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Crab Apples

This is a series of impressions from our annual Farm Day in Michigan on August 9th.

Have you ever been called a crab apple?
They're sour and...ornamental.
And their trees make good firewood.

Crab Apples

This is a series of impressions from our annual Farm Day in Michigan on August 9th.

Have you ever been called a crab apple?
They're sour and...ornamental.
And their trees make good firewood.

comments (31)

  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2008, 00:13
We had a tree like this growing in our front yard. Unfortunately it got some disease and we had to cut it down. Love your processing....
Ginnie Hart: I hope you used it for firewood, Marcie?! smile
nice macro ginnie
and of course the processing
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, as always, DrAW!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 8 Sep 2008, 01:11
Lovely close up Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Aussie!
  • Hamilton
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2008, 02:29
Looks deceptively tasty...
Ginnie Hart: I think deceptive is the operative word, Hamilton. grin
  • mary
  • 8 Sep 2008, 02:47
Lovely, and not at all crabby! smile
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. That's sweet, Mary. smile Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Sep 2008, 04:49
Stew 'em up with plenty of sugar and they taste just fine!

Your image makes 'em look good too, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I think they may even make for some great jam, Ray. The tarter the better! smile
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2008, 04:57
Been called a lot of things, but not a crab apple. I've met plenty of people who don't like crab apple trees, but I always thought they were pretty. You image is exceptional. Wonderful composition and colors. Looks like a greeting card.
Ginnie Hart: You're a real sweetheart, Sherri! Thank you kindly.
  • Ada
  • a very dark room
  • 8 Sep 2008, 05:42
I love the colors..It's not.....how do you say....in your face. sets the mood for the picture.
Ginnie Hart: You do have a way with words, Ms. Ada! I like that. smile Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Sep 2008, 05:51
This is a beautiful close-up, I can almost touch and eat, the PP is again ontzettend mooi, a joy for the eye
....Sier-appel....'show-off-apple' rough translation, all I want to add, in the positive meaning.
Florists use them in ornaments to be made around Christmas.
Ginnie Hart: I guess "show-off" is another word for ornamental, Astrid, so that makes a good parallel! HA! Sometimes we need to strut our stuff even if it IS just "ornamental." Oh well. As long as we aren't crabby in the process. smile
Wonderful detail and composition. Such an earthy image!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Sep 2008, 06:59
A beautiful close-up, I imagine to can touch the glittering apples, like a still life, and if you visit Dutch museums you will often see them for the crab apples are full of deep symbolism in many religions and cultures and myths, symbols of fertility and power and vanity.... Crab apples are used as medicine too, and I like to eat them! (Sorry, I only found a German good Wiki-article about that)
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Philine, I like to eat them, too, because I really like tart fruit. So we'll tell Don and Ruth to save them for us. smile I love the idea of their deep symbolism. How nice!
  • zohre
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 8 Sep 2008, 09:42
Wonderful detail and composition.Nice color.smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Zohre.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Sep 2008, 10:51

Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day.

It was the nightingale, and not the lark,

That pierc'd the fearful hollow of thine ear;

Nightly she sings on yond pomegranate tree.

Believe me love, it was the nightingale.

(Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet)

Ginnie Hart: Leave it to you, Philine, to come up with the perfect quote! smile Thank you.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 8 Sep 2008, 11:03
So simple and lovely.
Ginnie Hart: I like that description, Etomi! Thank you.
très appétissant!! mmmm
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Merci, O-P.
  • Rian
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2008, 12:06
wow.. that's a different variety of crab apple.. i'm used to those yellow ones.. nice shot.. smile
Ginnie Hart: And I've never seen the yellow ones, Rian, so that means we make quite the pear...I mean pair. grin
  • Tracy
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Sep 2008, 12:46
Nice image Ginnie, brings back childhood memories. We used to have crab apple fights, and wow when you got hit you knew ittongue
Thanks mijn vriend
Ginnie Hart: OUCH! That would be quite a memory, Tracy. And I bet you out-hit them all. grin
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 8 Sep 2008, 12:46
Crab apple made me think of Hawkeye from MASH he came from Crab Apple cove.Sorry about that mumbling I like the close up
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love your mumbling, Vintage. What a fun piece of trivia!
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2008, 13:16
Beautiful shot! I'd like to reach out and pick one.
Ginnie Hart: You would have had plenty to pick if you had been there on Farm Day, Martie. smile
  • Robin
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2008, 14:29
Great tones you brought out in this shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Robin, for stopping by and commenting! That means a lot to me.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 8 Sep 2008, 16:00
Ginnie, very good DOF
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
Oh my it really *is* that time of year again! You know what I love, is the tonal palate. It really does give an impression Autumn is on her way here. smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing autumn IS on the way in Michigan, Alex. That's what I grew up with when we started school...and football games. smile
Crab Apple Jelly

* Vegetarian

Preparation time : 20 minutes
Cooking time : 1 hour 20 minutes
Total time : 1 hour 40 minutes

Makes: 6 x 500ml jars

4 kg crab apples
1 kg caster sugar
1 lemon, juiced

1. Wash the apples, remove the blossom heads and cut out any bruised bits. Put in a saucepan, fill with water to cover the apples and bring to the boil. Simmer for 25 minutes until the fruit is soft. Pour the pulp into a jelly bag or several layers of muslin and let drip overnight into a pan beneath. Don’t squeeze the bag, it will cloud the jelly.
2. The next day, measure the juice, and combine with sugar at the ratio of 10 parts juice to 7 sugar. Add the lemon, then bring to the boil to dissolve the sugar. Keep at a rolling boil for 35–40 minutes, skimming off the froth regularly. To test, chill a dessertspoon in the fridge. When the jelly is set, it will solidify on the back of the spoon. Pour into warm, sterilised preserving jars and tightly seal while still slightly warm. Store in a cool dark place.

Ornamental indeedgrin
Ginnie Hart: YAY! Ruth wrote that Don makes crab apple jelly! So cool. Thanks, Bill!
  • claire
  • Canada
  • 8 Sep 2008, 19:45
nope. never been called that but from your description, i don't think i'd want to. haha!

very nice macro shot! grin
Ginnie Hart: You're lucky, Claire. smile Good for you.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2008, 20:25
You know Don made crab apple jelly, right? It is the most beautiful shade of goldish red.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh. I had a feeling he did, Ruth. Now I just need to taste it! I bet I'd love it. Is it tart? I hope so.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 8 Sep 2008, 20:39
I've come a long way to get here (from the 28th July smilesmile) It was a journey through the special place you turn the world into...
Ginnie Hart: How did you know I've been thinking of you lately, Lina! Welcome back!!! You greatly honor me by backtracking. You're something else!
Wow ! Another great one, the work on colours is wonderful, it gives a very poetic atmosphere !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Zeb. I do like poetry! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Sep 2008, 23:18
Being ornamental - that would be a compliment - no?

Crab Apple Cove - you are my man vintage.

Thanks Ginnie, now I have a picture to put to the name of crab apple.
Ginnie Hart: Crabby, no, but ornamental, maybe? I guess someone would think that was a compliment? smile
  • Still
  • France
  • 9 Sep 2008, 21:27
Lovely tones!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Still!
  • Arash
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 10 Sep 2008, 13:38
I like tones in this nice composition.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Arash. Thank you kindly.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 11 Sep 2008, 12:01
Wow,this looks frosted!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bonnie, for stopping by and commenting. I tried your link, but couldn't get access to your website. sad

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