My extended family owed several hundred acres in the Sierra Foothills dating back to the late 1800’s. They were farmers and grew many things on The Ranch over the years. My great grandfather, George Simpson, was a drinker and a gambler and unfortunately he gambled away much of the family homestead. Thank goodness for the women folk in the family because my great grandmother had the good sense to take over the family farm business and preserve a chunk for future generations. At some point over those years long ago, a pear and apple orchard was planted. Last Fall I shot a few pictures of these heirloom pears shortly after my brother picked them at a family gathering. While they were a gorgeous array of yellows and greens, I converted the shot to a black and white photo because I thought the fruit made for an interesting still life on the long, log table.