Have you ever heard someone mention they think that they’re “jinxed”?
How about someone saying that they are jinx?
I’m guessing not!
Funny thing is, that’s my nickname when I come tag along during harvest.. “Jinx”, because of how often things seem to break down as soon as I show up. (Not that I’m buying that – I think they have it all planned out ahead of time!)
This past week wrapped up the 2016 wheat harvest and I’m proud to say that I didn’t cause too many break downs.. Too many, being the key words!
I drug my camera around most of the week and I think my most favorite shot that came out of it is the one right above!
I was sitting in the Peterbilt when I saw the combine heading back our way and realized that it would make a great picture.. So I ran out into the field, sat down, started zooming in a little and telling myself that I’d move just as soon as I got one more shot..
Maybe just one last one..
Hold it, that was blurry. Can’t end with that one!
Finally, I felt like I ough to get out of the way of the big, yellow beast.. No need to take any close-ups!
The wheat was so pretty and almost calming to watch. For me, the best part of a wheat field is when the breeze blows and it looks like waves going across the entire field. It doesn’t matter whether it’s green and young or minutes away from being cut – It’s always just as breathtaking!
Have you ever watched a combine cut wheat until it’s about 3/4 full? As soon as the “warning” lights start to go off (also known as “whirlybirds”), the tractor and grain cart take off to catch up with him! Here you can see them unloading the combine while cutting.
As soon as the combine’s grain bin is emptied out, the tractor heads back to us to unload on the trucks!
For little kids, this is one of the best parts of harvest – Playing in the wheat once it’s been dumped into the grain trucks! I remember it was one of the most peculiar feelings.. You couldn’t move fast because of being a little “bogged down”, but you also didn’t want to get out because it was so darn fun to play in!
At times (like at the end of the field), instead of unloading on the tractor and grain cart so they can go unload on the truck, the combine will go straight to the truck and dump.
Or then there are moments when the grain cart is already in the process of emptying itself, so the combine just gives it a little more to unload!
(This is another one of my favorite pictures.. I like to call it “team effort”!)
After the trucks are loaded, they either head into town to weigh and then dump at the COOP elevator, or head home to put the grain into bins. Here you can see the grain being dumped out of a truck, so that the auger can take it up to the bin!
And the harvest crew is done! Time to head home, clean up the equipment and put it away in the shed until the next harvest rolls around in a few months..
All in all, the Lord was good and it was a safe harvest – I can’t wait for next year!
Thanks for dropping by,