Thursday, September 13, 2007
In real life, as opposed to the picture, this pepper looked really cool with brilliant red, orange, and green. This variety was supposed to mature red only. Maybe the orange comes from some cross pollination from a nearby plant? Who knows... who cares...
I don't know why I take pictures of the silly fruits and vegetables I grow, but it is strangely satisfying. Maybe because nothing else I do ends with a tangible product. Yeah, it's somewhat rewarding when I complete a piece of software, and it does what I wanted it to do. But you can't hold it. It has no size, weight, or aesthetic appeal (except to a true code nerd). And the quality is even debatable ...as any software developer knows, it could always have been written more elegantly and made more robust. Always.
And cycling. Yeah, hard training rewards you with better performance in races, and maybe even better health. Maybe. But it's also not tangible. Plus, it's basically meaningless to people outside of our small, esoteric bike-racing community. Talk to non-cyclists for more than 60 seconds about your last race, and you can just see their eyes start glazing over.
But everyone understands food. Most people even like it. And nobody can deny its importance!
So why the pictures? Well, a nice piece of fruit doesn't last. You either eat it, or it rots. So I capture it in a picture and shout out to the world (or should I say, the occasional web surfer or work-procrastinator who happens onto this site)...
Hey, I produced this food and it was delicious!!
I guess the logical next step will be to grow enough to start giving it away in good quantity. That would feel really tangible and useful!