Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sunset over Potato Field/ Sky Watch

Potatoes are one of East Gwillimbury's major crops, rotated with corn, wheat, soybeans, lettuce, cabbage and others. I originally stopped to take photos of the field (see below) but as the sun set the sky grew very beautiful. ;-)
This was to be the original photo (it wasn't going to be a Sky Watch).

Yes, it's a bit dark but the plants were growing so quickly I was afraid by the next time I drove by the rows would be covered with foliage. We've had a good amount of rain this year and everything is growing quickly and well.
But I had to drive back the next day anyway to get a decent shot of the blossoms. LOL Aren't they lovely? Ha! Would you believe they are from the same plant as the lowly potato?

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75 comments:

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh my i have never known that potatoe plants would have such beautiful flowers on them this is truly beautiful.

Willard said...

A beautiful series. I had forgotten what the flowers look like on potatoes. We used to grow them years ago.

RuneE said...

I liked that quiet shift from the sky to the nice potato flowers. They were really great!

guild-rez said...

Love your pictures..and no potato beetles?
Greetings from Guildwood.

Dewdrop said...

Love the colors in your shot. Potatos are so ugly to have such a beautiful blossom. Who knew...? You, I guess.

Wren said...

Lovely, indeed. Was there a storm brewing?

WillThink4Wine said...

I've got butternut squash growing in my garden and it has a beautiful yellow blossom! Wonderful series for SWF!

bobbie said...

And why not over the potatoe fields? A beautiful sunset! Beautiful plants.

fishing guy said...

EG: Very lovely sunset, you have to take the shot avaiable at the time. That is always my goal.

Carletta said...

Gorgeous series of photos!

Petunia said...

Lovely post!!

Petunia's SWF

Luke Wiley said...

I did not know what a potato field looked like. nice!

My Sky Watch Friday posts

lingovise said...

that first shot is amazing... wonderful capture for this week's SWF!

so gorgeous and soft looking - lovely :)

Kim said...

I had no idea that flowers grew on a potato plant. Plus they are really pretty.

imac said...

Great photos and great post.
Enjoyed reading your info too.

The Team thanks you for your post and making this venture a success.

Tommy V said...

Hello from Colorado. Nice pictures. I have never seen a potato field.

Rachel said...

This is a fantastic photo! I love the pastel colors of the sky! thanks for the comment!

John said...

All beautiful pictures!
Have a nice weekend.

AnneKa said...

Greate Sky Watch post.
Have a nice weekend, from AnneKa in Norway

Rose said...

Love that sky shot--really beautiful. Like the info as well...didn't realize you were in potato growing country.

Aileni said...

Beautiful, subtle sky. Fine healthy, blight free spuds you have.

Anne-Berit said...

Wow,the sunset was beautiful,and so is the photo of the potato Field,and the potato-flowers.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

You did a fantastic job on photographing the potato field... very impressive.... totally enjoyed these.
Mountain Retreat Photos
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Neal said...

As usual, you always have a great picture!!

For The People said...

Excellent Post! Have a great weekend!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Well dome.. the humble potatoe looking like a $1000,000 in your picture

Thank you for joining in with use, welcome to the new blog... onwards and up wards.
Tom

Julie said...

For a sky post those are lovely potato flowers!! I had no idea they had such lovely flowers. My fave vegetable is the potato.

the teach said...

Yoou're not kidding EG, WOW! Incredible Skywatch shot! I have a Skywatch shot up too! :)

Craver Vii said...

Outstanding images... all of them!! Who would have known that the potato plant would yield such a pretty flower?

quinttarantino said...

An amazing potato field!

kjpweb said...

Great shots especially the potato buds! Didn't remember how beautiful they were. And of course the mood in #1. Gorgeous! Cheers, Klaus

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful sunset.

Jeanne said...

hehe I did the same thing last week at a potato field here. Never did get the potato plants but the sunset was amazing as is yours. RYC: we've been having very hot humid weather here in northeast US and they are talking about thunderboomers but so far nothing.

Anonymous said...

Love seeing the growing potatoes, but that sky is a stunner!

Catherine said...

Potato Field are more beautiful than we can imagine. A great serie of pictures. Particularly the flowers one, I had forgotten how they looked "graceful" and fragile.

ellen b said...

Very cool. I really don't think I've ever seen potato blossoms before. I like them. I love all your photos the sky and the fields...

Quiet Paths said...

I really like the soft, subdued quality to the first one. Just lovely.

SandyCarlson said...

Those spuds are beautiful. Thanks for these!

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Gorgeous pictures!! Wow!!!

Ellyn said...

Lovely. Looks like cotton candy.

