Ellepot South Africa Gallery: CPS Nursery growing Ellepot Seedlings

CPS embracing Ellepot technology!

***These images are licensed to Ellepot South Africa***

Lianne provides agricultural and documentary imagery for websites, advertising, training manuals, webinars and imagery for editorial purposes.  If you would like to know more about Lianne’s services, please contact Lianne here with your enquiry or request.

Harvesting maize by hand

I was here over a year ago when this project was right at its beginning stages. It’s been really good to revisit this Harry Gwala Agri community project in Donnybrook and see the progress they have made! Right now they are in the process of harvesting their first crop of maize, and all by hand!

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*These images are licenced to Harry Gwala Agri

Lianne provides agricultural and documentary imagery for websites, advertising, training manuals, webinars and imagery for editorial purposes.  If you would like to know more about Lianne’s services, please contact Lianne here with your enquiry or request.

Gallery: Zunckel Soybean harvest in Bergville for Pannar Seed

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Tyson Zunckel, Bergville

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These images are licenced to Pannar Seed

Lianne provides agricultural and documentary imagery for websites, advertising, training manuals, webinars and imagery for editorial purposes.  If you would like to know more about Lianne’s services, please contact Lianne here with your enquiry or request.

Gallery: Dairy Day day at Loch Buighe and Craigieburn

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Craig Macfarlane

This is a nervous of smile! I have learned that standing here behind these cows can be quite a risky affair!

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Loch Buighe Dairy

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Denton Knight

Veterinary day at Loch Buighe Dairy

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Speed dating

Speed dating for dairy cows!

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Breaking dairy cow stereotypes!

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For the love of radish!

Sunrise (2)
Winter mornings in Ixopo

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Sunrise at Craigieburn Dairy farm

Lianne provides agricultural and documentary imagery for websites, advertising, training manuals, webinars and imagery for editorial purposes.  If you would like to know more about Lianne’s services, please contact Lianne here with your enquiry or request.

Maize harvest in Ixopo

The 2020 maize season is coming to an end! Here are a few images that I took of my brother’s maize crop being harvested in Ixopo by Ashleigh Farm Contracting and services.

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Ashleigh Farm contracting and services harvesting maize at Sutherland Farm

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It’s a good opportunity to have a catch-up while combining!

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Maize ready for harvest

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Clinton Knight of Ashleigh Farm Contracting and services

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Good friends!

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Good to go!

Lianne provides agricultural and documentary imagery for websites, advertising, training manuals, webinars and imagery for editorial purposes.  If you would like to know more about Lianne’s packages and rates, contact Lianne here with your enquiry or request.

Ellepot root stock for Hayter’s Forestry planting operations in Ixopo

Forestry operations

I’ll be doing a series of shoots for Ellepot in the coming months. I kicked off the series with the Hayter’s/Ixopo contracting planting operations. Sutherland Seedlings supplied them with Ellepot Eucalyptus root stock. It was a perfect day for planting; wet, misty and rainy!

Ellepot is a propagation system with patented machines, customized trays and environmentally friendly paper. Seedlings or root stock are planted into paper pots. It’s worth noting the Eucalyptus root structure in these images; one of the many advantages of using Ellepot in the way of seedling/rootstock propagation.  With Ellepot, there is faster root development and it eliminates transplant shock during planting operations.

During this shoot, I was also able to do some people-centric documentary photography of the Hayter’s planting operation and their staff. Thank you to Lionel Van Rooyan and his team of staff who gave me their time and were happy for me to click away in the background and to capture an  Ellepot ‘planting operation.’

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Root stock ready for planting!

Carrying Hydrogel

Forestry operations (1)

Lunch break
Lunch Break!

Planting Ellepots
Ellepot Eucalyptus root stock ready for planting!

Planting Ellepot seedlings (2)
Digging a hole for the Ellepot

Forestry operations in Ixopo
Planting Eucalyptus root stock

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Ixopo Contracting

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Lionel Van Rooyan of Ixopo Contracting/Hayters forestry operation

These images are commissioned by Ellepot.

Lianne provides agricultural imagery for websites, advertising, training manuals, webinars and imagery for editorial purposes.  If you would like to know more about Lianne’s packages and rates, contact Lianne here with your enquiry or request.

