geometry and land patterns, part 3

Another in a series of posts looking at patterns of land use and agriculture, thanks to the aerial photography available from Google maps.

In this post, a number of photos of agricultural land patterns from around the world.  I don’t know much about any of these other than seeing the patterns and wondering what combination of crops, irrigation, tradition, use, etc. creates the sometimes radical, sometimes subtle changes from one field to the next.

Above, fields of very different crops, in Japan, carefully and precisely defined in one direction, with variability in the other direction.

Above, in India, pastures dotted with the occasional perimeter tree.  Probably the same kinds of plant species, but within that there are fine variations of color that result from slightly different intensities of use, irrigation, etc.

Above, in Switzerland, neat and organized.

Above, in Vietnam, subtle gradations betweens fields, maybe of all the same crops with only slight differences.

Above, in Mississippi.  This is not agriculture, but rather some strange road and development pattern, like little pea tendrils spreading out without regard to fields, woods, etc.

If you have any thoughts or knowledge about what makes these patterns the way they are, drop me a line.

geometry and land patterns, part 2

In part of an ongoing series, another look at fascinating land patterns created by the intersections of typography, irrigation, hydrology, agriculture and culture.

patterns of planting and fields, the circular geometry determined by meandering rivers, in Louisiana

Above, the small fields and pastures of Ireland, cut into an odd amalgam of shapes and geometries, more defined by pastoral farming than mechanized field work.

Above, the beautiful image of the mouth of the Mississippi River as it enters the Gulf of Mexico, a stunning kind of squirrel-like hand grasping at the blue sea.  As related to the images of agriculture shown above –  the dead zone created in the Gulf as a result of oxygen-depleting agricultural fertilizers draining down the Mississippi, makes for a strikingly clear blue sea.

geometry and land patterns

you just gotta love Google maps and the vast amount of aerial photography that has been made accessible.

In a culture increasing dominated by cities and suburbs, it is instructive to take a flyover via Google maps.  The patterns of topography and hydrology, roads and towns are occasionally broken by striking moments of clear, simple geometries.

The photo above is from Colorado’s San Luis Valley showing the patterns created by circular irrigation systems.

Above, again in Colorado, this time the eastern plains and the patterns of irrigation and dryland farming (long rectangular strips make better use of the geometries of planting and harvesting equipment)

Above, yet more high plains farming, this time in North Dakota, and alternating directions of large combine harvested wheat fields.