I live in the super fertile, though drought ridden, San Joaquin Valley. This is harvest time, an extra dusty, but somehow exciting time of year. I don’t live in a farm exactly but we are surrounded by cotton fields, almond orchards, and grape vines. I have my fingers crossed all year the the hard working farmers have a fantastic harvest and can keep farming for another year at least. There are so many water issues, a lot of farmers and ranchers are having to move in, its sad. These are a few photos from this last week, our little hens started laying eggs too!
For whatever reason, Tuesdays are meaner than Mondays this year . It seems consistent, if I’m going to get bad news, it happens on Tuesday.
Yesterday morning was glorious though. This is what happened while we were waiting for my son’s bus.
Central California isn’t beautiful at first glance. Or at most glances, haha. The sky makes up for the general ugliness, (thanks drought!), being within driving distance of the coast and the Sierra Nevada helps too. I am leaning to find beauty if less obvious places, and the less I resent being here, the easier they are to find.
The cotton field we live next to was harvested this last week, I’m not sure why so much gets left behind…
It was in the 70’s today, and the cotton harvest has started, which is great because it had rained on this crop twice and I hear that isn’t ideal? Final selfie with this year’s cotton, haha. I live right next to it but know next to nothing about it, I should work on that.
For the whole summer this valley is naturally brown, dusty and HOT, but the cotton field was a green break for my eyes! The flowers, seed pods and then cotton, are each beautiful and still remarkable to me.
Now the fields with be brown but every else will start perking up! Mostly the weeds though… haha