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Hog Day Afternoon — Photo for Wade Martin, American Farmer, Stone County, Missouri

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Hog Day Afternoon

Photo for Wade Martin, American Farmer, Stone County, Missouri

This hog rests under a coconut tree in Barangay Balud, Leyte, Republic of the Philippines. The hog is resting on a hill top. Behind the hog, is a drop off of about 10 feet straight down into the river, which shows up as a yellow color in the top of the photo.

I grew up on a hog farm, between Abesville and Galena, Missouri, in rural Stone County. My mother used about 10 acres of land for 25 head of hogs, Duroc, Hampshire and Yorkshire breeds to raise numerous litters of feeder pigs for market. From 1960 until 1982, before the county voted in Planning and Zoning, the hogs loved to “root” their snouts in the soil and wallow in beds of leaves in the hollow. The woven wire fence with the strand of barbed wire, usually kept the hogs in the field.

Every now and then, Momma would have to put a “ring” in a boar’s nose to keep him from “rooting under the fence” and getting out on the state highway. Filipino farmers don’t usually have the acreage to allow the hogs to roam, so it is not uncommon to see a sow or boar tethered to a tree.

Wade Martin, of Abesville, Missouri, is one American farmer, who could appreciate the weather and real estate limitations that Filipino farmers have to endure to raise a feeder pig for meat for the family or trying to get a litter ready to go to market.

I shot this photograph about 2:30 p.m., February 24, 2012. February is usually a cold month, with at least one snowfall in southwest Missouri and farmers are grateful if the temperatures rise about freezing – 32 degrees. On this February day in Leyte, it was around seventy degrees, which explains why the hog was stretched out for an afternoon nap in the heat. Canon EOS 40 D Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Photography Patrol – “Pigeon Patrol — Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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“Pigeon Patrol”

Nephew Glen Roa, tossed out the bird seed, this morning. Suddenly, the sky above One Warren Way is alive with the flutter of pigeon wings. The nephews “pet” pigeons precision decent to their in-the-field mess hall and gather for breakfast chow, while ignoring the “Foreign Object Debris” of the piece of a brown plastic sack in the left corner of the photo.

It is reported that the last official “military carrier pigeon” died at the end of World War II. Thus, these pet pigeons have come to expect the “welfare” contributions of the boys each morning before school.

I grew up on a hog farm in Missouri and pets were dogs,puppies,cats, kittens,runt pigs, and the occasional baby calf on a bottle. Cardinals and blue jays flew overhead, but, they waited until people were a safe distance away before doing “touch and go” landings in the yard for feed seed.

In the US Air Force, man’s metal birds and nature’s birds had problems sharing the sky overhead. Each year, birds jeopardized “man and machine” through “bird strikes”, when either a bird or a flock of birds would get sucked into a large aircraft engine damaging the rotor blades and threatening the overall safety of the flight.

There were also “bird strike” incidents were a bird would slam through the canopy of a fighter aircraft, smashing the canopy, injuring and sometimes killing the fighter pilot. Thus, global air force bases and large international civilian airports always used a variety of ways to try and “scare” birds away from the active runways and maintain a safe “No Fly Zone” for nature’s birds. Therefore, when it comes to pigeons, I leave the morning and afternoon pigeon patrol sortie schedules to the boys and their pet pigeons. Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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