Late Summer Cosmos

Late Summer Cosmos

Driving back from the Lüneburger Heide yesterday, we stopped in a little field at the edge of a country road. This little field was full of many different types of flowers, all arranged in rows. Some of those rows of flowers were obviously past their prime, looking droopy and broken, Others had not yet reached maturity, with buds only of green.

These particular flowers are a row of Garden Cosmos and, looking at the busy composition with the rays of evening sun shining through, I get a chaotic sense of a cosmos in a garden. There is a whole universe of life mingling around that stand of flowers but you have to look closely. Of course, they are also simply pretty flowers.

The thing I like about this field and the other fields like it that I've seen around Germany, is that you are supposed to pick the flowers that are growing in it. Then, after picking to your heart's content and checking the price stated on a little sign, you drop some money into a container and continue on your way.

There is no one watching the field. It is entirely based on the honour system. If you take something, you are expected to leave something. The prices are much better than you can get in any shop and freshness, well, you're the one cutting them. Most base their rate on the number of flowers you have plucked but this farm had an interesting scheme based on the thickness of the bundle of stems you are holding when you are done. There was a handy measuring board with holes cut into it and prices marked on it and if I was a better digital story-teller, I would have taken a photo of it.

The farmers who set these up are not completely and naively trusting. The money boxes are heavy, impenetrable things designed not to be pried open or dragged away. One article I read put the honesty rate for pickers at about 80%. My bet would be that almost everyone puts something in the box but that a percentage are maybe "a little light on the count", so to say.

I left the flowers alone and only took photographs, so I put nothing in the box. My wife had a decent fistful of blooms at the end and I saw her putting something in the box. Promise. But, I didn't ask her exactly how much.

My other photographs of flowers can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D300
Lens Type: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED
Focal Length: 80 mm
35mm Focal Length: 120 mm
Exposure: 1/200 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 200


Taken: 2016-09-10 19:00:57
Posted: 2016-09-11 | 23:30





Late Summer Cosmos

Late Summer Cosmos

Driving back from the Lüneburger Heide yesterday, we stopped in a little field at the edge of a country road. This little field was full of many different types of flowers, all arranged in rows. Some of those rows of flowers were obviously past their prime, looking droopy and broken, Others had not yet reached maturity, with buds only of green.

These particular flowers are a row of Garden Cosmos and, looking at the busy composition with the rays of evening sun shining through, I get a chaotic sense of a cosmos in a garden. There is a whole universe of life mingling around that stand of flowers but you have to look closely. Of course, they are also simply pretty flowers.

The thing I like about this field and the other fields like it that I've seen around Germany, is that you are supposed to pick the flowers that are growing in it. Then, after picking to your heart's content and checking the price stated on a little sign, you drop some money into a container and continue on your way.

There is no one watching the field. It is entirely based on the honour system. If you take something, you are expected to leave something. The prices are much better than you can get in any shop and freshness, well, you're the one cutting them. Most base their rate on the number of flowers you have plucked but this farm had an interesting scheme based on the thickness of the bundle of stems you are holding when you are done. There was a handy measuring board with holes cut into it and prices marked on it and if I was a better digital story-teller, I would have taken a photo of it.

The farmers who set these up are not completely and naively trusting. The money boxes are heavy, impenetrable things designed not to be pried open or dragged away. One article I read put the honesty rate for pickers at about 80%. My bet would be that almost everyone puts something in the box but that a percentage are maybe "a little light on the count", so to say.

I left the flowers alone and only took photographs, so I put nothing in the box. My wife had a decent fistful of blooms at the end and I saw her putting something in the box. Promise. But, I didn't ask her exactly how much.

My other photographs of flowers can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D300
Lens Type: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED
Focal Length: 80 mm
35mm Focal Length: 120 mm
Exposure: 1/200 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 200


Taken: 2016-09-10 19:00:57
Posted: 2016-09-11 | 23:30


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