If done correctly, a sharp image (front to back) will unfold in front of you. I missed a couple focus spots on mine, like the last little jar of Tarahumara corn; kind of fuzzy. (Second jar is Hopi magic corn, first is a variety of Hopi melon.) Yes, I save my seeds. (Watch out Monsanto!)
The garden has survived some invaders this summer: chickens scratching up new corn and squash shoots, squash bugs devastating whole plants, raccoons eating my strawberries and dogs lying in the cool moist dirt (crushing herbs.) We've had (as of this morning) just over one inch total this monsoon. Last year as of this day, we had around two inches. In 2007 we had EIGHT inches in July alone! But despite the setbacks, things are growing. The sun pumps our water up into a tank and gravity feeds down to a drip system that waters twice a day. Now that rains have begun, albeit slowly, the drip gets turned off and I only turn it on when needed.
The corn was not knee high by the fourth of July (it rarely is) but it will tassle in time and we will get corn (we always do.)
These petroglyphs sit on a proud rock overlooking the creek. How many years have they been watching gardens grow and fail? How many crops have they seen eaten by chickens or grasshoppers, or wiped out by the monsoon floods.