The Gardener

Ta-da!! I present you Shirl Moberly’s beautiful garden! The Moberly’s won this photography shoot at the Lynford Country Weekend a couple years ago in an auction. It was a ‘farm photography shoot’ with lifestyle included. A couple weeks ago, I photographed some of their dairy operations, mostly of pasture management and then of course Shirl’s lovely garden. Shirl especially requested that I delay the shoot by 6 months as she was working on her garden and redesigning some of it for her daughter’s pending farm wedding. The plan was to have the wedding when the aloes are flowering in May this year. But as so many ‘almost brides and groom’s’ know, COVID-19 has meant that all weddings are postponed until further notice! Nevertheless, the garden goes on and right now, it’s bursting with colour! Shirls garden is mostly a succulent/aloe garden and is absolutely spectacular at this time of year during the dry winter months. Aloes are a personal favourite of mine. They usually start to flower around the end of Autumn and go right into the cold and frosty winter months, bringing the landscape to life with bold pops of orange, red and yellow that contrast the clear blue sky. Shirl’s garden is a work of art. She’s cleverly grouped plants together that create a contrast in colour, height and shape and has designed various garden features using river rocks, railway sleepers and old farm objects. She’s also managed to make functional objects such as the water tank, look pretty!  While photographing this garden, I had to stop often and simply look. Because it seemed that with every section of the garden or nook and cranny – there was something interesting that Shirl had created! It’s going to make a stunning wedding venue, take 2!

For her daughter’s wedding, the plan was to use a few hundred potted succulents as wedding decor and ‘favours.’ Shirl has built a temporary greenhouse for the succulents where she will keep them (and nurture them) until next year for the new wedding date! Since the wedding did not take place because of lock down, the bride and groom decided to stay on the farm for lock down instead of returning to their city life! A good choice I think, especially when it’s in a place as beautiful as the Umzimkulu valley! I was able to get a few shots of the Bride and Groom (to be) on this shoot too!

While I am focused on agricultural and documentary photography, it’s always a pleasure to have a change of scene and a new subject matter such as this garden and a lovely couple to photograph!  I did however manage to squeeze in some ‘documentary photography’ while on this shoot! The Moberly’s just love their dogs and requested that I get a few of them too. I believe I managed to capture some of what goes on behind the scenes, when no-one is looking!

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Farm view

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Garden feature

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Dairy photography; Pastures and silage

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I have finally been able to complete the second part of the Moberly’s farm photography shoot of their Dairy as well as take some lifestyle pictures of the family and garden. There was meant to be a wedding here a month ago, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic all plans have changed! All the aloes are in flower and it is truly a beautiful time of year, especially here in the Umzimkulu Valley. It was going to be a stunning venue! Nevertheless, the farm carries on as usual despite COVID-19. This shoot was part of an auction and was won by the Moberly’s a couple a years ago during the Lynford Clover Country weekend. As well as farm photography, Shirl especially wanted me to capture her garden in flower, hence the wait for this year’s aloe season. A post of Shirls magnificent garden is to follow. But for now, it’s all about the dairy!

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Forestry operations; Burning firebreaks

Documentary photography of Craig Macfarlane and the Hayter’s team in Ixopo burning fire breaks.

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Fire breaks

 

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The maize harvest; it’s a family affair

Thanks to the Lister family for being my Pannar models! I wanted to capture a mix of natural and posed images of the family during their maize harvest, in particular the kids being true farm kids; barefoot and free, clambering up the dusty combine harvester and with ‘mother and father’ in the back ground! These images are commissioned by Pannar Seed.

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Farmlife

These images are commissioned by Pannar Seed.

Lianne provides agricultural imagery for websites, advertising, training manuals, webinars and imagery for editorial purposes.  If you would like to know more about Lianne’s packages and rates, contact Lianne here with your enquiry or request.

Gehla, the Cabbage farmer

I visited Gehla Mngona and his family a few weeks ago to see how his cabbages are coming on. Gehla had planted 20000 cabbage seedlings from Sutherland Seedlings and they are about ready for harvest! Cabbages form part of the staple diet here in KwaZulu-Natal and are a great source of nutrients and dietary fibre, especially during ‘lockdown’ when staying healthy is key.

Gallery of Gehla’s family and crop

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Lianne provides agricultural imagery for websites, advertising, training manuals, webinars and imagery for editorial purposes.  If you would like to know more about Lianne’s packages and rates, contact Lianne here with your enquiry or request.
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Unless otherwise stipulated and so credited, all material on this site is the work of Lianne Ashton and is ©Lianne Ashton Photography. Unauthorised use/and or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Lianne Ashton is strictly prohibited. All rights reserved. 

A gallery; Farm operations during COVID-19

While many South African’s retreat to their homes, farmers and farm workers go on, ensuring there be food for the masses now and in the coming months. Here is a gallery of Sutherland Seedlings in Ixopo during the COVID-19 pandemic. Strict hand sanitising takes place on arrival, throughout the day and when leaving site. The taxi’s that transport the staff home have also adopted a strict hand sanitizing routine.

Sutherland Seedlings Nursery, Ixopo, South Africa

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Sutherland Seedlings Website

Lianne provides agricultural imagery for websites, advertising, training manuals, webinars and imagery for editorial purposes.  If you would like to know more about Lianne’s packages and rates, contact Lianne here with your enquiry or request.

Copyright

Unless otherwise stipulated and so credited, all material on this site is the work of Lianne Ashton and is ©Lianne Ashton Photography. Unauthorised use/and or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Lianne Ashton is strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.