My View at the Farm
We went in search of pick-your-own strawberries, but unbeknownst to me, strawberry season was over. Here in Maine, summer is a short, delicate, busy season for fruits & vegetables. Everything must happen in a specific symphony. First, strawberries for 3.5 - 4 weeks. Not to overlap with raspberry season, which is next, blooming within the week and lasting another 3 weeks. Next is blackberry and elderberry season, and finally, bluberries finish out the summer. Flowers operate the same way. I've been surprised to see one type of flower bloom, then completely disappear, replaced by a new color. Early on are crocuses and dandelions, which die off completely by lupine season in June. Lupines fade and a purple flower I'm not sure of takes over for 1.5 - 2 weeks, at the same time Queen Anne's lace appears. Then they both disappear and the final summer flower blooms - tiger lilies. After the lilies fade, around Labor day, the fall, rag-like yellow flowers begin to bloom and do so until frost in October. Oh, I'm sure there's more, but that's all I could observe in one year. So we were unsuccessful on our strawberry hunt, but the children were just as happy at this farm. Here are the shots I took. Sometimes I just get tired of taking pictures of them roaming around, so I focused on the textures they'd experienced.
See it through our eyes, if only briefly.