13 Jul 12. Being the new kid on the block with respect to helping with the haying, my main job is to walk along with the baler and position the bales for easy pick up by the hay wagon, now days pulled by a tractor and automated, unlike the old days - or those still in Lancaster County, PA - when the wagon was pulled by horses or bovine and the hay pitched manually into the wagon. On a cool temperature day it is just fun, but on a warmer day it is a good workout! Best part about it is that I don't have to do it, which adds to the enjoyment as opposed to it being a "job." We did another almost 400 bales today with likely that amount or possibly more on Sunday or Monday hence. With all the bales in order, I had some "free" time to walk around and take photos of the half cut and baled field, and the image for today will give you a "feel" for how that looks. With lots of blue clouds (what Alaskans call a blue sky) and some nice sunshine, the work was tiring but the photography rewarding to say nothing of the healthy exercise one gets walking an 11 A field. Maggie accompanies me as I do it so she get a good long walk out of it and more if Jasper, my cousin's dog, decides to join us at which point it is a full out game of run and chase each other for the two dogs. Both having black coats they get a real work out running in the sun! Note the red fence at the top of the image; across the roadway is a large field of grapes which constitutes the only vineyard of which I'm aware in the area. Nikon D300s; Aperture Priority; 18 - 200; ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f /11.