Hatch Chile Season

It’s that time of year: Hatch Chile Season. It’s pretty big deal for a couple of weeks. Fresh, roasted Hatch chiles. Buy them roasted or roast your own. Or buy practically anything flavored with Hatch chiles.

Look closely and you can see the flames

Look closely and you can see the flames

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Brandon, a Hatch Chile Chef at Central Market

And the question is not, “What Hatch chile items can you buy?” but “What doesn’t have Hatch chiles in them?” Answer: Not much. I only photographed some of the items.

Seasons Change: Fiction Friday

The Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo.

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Photo copyright Janet Webb

Seasons Change

Sienna remembered finding her first wasp nest, amazed to discover it was made of paper, which was itself made of wood. Her young imagination opened to a world of chemistry.

The nests were sturdy but built for only one season. She learned that lesson many times in her scientific career as well as her personal life: some things were short-lived, but in their own moment strong, beautiful.

Retirement awaited her just outside the lab door. Picking up the wasp nest from her desk, Sienna thought it an accurate life symbol: seasons change. It was time for her to move on.

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