Last year, I challenged myself to a post a day during harvest because it is such an amazing time of year. The changes in our rural, central Illinois landscape and weather in less than two months is somewhat astonishing. At least to me, it is.
Although I am not committing to a post a day, I will commit to documenting this year’s harvest via this blog. You are welcome to come along for the ride.
To set the stage, here is a scene from our front yard on August 30, 2021.
Fast forward two weeks and this is the field just west of the photo above, taken at dawn:
I thought it might be fun to look at how our landscape here in central Illinois changes drastically in a few months’ (or weeks‘) time. This is a good reminder that in just a few more months it will be changing to spring!
September 8, 2020:
October 3, 2020
November 7, 2020:
December 2, 2020:
January 4, 2021:
Today, the ground rests and recharges. Now that I’m off the clock, I think I should too!
My pics are from yesterday. Clint was in town at lunch, so he picked me up at work, we got drive-thru, and went to the lake.
I returned to the office. He checked bins and sent me pics of his aerial view.
After the actual harvest of crops, work continues. Cornstalks will get chisel plowed, brush and timber along field edges will get trimmed or pushed back, equipment will get maintenance work, and paperwork will get tackled, to name a few of the more pressing items.
This evening, we are appreciating a little rain. The dry conditions and field fires have been a big concern!
I hope you get (or take) a much-needed break, too.
Corn harvest continues. I thought the sky was interesting as I fueled up the tank to deliver to the combine. It is very helpful to have a fuel tank on the back of the farm truck, so the combine doesn’t have to leave the field to come in for fuel.
The sunset was beautiful as I crested a hill.
I loved catching these action shots tonight!
Tomorrow morning is supposed to dawn clear, chilly, and frosty! Enjoy whatever Mother Nature sends your way.
stays in motion – and boy, the wind was in motion today. I couldn’t get a picture to capture it well, tho. We heard accounts of combine fires getting out of control due to the wind whisking flames through the dry crops.
I also stayed in motion as I am in the process of painting and moving my office at work, took a walk with a dear friend after work, picked up burgers & fries for the crew, rode in the combine til quitting time, then came in the house to wrangle the kitchen. It will need repeated sessions to truly tame it.
And now, a body at rest stays at rest. For a few sweet hours anyway! Hubby says 4 am alarm tomorrow.