Thursday, December 21, 2006

Bringing in the swaths

There's an old song we used to sing in church about "bringing in the sheafs". This was a reference to harvesting the old-fashioned way. Nowadays the almost-ripened crops are cut down by swathers and laid in rows to dry rather than bundling the grain into sheafs and having to stack them to dry. This field of swaths is cut beside some standing water. I not only like the design of the swaths but the positioning of drying grain next to water--two things you don't want to mix.

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