Soybean Harvest — or — Good-night, September



I feel I shouldn’t interrupt Clara’s “Art Education” article. I also so enjoyed riding in the combine tonight in Section 13, Roosevelt Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa. So, interruption, it is. Pictured is the field that nearly surrounds the farmstead where I was raised.

I hope you’ll click on the photo to enlarge it.

Soybean harvest today, Iowa State football tomorrow, and then I’ll follow up with Part II to Clara’s “Art Education” article.

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3 Responses to “Soybean Harvest — or — Good-night, September”

  1. Marti Carlson Says:

    Wow, Louise. This photo is exquisite – the color, the lighting, the framing. Harvest – a wonderful time of the year. A lot of long hours – but all for the bounty of the hard work since spring.

  2. Louise Gunderson Shimon Says:

    Thank you, Marti. It was so fun to be out in the combine. The conversation, the ambience, the heritage…all of it. Lots of dust flying around, the stems of the soybean plants getting tough with the cooler temps/moisture. All those years of living on the farm and never really paying attention. I know the saying “hindsight is 20/20” isn’t quite the right saying here, but I’ll use it anyway. I’m so glad/thankful for when I/we get to experience things like this. And, knowing that you like the photos is part of what keeps me from feeling it is a waste of time to post the photos.

  3. Kathy Shannon Says:

    I really like your photo, Louise! There’s almost a mystical quality! I’m trying to see Iowa agriculture in comparision to my limited experience with my mother’s family farm in southeastern Minnesota. I knew it as a much smaller operation, handled by my grandfather and two uncles. They had dairy and beef cattle, and crops but when I visited we only saw the fun and most likely got in the way when we tried to “help.”

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