I managed to get a 'featured' on www.weeklyshot.org with this shot. What I am most pleased about is the fact that I got a gold star, we all like a gold stars, don't we! Cheers to Emma for mentioning the theme, I'd have missed it otherwise.
Onto todays image. I love these machines. The farmer, Gordon, took me through how one works and I have read about them too (see link below). A combine harvester incorporates about five tasks in one. In bygone days these jobs were back breaking time consuming and not particulary effective leaving enough for the gleaners.
These machines are far more precise than I realised. This can make them rather temperamental. The mechanism that separates the wheat from the chaff (other crops, are available) has to be accurately adjusted. The width of the setting is dependant upon the type and size of grain. Seems obvious but the weather has a great influence and grain size can vary quite a bit. If this is not calibrated correctly then the machine jams. This is just one of the processes. Seemed to go well if not rather slowly, apparently.