Remember that day, back in late May, when it stopped raining and got excruciatingly hot here in Maryland? It was like the weather decided to end its prolonged raininess, and fast forward straight to the hot and humid days of July. Well, it was on that day my family decided to ask friends to pick strawberries with us at Godfrey's Farm Market and Pick Your Own Farm in Sudlersville, Maryland. Ever since that day, the weather has been gloriously spring-like. But not on that day. It was the kind of hot and sweaty day that makes you light-headed and dizzy if you should bend over, stoop, and stand up over and over again. You know, like you do when picking strawberries.
Picking strawberries is one of my favorite early summer traditions I like to do (and photograph) with the family, and fortunately this year's hot weather didn't dampen the fun for us. Each day, I try my very best to slow down, breathe in life, and soak in the beauty around me. Most of the time, I try to freeze these moments in my memory with my mental camera, but if I'm lucky, I have my big camera with me. I live for those moments when my family is spending quality time together. Add in my camera, and I'm in my happy place.
Having friends join us this year made the afternoon even more fun. As I stood back and observed, with and without my camera, I enjoyed watching the kids' different personalities come out as they picked strawberries. One in particular only ate the berries and never added to the box of picked strawberries. At the other extreme, we had one who was all business, and didn't stop until the boxes were full. One was right in the middle, picked some for the box, some for her mouth. And finally, we had the guardian angel, looking out for the other kids and helping at each opportunity. Can you pick out some of these personalities in these photos?
We didn't go with the best day weather-wise, but we were rewarded with pounds and pounds of strawberries when our labor was complete (our family alone picked 17 pounds). Of course, we also sat down in the oversized rocking chairs on the farm's front porch, enjoyed the intermittent breeze, and indulged in some cool, creamy ice cream. We certainly deserved it!
Now that we're in Rock Hall full-time, I'm excited about the adventures we have ahead of us as we take in everything that beautiful Kent County has to offer. There will be so many stories and, of course, plenty of pictures. Click here to follow along.