Snout

The title of today’s contribution reminds me of a post of more than two years ago and entitled Snood \ˈsnüd\. A snood is what we call the prominent, fleshy, appendage which dangles from between and just below the eyes of a Tom turkey. Today I’ve got something very different. The snout you see here is one of many pointed tips at the front end of a corn head of a combine. Two successive snouts form the wide base of a triangle which narrows toward the gathering chains of the head. Although I view HDR photos as having been something of a phase for me, I do appreciate one from time-to-time. This image was processed using a technique called tone mapping which approximates the feel of HDR with a single photo. The processing gives the image more depth, clarify, and drama. In any case I like the effect.

Head

15 thoughts on “Snout

  1. I remember the snood post well! When I saw the title of this post, I was expecting something pig related! The juxtaposition of the hard metal with the soft clover is wonderful. The greens are so vibrant. Amazing how two simple things turn into a wonderfully complex image!

  2. What gorgeous colors … that malachite shade just at the center of the ‘arrowhead’ is so achingly beautiful. My new desktop image … I’ve had your water under ice image for a long time on the desktop but this one pushes it off.

  3. “Well, my son, what do you have up your snout today,” is a common way of reacting to someone who is uncharacteristically grumpy. While it has absolutely no bearing whatsoever to the subject matter here, the phrase did run through my mind as I was reading this and using it as the start of a comment seemed to be the thing to do 🙂 Here’s a little question: regarding crops, where are farms generally in your area with regard to harvest. Up my way, with frost a distinct possibility, most of what can be harvested has already been taken up. Growing season is over! Your clover still looks lovely and scented, though, unlike what we now have.

    • Just today I was visiting another farm where beans were being taken in (photos to follow in a few days). Although corn is typically dried in large driers, beans have to come in off the field at about 14% moisture (too much moisture and they’ll mold, too little and they won’t sell well). Today’s were in the hopper at 13% – pretty good. The corn will follow. Many others already have all their crops in … so it’s very much ‘that time.’ I’ve been watching fields of sunflowers that I’ve been following since seeds germinated back in May. Every afternoon, on my way home from work, I drive the fields. With my luck the combines will have taken everything in by lunch time and I’ll have lost a photographic opportunity I’ve been anticipating for a very long time indeed. Most fields are planted to winter wheat as a cover crop and I noticed, just this morning, that seeds had already germinated in a few fields down by the river. Thanks, as always, for checking in.

  4. It’s a lovely photo and feels so fresh I feel I could reach into the screen and touch the slightly damp clover! I love the effect. Of course I now want to see what the whole machine looks like! I know … so demanding 🙂

    • Your wish is my command Seonaid. I was out at another farm today and beans were being harvested there. Although the head for beans is different from that shown here, I took a bunch of pictures for you. They’ll be posted later in the week! D

  5. Without your explanation I never would have had any idea as to the purpose of this snout. I would guess that to be true of most so I am not feeling too clueless. As to the image, I like the effect and wouldn’t have figured this to be an HDR although I have messed with tone mapping a bit. The shape itself is clean and the lines work well with the leafy background.

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