Another heartbeat post and Sweet Potatoes

Haven’t been around much, and part of the culprits are the two remaining sins of the SDS Challenge, Pride and Sloth — as in I ain’t got much of the first and too much of the second.

That’s right, I’ve still not written my Pride story. At this point, I don’t know if I will. I might let the Broxson Twins duke it out (although I’ve not heard from them either — they had said their stories were almost done, so I assume any day now).

That is a sweet potato … one of three that I found crammed inside a six-inch pot I was cleaning out. We had planted a sweet potato vine in the pot (they have nice ornamental leaves and are a favorite of passing deer). I wish I had a photo of the plant, but I didn’t snap any so — if curious — you’ll have to look it up on the InterWeb.

Anyway, there were three of these inside the pot . . . a six-inch pot, as I said. Maybe five inches deep, if that.

Because of the confined space, the potatoes grew to follow the curvature of the pot. Here’s another angle of the first one.

All of these photos were snapped with my Note 20 Ultra as they sat atop the hood of my car. Some of the photos used the on-camera flash and some used natural light. Actually, I snapped each version twice, with the flash off and with the flash on, and each potato was snapped from a couple of different angles.

I’m going to share a few photos and then have all of them in a gallery at the end.

Here’s the second potato and you can see how it curved back on itself.

There’s quite a difference between the versions using the flash and the photos with natural light. The flash seems to add a quality that makes the potato seem . . . fleshy.

If not fleshy, certainly a bit, oh, I don’t know, disgusting. As it turns out, potatoes from ornamental sweet potato vines are edible, but because they’re not cultivated as food, they are supposedly more bitter and with a different consistency than sweet potatoes grown as crops.

No, we didn’t try to cook them. I put them out thinking some animal might want to savor them . . . so far, they’ve been out there a few days and no one has touched them.

The last of the three was significantly smaller.

You have to admit it looks . . . well, words fail me, but I would half-expect something like this to be removed by a surgeon during an operation.

I’m often accused of not providing a sense of scale, so here you go . . .

I would imagine alien parasite looking somewhat like this, probably wrapped around a person’s spinal cord and controlling them . . . making them read this blog, perhaps.

. . . maybe them alien parasites ain’t all that bad.

As I mentioned, I found these when I emptied the soil from the pot (hardly much soil in there as it was mostly supplanted by the potatoes). I’ll now have to check the garage window-boxes because we had a couple of sweet potato vines planted there as well. Those boxes were cleaned by cutting the plants and leaving the dirt in there (the dirt is usually cleaned out in the Spring). There might yet be more sweet potatoes and if there are, I’ll be sharing more photos.

Anyway, here’s the gallery of all the photos. Again, some are with the flash and some are with natural light, hence the similar photos.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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