Time to cut the hay

A farmer cuts alfalfa on a farm west of Valier, Montana. → Buy a Print or License Photo

After the wheat has been cut and before seeding begins in northern Montana, many farmers who also ranch take time to cut the final crop of alfalfa and/or hay. Such was the scene on this smokey day near Valier, Montana on the VandenBos farm.

The skies were filled with smoke from wildfires on the other side of the mountains, so in some ways it was a blessing for my photography. Generally I don't try to make agriculture photos or farm photography much outdoors 3 to 4 hours after the sun comes up. The sun just destroys color and scenes. But on this day the smokey skies filtered the sun, which meant I could photograph until almost noon. It didn't help create beautiful backgrounds, but I will take what the good Lord gives me.