scan of a photo from “A Golden Dolly: The Art, Mystery and History of
Corn Dollies,” by M. Lambeth. London: John Baker Ltd., 1969. Reprinted
1971 and 1973.
“These Stack ornaments are not plaited as are
the corn dollies used in the Harvest Festival and farmhouse kitchens,
but are made by folding the straw and tying it with binder twine, or
even strong grass or reed. … The stack thatcher had many
of these ornaments which he would use to trim the top of any stack he
thatched. To-day he will tell you they are to ‘finish off’ the top
points, or finials, but at the time when people feared the evil
influence of witches, the objects arranged on the ridge of the stack
were put there with a purpose.” [pp. 91-92].
It was hoped that religious ornaments would repel flying witches who
might land on the stack; another belief was that witches might be kept
too busy entertaining themselves with these “toys” to cast harmful
spells on the grain.
Airplane! (1980) Dir: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker DOP: Joseph Biroc “The life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn’t have fish for dinner.”
I was happy to find this scene at the top of a small hill while driving through the countryside. The land is mostly flat in this area, so I usually frame my photos with a lot of sky, but this time the foreground was interesting enough to give it some more real estate. When shooting fields I often go right up to the fence to shoot over it, but I thought this one was interesting, with it’s rusted wire and weathered wood, nature starting to take over, and of course the bird house, which seemed to be as old as the fence. The sunset started with a small patch of clouds in the distance catching the yellow light, which turned to orange and then pink as they moved toward me. I made this time stack by combining 184 photos into one image.
Only a few clouds lit up with colour during this sunset. The sun made a brief appearance before moving past the horizon and the clouds on the right that did catch some colour make the two look a bit like a comet with a long tail. I made this time stack by combining 177 photos into one image.