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Octopus-armed Sulphur Slinger

Posted: August 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Bordeaux, France, Wine | 1 Comment »

This Doc-Oc mishap is a specialized piece of viticulture equipment used to spray the vines with a copper sulfate solution. This anti-fungal agent smells strongly of sulphur — an odor that has not yet washed out from our work shirts though we have not touched a vine in almost 6 weeks. It’s attached to a special, extra-skinny John Deer tractor nimble enough to navigate the narrow rows. To see one these rumbling towards you, emitting a wall of noxious, light-blue gas, can be intimidating.

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One Comment on “Octopus-armed Sulphur Slinger”

  1. 1 Jeanne said at 7:41 am on August 11th, 2010:

    I thought perhaps it was a work of art from your host in Umbria. I think the Museum of Modern Art should have one on display in its functional art section.

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