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While I was busy working for a friend during his hazelnut harvest, a harvest of another kind was happening on the other side of our community - cranberries. As I understand it, the cranberry fields are specially prepared areas of flat ground with low dykes all around the outside. The cranberry plants grow and produce fruit ready to harvest each fall. When they are ready, the field is flooded with water. A special machine that I call a "beater" goes through the fields and "beats" the berries free from the plants. The good berries float to the surface and are then "corralled" into one corner of the field by workers using long lightweight booms. The berries are then either pumped or otherwise elevated into large container trucks destined for the market. I watched the process over a period of about a week and was fortunate on the last day to catch this view with our very own Mount Cheam as a backdrop. For more of my images, visit my website at www.geraldneufeldphotography.com

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