Harvest

As I look out of my window I see golden ears of barley dancing in the breeze as if swaying to music with their heads hanging laden with grain. I always think barley seems to move so gracefully in the breeze with waves seemingly moving across the field with gusts of wind.

Field of Barley

When the barley heads bow it's getting time for the farmers to start harvesting before the grain drops.Then harvest starts in earnest to get the crops cut before they over ripen. Combines have started here in the UK already, trying to get the crops cut in the dry weather, with trailers full of grain heading for the barns.This is always a great time of year to see the activity taking place on the land.

Cutting the corn with combine harvester.

The corn is cut, so now it's time for the straw to be baled often into large round bales which always seem to add something to the landscape at this time of year. I always find the bales aesthetically pleasing to the eye and it is a time of year I look forward to.

Line of Bales

Now the corn is cut, the straw is baled and stored so now it's time to plough the land ready for the next crop, usually with sea gulls flocking to pick up any morsels uncovered by the work.

Agricultural tractor plowing field with gulls in attendance

The farmers busy harvest time is over and preparations are underway for next year and so the farmers life continues season after season, it's a hard life but a good life.

Photo credits: Peter Fleming, Patrick Gosling.

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July 26, 2019

Patrick57

Thank you for your comment Bruce :)

July 26, 2019

Patrick57

I agree Eliane, it seems to sooth the soul :)

July 26, 2019

Rbrucew

A thoughtful blog. I like the hay bale photo!

July 26, 2019

Elianehaykal

Seeing wheat fields and hay bales gives me lots of comfort and makes me think that all is fine!

July 24, 2019

Patrick57

Still see a few rectangular bales but you'd need a tractor to move them these days. I remember collecting bales with my Granddad with a horse and cart. He was the last person locally to still use horse power back in the late 60's...now that would have made for some good photo's!

July 24, 2019

TheSlowWalkers

Your photos and blog make me quite nostalgic. Although, back then, the bales were rectangular and easier to make forts with. 

July 23, 2019

Patrick57

France has some beautiful countryside Aurelie and like me you are quite close to the coast too, so great opportunities for pleasant days out and a few pics too :)

July 23, 2019

Aurelielemoigne

I like to shoot agricultural subjects too and have the chance to live in the countryside.

July 22, 2019

Patrick57

Thank you William :)

July 22, 2019

Williamwise1

A poetic look at something not many of us think of much anymore in this world of grocery stores and processed foods. Very nice narrative and photos! William 

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