The end of a long weekend before the beginning of a long week at the fairgrounds…..
and I wasn’t going to take my camera…. too much dust, too much to get done, too hot, etc….
…but not taking my camera almost seemed sacrilegious….
like jilting my lover or betraying my profession….
…and I’m glad I did take the time to pack my camera.
You see, we needed to head to the fairgrounds to help set up the sheep and beef barn with our 4H group, and we needed to move our little trailer out to the fairgrounds so we could have a place to escape and grab a bite to eat during the long 4 days of the fair. So I really didn’t think we had time to spend at the Old Time Threshing Bee. Afterall, we’ve gone every year for the past 10+ years, did we really need to go again? But of course! Who can resist the horses, old tractors and combines, and the horn-tooting-wood-fire-powered-steam engine? Not us. So after we got our chores accomplished, we hopped across the road to the Threshing Bee.
I’ve taken so many photos at previous threshing bees… and although there’ve been some good photos, I’ve never been too thrilled with the outcome. The light is always pretty harsh, the heat or wind intolerable, the crowds too thick, or the traffic along the road too dense to get a shot without modern cars in the background. So this time instead of trying to document the process of old-time threshing, I tried to focus on getting good shots in-between people and cars, shooting into the light or at any angle I could that diminished the harsh bright light, and trying to capture the spirit of the day instead of the mechanics of the day…..and I’m much happier with the results this time.
It was just about lunch time and they were getting ready to unharness the horses that power the header…
…I think if the horses wanted to take off… there would be no stopping them!
Here’s a load of cut wheat headed to the thrasher.
The horse powered pulley and net transferring the grain to the wagon that feeds the thrasher.
The mechanics of the thrasher (what you don’t see are all the photographers to my left– was a little crowded)
Close your eyes and cover your camera!
The steam engine that powers the thrasher.
What a big job harvesting wheat used to be…. much different than our modern combines…
…and these aren’t even very modern, but a lot more efficient than the multitude of horses and people it used to take to harvest.
Of course there were old combines to climb on…and friends to chat with… and tractors to ride.
All in all, a good time to be had.
So glad I brought my camera!
I hope you have a wonderful day!
Live a little, laugh a little, and take your camera to prove it!