These pictures don't really do these corn kernels justice. In the sun
they shine like gems.
The Painted Mountain Flour corn are mostly deep red-purple but you can
see a blue kernel just like the Hopi Blue, a firey orange kernel just
like Lorenzo's Flour corn, and a yellow kernel that looks "normal".
Lorenzo's Flour corn looks like fire, brilliant deep orange. (120 days.)
The Top Hat sweet corn "bred by Jonathan Spero of Oregon and pledged to
the Open Source Seed Initiative" are wrinkled like raisins and
translucent. They have the most gem-like quality to them when the Sun
shines through them. (80 days.)
The Hopi Blue corn seems calm and dignified compared to the intense warm
colors of the others, but then you catch sight of the touches of purple
and realise the Hopi Blue might just be the most beautiful.
"The best fertilizer is the footsteps of the farmer."
It's often hard to get a photograph to tell the story correctly, isn't it? They are beautiful, even if we have to imagine the depth and shine.
I was thinking about your comments on that, and wondering if you should put the kernels in clear glasses (wineglasses? champagne flutes?) and photograph the sun shining through them. (I'm kidding. A bit. Maybe.)
. . . bathes in wood chips . . .
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