Monday, October 18, 2010

Cranberry Harvest/ My World

Harvesting cranberries, Johnston's Marsh, Ontario

October is the month for harvesting cranberries in Ontario. Last year my husband and I visited this marsh to see the harvesting firsthand. (I cannot remember why these photos did not make it to this blog last year. I'm SURE there must have been a good reason.)

As you can see, even the young were involved in this operation. The older lad got to run the machinery and the younger "got to" hop in and out of the water (which isn't very deep) to change the rectangular pans that were collecting the cranberries. (In the upper left-hand corner of the mosaic below, you can see the lad in the water.)


Reflections in Johnston's Marsh

The trees were absolutely gorgeous last year, I think perhaps a tad lovelier than this year.

Ripe for harvest




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52 comments:

B SQUARED said...

Never saw this before. Certainly is indicative that Fall is well underway.

Andrée said...

I've never seen this either. I have imagined what the cranberry harvesting looks like, but I never kmagined this. Fascinating and beautiful.

Jacob said...

What a great post! I've not seen cranberry harvesting before, either. Except there's an ad on TV showing two guys in a cranberry bog up to their waists in water...that should have been a hint, right?

Love all the colors. I'm sure there was a good reason why you didn't post these pics last year.

George said...

The reflections of the trees in the marsh are absolutely stunning.
Thanks for the pictures of the cranberry harvest. I'm not aware that I have seen pictures of this before.

Lyndsey said...

What great phots, I'm sure there must of been a good reason why they didn't make it...:D Very interesting how they harvest cranberries. I love all the fall colors of the trees in the background! We don't get that here!

anjoe playhouse said...

Indeed, this is your world. Great photos and text ;-)

ellen b. said...

Love your photos and education on cranberry harvesting. This is something I've never seen. Fall is one of my favorite times of year!

ladyfi said...

Amazing colours. I had no idea that cranberries grew in water. I always thought they were picked in the woods...

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent topic, EG. I too think the colors were better last year but then again we had more sun and less rain.
I don't recall any Cranberry Bogs out here but on the Oregon Coast there are some and it is very interesting to watch.
That reflection shot is stunning. Thanks for showing us this harvest. MB

Dave said...

so thats how cranberries are harvested, thanks for the info.

lovely images!

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the cranberry harvest. I saw a show on PBS about harvesting cranberries some time ago and it was new to me.

Wren said...

The harvester reminds me of the airboats in the Everglades. Thanks for sharing a totally new (to me) fall scene.

Miss Kodee said...

I feel so foolish... I didn't know how cranberries were harvested lol. We are having a spectacular fall here in Ontario! Loved your colourful submissions.

Paulie said...

Very informative and beautiful! This is my only way to see such things so far. . . thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

What a good post! I've never seen this either, and it's very interesting. The fall colors are gorgeous; our colors were much better last year also.

Halcyon said...

This looks like much more fun than harvesting cotton!

Kim, USA said...

I wonder why cranberries is harvested in the water? Thanks for the visit!
Plant for bugs

Babooshka said...

I haven't thought of cranberries of a fruit you harvest before. Gorgeous colours cutting through the water. Interesting post too.

Sylvia K said...

I'd never seen or knew this about the harvest of cranberries! Fascinating! And I love it when I learn something new!! Gorgeous captures as always! Such beautiful colors! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

It's a small world, in deed, I posted the Cranberry harvest in my world too!

Xavi said...

Wonderful trees with this colorful, I love them.
Have a nice day, Tina!

Maboe/Mor og Datter said...

Very interesting to see how they harvest cranberries.

joo said...

I've never seen cranberry harvesting - looks a bit complicated!
The trees are fabulous indeed.

Ebie said...

The second post I visited for the cranberry harvest. The fall colors are in its height, too. Only in the Northeast!

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

This was very interesting to see - totally new - and how lovely colours in your photos, EG!

