The cotton fields

Re-discover the simple beauty of a cotton field.

November 25, 2010 10:09
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Cotton Field

Cotton Field 521. (photo credit: Yeshoshua Halevi)


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Cotton has received a bad rap in Israel because it is an intensive water consumer in a region short on water supplies. Israeli scientists are trying to develop high-quality strains that require less water, but in the meantime, we’ll have to imagine the wads of fluff melting into the soil and replenishing our aquifers. I like this photo because it presents an unusual view of Israel from two perspectives.

First, a foreboding sky is atypical in a country with a very mild climate. Secondly, this scene resembles winter more than late summer when it was taken, and certainly differs from the olive orchards that typify this country’s landscape.

Once again I had to venture off road to find this viewpoint. Passersby might not even notice the field as it is obscured from view by roadside vegetation.

I did spot it and drove headfirst into the thick of it, as I had never before stood in a cotton field and wanted the additional thrill of admiring it up close. There was nothing prominent on the horizon so I grabbed my widest lens in order to accentuate the vastness of the field. I raised the camera to its highest point on my tripod, which is over my head, so I stood on the doorsill of my car in order to focus and compose the image. To bring the closest plants into prominence, I pointed the camera down slightly and fired off the self-timer, a useful feature to avoid the shake that results from pressing the shutter release.

Yehoshua Halevi is an award-winning photojournalist and event photographer. For queries on simha photography in Israel and Europe, please send an e-mail View the entire Israel the Beautiful series at

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