Things are starting to bloom …

13 Apr

I told Merle I'd post these, so I reckon I'd better do it … these are our flowering crabs, as they are called … "crab" being short for "crabapple", the supposedly original apple, from which all our present-day eating apples were developed. Take it from me, you don't want to eat these, although with enough sugar, they make an excellent jelly. These are the same as grew from the seeds that John Chapman ("Johnny Appleseed") spread so liberally (and legendarily) through the early United States … aside from their use in jelly, their main use was in making strong drink … a sort of whiskey, if you will, and some folk persist in making them into strong drink to this day. Depending upon the maker and his recipe, the product can range from rotgut to an unbelievably fine celebratory beverage. Since whiskey or some equivalent was as good as cash, and definitely more available, on the early frontier, John Chapman did the settlers quite a favour.
Howsomever, these are but the blossoms of the trees, and I've caught them quite early, here, most of them are barely open yet. The wind was blowing, although less than in my previous post, but it and the lighting were giving me definite DOF problems, since I was forced to use fast shutter speeds, to stop the motion of the waving branches.
Any road, here are a few … LOL … I shot a great many more than these, but the limbs were waving about a lot, and spoiling the shots.

Well, there they are … I hope you like them.
I plan on getting out again in a day or so, but they're threatening us with tornados, so who knows?
Cheers, all!


Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


15 responses to “Things are starting to bloom …

  1. MrLeffe

    April 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Wonderful pictures and story. I didnt know one can use the fruits from these trees. We learn something new every day Very nice post 🙂 🙂

  2. derWandersmann

    April 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you, Eva … They are something to look forward to, every year.The birds love them in the fall when they fall on the ground. Apparently there is enough sugar in them to ferment, and the birds eat them and get drunk.Actually, I have found saplings of this type of tree in quite wild areas … I must surmise that there is enough sugar in them that birds eat them and excrete the seeds in odd places.

  3. MrLeffe

    April 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Yes that is what is happening here too. Many keep these trees for decoration in their gardens and we see the fruit more like birds food. No one here makes jam or strong drinks out of these berries.

  4. NLDH

    April 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Nice photos of the crabapple :up: Enjoy your story.

  5. gdare

    April 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Everything blooms here as well. Spring, birds and flowers, even bears have been seen in neighbouring city… :left:

  6. SittingFox

    April 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Hope the tornadoes don't strike your area. Wonderful colour in the blossoms. It's strange to see signs of spring in other parts of North America when it's still so end-winterish here. We've got a few crocuses in bloom, and that's pretty much it!

  7. derWandersmann

    April 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Well, until the "malefactors of great wealth" had got the climate thoroughly buggered up, the usual pattern was: "Spring moves North at 9 miles / day." Give or take a little, of course. You might be getting some, soon.

  8. serola

    April 17, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I like the pictures :hat: And flowers :happy: But probably not those apples 😀

  9. derWandersmann

    April 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

    After a little "treatment", purely in the in the interest of scientific inquiry, of course, you might like the results. :drunk: 😀

  10. debplatt

    April 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Lovely blossoms! The wind can be quite tricky. I've tried holding the twig still with one hand, but seem to photograph my fingers more times than not. :doh:

  11. derWandersmann

    April 22, 2012 at 11:04 am

    LOL … Been there, done that!

  12. crystalacey

    April 22, 2012 at 9:04 pm


  13. serola

    April 23, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    you might like the results

    That 'unbelievably fine celebratory beverage' sounds nice :cheers: :drunk:

  14. Words

    April 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Beautiful colour, and a pleasure to see blue skies. They're a bit a scare item round these parts at the moment.

  15. Zaphira

    May 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I love the way that these flowers seem to reach for the sky. Ain't spring just the most beautiful season! :happy:


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