Amish Wheat Harvest

It's wheat harvest time in Big Valley.

I love to see the wheat sheaves stacked in the fields.  They use a horse drawn piece of equipment called a wheat binder.



This is not the best angle to see, but under the big wheel is the belt that the wheat falls on then it is bound into little bundles that drop on the ground from the chute on the left. Often the whole family participates.  The bundles are stacked into wheat sheaves that are made of eight bundles with one bundle laid on top. 

Note: some of these machines apparently bind the bundles ( or so one site said) but knowing the Amish they very likely bind the bundles by hand. Sorry I do not want to mislead anyone. I tried to look up the information but could not find any definitive answer.
 











Comments

Indrani said…
Great series. The last one with details is superb.
Pamela Gordon said…
I love these photos Felicia. The countryside and the haystacks are so beautiful.
TexWisGirl said…
really neat to see old ways still going strong. :)
Delightful rural scenes, almost from the past.....
The Furry Gnome said…
I never knew there was a machine to tie the sheaves!
Gail Dixon said…
These are all fabulous! The colors pop and the compositions for each one is perfect.
bj said…
O, I love those haystacks...beautiful photos.
What a lovely sight that is and appreciate the information you were able to provide about it. :)

Lindy
Stephanie said…
These are great shots!
Linda W. said…
Those stacks of wheat are so cute! Nice photos.
Sheila said…
Really, really beautiful photos. Love the older machinery. We are getting into grain harvest here too but they will be using much more advanced machinery that's for sure!
Blessings,
Sheila
Amy said…
very cool scenery and photos. btw our seasons are basically opposite to yours so it's late winter here.
Mascha said…
Beautiful shots! Such machines always remind me of very large bulky insects ;-)
Kathy McB said…
I love all the farmland in PA...those rolling hills dotted with hay bundles.
orchid Miyako said…
Oh, wonderful to see 'wheat binder' and the great scenery of harvest with BEAUTIFUL pictures, Felicia♡♡♡

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs to from Japan, xoxo Miyako*
charuhasacharya said…
Beautiful golden fields, great shots.
maryaustria said…
I like those old machines. This little stacks of wheat look so cute. Like dots in the landscape! Great shots!
Blackberry Lane said…
What beautiful pictures.
Breathtaking said…
Sensational photos Felicia!:) I love the colours and the great compositions.
Tom said…
How wonderful! The Big Valley is a must see spot for me. Tom The Backroads Traveller
Roan said…
I haven't seen wheat bundled like this before. I've learned something today. Love the old wheat binder! Thank you for linking up!
Debby Ray said…
This is really so lovely...never seen this before. All I can think of right now is "Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheave, we shall come rejoicing, bring in the sheaves!"
What beautiful landscape! Love the stacked wheat and I bet they did it my hand. What a wonderful slice of days gone by.
DeniseinVA said…
These are lovely rural scenes, especially pretty with all those bundles. You captured them splendidly Felicia.
Mama Zen said…

Beautiful shots!
The Artful Diva said…
like those haystacks!
Sue McPeak said…
Stunning photos with the stacked hay. Such beautiful colors! I tend to agree that the hay is bundled by hand...the old fashion way. Visiting from Rubbish Tuesday #14.
Sue at CollectInTexas Gal
Christian Weiß said…
Wonderful landscape and photos.
Tanya Breese said…
gorgeous scenery! something i don't see around here!
LV said…
A very nice post filled with glorious field sights. Well done.
Brian King said…
Those are beautiful fields!
The last time I have seen haystacks like this was in rural India. In Europe they are now being pressed into what seems to look like big wheels.
Lovely ,peaceful pictures!
Susan (ABON) said…
Great captures of wheat sheaves, and the close up of wheat is fabulous! Beautiful place!
pattisjarrett said…
That looks like a lot of wheat--at least to someone who has never seen it in the field in sheaves. Thanks for sharing.
pattisjarrett said…
That looks like a lot of wheat--at least to someone who has never seen it in the field in sheaves. Thanks for sharing.
Linda said…
Lovely photos, and thanks for the explanatory text!
Helma said…
Very beautiful and "sweeping" photos:-)
Rose said…
I so love this set of photos!
Fabulous photos and so amazing that they still harvest by horse and hand. Thanks for sharing Felicia.