Tomatoes ripening on the vine. How many will be eaten right there? Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone 4, edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor.

Tomatoes ripening on the vine. How many will be eaten right there? Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone 4, edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor.

I’ve been re-reading Michael Pollan’s In Defence of Food, with it’s wonderful mantra:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Right now my garden is making it easy to do this. We planted a bit late this time and haven’t had the bumper crops we enjoyed last season. But as our tomatoes and cucumbers, leaves, peppers and herbs ripen and proliferate, we have a small daily harvest; enough to make tasty fresh salads each night, and enough to share with friends.

To be truthful, the harvest would be a teeny bit bigger if all the tomatoes actually made it back to the kitchen, but who can resist that one perfect, sun-ripened, red taste explosion. Or a cucumber eaten, bite by bite, while sitting in the sun. The last one I picked – the juicy centre was really warm; about blood temperature.

Purple sage, cos lettuce, parsley, oregano, bell peppers and chillies. Nature has made it easy for me to eat well. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone 4, edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor.

Purple sage, cos lettuce, parsley, oregano, bell peppers and chillies. Nature has made it easy for me to eat well. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone 4, edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor.

Nature has been kind to me, and to my garden. We have been spared the terrible storm that flooded parts of Christchurch this week, battering a city devastated by earthquakes three years ago and struggling to recover.

When I go to pick lunch later, I’ll do so knowing that I’ve been fortunate, and that it won’t always be so.

The thing about eating food –ย  rather than Pollan’s “food-like substances”-ย  is that the connections between earth and plate are clearer, the distances shorter. I eat with an awareness that nature gives, and nature takes away and I will live best if I live within the rhythm of the world, rather than trying to master or change it.

This post was written for Sally’s Phoneography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. You can find out more here. And these are some other responses to the challenge that I’ve enjoyed:

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/phoneography-challenge-nature-around-two-lakes/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/phoneography-challenge-the-nature-of-small-things/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/03/03/iphone-monday-3-3-14/

http://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/phoneography-challenge-nature-3/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/phoneography-challenge-nature/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/a-natural-palette-001-march-2014-haigahaibun-for-the-phoneography-challenge-nature/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/colours-on-the-ground/

http://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/mockingbird-in-tree/

http://steve-says.net/2014/03/03/attack-of-the-giant-spiders/

Phoneography Challenge: Nature

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/phoneography-just-before-the-wipers-came-on/

http://architar.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/spring-is-here/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/03/03/phoneograpy-nature-tree-smile/

http://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-nature-3/

http://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/phoneography-challenge-nature-2/

Phoneography Challenge: Nature

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Celebrating nature in my backyard

10 thoughts on “Celebrating nature in my backyard

  1. I’ve read all of Pollan’s books, and In Defense of Food is worthwhile. He has done so much to bring whole food into the limelight as opposed to processed foods. And speaking of whole foods, your cheery cherry tomato plants are sparkling gems. Our planting season is weeks away, but your image gives me the hope that I need with our winter still raging. Happy Phoneography Challenge.

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    • Thanks Sally. I’d forgotten I had the book, but someone quoted his “mantra” to me, so I hunted it out and read it again. I hope your spring arrives soon and with warmth and sparkle on her wings. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Pingback: Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Nature (and Winter’s Colors) | Lens and Pens by Sally

    • Thanks; I feel very fortunate to have a garden. It’s such a neat solution to providing fresh food, but for many people living in apartments, rented houses, without land or tools – it’s not really attainable.

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  3. What a beautiful post. Your garden looks simply delightful, full of color and wonderful scents I would guess. I loved the little baby peas in a pod in my mom’s garden. And when I grew tomatoes, I made sure to plant some cherry tomatoes just so I could pop them into my mouth all warm from the sun. Beautiful images… both with lens and pens. ๐Ÿ™‚

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