A scythe is an agricultural hand tool for mowing grass, or reaping crops. It was largely replaced by horse-drawn and then tractor machinery, but is still used in some areas of Europe and Asia. The Grim Reaper and the Greek god Cronus are often depicted carrying or wielding a scythe.
"Scythe" derives from Old English siđe. In Middle English and after it was usually spelt sithe or sythe. However, in the 15th century some writers began to use the sc- spelling as they (wrongly) thought the word was related to the Latin scindere (meaning "to cut"). Nevertheless, the sithe spelling lingered and notably appears in Noah Webster's dictionaries.
This picture was taken at the Botanical Garden in Gothenburg. Mr Reaper was working the grass when I tried to take a picture. He saw me and posed for this capture. But I already had my finger on the the trigger and could not stop him.
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holmertz (40069) 2012-11-11 9:56
Han ser ju inte alltför skrämmande ut. Klädseln matchar omgivningen väldigt bra och det röda korsordsorvet lyser grant i den kompakta grönskan. En snygg bild, välkompomerad och välexponerad, dessutom lite ovanligt att du låter någon posera.
PS vad menade du med att han som har flest bilder inte behövt anstränga sig med att skriva kritik?
emilbo (22448) 2012-11-11 11:21
Une trčs intéressante photo qui me rappelle mon pčre quand j'était tout jeune alors que nous vivions sur une petite ferme et que mon pčre ā vendu pour s'en aller en ville. Le personnage est bien placé dans la composition et présenté dans un beau format carré.
Toutes mes félicitions!... et bon début de semaine,
pajaran (51250) 2012-11-11 12:59
Dobar tekst o kosi ...
Lep pogled na gospodina sa kosom ...
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lep trenutak.
U Srbiji postoji takmicenje sa kosom.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Good article about the hair ...
Nice view of the gentleman with the hair ...
Good image sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good composition, beautiful moment.
In Serbia, there is competition with the hair.
Good evening and all the best.
wolf38 (31270) 2012-11-11 22:52
Hi Gunnar. Humorous one could really say, aha, the Grim Reaper. But Reaper is a rarity. In fact, you can see people mowing rarely because all machines. In this respect your photo has documentary character. Fine composition, strong colors, good handling of light. Title, Photo and text complement each other perfectly.
danos (85785) 2012-11-12 0:28
Good morning Gunnar,
nice the snapshot with the skythe reaper, to pose so proundly in front of your lens.I like the light as the colour management of the image.
And something from the Greek Mythology:
During the golden age of Saturn as worshipped deity of harvest and crops,while order and progress of the people.Usually portrayed with a crystalline Scythe, which used to harvest the crops and also was the weapon he used to castrate and removed from the Sky(God).
Have a good week,Danos
snunney (82547) 2012-11-12 4:32
Unusual in Western Europe to see a man wielding a scythe, perhaps that was why he was so proud to pose for you! Good capture. His green jacket mirrors his surroundings.
papagolf21 (85450) 2012-11-12 4:34
Bonjour, cher Gunnar,
La faux aiguisée de main de maître, il ne reste plus qu'ā exécuter avec talent le fauchage du pré.
Trčs bonne présentation.
Trčs bonne journée.
eldancer1 (27173) 2012-11-12 9:13
Cute capture but he is wearing the wrong colors! Nice framing with good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
zoomer (6) 2012-11-12 9:36
Hi,this is an engaging daily life shot.Sharp with natural colors and very well composed.Would have been interesting to show him in action.All the best,Wolf.
Glint (6165) 2012-11-12 12:38
even here you have found red!Your choice of title made me smile and if not grim then perhaps he looks a little glum.As photographers we often prefer to take unposed , candid shots but sometimes posing tells a story too. As somene has already said, he realised that the scythe was of interest to you.
Royaldevon (28641) 2012-11-13 0:46
Good Morning Gunnar,
It was very interesting to have a lesson on etymology, a subject that has always fascinated me.
The biggest surprise for me, in your shot, was that you had not pursuaded the man to wear red! That apart, it is a most interesting social history shot. It is rare that you would see such a worker in the U.K.
A very well composed shot, with the focal figure well positioned, and good use of repeating verticals.
Have a lovely day,
P.S. I like the new personal photograph.
tyro (20018) 2012-11-13 5:10
This reaper looks a lot more affable and friendly than than the image I have in my mind of the skeletal figure, clothed in black, who comes to snatch my last breath! Though I presume that the instrument he has in his right hand is a stone or file with which to sharpen his blade in readiness!
