A Shocking Scene

I took this photo exactly seven years ago today while I was checking my roads as a township trustee in Holmes County, Ohio. Wheat shocks standing in fields like this one was once a common scene in Ohio’s Amish country.

Today, only the lowest order of Amish still shock their winter wheat, oats, and corn in the fall. The mainline Amish have introduced horse-drawn harvesting machines to gather their grain. Doing so was a matter of efficiency. With less than 10 percent of Amish still farming, fewer farmers are available to help in the harvesting process.

Consequently, this photo perhaps is a shocking scene in today’s terms. “A Shocking Scene” is my Photo of the Week.

© Bruce Stambaugh 2021

Author: Bruce Stambaugh

Writer, marketer, columnist, author, photographer, birder, walker, hiker, husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, township trustee, converted Anabaptist, community activist, my life is crammed with all things people and nature and wonder. My late father gave me this penchant for giving and getting the most out of life, my late mother the courtesy, kindness, and creativity to see the joy in life. They both taught me to cherish the people I am with. I try and fail and try again.

6 thoughts on “A Shocking Scene”

  1. Such a pretty sight. I have photos of my family “hay-making” in the 50’s in the UK. Hand raking Stooks as they called them there. A weeklong “holiday” event then. Always enjoy your posts Bruce.

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  2. Beautiful! I saw a scene like that today, but I was on a “mission” to get 4 taxi customers picked up and delivered in a timely manner! After 10 hrs, I am enjoying time in my rocking chair, after my supper on the porch! Have a great day. I loved the title for this post!

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