By the time May rolls around, the orchard grass and fescue are getting tall and ripe in the hayfields, ready for the first harvest of the season. I took these photos of my dad and brother baling a field a little while ago, and thought you guys might like to see some behind-the-scenes (and some picturesque farm landscapes 😛 )! I don’t usually photograph tractors or machinery that much, but it was fun for different. 🙂
As you can see, they had already got a lot done by the time I came, so it was at a good stage for photographing. ;)There’s something about haybales dotting a field that looks so pretty to me…
After the grass had been cut and dried in the sun, my brothers gathered up the hay strewn all over the field into rows, called “windrows.” That’s what my brother Logan is doing in the old Allis-Chalmers tractor here. (I always liked how that sounded like Allison. :’D )
You can see what he’s doing a little more clearly in this photo.
Ahh, I love this picture! Ordinarily the telephone lines get in the way of my photos, but occasionally they actually add to it. 🙂
I like the contrast between the straight lines of the telephone poles, and the round bales and curved hill.
The funny thing was, the finished field looked nicer than the lawn at our house! XD It was mowed off perfectly smoothly, and looked like a huge yard.
Can you spot two tractors in this photo?
The next step after forming the windrows is baling them up. Here’s Dad in our much newer Fendt tractor, coming behind Logan to feed the windrows into the baler.
The baler rolls the hay up tightly and wraps netting around it before releasing the finished bale into the field, like so. Yay for action shots!
And here we have an exhibit of a perfect bale. 😀
Ooh, I really like this one too. All the different sizes and layers of circles look so neat together!
A portrait of a tractor. Voila! Usually I would want the tractor to pass by so I could get a picture of just the landscape, but it’s always good to experiment, right?
Somehow gates and fences just look farmish. And that sounds very ungrammarish, but OH WELL.
Are you tired of tractors yet? Heh heh. We’ll end with a simply beautiful mirror selfie from the truck before I drove back. 😛 What a lovely view in the foreground (or is it the background?).
So now you know at least partly how a hayfield is harvested! Did you learn something new? 😛 I’m not very knowledgeable about these things compared to my brothers and Dad, but I at least have to pick up something from the constant conversations about tractors and harvesting crops, heh heh.
Which photo was your favorite? Do you think haybale fields are picturesque? Do you prefer farm life photography or nature photography?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!