Your man is not this time clothed in red but his scythe is red. Funnily enough, I've never seen a scythe made of metal before - all the ones I have ever seen were made of wood but with, of course, a metal blade. I presume that this metal tool would be lighter to use than a wooden one.
Nice, too, that he should pose for your photograph. And your picture is well compsoed and with fine colours, perfect exposure and, as always, excellent detail and clarity.
Fis2 (84580) 2012-11-13 7:35
I like frame and colors.
Have a nice afternoon
TopGeo (38202) 2012-11-13 8:06
Hello Gunnar! Yes! an ecological tool still used in a few villages here, a picture that gives historical information along with the note, of course! good idea
Graal (96783) 2012-11-13 23:41
fine portrait and interesting comment in note. Image is well composed. Also nice natural colours and superb sharpness.
Have a nice day.
larsy (28) 2012-11-14 0:20
Oj, var hittade du honom? Det var kul att få det engelska namnet på lie.
jhm (138230) 2012-11-14 3:39
A pity that the scythe is disappear, now we get a lot sound of the brushcutter.
I like this image and think here to my father as farmer.
Nice daily life picture with the man as subject.
Excellent composition, pleasant colors.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
COSTANTINO (54463) 2012-11-14 3:42
green fresh scenery with the man wearing
green jacket too,a different shot
explaining what scythe is.
All your notes are very useful
about this agricultural hand tool
have a nice evening
Kielia (23351) 2012-11-14 8:38
this is exactly how I imagine a "Sensenmann"! I must admit, that I really like your sense of humor.
The image is very well composed and he is obviously very proud. A great capture!
My compliments also for the notes.
UlfE (14641) 2012-11-14 12:20
Kul och litet ovanlig bild. Liemannen ser ju rätt bussig ut. Ibland ser jag parkarbetare som försöker "slå" gräset med någon löjlig trädgårdstrimmer och då tänker jag att de skulle ha en lie i stället. Jag ser att han på bilden kan sin sak och vet att man behöver slipa en lie då och då. Bilden är välkomponerad med mannen till vänster och den röda lien vid 1/3 av bilden. Ljuset var också väldigt bra. Mannen och hans lie ser bra ut mot den litet mörkare bakgrunden. Tack för titten och ha en bra kväll!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-11-15 3:30
This beautiful photograph reminds me of my father who also handled the scythe in Poitou. I like the composition of the photo and the face of the reaper. The quality is excellent for this interesting photo. Note complements the image. Bravo.
Have a nice day
bukitgolfb301 (35436) 2012-11-15 19:16
Hi dear Gunnar
Wow intersting portrait by your high sense and your own originality. Sharp color presentation is marvelous. His expression is very attractive. Thanks for your sharing and have a good last workling day!
Takero from Tokyo
Buin (42280) 2012-11-17 2:04
Though this picture, this situation, somehow is "contrived" it some day will be a document. These scythes become more and more seldom and lawns and meadows today are intentionally designed "easy-care". Working in this way isn't easy at all. I once tried it ... ;-)
Greetings to you both from a grey, cold and foggy Siegen - and have an as much as possible sunny weekend!
Tigerlily (3075) 2012-11-18 15:29
Nicely captured image, withe beautiful colour and detail. I thought that the tool was a museum piece now..
abmdsudi (42618) 2012-11-19 8:24
This is good environmental portrait about this proud man and his occupation holding his faithful scythe, an honest to goodness face - and humorous title though. It' well framed with adequate clarity and nice coloring, but his rather suprise look makes the shot. Well done, TFS.
Silvio1953 (120608) 2012-11-19 10:56
Ciao Gunnar, lovely daily life composition with man at work, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
gildasjan (41550) 2012-11-20 11:57
Trčs bon portrait de cet homme ā la faucille et ici son vętement vert est ā l'unisson avec l'herbe.
andywo (4723) 2013-02-07 11:18
Very nice shot!
Oh yes! I remember, a many years ago I was worked by this sharp tool on my grandfather's farm...and I loved this hard job.
elenimavrandoni (14249) 2013-02-25 22:27
hello Gunnar, very useful and interesting note along with an interesting picture!
now I know how is being done...
kato (11630) 2014-05-22 0:28
You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the scythe with long red pole and Mr Reaper. Surely, the scythe seems to easy convenient
tool for mowing grass, or reaping crops, and it has familiarity rather than a machine. It's also impressive in lush green of the Botanical Garden.
- Copyright: Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) (37268)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-06
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-11 9:28