Last year, when I went on this tour, I didn't think to bring my camera. This year, I did bring it but I inadvertently left the telephoto lens instead of the usual one. I took loads of pictures, but most of them were of the girls from a distance (telephoto lens) when they were unaware.
So - some shots of what we saw...
Cherry tomatoes, growing in the greenhouse
This is brussels sprouts, I think, although the truth is that the plants looked exactly like cabbage to me.
This is definitely cabbage in this shot. There are four different kinds, but I mostly took this shot for the girls because of the derrick. We have derricks all over oil-rich Alberta ... Except, now that I look at it again, I don't think that's a derrick. I think it's farm equipment of some sort.
Asparagus. So pretty, I might just grow it in my gardens next year for its aesthetics.
We actually got the girls to use a pitch fork and then dig around in the dirt with their hands for potatoes.
I'll bet they never expected that they'd be doing that on this visit.
Artichokes! In Alberta. The last farm we went to is expanding its horizons, and trying new techniques to grow produce that until now has been considered impossible for our weather. They had rows of artichokes and celery to show off their success.
Both girls are so pretty and graceful to watch, I wished I had a video camera. I felt almost like a stalker, as I snapped shot after shot of them tip toeing through the fields or bending to pick produce, but I was very open about it. They looked up periodically and saw me with my camera pointed at them, and didn't seem to mind. I got some great shots that I'll pass on to them and their families, but but since they are only 16 with limited ability to communicate, it wouldn't be right for me to share them publicly. I am actually kind of sad that I can't post them here.