I remember so many moments today when I thought to bring out my camera and snap a shot. The black stem bases of some of the pepper seedlings and the jelly layer of microscopic life that'd formed over their soil cells. The earthen hues of different fertilizer ingredients swirling slowly together as a volunteer stirred the wheelbarrow. A strawberry flower, five white petals surrounding a tiny, fuzzy, yellow strawberry embryo at its center. The hands, quickly working through trays of seedlings and root balls, of all the people who helped pot up our field peppers: crew leader Kiya, interns Hannah, Mo, and Huiyang, high school volunteers hoping to get a position on the youth crew, and even a few more individual volunteers. It'd be fun to video everyone's different styles and techniques for a project like that. The Great Pepper Pot-Up of 2018, three big rounds of different pepper collections that now fill the nursery, felt more epic than years past, and I'm glad so many hands got to be a part of it.
For all those times I thought to take a photo, I didn't take one until I was making the final rounds of the day: closing up the high tunnels to trap in heat, watering in the army of eggplant and pepper starts we potted up, soaking up the harvest.
A short photo journal of the end of a sunny day in April: