It’s baling season right now, so my dad and brothers are out pretty much nonstop during the day, cutting and baling and putting away the hay and straw we will sell later. Despite all the nature pictures I take, I don’t often make a post about field work or farm life like this for some reason. So I hope you enjoy today’s photoshoots!
Harvesting is one of the most interesting parts of farm work to watch, I think, and it’s also one of the most beautiful to photograph… particularly when you’re taking pictures during golden hour. 😉 Enjoy some peaceful fields, sunrays, and a little bit of farm trivia! 😀 Let’s do this.
I didn’t really organize these pictures in any particular way, so here we are, starting with one of my favorites. Can you see why I took so many pictures this evening? The dust made for perfect sun rays through this big tree and ahh, it looked incredible.
I’m going to mix up the pictures taken from a couple different days. Here’s one I took recently when the boys were baling straw. I just loved the huge tree (again) in the background!
I think this shed looks aesthetic with the cedar trees and hay windrows around it. 🙂
This is Dad’s baling setup, a more complicated one than usual because we’re making big cubes composed of 21 small square bales. If we do that straight from the field, we don’t have to take the extra step of rebaling the big, round bales you usually see.
I talk about how Dad and the boys bale a field more in this post, but I shall review a bit. 🙂 First, they cut the hay and make it into long “windrows,” like below. Sometimes they need to spread it out thin again to dry faster before they bale it.
This is one time of day that dust looks beautiful, right? 😛
I think I might have taken these the same day I did the photoshoot of Carmen and Nellie. The lighting was one reason I loved that shoot so much, so the same for this one!
Back to straw again. And yes, hay and straw are two different things. 😉 Mini farm lesson: straw is the stem (like the stem of mature wheat), and hay is kind of like long mown grass, so it has the leaf or blade in there. Hay is for feeding and straw is for bedding, mulching, etc. Most good hay is greenish and good straw is golden brown, so that’s one way to tell them apart. 🙂
Buuut whether you know what kind they are or not, a field of bales looks so beautiful and peaceful, doesn’t it?
I drove back here on the four-wheeler one night after bringing Jeff supper and had to come back for pictures because 1) I forgot how marvelous it is to drive a four-wheeler really fast on a beautiful day, and 2) I’d never been all the way back in this gorgeous field we rent and I loved it!
We’ve been making the boys a LOT of packed lunches and suppers so the boys can get all the fieldwork in that they can before it rains. Megan and I have nearly exhausted our repertoire of lunch ideas. XD Usually it’s a sandwich, chips, apples, and some dessert, which the boys seem to like. But the wonderful thing is, at least we don’t have to make food for ourselves because our church family has been bringing us meals since Mom’s heart surgery. ❤ ALSO SHE’S HOME! She just got home yesterday and it is wonderful to have her back. ❤ Praise God for answered prayers!
I think Maggie is a fan of hay fields. 🙂 I love this picture except I was trying to shield my lens from the sun and I couldn’t without my hand getting in the way… so please excuse the orange blur, heh heh.
Jeff, my youngest brother, really wanted me to get some good pictures of them baling so he could order a print of one for his and Logan’s bedroom. 😉 We shall see if they actually do so.
Heh, this seems like a dramatic tractor ad or something. XD I love the golden glow behind the cab.
We shall end with a few nature-y pictures I took on my four-wheeler ride, when I discovered these adorable fuzzy clover-like flowers by the side of the field. Does anyone know what they are?
SO PUFFY. They’re rather a boring color, but I love the texture. They’re like teddy bear weeds. 🙂
I used the aforementioned teddy bear weeds to cover the sun in this picture of… ooh, sunflowers! This isn’t a hayfield; Dad’s growing a mix of crops here which includes sunflowers and I’M SO EXCITED BECAUSE MORE PICTURES! I will most definitely keep you guys updated. 😉 Megan and I want to do a sisters photoshoot here when they bloom.
Last but not least, a simple picture of a green field at golden hour because ahh, those just make me happy. ❤
And that’s all for today, my friends! I hope you enjoyed that farm scenery and some baling trivia to go along with it. 😉 Isn’t there something about fields and golden hour and sunrays that just seem so peaceful and calming? Of course, in real life there’s a lot of noise and dust too, but I think it’s beautiful. 🙂 I hope this post brought a little bit of sunshine into your day. ❤
Which photo was your favorite? Do you know what the “teddy bear weeds” are? 😛 What is your favorite time of day/night?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm lens. Edited with picmonkey.com.