|The "Preying Mantis" close up .|
I have been waiting for over 10 years to get photos of cane harvesting machines similar to these I took yesterday . Pure luck or more pure arse actually as they started right alongside the fences late in the afternoon with the sun over my back and the ONLY way to get some of them was by laying on the ground with the "Preying Mantis " coming straight at my head . No pain , no gain Holty and thank Christ the fence was there . Remember these machines arent in a static pose , they are working flat out to finish the job , keep the cocky / boss happy and get home for a beer ..( wife , kids , ??)
I could not have scripted it better .
Its more than likely a bloke thing but watching the "cutter" in action is magic and who ever invented it is a bloody genius ... . The cane ash and dust that comes with cane cutting for a few months of the year isn't on my TOP 10 list but a part of life living around here and a shit load better than living with bars on windows . NO not jail , I mean living in parts of Sydney :)
I have added 30 more photos of cane harvesting machines on Photobucket if anyone is interested , most using a Canon 550D and a few with the 7D 17 55 2.8 IS and a 70 200 4L IS ..
Mechanical Cane Harvesting Photos
|Northern Rivers Cane Harvesting|
|Tipping from the "tracked" buggy|