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I tried to go watch this year’s cranberry harvest operations twice this weekend. Yesterday was a total flop. It rained hard, I got lost and arrived one hour late, and the harvest tour would not let anyone get off the bus for safety reason.

Today was different. The sun was out, and I drove to the Pine Barrens to find cranberry fields. Here’s how one looked prior to being flooded with water.

Cranberry Field

Cranberry field

A closer look at the ripe berries:

Cranberries

Cranberries

This was a flooded field as a harvesting machine plucked berries from the vines to let them float to the surface.

Cranberries being harvested

Cranberries being harvested

Slowly but surely cranberries covered the water surface.

Cranberries floating

Cranberries floating

Cranberries under blue sky

Cranberries under a fine blue sky

Harvest machine

Harvest machine

The machine operator, Herbert Armstrong, who is also a foreman for the Lee Brothers company, let me take pictures freely and even gave me a CD of photos of cranberry operations.

Harvester operator Herb Armstrong

Harvester operator Herbert Armstrong

As he left at the end of the day, Herb was holding a GPS which he used to keep track of where his machine went in each field, so as not to miss any area.

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