Because we work in apple orchards, and because of the unseasonably hot and sunny weather this May, our field season was over with blinding speed. The apples flowered and were done flowering in just about 9 days…and our field season was 9 days of non-stop, frantic work. It is always difficult for me to come back inside at the end of the season, and always a challenge to work on my computer, but this exceptionally short season made me exceptionally sad.
Fortunately! there are always friendly biologists (and farmers) around who need help with their field work, when I can spare the time. Ah field work is the best.
Here are some photos I haven’t shared yet from the season.
We all have our favourite orchards…this was one of mine.
You can never have too many photos of apple flowers.
It’s a hilly region! (What a relief!*)
Commercial orchards are huge.
Apples for ages.
Big old fancy houses on the hillside.
Halictid on the apple flower.
Plum curculio is an apple pest.
And just like that, it’s over!
*Haha I’m hilarious