When a family find out they are having a baby they naturally want to know if it is a boy or a girl. That desire becomes even more evident when you already have a child. For those that don’t want to wait until the child is born, they have a gender reveal party.
At a gender reveal party, a friend finds out the big secret first and devises a way to tell it to the expecting parents.
But, first you have to have a meal.
To mark the occasion, blue and pink decorations adorn all the tables for the event.
After some time for conversation, it’s time for the big event. First come out a carton of eggs.
Just yellow confetti fall from the eggs. Time to open the big box.
More yellow. All of a sudden, another balloon shows up. Will this one reveal the secret?
It’s a girl! Time to celebrate the new daughter.
Come to find out, the new big brother, Kaiden, knew all along.
Congratulations to Jaime, Bertha, and Kaiden on adding a girl to their family.
Harvest time can be an opportunity for new blood to come into their own.
Many of the families that farm the ground in Kansas hope to pass the tradition on to a child. In those families, the kids will start at an early age helping out.
During harvest that could mean driving the grain cart or a combine, maybe helping fix a breakdown, or manning the truck to help move from field to field that also has the extra fuel and the cooler of “refreshments”.
When one of those children get old enough to farm on their own, it is a time when their ground is added to the list of fields to cut.
On a Sunday Afternoon, I took some time to join Michael Maneth and his sons Bryce and Colton. They were cutting some ground that Bryce recently took over.
Bryce drove his combine in addition to an uncle cutting with a second one. Colton took the important job of driving the grain cart, under the watch of his grandfather, Dale Brady.
The yields were good, but you could see Bryce planning on how to get more out of the field with each pass.
Below are some of the pictures I took in the field:
This year I am trying to work on more photo stories, also known as documentary photography. The first subject I am working on is the 2019 Central Kansas Wheat Harvest.
Every year farmers spend approximately a week to two weeks to bring in the largest crop in Kansas. They planted the wheat in the ground in the fall. The plants spent the winter sitting dormant waiting for the warmth of spring to begin growing. With the heat and wind of summer, the plants reached maturity and turned a distinctive golden color.
This year farmers began cutting later than normal thanks to an overly wet May. The moisture could lead to larger than expected yields. It also could mean less than average grain in the bin due to the plants not maturing fast enough or worse yet, drowned.
There are many elements of bringing this important cash crop to market. I hope to get the opportunity to document those over the coming days.
First up is a few photos from Marvin and John Schneider and their farm north of Albert, Kansas.