Saturday, October 17, 2009

SWANS A SWIMMING ON FLOODED CRANBERRY BOG

Here are a couple swans a swimming on a flooded cranberry bog up the street from my Cape Cod home. The cranberry farmers flood the bog with water from a nearby small lake to harvest the cranberries as the cranberries float towards the surface of the water and the cranberry farmers chop off the berries with a small floating boat with a paddle wheel like device on it to loosen the berries. The other cranberry farmers wearing big yellow waterproof waders then rake the cranberries together for the harvest.

Massachusetts and Wisconsin are the two leading states for cranberry production and a lot of these cranberries probably end up as "Ocean Spray" cranberry products.

These swans are enjoying the flooded bog while they can as when the water is drained from the bog it is tougher for them to swim on cranberry bog plants.