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi! How could one resist not capturing this shot. Very beautiful. Lisa

Kris McCracken said...

For some reason, I can’t get enough of pictures of fields full of vegetables. This reminds me very much of my home region (lots of root vegetables grown there, they don’t grow so much in the south of Tasmania).

I do like how looking at pictures of East Gwillimbury makes me homesick for North West Tasmania!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

All your photos are wonderful -- every one, even the potato field. I don't think I've ever really looked at a potato blossom before; they're really lovely. And, I never thought about potatoes making seeds, either. That's another new thing I've learned today!

dot said...

I've planted potatoes before but I can't remember the blooms being as beautiful as those.

me ann my camera said...

Never would I have named these beautiful blossoms as those of potatoes. Other photos are lovely too but the up close blossoms are my favourites. Nice.

Neva said...

very very nice.

Kay said...

I remember seeing places like this in Nova Scotia. Your photos really capture how beautiful the potato plant really is.

People with Cameras said...

Beautiful photos!

see you there! said...

The sky is beautiful but those rows and rows of potatoes are what caught my eye. We grow a few potato plants in our garden but they look so impressive in a mass like that.

Darla

pts said...

nice pic!

Mary said...

I can't recall ever seeing potato flowers! They remind me of nightshade. Can they be in the same family?!

Love your sunset -- quiet and beautiful!

Ken said...

Nice photos.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Mary,
Potatoes, tomatoes and nightshade are all in the same family. ;-)
EG

B. Roan said...

I love the sky shot, but oh that field. I live in farm country. It's a different kind of beautiful, but beautiful nevertheless.

Ex-Shammickite said...

MY dad grew spuds, and some of his varieties had purple flowers... and I used to pick bunches of them, he used to get very cross with me!
They are a very interesting shape aren't they?
Great pictures.
I'm surprised at the amount of cemmenters that say they have never seen a potato plant before.

Andrea said...

Nice sky watch photo. I love the potato field.

Maria said...

Very beautiful sunset! The potato blossoms are really beautiful!

Daryl said...

I had no idea potato plants were so pretty ... I show you NYC and you show me your corner of the world .. its a perfect trade!

:-Daryl

Small City Scenes said...

Great shot of a beautiful sky. I just took some potato field pics too. Also a huge crop in the valley here. Same flower only purple. MB

Dragonstar said...

Those are very healthy looking potatoes, and the field makes an attractive shot but that sky - superb!

Lasse said...

I allways love the sunset pictures. Great colours!

Sharon said...

Lucky you! Three great shots and one stop! Great SWF!

Larry D said...

Great photo! I love the blossoms! Happy SWF!

Pietro said...

Wonderful sequence of pictures for a great Sky Watch!

sonia a.m. said...

Wonderful photos! Well done!

Thanks for your nice visiting on my place! You are welcome!

Jim said...

Hi Tour Guide -- You pictures are very nice. Potato fields are pretty when in bloom if they have enough moisture to stay green.
BTW, when I was born (at home) my parents were very poor. The only way they could pay the doctor was by selling some potatoes. We had an unusual harvest in our larger than most potato garden.
..

AphotoAday said...

You know, I don't know if I have ever seen potatoes growing -- of if I have, I certainly didn't know what they were...

Hope you are having a great Sky Watch Friday, and thanks for the comment on AphotoAday.

Best regards, Don.

babooshka said...

How pretty. Not at all how I imagined
a potato field to look like.

Abraham Lincoln said...

You must know that many young people honestly believe that chickens are made by Tyson and potatoes are made by the french fry people who supply all the fast food joints.

I just wanted to say, I read your comments with interest and am glad that you seem to enjoy what I post. Thank you.

Abraham Lincoln
—Brookville Daily Photo.

Catherine said...

Beautiful sky~watch captures!
I love the last shot too..didn't know a potato field could be so pretty..this is my first skywatch over a potato field..and its gorgeous!
Thanks for visiting!
Happy sky~watching!
Cat

Kahshe Cottager said...

It has been a long time since I hoed potatoes and I had forgotten how interesting the flowers are! Nice sky watch! I also really liked your butterfly photo. I didn't know what kind these were!
Have a wonderful weekend!
My SkyWatch Here

system operator said...

We used to have few spuds on the garden when we were kids. Nice pictures and good post!

Stine ☆ said...

A really beautiful colored sunset!

becky voyles said...

all wonderful shots you have here.

Ryan King said...

Hi, I'm creating a website on sustainable food and it would be great if I could get permission to use this photo of your Potato Flowers. I'll of course provide you with full credit and link back to this site.

Feel free to email me at ryan.king1809@gmail.com to avoid discussing this in your comments.


Thanks,
Ryan

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