For this week’s challenge, show us something that stands out from the everyday.

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Could it be mid-August already? For those of us who live in less-warm climes, summer’s long, sunny days are a prized commodity, something to look forward to all year long. But even during this all-too-short season, some things are more prized than others.

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Exhibit A: sour cherries. They’re tart and satisfying and beautiful in ways other fruit can barely come close to. They’re also almost impossible to find, at least where I live: their season lasts about seven minutes, and fewer and fewer people appreciate them these days, so growers keep replacing the trees with other, more user-friendly (read: giant and sweet) varieties. Sour-cherry devotees have become a loosely-organized seasonal cult, haunting farmers’ markets, searching for their phantom favorites with desperate looks.

But then you find them at that one fruit stand, and for a couple of weeks, as supplies last, you’re content. You make compotes and cakes. You prepare yourself for another year of waiting.

For this week’s challenge, share a photo of something rare: a family heirloom. A cloudy day in a normally sunny desert. A sad frown on a cheerful kid’s face. Or anything else you think of as scarce and singular. I can’t wait to see what “rare” means to you!

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  1. Had a sour cherry tree in our backyard in CO. The birds knew the exact time they were ripe, so we had to be fast! I canned them, and made the only cherry pies worth eating, sour cherry pies…

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  2. Wow, sour cherries! We had had them at my grandparents’ when we were kids (in Romania) and I loved them! My grandma made some kind of compote with them, it was soon good. My mom still makes jam / preserve every summer. I lived and travelled in many places around the world but never found sour cherries anywhere else.

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  3. It caught my eye while visiting the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland where thousands of Jews and Non-Jews alike were exterminated by the Nazis in World War II.

    Unintended or by design, this set of flowers, surrounded by barbed wires, indicated that beauty could bloom even in the most dire of situations.


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