Replicating a scene from 40 years ago George and Sam are taking advantage of our recent dry spell and are drilling corn on the very edge of Dartmoor.
Colin,a visiting farmer gathers some of the larger stones to prevent damage to the harvester later in the year.
The Ford Tractor was first registered in 1968,the corn drill has been converted from a horse drawn model,and is estimated to be at least another 20 years older.
On the horizon is Brentor Church a well known local landmark.,Built on top of the 1130 foot high pinnacle of Brentor, this church dates from the 13th century and is dedicated to St Michael de Rupe.
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tyro (24076) 2011-03-16 15:46
This is a beautifully composed shot, the bright blue tractor sitting perfectly at the lower left crossing-point of thirds, Colin placed in a similar position on the right, all against a beautiful soft pastoral background. Sharpness is stunning - I can count the wheelnuts on that tractor - and the colours are just amazingly faithful. I am surprised this one has not received more acclaim by now.
But I think I want to know a bit more about what these chaps are doing. This isn't just harrowing or raking the earth after ploughing, is it? Fot that farmers tend to use a much more robust machine with discs or heavy rakes or chains. So what is in the trough of the machine? Is it fertiliser or is it seed? Is it not a bit too early to plant seed yet? The trouble is that farming folk use different terminology for different tasks in different parts of the country!
And, by Jove, that farmer must look after his machinery well: most 40 year old tractors here are very rusty and bedraggled, even if they are still working.
A lovely shot, Les!
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-03-16 19:01
This is a very nice shot. I like the position of the tractor. Nice details showing what the men are doing. Beautiful landscape. Very sharp image.
RhodieIke (11744) 2011-03-16 23:25
Hi Leslie, Great photo and story. Cheers Iain.
SnapRJW (31629) 2011-03-17 2:36
Hello Leslie - A fine rural scene from beautiful Devon. Very good natural colours with the tractor and corn drill supplying a pop of colour. I love the details, everything from the dry-stone wall, to the wafting dust from the soil. TFS and very best regards Rosemary
snunney (96825) 2011-03-17 2:42
A well composed scene from daily life; all the elements are nicely placed in relation to each other. The image has great depth and benefits from a pleasant soft light and natural tones. Very good sharpness as always. Useful accompanying note.
bema (26425) 2011-03-18 10:38
a charming rural capture, like such field-working-action pictures a lot, have done last autum also some, to be seen in my gallery..
have a nice weekend, see you around, Bernd
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (16310)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-03-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: NikonD300s, 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): West Devon [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-16 13:33