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Madison Family Documentary Photographer |12# Watermelon

The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies. Laura Ingalls Wilder

The light flickered and filtered its way through the trees on a late August evening. The sun was setting earlier, the buzz of school in the air, the garden was lush with a late season bounty. I found Karsten  getting cozy on the parked Grasshopper mower, Hazel snuggling a soft barn kitten, and Ryan raking a bounty of windfall apples for the hogs. Sarah grabbed her woven baskets, a pair of scissors, and led the way through roaming chickens toward the garden. Hazel snipped towering, brightly colored flowers, gathering and arranging them as she went. Karsten finally cut loose the watermelon he cultivated all summer, carried to the edge of the garden, and then went back in for heavy, silky ears of corn.

madison-family-documentary-photographer_0055PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0053PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0052PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0051PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0049PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0054PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0048PINWe moved into the barn, where Hazel placed warm eggs in a cool, steel bowl. madison-family-documentary-photographer_0047PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0046PINThe twins look out of the barn. Summer saturated blues and greens and yellows are deliciously layered and textured below. madison-family-documentary-photographer_0045PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0041PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0043PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0044PINRyan takes the crab apples out to the hogs. madison-family-documentary-photographer_0042PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0040PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0039PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0038PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0037PINIn the upper garden, Sarah & the kids harvest tomatoes, peppers, and basil for dinner.
madison-family-documentary-photographer_0036PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0035PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0033PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0034PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0032PINThe twins alternate between having quiet time in their rooms and helping with dinner prep.  madison-family-documentary-photographer_0031PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0030PINHazel listens to Ryan tell stories of shucking corn as a kid.
madison-family-documentary-photographer_0029PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0028PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0027PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0026PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0025PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0023PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0022PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0021PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0019PINTheir amazing summer feast included freshly picked corn on the cob, peppers, tomatoes, grilled eggplant, basil, cheese with from-scratch mayonnaise all on homemade bread.  madison-family-documentary-photographer_0018PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0017PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0016PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0015PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0020PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0013PINSarah weighs Karsten’s watermelon, which comes in at a whopping twelve pounds.  madison-family-documentary-photographer_0024PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0012PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0011PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0010PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0009PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0007PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0006PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0005PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0004PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0008PINOne last walk around the farm before the sun dips. Hazel takes a picture of two cuddly barn cats. madison-family-documentary-photographer_0003PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0002PIN madison-family-documentary-photographer_0001PINPlease check out Odyssey Farm, LLC for more information about Ryan’s heritage breed hogs! You will not be disappointed by the dedicated care, organic and environmental approach, and superior quality of his work.

 

xo, Jen

 

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