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Posts Tagged With: farm photos

My Own Front Yard

While we wait for the ground to dry out and harvest to kick into high gear I’ve been using my new camera (the old one was dropped one too many times!) to capture the beauty in my own front yard.

My own front yard. The beauty of fall #harvest15. {DaddysTractor.com}

As we drove to church yesterday I noticed the balconies on a set of apartment buildings.  Small platforms, maybe 4 x 6 feet where families store a bicycle or two, maybe a potted plant.

My own front yard. The beauty of fall #harvest15. {DaddysTractor.com}

Making me very grateful.

My own front yard. The beauty of fall #harvest15. {DaddysTractor.com}

Farming is more than a career.

My own front yard. The beauty of fall #harvest15. {DaddysTractor.com}

It’s a lifestyle.

My own front yard. The beauty of fall #harvest15. {DaddysTractor.com}

And a pretty amazing one at that.

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View From the Combine’s Seat

Sure, many crops are harvested in the summer, but for corn and soybean farmers pulling the combine out of the shed conjures thought of apples and pumpkins, chilly nights and football games.  Not so with wheat harvest.

Wheat harvest-- pictures from the combine's seat.

We have been planting a small percentage of our acres to wheat over the past few years to help build terraces.  Summer is the time to take the bulldozer out to the fields to fix any damage done by torrential rains or the effects of time.  That doesn’t work so well if you’ve got crops growing in those fields, so we started growing wheat because the late June/early July harvest window means time to work on our soil conservation efforts.

Wheat harvest-- pictures from the combine's seat.

For those who are new, I love growing wheat.  It’s the first thing to green up after a long winter and it’s beautiful in all it’s growing stages.

This year, however, I thought instead of snapping my usual photos I’d ask Wayne to take some shots from his place in the driver’s seat.

Wheat harvest-- pictures from the combine's seat.

How’s that for a workplace view?

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Public Bathing

A little privacy please!

I was outside shooting pics of the dump truck when this photographic opportunity popped up.  And despite the fact that bathing should really be a private matter, I couldn’t resist snapping this girl in the middle of her bath.  Dust bath that is!

chicken habbits {DaddysTractor.com}

Chickens won’t bathe in your typical bird bath, but coating themselves in a layer of fine dust actually helps them be hygienic.  They roll about until their feathers covered because the layer of dirt suffocates any mites that might be looking for a permanent residence.  When they are finished they’ll run their feathers through their beaks to lock the barbs on the veins together like a zipper.  If you’ve ever found a feather on the ground and pulled it apart you’re doing the opposite.

chickens on the farm

And while chickens, like the Romans, seem perfectly fine with public baths, the look this hen is giving my camera just screamed annoyance.

A little privacy please!

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A Day at the Farm

So much fun!  Our weekend adventure of harvesting wheat and learning about where the ingredients in our pizza come from was a HUGE success!  Thanks so much to the Brays for hosting this awesome event; their farm was perfect.

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

FSA brought coloring books and rulers.

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

Our Farm Bureau agent helped kids plant their own seeds.

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

This is me, showing how the harvested wheat is turned into flour.

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

Grinding wheat with electricity was much easier than doing it by hand!

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

These are beef cows for the hamburger toppings!

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

And Nubian milk goats for making the mozzarella cheese.

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

There was a straw maze.

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

The sensory bin filled with wheat to play in!

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

Riding in the combine was probably the best part!

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

Caroline waits for her turn to ride and sports a “Thank a Farmer” sticker!

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

Finally, its Carson’s turn!

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

Is this machine way cool or what?!

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

The stalks from the wheat are baled into straw. These huge bales are being sold to the highway dept. to be used to keep dirt in place while workers fix roads.

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

All right, maybe the pizza was the best part! Yummy!

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

Pepperoni comes from hogs!

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?  {DaddysTractor.com}

Lovin’ the cheese!

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Spring Growth

The farm at springtime  {DaddysTractor.com}

“Baby” chicks, almost grown!

