Learning to see

Part of being a good farmer, perhaps even a good human, is learning to observe and wonder.  As the youth settle into their routine of work and learning here at the farm, I’ve been trying to figure out how to help them practice using their eyes to notice things that might not have been on their radar screen before.  After a brief warm up exercise last week, in which they had to look at a partner, then look away, then notice what was different, I assigned each a section of the field’s perennial flower beds to observe.  I instructed them to write down or draw as much detail as they could about what they were seeing, with the plan that each would return to the same section in 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 10 weeks, etc. to note the changes.  Then it suddenly dawned on me that having them take pictures of what they saw would be another way of teaching them to see.  So without further instruction, I handed them my digital camera.  Here are some of my favorite shots.

Rhubarb, up close and personal (by Mason)

Columbine (by Joe)

daffodils

Daffodils and dead grass (by Lance)

apple tree

Apple tree tip (by Mason)

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