March 2014: The Children Are Tender
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
All's Well That Ends Well...
Every farm worker knows that moving equipment from field to field is one of the less exciting jobs on the farm. Combining corn, wheat, and soybeans = fun! I even kind of like sitting at the edge of the field watching John swath or bale hay. But I find moving the combine and the grain cart and the semi from a neighboring farm to the far south field (about 8 miles) to be pretty boring. And so I entertain myself best I can.
Tonight I drove John to the neighbor's hayfield to bring home his tractor and baler, a 12 mile round trip. The sun was setting and everything was so beautiful that I kept stopping to take phone photos. I found an interesting angle in the side mirror and began working to get a photo of the approaching tractor and baler. I was clicking away when I heard the tractor downshift and realized about a dozen tons of farm equipment was almost upon me! I gunned the motor of my little Chevy Trax and got out of the way.
Farmer John is used to my ways and was undoubtedly watching me closely. Whether we are on a walk or moving equipment field to field he knows my penchant for taking photos. But next time I'm leading the way and simultaneously taking photos, I will strive to remember that objects in the mirror are closer than they appear!