2003Danish Cowboy started this tradition years ago and didn't really realize that it was a tradition until just recently. I have married a man who believes greatly in the karma of tradition and here goes his philosophy: since we started taking pictures of us in the winter wheat fields just prior to them turning to those amber waves of grain that everyone likes to talk about, hail has stayed away. For the most part. So we carry on...
Ah yes, 2009. My favorite year by far. The kids were almost two and their heads were only a foot below the wheat. I had the fantastic idea to abandon them in the field to get cute pictures. You can imagine how that turned out. You tell your kids who are just beginning to explore their world to not go in the tall grass because of snakes and then you abandon them in tall grass. True, we were only a few feet away, but it didn't really matter to them. Brilliant parenting.
2010We've learned the power of bribing, however, and pictures are gradually getting better.
Self-timers on cameras are excellent features. The hail has stayed away for now although several neighbors a few miles to the south lost a significant portion of their crops. Harvest is two to three weeks in the future and we'll keep watching the western sky, hoping that the karma of our tradition keeps those clouds friendly.