The farm at springtime  {DaddysTractor.com}

Red Delicious apples

The farm at springtime  {DaddysTractor.com}

Abundant spring rains have been good for my roses!

The farm at springtime  {DaddysTractor.com}

Hoping to harvest a couple of peaches.

The farm at springtime  {DaddysTractor.com}

Beans coming up through the rye grass

The farm at springtime  {DaddysTractor.com}

Last night’s beautiful sunset!

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Can You Spot the Differences?

There are five insignificant differences between these two photos.  Can you spot them?

anhydrous originalanhydrous changed

Little differences can be hard to spot.  In fact it is possible for someone to change something so slightly that others don’t even notice it isn’t the original.

I was thinking of that this week as I wondered how to teach my children how Satan attempts to confuse issues by making the smallest of changes.  A misused verse of scriptures.  A common phrase attributed to the Bible.  A tiny sin.

Did you find the changes?

anhydrous answers

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Harvest Photographs

Harvest photograph

Harvest Photographs

Harvest Photographs

Harvest Photographs

Harvest photograph

These are a few of my favorite pics I snapped during harvest season this year.  l.eave me a message and tell me which is your favorite!

 

 

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Visit to the Farm

Last Saturday we enjoyed friends coming for a visit to the farm.  Like most families, these friends don’t have a combine in their backyard, so we had a grand time climbing up the ladders to look in the hopper, checking out the engine, riding around the field, “steering” the tractor and cart, and honking the semi’s horn.

Visit to the Farm

Visit to the Farm

Visit to the farm

Visit to the Farm

Now that you’ve seen the photos, what would you most like to do on a visit to the farm?  Use your journal and your imagination!

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Picture This: Chickens Growing up on the Farm

If you didn’t see the chicks when they arrived in April, check them out here.

If you did see the chicks when they arrived in April you should still check them out here.  They were really cute after all.

And here is a photographic update of those same baby chicks!

Picture of chickens growing up on the farm

Pictures of chickens growing up on the farm

Photo of farm fresh chicken eggs

Picture of chickens growing up on the farm

Photo of chickens growing up on the farm

The chickens began laying eggs at the end of August.  We gather 3-4 per day now, although you might be able to tell from the picture they are still on the small side.  They should get bigger as the hens get older.

Another interesting tidbit to note: one of our hens is actually a rooster.  (You can order all girls, or hens, but sometimes it happens!)  In the photo directly above you can see a white bird with black tail feathers.  That’s him.  We call him “McChicken” because he is the biggest scaredy of them all, but just watch him protect those girls when he hears one of them cry out.  McChicken turns into a valiant knight and defends the women of his flock!

They are so much fun to watch and one of the funniest things they do happens when we open their coop in the mornings.  Those chickens literally run out of the pen and into the corn field like school kids at recess time!  A video of this hilarious experience is coming soon, so stay tuned!

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A Taste of Farm Life

 

 

A taste of farm life

a taste of farm life

a taste of farm life

a taste of farm life

a taste of farm life

Try this taste of farm life– literally!  I’m not exactly sure why, but although anyone may can food at home, farm families tend to do a lot of it!  Fall is a busy time in the field, but it is also a busy time in the kitchen.  Tomatoes from the garden turn into salsa and crushed tomatoes for chili.  Peaches from a near-by orchard taste great as peach halves, peach butter, and peach sauce.  Apples from friends make lots and lots of yummy applesauce.  Any of these foods are readily available at your local grocery store or farmer’s market and believe me when I say they taste so much better than what you buy already canned!

Before you get started canning I suggest you make a plan.  Learn the steps for home canning from a cookbook, internet source, or canning book.  I like Blue Ball canning and Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.  Check to see if you have all the supplies you need.  Most supplies can be purchased for little cost, but consider borrowing them if you have never done this before.  Then schedule a day when you won’t have to quit half way through the process.  I’m much faster now, but when I began canning it took most of the day and is still a big event in our house.

Applesauce is a great place to start, but crushed tomatoes are probably quickest.  Choose your favorite foods for best results and try a taste of farm life!

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