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ewok1993 said...

must be fun to watch them harvest. and the colors are so vivid. yap, there must be pressing reason why this didn't make it to last year's edition.

have a lovely week.

RedPat said...

Great shots! i have only seen the ad on TV too. Thanks.

eileeninmd said...

Great shots, interesting how they harvest the cranberries.

Viola said...

What a strange world, that I don't know all about it! ;) Harvesting cranberries.. I've never seen those vehicles.. if I can call them so.. You have such a terrific photo of the Autumn colors in the one that is reflecting them!!!! Gorgeous! :)

Genie said...

This was the MOST interesting post and the shots were superb. The colors and reflections are beautiful. A wonderful post. Thanks for your visits to my blog and your encouraging words. I appreciate your taking the time to leave me your comments.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I enjoyed seeing the cranberry harvest on your post! I think the foliage is less brilliant than last year too--perhaps we've had too many storms this fall?

Al said...

Very interesting, I've never seen this before.

I love your frost photo below. We finally had our first frost a few days ago, much later than normal.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I'm not sure what I am looking at but it looks very interesting. I love the Fall colors.

I don't think we are going to get much Fall color. It looks like everything is just fading slowly here in Oklahoma.

Smita Tewari said...

Beautiful! can I visit all these places? will you be my guide?

Jack said...

Egads! Look at all the comments. My friend in Massachusetts lives in front of a cranberry bog. I was there last Wednesday and the harvest was over and the bog was drained. You must be on a different schedule up there.

LD said...

Colors are amazing here! Love you "got to" hop in and out of the water..reminds me of my brother making some undesirable task sound fun so he could pawn it off.

Randy said...

I have more appreciation for my morning cranberry juice! Great shots.

Dianne said...

I'm so glad you found these, they're all beautiful

I visited a cranberry bog in New England, it was interesting

VioletSky said...

I've always wanted to venture up to see the cranberry harvest, next year, for sure!

Evelyn said...

Very interesting - Love your photos, great colours.

Hilda said...

I saw the pictures, I read your text, but I'm still absolutely clueless about what's going on here! I've just realized that I know nothing about cranberries. I just know the jam! :P

Beautiful photos, beautiful autumn trees!

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

Nice ph0tos very interesting,there was 0ne ad in the taiwan tv that sh0ws h0w they harvest and make the cranberry juice. weekend getaway @ kenting

see you there! said...

Really interesting harveesting process! Cranberries are a favorite at our house.

Darla

Cezar and Léia said...

It's so interesting!Your pictures , mainly the collage , everything is beautiful here! :)
Autumn bring wonderful colours to photography!
Léia

Jenn Jilks said...

This was a great spot to visit! I heard that it went well this year, too.
Have you ever seen the Rick Mercer video of his trip to the marsh? It was hilarious. I have a link on my sidebar.

Cheers from Cottage Country !

Wifey10 said...

oh so red and yellow!lovely lovely! thanks for sharing..hope you can visit mine too

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful My World posting

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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Kay L. Davies said...

Whenever I see pictures like this, especially ones basically alien to my part of the country, I think "How and why did anyone figure out how to harvest cranberries by boat in the first place?" The method seems both ingenious and primitive, and maybe even fun if you're a teenage boy and the weather is warm.

I love the reflection of the autumn leaves on the cranberry bog. Gorgeous.

Kay, Alberta

Rambling Round said...

So this is where my cranberry sauce comes from! Great pictures of the process.

Jack and Joann said...

Cranbery harvests. They do it in New England and New Jersey and now I learn that they do it in Canada. Jack and I went to Ontario and Quebec this summer and loved it!

Francisca said...

Cranberry harvesting - something very new for me too, EG. What a wonderful presentation!

Ann said...

Thanks for this lesson, I have absolutely no udea that cranberry grows this way.

Should I get urinary tract infection again, I will remember these two boys.

Looks like you are the few people in the whole wide world who know their cranberries. i read all the comments and only Trish knows about this.

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