Cathy Davis November 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I’m in Alabama too! (I found your site through pinterest.)

We don’t have a lot cotton fields in Birmingham. I enjoyed seeing your pictures. Reminded me of when I was younger and we drove up north to visit family. Bunches of cotton up that way.

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Daniela November 17, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Wow, so beautiful! I would love to do a photo shoot in a cotton field! Great photos!
danieladukleska.com

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Kristen November 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Amanda,

These pictures are gorgeous! Being from Noo Yawk, I’ve never seen cottton fields before! Love the Alabama snow!

Thanks for sharing them!
Kristen Hayes

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sgbrown February 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Oklahoma used to have lots of cotton fields, but you just don’t see many anymore. I really miss them. Beautiful pictures!

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Elizabeth August 24, 2012 at 7:23 am

Oh, Amanda! You have made my day with these pictures.
My Dad and I went on road trips all the time when I was a kid and he always stopped at cotton fields to show them to me. These are very fond memories I hold deep in my heart. Isn’t it funny the little things we remember and cherish from childhood? Beautiful Photos, thank you for sharing!

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Chelsea November 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm

My fiance and I are hoping to take some of our engagement pictures in a cotton field soon, and those are just beautiful! Can you please tell me where these pictures were taken? We’d love to look into it. Thanks so much!

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