For our family, summer time isn’t about playing in the water, camping, or visiting with friends until late.
Summer is when the real work begins.
Why is it that the more pictures I take, the more I realize that the most beautiful pictures are those that show people working hard or equipment that’s been used over and over again.
Farmers, on the other hand, prefer a nice new coat of paint on their equipment every once in awhile.
I suppose it’s because Farmers have a “thing” about Diesel engines….well, at least my husband does…
Even though I’d prefer the rustic look…must be the photographer in me.
Cutting wheat, aka “Harvesting Wheat”, is like a dance. In order to cut all the wheat before snow flies, you need really large combines. These are John Deere combines with 30 foot headers.
The first one is a 9600. My husband’s favorite! And on this day, my father-in-law was driving it. As you can see in the distance, the last two combines are close behind.
My father-in-law quickly empties his bulk tank (where the kernels of wheat are kept) into the wheat truck. That arm looking thing is called an auger. He must be quick…he doesn’t want to slow down the dance.
He swings his auger back into place, starts the separator again (that’s the fingers in the front that cut the wheat) and takes off to cut more wheat.
Just in time, because here comes their hired hand, Eric, driving another John Deere 9600. These machines are just so big… I’m in “awe” every time I’m around them.
The last of the wheat is being transferred.
Once Eric is finished, he follows the same routine as my father-in-law did…only now he has to follow the straight…well, hopefully, straight line that my father-in-law made.
This combine really spreads the wheat shaft behind it. Leaving large piles of wheat stems makes it harder to plow through later on.
Have I mentioned how good the wheat heads are looking? Well…see for yourself.
Apparently this little ladybug thinks so too!
Last, but not least….my most favorite combine of all…ok, so maybe it’s just because my very own farmer husband is driving it today.
Sure wish those windows were cleaner so I could see my handsome hubby better!
The end of the dance is over…for this round anyway.
You see they keep doing this over and over and over again…
…the circle keeps getting smaller and smaller and smaller…
..until all the wheat is gone!
The truck drivers work, however, is just beginning. Here, Uncle Clark takes his load of wheat that the combine drivers just dumped on him….
…and brings it here to raise the truck bed up and dump all the wheat onto the ground…ok…a tarped, funnel like hole in the ground where another auger transfers it into a semi-truck.
Then another farmer drives it to the town’s grain elevator. Whew!!! I’m exhausted…and all I did was take the pictures!
Thank you Farmers for this delicious bread I’m eating right now!
Photos by Country Dove Photography