design by plants

August 02, 2015  •  3 Comments

The first commercial chile roasting stands are popping up in parking lots all over New Mexico, a sign that the chile harvest has begun in central and southern New Mexico. Although the night-time temperatures are cooler in northern New Mexico, individuals as well as commercial farmers have been eating lettuce and other leafy vegetables for several months.  Beans and squash are now filling gardens and fields, which means that chile and other peppers are not far behind.

Leaf lettuce is a perfect design subject offered by nature, as shown in the image below.

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Here is a shot made during a particularly productive year for bell peppers in our garden.

bell peppersbell peppersKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA But the real surprise of the summer is that the corn, gifted to us at Christmas by friends, is thriving and producing silk.  Actually having fresh corn was something I never anticipated or planned but we may have some in a month or so.  Who would have thought the silks would be so photogenic?

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until next Monday,


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Daryl Black(non-registered)
Thanks, Steve! The corn silk was a surprise to me as well. Isn't it wonderful that nature has so much to offer if we only look?
Steve Immel(non-registered)
You have such a eye for all things vegetal and floral. The architecture of the leaf lettuce exhibits the compelling design that Mother Nature provides us. The shallow depth of field, a device you use so well, focusses attention on the precision of the ribs and veins. The single red pepper in a sensual sea of green is a delight.

The corn silk is such a surprise. I may never look at corn silk the same way again.
Larry Jones(non-registered)
Is this early for Chiles to be coming in or pretty standard? It is good news no matter the timing! Guess what else is headed our way in two months? You guessed it, the Taos Wool Festival Looking forward to visiting with you in your beautiful state!
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