Weekly Photo Challenge: Ocean

an ocean of strawberries

Having lived along the Atlantic Ocean for 15 years with yearly visits, I was going to thumb through my pictures for this challenge. But then I decided to take a different route. I had purchased strawberries from a school fundraiser which arrived Monday night. As I was looking at the flat of strawberries, toppling over the edges of the box as I brought them into the kitchen, the words “photo-op” were screaming in my ears. Well, not literally, of course. But as my camera is never further than an arm’s length away, I had absolutely no choice. The camera was taunting me.

“Hey, take a pic! Look at how huge those strawberries are! They are overflowing the box, for goodness sake. They need to be photographed. You know you can’t deny the pull of the camera.”

I took out my camera and started taking pictures from all angles, using different settings for light, color, perspective. With the dinning room light on, with it off, flash, no flash. You get the point.

Strawberries are part of nature’s way of welcoming the warm weather after months of dreary, cold winter. The bright red representing the stop light signalling the end of snow. Yeah, nature gets mixed up now and then, mixing in those beautiful warm days in the midst of cold, rainy days. Which is okay when you consider strawberries are a little confused, too. Strawberries are not berries, they are fruit that is part of the rose family. So you see, strawberries and spring go together perfectly.

How did I get to strawberries from ocean? Easily enough…there is an ocean of strawberries over taking my refrigerator crisper drawer. The quantity is overwhelming. When first walking into the house there is a faint smell of strawberries. The scent becomes more noticeable the closer you move to the refrigerator. Open the door and the delicious scent of fresh strawberries assaults the nose, kicking taste buds into high gear, anticipating the taste of a plump strawberry.

Oceans of strawberries…Welcome Spring!