Thursday, July 10, 2008

Photostory: Corn

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Okay, this Photo-Story is more about story than photo. What you are looking at is corn. My five year old daughter Emma's corn, to be exact. Do you know how difficult it is to take an interesting picture of corn? I shot these stalks of corn for an hour. Here's the story: 

There is a large garden on the side of the house that we have been renting. We don't garden. We stopped trying to grow things after we killed a cactus, about fourteen years ago. We'll be happy, if our children survive to adulthood. Anyway, the next door neighbors use the garden, and it has become Emma's favorite hobby, lately, to watch my neighbor garden, and to pepper her with questions for, literally, hours. Emma is a very curious little girl. One evening Emma came to me and asked me for some popcorn. I told her that I hadn't popped any in a while. No, she said, she wanted some of the un-popped kernels. Why? To plant them in the garden of course. Sure, why not?
So she planted them, eight little kernels of popcorn, right out of the Orville Redenbacher jar in the cupboard. I gave it no more thought. That is, until she came and told me to come see her corn. I actually put it off for a couple of days, because the garden was a long way from the TV and the NBA Finals. Besides, what was there really to see?

Of course I knew that you could go to the nursery and get popcorn "seeds" and grow popcorn. But, I had no idea you could grow...you know...popcorn. Today the stalks are about three feet high, and I can't wait to see what they produce. Emma takes every visitor to our house, back to see them. The only person not shocked and dumbfounded by the situation, is Emma. She knew that if you planted seeds in the ground, they grew.
Sure enough, they did.

15 comments:

MamaGeek said...

I beg to differ - the photos ARE as good as this heart warming story. I loved it.

That second shot with the sun flare is amazing. As is the last shot - a very cool perspective. But I know how you feel. Imagine trying to shoot wheat. :)

Bren said...

Wow, so there really grew! How very cool for Emma!

I think that second shot is beautiful with the sun in the back.

Indrani said...

It is like Faith moves mountains. Good job by Emma, sweet girl, God Bless!

The Apron Queen said...

I think you did a great job. Corn is a tough subject to photograph. I tried my tomatoes & gave up. :)

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Cecily R said...

I think this is my favorite PSF from you yet. Seriously.

Love the story, love Emma's Emmaness and love LOVE the shots.

Susie said...

These pictures are fantastic--WOW you really did make corn exciting. And the story? I bet Emma stalks (sorry) about it forever. What a great memory for her to have!
By the way, Orville should have his own food group as far as I am concerned--my favorite thing EVER. Can't wait to grow my own popcorn. Fabulous story. Really!

Aaron said...

For being so worried about it, it turned out great.....congrats on the house!

Robyn said...

What a great story. I would have never thought popcorn into corn. The photos are fantastic. Great Job.

imbeingheldhostage said...

The photos are fantastic, who are you kidding? Great story, I'm linking it to share next week, I hope that's ok. And your header is fantastic!

April said...

These are the most amazing pics of corn that I'VE ever seen...beautiful! And I love that she was so sure her corn would grow!

Pam Emmons said...

I love Emma and her corn. Cool picture at the end, by the way. Are you going to plant popcorn at the new house?

Jacki said...

How cool!

Sarah Brooks said...

Um... WOW! That is all I have to say!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Those are the coolest pix of cornstalks I've ever seen and the story of her faith in the seed is wonderful!

Val said...

WOW! EMMA! I think that about sums it up.