Wisconsin patterns

  • Jon From Cincinnati 4y

    Like the Nazca lines in peru!
  • Alberto Plaza Arias 4y

    I really love this photo!!! Congrats!
  • Naomi Grace 4y

    that doesn't look real! That's incredible
  • stullberg86 4y

    where in wisconsin was this photo taken?
  • Šarūnas Burdulis 4y

    stullberg86 South of Madison, somewhere between I-39 and Mississippi...
  • Brittany Robertson 3y

    why does it look this way???
  • Šarūnas Burdulis 3y

    Brittany Robertson It must be something agricultural, but I don't know what exactly...
  • Matt Krueger 3y

    I am from Wisconsin (Milwaukee), and I have never seen the topography quite this way... but I can explain it. Farmers in the rolling hillside need to follow the contours of their land, so farming in straight rows is both not possible and not good for the soil. The Southwestern part of the state is incredibly rich in nutrients but the topography is convoluted. Notice the striped effect? they alternate lines of crops for erosion control in the hills. For a frame of reference, the "fall line" of the hills are perpendicular to the row of crops, so you can get an idea as to how the water would drain down by drawing arrows at 90 degrees to the lines. The "box" effect is due to the county roads between farms. Each farm grows different crops which is why the patterns and colors do not seem to continue outside of their respective squares. Its quite an optical illusion. Sweet photo of a wonderful part of the country.
  • Edward Marek 3y

    As implied by Matt's remarks, called contour farming.
  • Ovi Gherman 3y

    wow nice!
  • Robin Schmidt 3y

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Taken on November 9, 2010
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