Sunday, July 28, 2019

Blueberry Season

The heat and sunshine have been intense these past few weeks but that's not all bad. Some of it went into ripening New Jersey's blueberry crop. They are ready!
I went blueberry picking this week on a farm in Hammonton, New Jersey; that's the blueberry capital of the world. Click the photos to enlarge.
I came back with 12 pints of blueberries for which I paid $1.66 each.
I got a fine day out, a good deal, exercise, and...
a picnic beside Hammonton Creek, pictured here. It was lovely.
When I got home, I made blueberry jam. I'm going to try to save some until January. It is summer in a jar. 
The hot sunny days are also good for butterfly spotting. Here are some that I saw on berry picking day. A cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae.
A spicebush swallowtail, Papilio troilus.
A tiger swallowtail, Papilio glaucus.
And a buckeye, Junonia coenia.

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