Blueberries, Present and Future

by Bethany Plonski May. 31, 2019 297 views

I love to track growth stages in different plants, so I’ve been keeping an eye on the neighbor’s blueberry bushes this year. That side of the yard gets some beautiful light in the evenings, and I wanted to see how it looked with a softer focus. I usually prefer sharpness and clarity, so I keep having a nagging feeling that these are too sloppy, but overall I think I like the softness with the evening light.

And if the neighbors hadn’t already suspected as much from overhearing me talk to our pets when the windows are open, I’m sure that by now they think I am quite the weirdo for creeping around their bushes on a semi-regular basis in the evenings. But hey, somebody has to keep things interesting in suburbia. :)

Getting there!

Getting there!

The blueberries in this final image aren’t from the yard; it will still be a while before those are ripe. But I shot some store-bought berries for a class assignment and figured I would throw them in with the bunch anyway. Thinking about their size relative to the ones in the yard, it makes me wonder how much genetic tinkering we are doing with food these days.

It also makes me realize that, holy cow, having kittens in the house has drastically reduced the amount of food photography I can get done now. :)

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 10 months ago

Very nice series, love to eat them

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you! Every time I look at the last one, I wish I had more berries to eat too. smile

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Russell Smith 1 year, 10 months ago

Beautiful sereis especially the future blueberries.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you! Those ones were interesting to shoot.

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Trinicia Perch 1 year, 10 months ago

Great series!  Love the last composition.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Trinicia Perch 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you so much! smile

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Marsha 1 year, 10 months ago

Beautiful, natural colors. Last one is nicely composed!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Marsha 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you so much! I've finally started setting my own white balance and love what it does for the color. smile

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Björn Roose 1 year, 10 months ago

Nice series again, Bethany. You could do some "creeping around" in my garden too when "hunting" for berries smile And no, berries grown in a fully natural way are never as big as the berries you'll find in a shop. I don't thing it's genetic thinkering necessarily, I think they just grow them on water, lots of water. Which accounts for the difference in taste too: if you're not used to eating homegrown berries (or other fruit), the supermarket fruit is okay, but once you've grown your own berries, the supermarket fruit is just ... watery.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you! I remember picking wild blueberries with my mom once, probably almost 20 years ago now, and thinking "hmm, they don't look all that great." Then I tasted them and they were amazing! I filled three bags and probably baked something like 50 blueberry muffins that month. Haven't had anything like them since. smile It's funny you mention water too. I will only grow my herbs in soil because I've tried them in a water-based system before and the taste just doesn't compare.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 10 months ago

Love the progressive photo reportage and the entertaining commentary! Lovely camera work!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks, Jay! I definitely have a thing for this kind of project. smile I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 10 months ago

smile+1

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