Potato Harvest, Bald Faced Hornets, and Early Fall Colors

9/23/14 – It was a beautiful day weather wise, so I decided to take my bicycle out for a ride around the area. At first, I found some nice flowers in the garden. As I rode down the road, I discovered a field which had been harvested. This was a potato field. Greenville, MI has a history in the potato farming industry. Area farmers grow potatoes for companies like Ore Ida, Frito Lay, Snyder’s and others. One of the most well known farms around these parts goes by the name of Sackett Potatoes. Since this was my first time ever actually witnessing a potato harvest, I decided to document some of it. The harvester dug up the potatoes, and then they travel up a conveyor belt, and into a truck to be hauled off to their destination at the factory for processing. I actually found some of the harvested potatoes on the roadside, so I picked up up and took they home to eat. They were delicious! You’ll see a video of the potato harvest further down in this article.

I rode around further to my north, and came across a few insects, including a Grasshopper, a Bumblebee, and a Cabbage Butterfly. I also saw a few colors in the trees and some flowers.

I also discovered a Bald Faced Hornet nest. Now, this nest was considerably smaller than most I’ve seen. This one was about the size of a Volleyball, perhaps smaller, and didn’t have that much activity. I assume the Queen perhaps got a late start this season, or maybe disease struck some of the members. Who knows. They were interesting to watch though, and since I didn’t have my tripod, I had to shoot the footage hand held. Below is a video and photos of the Bald Faced Hornets.

After venturing a little further north, I found some wonderful early Fall Color displays. The best colors were showing up in the Sumac Trees and a few of the Maples. There were also some nice scenes along the roadside, one back in a swamp, and another near a corn field. All in all, a great day, got some exercise, and saw some really cool things! Below is a video of the potato harvesting, and the Fall Colors. Enjoy!

Chuck Russell

I shoot photos and videos of various different types of events related to weather, nature, motorsports, breaking news, and more and share what I capture with the world at StormyPleasures.com

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