Are they pickin’ and grinnin’? No – not that kind of pickin’. Nor are they picking out real bargains like the American Pickers on tv. I just happened on a man as he was picking oranges. I see pickers all the time because I live here in the midst of orange grove heaven. But I’ve always been hustling and bustling somewhere. This morning I just glimpsed a few words of Russel Ray’s post about carrying your camera wherever you go. I almost left home without it, but 177 pictures would be lost forever if I had.
This young man was not anxious for me to take his picture, but he hoisted up his pants, and said ok I could take his picture.
He worked so fast and furiously that I’m surprised the pictures weren’t blurred.
He’s literally buried in his work.
He was up there about 2 minutes max, then he had to come down and empty his bag which I would estimate weighed at least 10-15 pounds.
The pickin’ process is simple.
- Put your bag over your head, and adjust it so it’s comfortable, and won’t throw you off-balance as it fills with oranges.
- Place the ladder up against the tree anywhere, not just against the trunk. You can’t get to the trunk. Trust that it will hold you. Don’t gain weight.
- Climb slowly up the ladder picking with both hands and putting oranges in the bag.
- Drop the oranges you don’t want on the ground.
- Climb to the very top of the ladder. Don’t worry, it doesn’t seem like it would fall.
- Climb back down the ladder picking with both hands as you go.
- Don’t look down.
- Thrust out your leg for balance if you think you might fall.
- Take the bag over to the nearest bin and empty it in.
- Talk to the lady with the camera.
- Go back, move the ladder, and start again.
- Get the lady’s card, and hope she goes away soon.
This man was so gracious. I talked to him in my limited Spanish. It amazed me that he trusted me to take his picture and put it on the internet. I showed him the pictures, and he didn’t seem to mind, and gave him my card. If he emails me, I will send him the pictures.
Are you ready to try it?