Throwback Thursday

Old Nuffield Tractor

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the 1980s and a visit to the Cheshire Ploughing Match.


Throwback Thursday: Old Nuffield Tractor

A competitor using an old Nuffield tractor in the ploughing match.


Throwback Thursday

Harvesting Silage

Throwback Thursday this week is traveling back to Cheshire, England in the mid 1980s.

Dairy farming was the primary land use in parts of Cheshire. In the summer dairy farmers make silage to feed the herd on in the winter.

In the photo the grass is being chopped as it is thrown into the silage trailer.


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Harvest Scenes



CFFC: Harvest Scenes

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Harvest Scenes.

A couple of harvesting scenes from Cheshire, England.

Harvesting silage, winter fodder for dairy cattle.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Harvest Scenes


Harvesting wheat.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Harvest Scenes

Photo Challenges

A Photo a Week: Work

When I read the prompt for Nancy’s A Photo a Week challenge: Work several ideas for a contribution came to mind.

Initially I was thinking about a small selection of photos showing various aspects of farming. In the 1980s and 1990s farming practices were a common request to photo agencies. As I was living in Cheshire, England, a farming area, and had assorted contacts in the farming community I took every opportunity to photograph farming for the agencies.

I then decided to go with a selection of photos of just one activity, ploughing, to show a variety of compositions on one subject. Knowing both the farmer whose land was being ploughed and the contractor doing the ploughing gave me unlimited access.

A vertical side view.

A Photo a Week: Work


A horizontal three quarter view.

A Photo a Week: Work


A vertical front view.


Month of Squares

October Squares: Furrow Lines

This is my contribution to day 21 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge.

Lines of furrows at the Cheshire Ploughing Match.

October Squares: Lines of Furrows


Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: Back of Things

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Back of Things.

I was considering a photo of an old farm tractor ploughing in competition at a ploughing match. Which made me think of some of the other images of farming I have. Editors were frequently looking for images of agriculture in the 1980s and 1990s. They would turn to photo libraries for images rather than commission a photographer to go out and shoot such images.

That’s when I remembered this image, manure spreading from behind. A regular photo request was for images of manure spreading. So one morning I spent a couple of hours dodging flying manure trying to get as many angles as possible while the tractor driver would occasionally try to get me.

Cee's B & W Photo Challenge: Back of Things.