Cellpic Sunday – 25 July 2021

Surprise, Arizona.

North of our home in Buckeye, the growing community of Surprise Arizona (135,450 residents in 2019) still has a fair amount of agricultural land within its boundaries. On an outing in mid-March of this year, we happened to drive by a field of cabbage being harvested. I was intrigued by the factory-like equipment and the manpower being used in the harvest.

That long green conveyor is on wheels towed by a tractor on the side opposite my vantage point. The wheels on the conveyor are mounted so that they roll in between the rows along with that white trailer holding boxes of picked cabbage.

The workers pick and prep the cabbage as they move behind the conveyor. As each cabbage is finished, it is boxed. The box moves to the trailer, where it is loaded aboard all ready to be shipped to market.

About the photo: I captured this image with the only camera I had with me on this trip to Surprise, my Samsung S20U. I used the 12,000×9,000 pixel mode without zoom as we were some distance from the action sitting as we were on the side of the highway.

In Adobe Lightroom, I cropped the image to eliminate the extraneous details on the edges, and still ended up with a final image of 3486×2191 pixels, still quite large in comparison to the final image above which is cropped to 1024 pixels on the long side for display here. Final tweaks were completed in Luminar AI. As always, you can click on the image for a closer look if your browser supports the function.

I encourage fellow bloggers to create their own Cellpic Sunday posts. I never have a specific topic for this feature, and the only rules are that the photo must be captured with a cell phone, iPad, or another mobile device… If you have an image from a drone, that’s acceptable as well. The second rule is to link your challenge-response to this post or leave a comment here with a link to your post in the comment.

John Steiner


  1. The tractor helps a lot during harvest time. From your cool cell photo, looks like it still requires much hand work in the field.

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