Wandering around south Monterey County yesterday:
- Garlic and bean harvests were in progress.
- Red bell peppers are starting to glisten in the sun.
- Fennel is being picked in a patchwork of vivid jade and faded celadon.
- Brix (i.e. sugars) are increasing and wine grapes are hanging heavy on the vine.
The veggie fields resembled sharp shards of vitreous green stuck in the dry crust of the southern Gabilan hills.
Small, impoverished communities give testimony to the tattered remnants of Victorian dreams of railroads, prosperity, and hope.